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Saturday, November 23, 2019

Sabah Bakery & Hospitality Expo 2019 - The First to Held in East Malaysia!

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

Congratulation to Sabah Confectionery and Bakery Association (SCABA) for organising the first bakery and hospitality expo in East Malaysia - "Sabah Bakery & Hospitality Expo" (SBHE)

The three days event was held from 22nd - 24th November, 2019 and start from 10.00am, at ITCC Exhibition Hall (1st Floor), Penampang.

The launching ceremony was held today at 11.00am and was officiated by Guest of Honor, State Minister of Agricultural and Food Industries, YB Datuk Junz Wong.

SBNHE is the first bakery and hospitality exhibition held in East Malaysia which aims to invite individuals and companies to further understand this industry as well as making new bonds with suppliers of various companies. At the same time, it will enable participants of booths to showcase their branding and expanding clientele at the same time. To further boost the exhibition, the organiser also invited the International Federation of Chinese Bakery and Confectionery Association (Asia) as well to be as their guest. It will also further strengthen the economy.

The exhibition consist of various participants from different industries such as Bakery Machinery, Food Ingredients, Frozen and Dry Food, Sanitary and Packaging, Industrial/household cleaning chemical, F&B Software as well as others related to the food industries. Furthermore, there are also participants from countries such as China, Taiwan, Brunei, Indonesia and more. A total of 135 booths participated.


On stage : YB Datuk Junz Wong, together with SCABA's President - Mr. Peter Khoo, SBHE's Organising Chairperson - Mr. Collin Tan, guest of the International Federation of Chinese Bakery and Confectionery Association (Asia) and all the important guests.

Had an opportunity to take photograph with Mr. Ceasar Mandela Malakun, Group General Manager of Sabanilam Enterprise Sdn Bhd and Tuan Hendry Idol, the District Officer of Penampang.


One of the highlighted today would be the booth visiting by Datuk Junz Wong accompanied with the President and the organiser of the said event.

Let us what's we could expect from the expo.



In fact, there are also activities and demostration being presented during the three days event, check out the above list! 

Demostration program such as Cake decoration, Chocolate Praline Demo, 3D Cake Demo, Coffee Art (Barista) Show.


 Interesting booths with mixture of relevant industry involving with food preparation. Well, I may say I learnt a bit more about bakery and hospitality.

Thanks to the organiser for inviting us to witness the event.

For more information :

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

KK Eats : It's Year End Special by Metropot

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. 

It's year end and it's almost Happy New Year 2020!

Oh boy, food tasting will be consecutively for weeks perhaps. Let us start with Metropot, which located at Metro Town.

Metropot’s Head Chef - Chef Tony Lau Jien has prepared a range of specialties for this coming year end festivity promotion for Metropot’s diners. Among the highlight of the promotions are Christmas special dishes, new set lunch and dinner menus, and new snack food for the pub.

Christmas special dishes will be available starting from 20 December 2019 till 15 January 2020, priced at RM18.00++ per dish with choices of either Chicken Burritos, Pan Seared Butterfish and Lamb Chop with Rosemary and Herbs. 

Additional side dishes also available at RM5.00++ per items such as either Green Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing, Pumpkin Creamy Soup or Whole Corn Fried Rice. 

In addition, Diners may also choose Spaghetti Aglio Olio at RM8.00++ to accompany with the main dish. Dessert will be Basques Burnt Cheesecake priced at RM10.00++ per piece and Rising Moon Mocktails will be RM5.00++ per glass.

Metropot’s new Set Lunch and Dinner Menus are Chicken Stew Rice, Crispy Braised Chicken, Pan Seared Butterfish with Pesto Sauce and Braised Spicy Beef Tendon
All served with a bowl of soup of the day and steamed rice, priced at RM9.90++ per set and with add on of RM1.00++ for a glass of Herbal Tea
Available daily for lunch at 12noon till 3pm and for dinner from 6pm till 9pm
Among the new snack items available at the Metropot’s pub are Salted Egg Tortilla with Fries, Cheesy Nachos with Chicken Salsa, Crispy and Spicy Gizzards and Crispy Salted Egg Chicken. All items priced at RM6++ per plate. 
Metropot Bistro 
All-day dining outlet that served breakfast, lunch and dinner. Operating Hours : From 9.00am – 12.00am while the 
Metropot Pub 
Operating Hours : From 4.00pm – 2.00am (Happy Hours start from 4.00pm – 10.00pm) and Karaoke available at 10.00pm onwards.
Reservation and Inquiry :
088 420 388 or HOTLINE 016 839 1921.

Friday, November 8, 2019

It's Celebrity 2-Star Michelin Chef Emmanuel Stroobant & U.S. Potatoes!

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
It was a wonderful evening with Chef Emmanuel Stroobant and U.S. Potatoes. 

Who doesn't love potatoes? 
We always complaint about the carbohydrate, but do you know that Potato has more potassium than a Banana?

And they have 30% Vitamin C that increase our Collagen to have flawless skin!!

An exclusive cooking demo session by the celebrity 2-Star Michelin chef at The Pavilion, Shangri-La Tanjung Aru Resort. We had an enjoyable session watching the chef in action and trying out his scrumptious US Potatoes dishes. 

Also present was Indra Balaratnam, Consultant Dietitian and Founder & Owner of Indra Balaratnam Nutrition who gave a talk on the nutritional benefits of US Potatoes.

Hailing from Belgium, Chef Emmanuel Stroobant’s career began at a tender age of 16 with the cleaning of dishes in one of his country’s best restaurants. At 23, he opened his first restaurant in his hometown, Liege.

After traveling the world, he made a life-changing decision by heading to Asia. His maiden stop was to Kuala Lumpur in late 1997 and was awarded the ‘1999 Best Expatriate Chef’ by World Asia Media. In that same year Stroobant and his wife Edina moved to Singapore to yet again experience another unchartered episode. Their first restaurant, Saint Pierre became the only Singapore member of the world-renowned Relais & Châteaux, the prestigious association of the world’s finest hotels and restaurants; and has been awarded 1 Michelin star by the second edition of Michelin Guide Singapore in 2017.

Chef Emmanuel loves working with U.S. Potatoes because of the quality and versatility of the product.  He demonstrated 4 exciting recipes using U.S. potatoes that are sure to excite your guests when you serve them during the coming Christmas and New Year parties.  

Chef Emmanuel loves working with potatoes as they are a staple in nearly every cultural cuisine, so they’re uniquely suited to deliver today’s most craved global flavors. Whether you’re looking for a comforting classic or a new contemporary cuisine, with U.S. potatoes, the possibilities are endless. Available in many varieties and formats, U.S. potatoes are always ready to elevate any dish with amazing taste and texture.

Indra Balaratnam is a consultant dietitian who has 22 years of experience in the field of nutrition and dietetics. She runs her own private practice, where she helps her clients to eat healthier. Indra holds professional memberships in the Malaysian Dietitians’ Association, where she is a Past President (Year 2011/2012); member of the American Overseas Dietetics Association (AODA) affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics of the US.

Indra shared with us the fact that potatoes are actually very nutritious.  Potatoes are naturally fat free, cholesterol free, and low in sodium. In addition, potatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, and those eaten with the skin are a good source of potassium.  Foods that are good sources of potassium and low in sodium, such as potatoes, may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.

Ms Indra also shared that although many people these days are worried about their carbohydrate intake, carbohydrates are one of the key nutrients in performance nutrition.  Athletes engaged in high volume and high intensity training require adequate amounts of carbohydrates for energy.  U.S. potatoes are an example of an excellent source of carbohydrates. They are rich in vitamin B6 and C, potassium, folate, fibre and antioxidants. “They are extremely versatile and filling, making it a convenient source for athletes” she elaborated.

Mr. Richard Lieu 
(Trade Promotions Director of Potatoes USA)

 U.S Potato Wedges Ikura

 U.S. Hashbrown and Salmon

 U.S. Potatoes with Caviar

U.S. Russet Potatoes Salad

Watching the Potatoes US video, made me wonder about all the potatoes, there's tons of them under one ground! In fact, I knew even more about Potatoes after the session.
Organizer Potatoes USA is the marketing organization for the 2,500 commercial potato growers operating in the United States. They promote five main good quality potato products: fresh table-stock potatoes, fresh chipping potatoes, seed potatoes, frozen potato products and dehydrated potato products.

Certainly, I had fun during the session with creative dishes by Chef Emmanuel Stroobant that one potato could be presented in such a fine way!

Our night ended with a lucky draw with prizes sponsored by Shangri-La Tanjung Aru followed by a meet & greet session with Chef Emmanuel Stroobant.