Chef Jake Nicolson awarding first prize at Taste of Australia in Brunei. Congratulations to Julie Marker who won with her Chili Lime and Salted Egg Pie!
The Radisson Hotel, Bandar Seri Begawan was abuzz yesterday with the sounds and smells of the Australian High Commission’s Taste of Australia event. The crowds came out to see renowned Australian Chef, Jake Nicolson, in action in the kitchen, to show off their own culinary talents and learn about great Australian food products available in Brunei.
Speaking at the event, Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Nicola Rosenblum said “Australians and Bruneians have many things in common – countries endowed with natural beauty, warm and friendly people, a common Commonwealth heritage – but if there is one thing that truly brings us together it is our shared national obsession with good food! Today has been an opportunity to share in this passion, both by showcasing quality Australian products which are available in Brunei, and by also celebrating Bruneian enthusiasm for cooking and for fabulous flavours.”
Mr Daniel Havas, Senior Trade Commissioner, of co-sponsor Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), said “Australia is fortunate in that the rich variety of terrains and climates across our continent allows our farmers to produce an abundant variety of premium offerings all year round, but Australian farmers are also committed to constant quality improvement, research and innovation to ensure that our vegetables, meat and dairy products are the best they can be. Austrade is pleased to work with our local partners and distributors to bring these exceptional products to the Brunei public.”
Australian High Commissioner, H.E. Nicola Rosenblum, renowned Australian Chef, Jake Nicolson and Siti Zaleha Kaprawi of Astera Consultant
Chef Jake Nicolson and Thanis Lim judging the food competition at Taste of Australia
Chef Jake trying out the delicacies at Tamu
The event saw renowned Australian chef, Jake Nicolson, sharing his culinary skills with the crowd, demonstrating two dishes which will be served to VIP guests at a dinner this evening, and judging a cooking competition with local food celebrity Thanis Lim. Chef Nicolson said “I have been so impressed by the inventiveness and passion shown by the Brunei cooks today! It has been such a pleasure to learn about Bruneian ingredients and recipes, and to taste everyone’s food. I will certainly be taking a few new ideas back to Australia with me.”
The Australian High Commissioner also thanked the event’s sponsors and participating businesses, saying “An event such as this one relies on the support of a wide range of people. I would like to convey my sincere thanks to our sponsors and participating organisations who have supported us so generously.”
During his visit to Brunei, Chef Nicolson has also been exploring Brunei flavours at the Kianggeh Fruit and Vegetable Markets, Kampong Ayer and Gadong Night Markets. Images taken from Australian High Commission Facebook Page.
The Chocolate Fondue
Have any plans this Sunday? Do check out Momo/StarLodge’s All-You-Can-EAt Sushi & Barbeque Sunday Buffet for only BND 20 Adult | BND 12 Kids from 11:30am to 3:30pm
What can you expect from the dishes? Definitely the lamb on the spit, the thin crust pizzas, asian dishes, plump sausages and not forgetting their sushi range from Kitaro Lodge. For your info, Kitaro Restaurant have relocated their business to Star Lodge and they won’t be operating in Gadong outlet anymore.
The highlight were also the dessert corner such as the chocolate fondue and many other delicacies to choose from.
For the diners, you can have free usage of the swimming pool and ideal to bring families along for the buffet. You can even dine by the swimming pool area and enjoy the sun 😀
Furthermore, Momo & Star Lodge will be having free gifts for families and guests. You can follow their updates on IG @momo.restaurant @starlodgebrunei
For bookings, call 261 1618 or 861 3329
Amran helping himself to the lamb
The lamb on the spit. Good choice!!
Grilled dishes for diners
Butter milk fish
Thin crusted pizzas
Sushi from Kitaro
Sushi from Kitaro
Ice-cream also available and even the tubs 😀
Check out the grilled meat
The Star Lodge Roast & Ribs Mezza Buffet Dinner started last weekend and continues this every weekend (Friday & Saturday evening). If you’re a meat lover, then look no further. Drop by Star Lodge and check out their sumptuous dishes.
I had the chance to dine and the choices were quite decent and with variety as they served not just meat but other savouries as well. My favourite would always be the lamb.. Yes, I’m a sucker for lamb but I can’t have too much of it or my body gets kinda heaty or even I might get dizzy *lol* But man, the lamb is a good inclusion in the Roast & Ribs weekend buffet. Make sure you eat with the skin too 😀
So do expect dishes such as slow roast smoked coffee ribs, glazed beef briskets, roasted chicken and other selected dishes along the buffet line.
I’m sure it will be a big hit this weekend because of school holidays and it’s also pay day time.
If you have any comments, you can drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you can also follow their IG @starz.lounge @starlodgebrunei
Roast & Ribs
Mezza Buffet Dinner
Every Friday & Saturday
6:30pm to 9:30pm
Adult $26 | Child $13
Call 2611618 | 8613329
My dinner dates last weekend.
Baked fish with Puttanesca Sauce
Balinese Bebek Betutu
The chef behind the menu of Roast & Ribs Mezza Buffet Dinner
Roast chicken. I didn’t get to try this but will do on my next visit.
Caramelized herbed roots vegetables
The ribs is quite tasty
My favourite dish of the lot… Skin and meat.. Yummy
A good mixture of veges to compliment the meat
More beef 😀
Choices of soup!!!
Fillings for the sandwich
At the appetiser area and plenty more to choose from
The dessert corner
Ok, the final shot of the lamb… Love it..
Have you tried Pelicana Chicken outlet in Brunei?
I tried the Peli Platter from Pelicana Chicken – This is enough to serve four pax. They also have the bigger platter for 6 pax.
I headed over to Pelicana last year as I’m a sucker for chicken wings and Pelicana caught my attention. For your information, Pelicana is a Korean franchise that is known for their fried chicken with seasoning. The brand has been very strong not just in Korea but in international waters. Just imagine there are over 3,000 outlets of Pelicana alone. So it’s good to see Pelicana to have its presence in Brunei Darussalam as all of us are already accustomed to food & beverage franchises.
The first outlet so far is at Setia Kenangan II, Kiulap and there will be opening another one this year. I’ve already visited the outlet a few times because of its consistency and I love seasoned fried chicken. I simply can eat wings all day *yum yum*
So let me share you a bit on what Pelicana are pretty known for – well for one thing, it’s their fried chicken being marinated with different selection of delicious sauces from Korea. Yes, the ingredients are imported to make sure there is an authentic taste of Korean flavour in a fast food concept.
It may seem like a fast-food joint but the preparation shows other wise. Their fried chicken are prepared fresh from the kitchen and the quality is still pretty decent.
The Brunei outlet offers up to six selection of speciality sauces that ranges from Original Crunchy, Charcoal BBQ Peli, the Super Hot Spicy Peli and the popular coated Cheese and Cheese flavour (always popular among the locals).
Pelicana Chicken also have their own selection of side dishes that diners can order to feast with their delicious fried chicken. Musaengchae (seasoned radish) and Miyeok Muchim (seaweed salad) is the two side dishes that really goes well with the fried chicken.
On my last visit with Kurapak and Khaliq, we had a feast where we ordered a platter which is value for money. Three of us couldn’t finish it that we had to take away the food.
I also had the pleasure to speak to Sharon Choo, the owner of Pelicana Chicken, and she’s happy with the response from the public as they are quite accustomed to the taste of Korean flavoured fried chicken.
You can follow their instagram account @pelicanachickenbn and Facebook for updates. It’s a new generated account so do bear with them.
The bird’s eye view of the Peli Platter 1
Looks good indeed
This is the charcoal BBQ Yangnyeom – spicy much but this is very tasty
I caught Khaliq off guard as he tried the spicy one. He still loved it 😀
There’s a small private room on the 1st floor
The first outlet has two floors. This is the upper floor. I think I was the first customer there then as I came as it opened. Super hungry 😀
Good seatings upstairs too
My favourite seating area on the upper floor
… and my second last meal at the particular seating was with Jolene back in January. See you this weekend 😀
They also serve burgers
The Clear Chicken Mee hoon “Kalguksu” 😀
This is the rice served at Pelicana
Interesting taste from the Korean product served at Pelicana
The Cheesy flavour is one of the hot sellers at Pelicana and I can understand why
The all-new signature KFC Twister
KFC Brunei adds a delicious twist to your day with the all-new signature KFC Twister. Introducing a choice of two distinct flavours, the Hot & Zesty Twister and the Cheezy Twister from only BND 3.00 each, fans are set for another tasty KFC treat.
Made fresh in stores, the KFC Twister is packed with crunchy Zinger strips, crisp lettuce, fresh cucumbers and tomatoes, all wrapped in a toasted tortilla. With a choice of special chili-lime sauce in the Hot & Zesty Twister, or creamy jalapeño cheese and mayo in the Cheezy Twister, both KFC Twisters offer a refreshing new twist to your daily fare.
“Our fans have spoken and the KFC Twister is back by popular demand. This product delivers 100% authentic, signature KFC flavors in a portable format that can be enjoyed on-the-go.” said Jaymee Lau, KFC Marketing.
“Fans will be hard-pressed to choose between the two popular flavours: Hot & Zesty Twister that features spicy and lime hints, and the Cheezy Twister with the unmistakable KFC signature cheese. That’s why we also offer a Double Twister Combo for those who want both Twisters,” she added.
The KFC Twister is available ala carte or in combo meals. The basic Twister Combo offers a choice of either Hot & Zesty Twister or the Cheezy Twister, while the Double Twister Combo offers both Twisters, so you can have it all. All combo meals come with KFC Crispier Fries and a carbonated drink.
Available for a limited time only across KFC restaurants nationwide from 21 February 2017 while stocks last. So Twister it up today!
The all-new signature KFC Twister
The official launch with the ribbon cutting with the master franchise and the guest of honour, the Malaysia High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam last weekend
I dined in twice at Manhattan FISH MARKET and I quite like it. I’m familiar with the franchise after my first try in Singapore a few years ago. It was just a matter of time before it made to Brunei market, considering the number of franchises that have been popping up in Brunei Darussalam.
Last week on 15th February, the Manhattan FISH MARKET finally had their official launch. For the record, it is an award-winning casual dining restaurant specializes in American style seafood, offering a wide variety of lip-smacking products ranging from Manhattan Fish n’ Chips to Garlic Herb Mussels and not forgetting their signature dish the legendary Manhattan Flaming Seafood Platter, an ideal dish for seafood lovers.
Manhattan FISH MARKET (Brunei) is managed by Nutrafood Resources Sdn Bhd which owns the franchise rights for Brunei market and they are confident of the brand’s success and hinted that there will be two more outlets in the Sultanate.
Haslinda bin Mohd Fauzi, the master franchisee for Manhattan FISH MARKET (Brunei) delivering her welcoming remarks
George Ang, CEO of Revenue Valley Group, a holding company that operates The Manhattan Fish Market.
A token of appreciation to the guest of honour, Datuk Ghulam Jelani bin Khanizaman, HIgh Commissioner of Malaysia to Brunei Darussalam
George Ang receiving memento from Haslinda
Garlic Herb Mussels
Salmon anyone? 😀 Yummm
Grilled flaming lobster platter
Fishy Chicky Bang Bang. It’s fish and chicken served in cheesy sauce. This is a popular dish among patrons in Brunei.
Ice cream served with friend oreos.. Interesting combo 😀
Manhattan FISH MARKET’s concept for fresh and flavourful seafood goes back over 180 years ago, with its inspiration drawn from the famous Fulton Fish Market located in Manhattan, USA. Patrons who step into the warmth restaurant are pleasantly greeted by its décor evoking a deeply rooted sense of the historical market and original inspiration with a contemporary touch.
I was privileged to be invited for the launch of Manhattan FISH MARKET last week and we were treated to a gastronomical feast in a 5 course meal. Yummy!!!
I’m honestly impressed with the quality of the dishes and I hope they can remain consistent in this competitive market (in the F&B industry).
Haslinda demo-ing the flaming action
His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam made a surprise visit the day after the official launch. It was a great gesture by His Majesty the Sultan and unlike other countries, our Sultan loves to connect with the people of Brunei, up close and personal. Image courtesy of @queennajmina
After many shifting and relocating, this looks to be a permanent spot for Pasar Gadong or what they call “Pasar Pelbagai Barangan Gadong”. Yea, it’s kinda of a long name but many of us are used to Pasar Gadong.
You will be surprised to how much the vendors are now paying as compared to before. Previously they will fork out as much as $300 to $400 per month. Now with a better set up and proper facilities, the vendors are only paying less than $40 per month which is a real steal.
The new facilities is a gift from His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
These have been an ongoing problem for the market vendors since last year due to the reallocation. Hence now the problem have been solved with the support and involvement of the Brunei Government.
It has a proper shelter, high roofing, spacious and well built. I believe LSL contributed in this project (from what I heard). Perhaps there was one minor thing and that’s the smoking vents. I’m not sure if it’s working or not but some parts were smokey. Well, it’s just a minor thing but I hope it can be looked into.
It was great to know that some entrepreneurs were given micro-credit from DARe (Darussalam Enterprise) where they received finance to help move their businesses.
It was also a great sight to see His Majesty the Sultan making a surprise visit at the newly established Pasar Pelbagai Barangan and toured the premises. His Majesty was the favourite among the crowd where selfies became a common thing. Sellers and vendors also took the opportunity to thank His Majesty in person.
The Pasar Pelbagai Barangan was officially launched last week by Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office.
The refurbishment of the market was done under the Julangan Titah Project, an initiative of the Office of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
Let’s hope this will boost the economy for Brunei and make this one of the attractions for foreigners and tourists alike. I’ve already been there twice and I’m impressed. Just make sure we keep the place nice and clean and be grateful to His Majesty the Sultan in providing such facilities for vendors.
Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran-Pengiran Cheteria, Cabinet Ministers, members of Legislative Council and senior government officials attended the official opening last week
Yang Berhormat Pehin Datu Singamanteri Colonel (Rtd) Dato Seri Setia (Dr) Awang Haji Mohammad Yasmin bin Haji Umar, the Minister of Energy and Industry at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) during the launch< /strong>
One of the recipients of the micro credit scheme
The attendees during the launch
One of the vendors at Pasar Pelbagai Barangan
I kinda like this churros
Vendors enjoying brisk business during the first few days of operations
Jaymee hunting for apam
I love the high ceiling and the structure of the pasar
It’s the durian season
Quite a crowd especially during night time
His Excellency Craig Allen US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam had the privilege to launch the latest outlet of Burger King (Brunei) at Kiulap. Guess what? His Excellency used to be an employee of Burger King back in the US 40 years ago. Interesting.
He was also happy to see the growing number of franchises in the Brunei economy as this will help to stimulate the SMEs growth in Brunei Darussalam as these are priorities of His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam.
He hoped that there will be more variety of industry in the franchise category, for instance, professional services and such as we don’t have that much or any in Brunei Darussalam. It could be in the field of beauty salon or plumbing or automative.
Present during the launch of the 7th Burger King outlet were Burger King (Brunei) Director Pg Hashim bin Pg Jaya and Deno Goh, Operations Director of Burger King (Brunei).
Also during the launch, Burger King also unveiled their latest menu – Golden Nacho Burger and it comes in beef or chicken. My preference is definitely the Golden Nacho Cheese Beef.. Yummy…
Do check out the latest Burger King outlet in Kiulap. They even have an upper floor where there is a small play area for children.
His Excellency Craig Allen US Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam with the management and associates of Burger King at the 7th outlet launching at Kiulap
Craig Allen reliving his memories as an employee of Burger King
The play area at Kiulap outlet
Craig Allen having a word with Deno Goh
Craig Allen has a big appetite for burgers 😀
Golden Nacho Cheese Beef
Sunrise Orange Pancake Tower
Pancake House Brunei is inviting customers to celebrate Chinese New Year at their Giant, Rimba outlet with their special promotion for the month of February.
In conjunction with the Chinese New Year, Pancake House Brunei is offering an 18% discount on their Sunrise Orange Pancake Tower – a stack of six pancakes drenched in lemon-orange syrup with cream cheese filling in between, topped with orange zest, going for only $4.50.
And with one order of Sunrise Orange Pancake Tower, customers will also be able to enjoy another 15% on all available ala carte main course menu. So it is now a good time to come and try the local favourites like the Classic Pan Chicken, Burger Steak, Southern Maple Chicken, etc.
This promotion will end at the end on 28 February 2017.
Located on the first floor of the new wing of Giant, Rimba, the outlet is opened daily from 10am to 10pm, serving a range of breakfast menu to the ever popular pancakes and waffles.
For reservations, please contact 2463593, or get the latest updates by following “@pancakehousebn” on Instagram and or “Pancake House Brunei” on Facebook.
Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Abdul Munim Pengiran Anak Tahiruddin, Managing Director of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® (centre) with Mohd Khairul Anuar bin POKPADPS Hj Hasrin the Chief Operation Officer of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital and Fairuz Ibrahim, General Manager of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® during the launch of the The Coffee Bean® outlet at RIPAS Hospital
Another exciting news for Bruneians! The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® has officially opened it’s newest café outlet located at RIPAS Hospital. Coffee lovers can now start off their morning with it’s premium handcrafted beverages from The Coffee Bean® outlet at RIPAS Hospital located at the main lobby, from 7am to 11pm.
The official opening was held on January 23rd at RIPAS Hospital, attended by Guest of Honor, Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Abdul Munim Pengiran Anak Tahiruddin the Managing Director of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® and Mohd Khairul Anuar bin POKPADPS Hj Hasrin the Chief Operation Officer of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital.
The official opening began with the recitation of Doa Selamat by Ustaz Hj Mohd Emmarul bin Hj Azamain from RIPAS Hospital, followed with a brief welcoming speech by the General Manager of The Coffee Bean®.
“We’re excited to share our premium coffee and tea product with the community especially for RIPAS hospital personnel and visitors. This will be our 13th outlet ever since the first opening of our first café at the Centrepoint outlet in 2002. We continue to offer the same great brand experience that our customers have grown to expect at every The Coffee Bean® café. In addition, It’s a real testament to the brand for 50 years old now; it is more popular and relevant than ever”, said Fairuz Ibrahim, General Manager of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf®
The ceremonial opening was then continued with the first tamping of espresso shot by guest of honors Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Abdul Munim Pengiran Anak Tahiruddin and Mohd Khairul Anuar bin POKPADPS Hj Hasrin followed by a signing of certificate.
Liyana Latif, Vice President (Activities and Events), Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council said, “The Brunei Darussalam AIDS Council would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation and thanks for CBTL for choosing the council as one of the beneficiaries that is receiving donation under the Caring Cup Programme. We are very thrilled that CBTL is supporting our HIV advocacy and awareness programmes. Such initiative is highly applauded and other companies and private organisations should follow suit as being part of a responsible member of the community. The financial donation that we’re receiving today will be utilised for more outreach programmes and making our council a resourceful organisation. On behalf of BDAC, we’d like to congratulate CBTL on their new branch and we hope that CBTL will continue to support our cause and do keep us in mind in their future charity runs.
Handover of donation to the NGOs
I’m proud of you 🙂