Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Ali Apong as the guest of honour with Pehin Goh King Chin, Managing Director of GHK Sdn Bhd and Wu Chun, founder of Roti Culture and his two children officially launching Roti Culture last Friday. Image courtesy of Roti Culture Facebook Page.
The invited guests enjoying the culture performances during the grand opening
Roti Culture, the recently opened family oriented and kids friendly restaurant is based in Batu Bersurat serving scrumptious and most loved roti and an array of savoury dishes, tantalizing local taste buds with an international touch. During the grand opening, Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism, Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Ali Apong was invited as the guest of honour to officiate the opening. Along the VIP guest lists were Managing Director of GHK Sdn Bhd, Pehin Goh King Chin, the Russian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam, Vladlen Semivolos, former CEO of the Brunei Tourism Board, Sheikh Jamaluddin and Marketing Manager of Royal Brunei Airlines, Alirahim Hj Abdul Rani.
The owner is our Brunei’s very own international artiste and philanthropist, Wu Chun who recently just finished the shooting of the very popular TV show “ Daddy, where are you going?” with an online viewers of more than 5 billion in China alone. Looking at his weibo account, we know he is just back from his 11 days trip, which he traveled to 11 cities for his commercial events and international endorsements. Including a recent award in Beijing where he was awarded the 2017 NetEase Most Influential Artiste Award. Wu Chun was known for his endeavours making Brunei known to the world and vice versa, him bringing the outside world experience to the country.
This is why, in Roti Culture, one can find what they are looking for, on the menu to satisfy one’s hunger ranging from the Indian-inspired signature roti kosong, roti bomb, dosai, nasi briyani to Malay cuisines such as our pandan nasi lemak, laksa, and otak-otak, as the founder would describe it as a one-stop place to eat and kid friendly atmosphere equipping a kid’s corner.
Guest of honour signing on the plaque. Image courtesy of Roti Culture Facebook Page.
A token of appreciation to the guest of honour and group photo with the associates of Roti Culture. Image courtesy of Roti Culture Facebook Page.
That’s some grand cake there. Image courtesy of Roti Culture Facebook Page.
You can see behind the scenes on how they make roti.
“My whole family loves roti, my overseas friends love roti to the max. Our menu comprises mainly of famous roti made by our very own chef and each dish is carefully infused with culture and are Bruneians’ favourite like the nasi ayam penyet and Temburong Cendol which you can get every day and we hope Roti Culture can be a ‘must-stop restaurant for the tourists in Brunei” said the owner and founder of Roti Culture, Wu Chun.
“We have tourists from Singapore, Taiwan and China who are crazy for Brunei’s roti and martabak as they claimed that ours (Brunei’s) has a different richer taste. Tourists craziness for roti is one of the things that inspired me to open Roti Culture,” he said. “I want to bring the Asian and Outside Culture together through what people commonly love, food.”
Moreover, what makes our menu special is that some of the dishes are signature recipes contributed by Wu Chun’s family members, which recipes go back to the 1980’s.
“I come from a big family and all of my aunties love to cook. So, we picked some of the best recipes to be included in our menu like the Kolo Mee, Nasi lemak, sup tulang, otak-otak and curry. It’s a fusion of culture here.” added Wu Chun.
Meanwhile, Wu Chun is keen to incorporate bits and pieces of Brunei’s own landmark Kampong Ayer in the restaurant by putting a large wall sticker showing the water village’s view and recycling colourful wooden planks from remnants of demolished water village houses. “They represent Brunei as Kampong Ayer is known as the Venice of Asia so when tourists come and dine in here, they have the feel and take pictures as memories,” said Wu Chun.
If you have not visited Roti Culture just yet, we are located at Block H, Unit 8 & 9, Ground Floor, Kg Pengkalan Gadong. So, come by, have a bite and feel the welcoming ambiance by the aromatic smell of the roti. For more information or booking, please call 242 1000 or follow their Facebook page or instagram @ROTICULTUREBRUNEI.
Wu Chun posing for the media a few days before the grand opening
Wu Chun speaking to the media
That looks appetizing
I love this dish. The rendang.. Slightly spicy and to my liking
Wu Chun with the members of media and social influencers
Wu Chun with his staff of Roti Culture
Located at Batu Bersurat
Had a few bites and it’s pretty good 😀
KFC Brunei has raised the bar! Bringing Bruneians the one-of-a-kind product innovation – featuring the best of chicken and the best of pizza in the much awaited KFC Chizza.
A perfect mashup of crowd favourites – crunchy KFC Hot & Spicy chicken fillet and popular Pizza toppings, the KFC Chizza is truly befitting its tagline of a “Finger Lickin’ Good Pizza”. With rich tomato pizza sauce, juicy diced pineapples, onions, herbs and gooey mozzarella cheese topped over the ultimate crust of a succulent KFC Hot and spicy Chicken fillet, it is the perfect ’pizza’ that will leave no crust behind.
“We are in constant pursuit to bring something exciting and crave-worthy to our customers. While staying true to our core of fried chicken, KFC Chizza is an innovative twist that is a must try for both KFC and Pizza fans,” said Jaymee Lau, from the marketing dept of KFC Brunei.
“This Finger Lickin’ Good pizza is indulgent and will set tongues alight. It’s a collaboration of the best of two popular foods. Toppings are everyone’s favourite when it comes to pizza, and with an alternative crust of the favourite KFC Hot & Spicy chicken fillet, it is certainly a must try!” she added.
Starting from BND 3.60, KFC Chizza is available a la carte and in combo meal. Combo comes with a Crispier Fries and a regular carbonated drink. For a bigger eat, Chizza Box is available with a piece of Original Recipe or Hot & Spicy chicken, Crispier Fries and a regular carbonated drink.
KFC Brunei also has the herb prawns in a combo with the Holiday Bucket or as 5 pc ala carte for BND 3.10 only. With the holiday bucket, customers are able to purchase the Limited Edition KFC Recycle bag for just BND 1.00 or BND 1.50 separately.
Available nationwide at all KFC restaurants from today, while stocks last! For more updates, do follow @kfcbrunei
Jaymee having a fair share of the KFC Chizza
KFC Brunei also has the herb prawns in a combo with the Holiday Bucket
Limited Edition KFC Recycle bag for just BND 1.00 if you purchase the Holiday Bucket or BND 1.50 for the bag
Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Abdul Mun’im bin Pengiran Anak Haji Tahiruddin, the Managing Director of The Coffee Bean® Brunei with His Excellency Craig Allen, the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam at the relaunch of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Centrepoint
With invited guests to witness the 16th anniversary of The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
The Coffee Bean® celebrates their 16th Anniversary of brewing in Brunei with the renovation of their first outlet that opened in 2001 located at the Centrepoint Hotel. The new concept embraces the Southern California roots of where the American coffee franchise was born.
The new Californian look and layout engages customers with their surroundings by offering easier interactions with baristas and community message walls for patrons to localize. Frederick Milin, Brand Manager of PAR Food & Beverages Sdn. Bhd. shares, “It’s important for us to evolve and change with our customer’s needs. Based on the feedback of our regular customers, the present look is a fresher and lighter theme paying tribute to the Californian lifestyle element while the layout has increased customer seating and provides a better area for large groups that frequent our Centrepoint outlet.”
The official reopening was officiated by guest of honour Yang Amat Mulia Pengiran Anak Abdul Mun’im bin Pengiran Anak Haji Tahiruddin, the Managing Director of The Coffee Bean® Brunei with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Also present was His Excellency Craig Allen, the U.S. Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam. The ceremony began with the recitation of Doa selamat followed by welcoming remarks and was followed by a cheque presentation to three charitable organizations by public donations and contributions from The Coffee Bean®. The three organizations were namely Centre for Children with Special Needs, SMARTER Brunei and Pusat Ehsan Al-Ameerah Al-Hajjah Maryam with a total amount of $6,000.
The event also marked the launching of new merchandise namely the 16th Anniversary T-Shirt and the Ice Blended 16th Anniversary T-Shirt retailed at $23.00 each including the addition of two new permanent Ice Blended drinks – Berry’d Treasure, a blend of berry juice and vanilla and the ever popular Cookies & Cream which now comes in Mocha or Vanilla flavoured.
To find out more news or promotions follow The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf® on Instagram at @coffeebean_brunei and like them on facebook at facebook.com/thecoffeebeanbrunei.
Guest of honour with his welcoming remarks
Handing over of donations to three charitable foundations in Brunei Darussalam
The new facelift inside Gadong outlet
Now they have an upper area. Cool 😀
The Chickenjoy toasts in opening the 15th outlet of Jollilbee in Brunei Darussalam earlier this morning
Dennis Flores, Vice-President, International Operations (Europe, Middle East & Australia) Jollibee Foods Corporation delivering his welcoming remarks and the milestone of Brunei Darussalam for Jollibee’s success
Finally the 15th store is officially opened in Brunei Darussalam. I am referring to Jollibee in Brunei Darussalam. You will be surprised that Jollibee in Brunei is more popular than other regional countries other than their home country, the Phillipines. Imagine this, Indonesia only has one outlet, Singapore has only 4 outlets, Hong Kong has only two while Malaysia has no more Jollibee outlets. The other SEA country that loved Jollibee is Vietnam with 80 outlets and counting.
So it’s safe to say that Jollibee hits the Brunei’s taste and it has been an ongoing success since it’s inception in 1987. My favourite meal from Jollibee then was the nasi lemak.. yummy… and also Jollibee’s chunky chicken burger 😀 Now both items are not available anymore in our Brunei market.. Boohoo. Hence, my favourite meal now is the spicy chicken with rice and my all time favourite Chocolate Sundae.
Enough of my ramblings about the past on Jollibee. I’m impressed that the popular franchise has been sustaining its presence for 30 years in Brunei. That’s longer than any other franchise that I know of. None of the competitors come close to the longevity of Jollibee in Brunei.
This morning the 15th outlet, perhaps the best design of the lot in Brunei, opened its door to the public and it’s located at Brunei International Airport.
The official opening was done gracefully with the presence of many – His Excellency Meynardo LB Montealegrer, Ambassador of The Philippines to Brunei Darussalam, Dennis Flores, Vice-President, International Operations (Europe, Middle East & Australia) Jollibee Foods Corporation., Abdul Razak bin Mohammad Hassan, grandson of Pehin Orang Kaya Ratna Setia Dato Setia Hj Awang Abdul Hapidz, Jollibee Franchisee Brunei, Muhammad Emmy Shamdy Khairul Kadir, Acting Deputy Director of Civil Aviation.
Also gracing the presence were Mr. Rodel Alcantara, AVP & Market Head for Brunei, Singapore, Malaysia & Europe, Jollibee Foods Corporation, Christina Ward, Operations Head of Jollibee (Brunei), Roilan Alvarez, Group Manager and Hj Md Shukry bin Hj Md Yusuf, first local restaurant manager in Jollibee (Brunei).
The airport outlet was unveiled by noon today and as usual, there was a long queue prior to the opening of the 15th outlet.
Congratulations once again to Jollibee Brunei for their milestone. Let’s spread more JOY to Brunei after 30 years and running. Thank you 😀
Jollibee mascot and his four friends at Jollibee’s Brunei International Airport outlet
With the awesome team of Jollibee Brunei
His Excellency Meynardo LB Montealegrer, Ambassador of The Philippines to Brunei Darussalam with Abdul Razak bin Mohammad Hassan and Muhammad Emmy Shamdy Khairul Kadir, Acting Deputy Director of Civil Aviation sharing a light moment
It’s quite spacious at Jollibee outlet. This will definitely be a huge hit among Bruneians
My beautiful friends – Hasmin and Pranika, attending the event today
Liyana Yus the Jollibee Ambassador
I love the interior concept of Jollibee Brunei
A long queue waiting to enter the Jollibee outlet
Wu Chun spending time with his overseas fans
A customized and personalized cake for Wu Chun from the pastry chef during the launch of the Bake Culture at Serusop branch
During the launch of the third outlet of Bake Culture at Serusop, Wu Chun announced expansion in China and USA by 2017 for Bake Culture. Interesting to know that Wu Chun has bigger plans for the successful bakery that is popular in Brunei and Taiwan.
He hinted that by November, Bake Culture will be opened at Chongqing, China and followed by another outlet in New York, USA. Both outlets are in the process of renovation.
One of the local signature item, Roti Satay, will be introduced in the said outlets and the idea is to spread and share the culture of different countries.
He also highlighted that the pastry chefs have been trained for the past twelve months inclusive of food tasting for the customers’ needs.
It was also good to see Wu Chun fans flying in from China to support the launch and Wu Chun humbly enough spent time with them and took photos.
The other question that was put forward to Wu Chun was on the upcoming movie where he is being featured, “My Other Home”, an upcoming Chinese-American sports biographical film directed by Yang Zi and produced by Huang Jianxin, starring American basketball player Stephon Marbury as himself. Awesome. It’s not sure when the movie will be out in Brunei but it is slated for a China release on 4th August and yes, China is a huge market for sure.
Congratulations Wu Chun on the expansion of Bake Culture (oh ya, he loves banana muffin from Bake Culture) and I hope to see your movie in Brunei hopefully 🙂
The design of the new outlet in Serusop
Photo opportunity with Baiduri Bank associates
Wu Chun with invited guests
Wu Chun with his Bake Culture team
Wu Chun speaking to Progresif team
The cakes section
These look delicious
Fans waiting to enter the bakery
They flew in just for Wu Chun 😀
Check out his new movie – “The Other Home” to released in China this August
Lim Kai Wei, Marketing Manager of Sinofood Express, Deno Goh, Operations Director of Sinofood Express, Izam Ahmad, Marketing Manager of Sinofood Express, Mr. Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, Alice Chan, Chief Financial Officer of Concepts Computer and Mr. Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive for Concepts Computer during the signing ceremony
The signing ceremony between Concepts Computer and Burger King Brunei last weekend
Last weekend, Concepts Computer, one of the largest IT retailer in Brunei, along with Sinofood Express, the franchisee of Burger King in Brunei Darussalam, is signing a collaborative MOU for cross-promoting their respective products during the holy month of Ramadhan and the festive month of Syawal.
Signing on behalf of Burger King Brunei is Lim Kai Wei and Izam Ahmad, both marketing Managers with Burger King Brunei. While on behalf of Concepts Computer, Mr. Vincent Pao, General Manager, and Mr. Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive for Concepts Computer. Also present was Operations Director, Burger King Brunei.
Vincent Pao, General Manager of Concepts Computer, speaking to the media, said, “There is potential for a great collaboration between Concepts Computer and Burger King Brunei, since both has a large customer base in different sectors of the Bruneian market, so it is very synergistic.”
Zul Abdul Rahman, Marketing Executive for Concepts Computer, added to the media, “Customers who have purchased $200 or more on a single receipt; excluding purchases of Acer PC, notebooks and Acer or Epson projectors; in our store will be able to receive a free $10 Burger King voucher. And on the other hand, purchases of $100 to $199 on a single receipt will get a free $5 Burger King Voucher, redeemable at all Burger King Brunei branches.”
And Lim Kai Wei, Marketing Manager of Burger King Brunei, also added, “And Burger King customers who purchases $25 and over on a single receipt will also receive a $10 Concepts Computer voucher, which can be redeemed with Concepts on any of their products including Acer computers or projectors, Epson printers or projectors, APC power solutions, even softwares or OS from Microsoft.”
Also commenting to the media is Izam Ahmad, Marketing Manager for Burger King as well, ”Burger King Brunei is very happy to work with Concepts during this promotion, with the hopes of offering added value and better services to our customer base, especially since this is the first time we are partnering with an IT retail company.”
Both Concepts and Burger King will be running this voucher program until 31st of July 2017, or while vouchers are still available with either Concepts Computer or Burger King.
For more information call 2233551, 2233552 or 2233553, or visit your nearest Concepts Computer showroom or Burger King branch.
Speaking of Burger King, do get yourself a limited edition BK bottle when you buy a Ramadhan Family Meal from Burger King (while stock lasts)
I got myself one two weeks ago but man, I don’t know where I kept the bottle… Hmmmm..
Ms Syakirah binti Jamali had the privileged to design Mr. Brown’s 2017 Hari Raya bottles
Mr Brown Coffee, a widely known beverage in the capital, proudly released their limited edition Hari Raya bottles to celebrate Hari Raya among the Bruneians.
Earlier this year in February, Mr Brown held its first Bottle Design Competition, which was won by a local artist, Ms Syakirah binti Jamali. And now her artwork is imprinted as the labels for this year 2017 Hari Raya bottles.
The limited edition bottles are designed with an Islamic geometrical national flower, simpur patten, to showcase the spirit of the festive season.
Started two (2) years ago, Mr Brown Hari Raya version is made specially for the festive season and hence is only available during Hari Raya and exclusively in Brunei. Since its debut, it has become a popular collectible amongst Mr Brown fans.
For this year, this festive Mr Brown is available in the most popular original flavour – Iced Coffee. This outstanding flavour is made according to a famous French recipe blending premium coffee with milk and sugar.
Mr Brown Coffee’s eye-catching limited edition Hari Raya bottles are now available in stores nationwide, and while stock lasts.
On the occasion of Hari Raya. this slim and easy-to-grab bottle is suitable for glassless event, and perfect to be shared among families and friends.
I have my dosage of the latest Mr. Brown limited edition Hari Raya bottles 😀
It’s the time of the year again. Cakes, biscuits and cake rolls, you name it. It’s the time of the year for you to make your orders in time for Hari Raya.
The pictures below are just a few from the list available from RZ Lynz Bakery and they are ready to accept orders and the final order will be on 5th June 2017.
What can you expect from the list?
1. Roll Bueno Marble (Kinder Beuno) Size 8” BND 8
2. Roll Durian Monthong Size 8” BND 8
3. Roll Choco Peppermint (Mint + Buttercream) Size 8” BND 7
4. Roll Nutella Delight (Nutella) Size 8”BND 7
5. Roll Lady Diana (coffee) Size 8”BND 7
6. Roll Purple Raspberry Size 8” BND 7
7. Roll Mumbo (Lemon + Buttercream) Size 8”BND 7
8. Tapak Kuda Ovomaltine Size 9” BND 8
9. Tapak Kuda Kit Kat Size 9”BND 8
10. Tapak Kuda Size 9” BND 6
1. Cake Lapis Durian Solo (Monthong) Size 6”x9” BND 36 or Half Size BND 18
2. Cake Lapis Favourite Nutella (Coklat Emulco + Nutella) Size 6”x 9” BND 36 or Half Size BND 18
3. Cake Lapis Balkis (Oren+Pandan+Coklat Chip) Size 6”x 9” BND 34 or Half Size BND 17
4. Cake Lapis Yasmin (Honey Gold Cornflake) Size 6”x 9” BND 34 or Half Size BND 17
5.Cake Lapis Citrawarna (Vanila) Size 6”x 9” BND 30 or Half Size BND 15
6. Cake Lapis Sisik Ikan (Hawflake) Size 6”x 9” BND 30 or Half Size BND 15
7. Cake Lapis Begawan Solo (Banana) Size 6”x 9” BND 28 or Half Size BND 14
8. Cake Lapis Coffee Princess (Coffee) Size 6”x 9” BND 28 or Half Size BND 14
9. Cake Lapis Kukus Cream Cheese Size 6”x 9” BND 25
10.Cake Lapis Cheese Size 8”x 8” BND 18
11. Cake Batik Empire Size 8”x 8” BND 28
12. Cake Batik Vico Size 8”x 8” BND 22
13. Cake Batik Size 8”x 8” BND 16
Ranges of cakes and biscuits from RZ Lynz Bakery
Cake Lapis Coffee Princess (Coffee)
1. Almond Nutella Thumbprint 50 pieces BND 13
2. Nutella White Choco 50 pieces BND 12
3. Crunchy Nutella 50 pieces BND 12
4. Mocha Hazelnut Cresent 50 pieces BND 10
5. Classy Dahlia Cookies 50 pieces BND 10
6. Sugee Almond Cookies 50 pieces BND 10
7. Cerelec 50 pieces BND 9
8. Tart Nanas 50 pieces BND 9
9. Rainbow Cookies 100 pieces BND 12
10. Biskut Sarang Semut 50 pieces BND 8
11. Bubblerice Cornflake Rainbow 50 pieces BND 9
12. Biskut Cornflake Madu 50 pieces BND 8
13, Kueh Mor Kacang 50 pieces BND 9
14. Kueh Mor Cornflake 50 pieces BND 9
15. Kueh Mor 50 pieces BND 8
16. Popia Gulung Seaweed 200gm BND 8
17. Popia Gulung Nestum 200 gm BND 7
18. Popia Simpul 500 gm BND 9
19. Popia 500 gm BND 10
1. Kek Batik Padang Golf Size 8”x 8” BND 30 or Half Size BND 15
2. Kek Batik Red Velvet 8”x 8” BND 34 or Half Size BND 17
3. Kek Batik :- Yam (Keladi) / Lemon / Lychee / Strawberry / Permata Biru / Green Tea / Chocolate / Pandan / Mocha. 8”x 8” BND 28 or Half Size BND 14
4. Plain Brownies Size 9”x 9” BND 17
5. Nutella Gunung Berapi Size 9”x 9” BND 20
6. Frambozen Kenari Size 10”x 10” BND 20
7. Kek Velvet Klasik Size 8”x 8” BND 14
Kek Lapis Kukus Cream Cheese
Almond Nutella Thumbprint
Kek Lapis Begawan Solo (Banana)
Or even better you can for different packages if you tend to buy in bulk. Below are the list as follows.
Package A [BND 50]
Kek Lapis Sisik Ikan Size 3” x 4.5”
Kek Lapis Coffee Princess Size 3” x 4.5”
Roll Purple Rasberry
Package B [BND 75]
Kek Lapis Yasmin Size 3” x 4.5”
Kek Lapis Citrawarna Size 3” x 4.5”
Kek Lapis Cheese Roll Mumbo Size 4” x 4”
Tapak Kuda Kit Kat
Kueh Mor Cornflake 50 pieces
Popia Gulung Nestum
Package C [BND 100]
Kek Lapis Fav. Nutella Size 3” x 4.5”
Kek Lapis Balkis Size 3” x 4.5”
Kek Batik Roll Choco Peppermint
Kek Roll Lady Diana
Tapak Kuda Ovomaltine
Kueh Mor Kacang 50 pieces
Rainbow Cookies 100 pieces
Package D [BND 20]
Biskut Sarang Semut 50 pieces
Kueh Mor 50 pieces
Bubblerice Cornflake Rainbow 50 pieces
Package E [BND 25]
Crunchy Nutella 50 pieces
Biskut Cornflake Madu 50 pieces
Sugee Almond Cookies 50 pieces
Package F [BND 35]
Nutella White Choco 50 pieces
Mocha Hazelnut Cresent 50 pieces
Tart Nanas 50 pieces
Cerelec 50 pieces
Whatsapp your orders – Lyna 825 4001 or Yana 837 0100
Final order – 5th June 2017.
Kek Roll Choco Peppermint (Mint + buttercream)
Kek Roll Purple Raspberry
Patrons last night at Star Lodge’s Asian-American Barbeque
This Ramadan, Star Lodge Jerudong will be captivating Asian cuisines with American flair of barbeque, offering the widest buffet spread in Jerudong. Diners can enjoy a large variety of traditional Ramadan delicacies inspired by our signature dish Lamb Ouzi, Kitaro’s Sushi & Maki and Slow Roast Whole Lamb along with delectable gourmet desserts.
The choices are definitely more than last year’s. The main course dishes are plentiful, more than 10. I commended the chill counter where cold salads and desserts are being served. It was quite rare that I would target for appetisers but I did because I am now have to be mindful of my salt intake.
For the opening Sungkai, Star Lodge had quite a number of patrons last night and the feedback has been pretty good.
It was also the first time Star Lodge introducing vouchers for a group of 10, 20 and even 40. The bigger the numbers, the better the deal for sure. Definitely worth the value for patrons.
Decorated in warm and relaxed atmosphere, Star Lodge also features private areas for VIP gatherings or group celebrations as well as private caterings with customize menus for minimum 30 persons. The fully replenished buffet is available every day from 6.00pm to 9.30pm, please call 261 1618 ext. 8870 | 8865.
Follow @starz.lounge and @starlodgebrunei for updates.
Range of sushis
Cold salad and appetizer
Some choices from the buffet line
Some choices from the buffet line
The popular garlic rice
Slow Roast Whole Lamb
Lamb Leg yuummmmm
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.