Saturday, March 17, 2007

Malacca in Genting?

Beauty with yummy dishes: Two dance troupe members with some of the dishes (clockwise from top, left) Udang Goreng Asam, Nyonya kuih, Kari Kapitan, Achar Chilie Nyonya, Otak-Otak, Mango and Pineapple Kerabu and Boknee.
THERE is a saying that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach and that holds true with tourists as well.

And what better way to do that than to showcase the diversity of Malaysian cuisine with Malaccan dishes.

Until March 25, the Malacca Food Promotion at Genting Hotel’s Coffee Terrace House Restaurant offers Baba Nyonya, and Portuguese dishes which the historical state of Malacca is famous for.

“We want to support the government in their efforts to promote Visit Malaysia 2007,” Resorts World Bhd PR and Communications senior vice president Datuk Anthony Yeo said at the promotion launch.

Malacca Tourism Committee chairman Datuk Ab Rahaman Ab Karim opened the event.

“One of the ways to promote Malacca would be with its food and the variety of cultures, here, in Genting.

“This way, we are assured that tourist will spend more on food since research shows that 16% of tourists expenditure are on food,” he said.

And so Boknee, Achar Chilie Nyonya, Kari Kapitan, Mango and Pineapple Kerabu, and Otak-Otak are just some of the dishes to tantalise the tourists.

At the event, guests were served with an array of dishes prepared by husband-and-wife team Augustine Nonis, 61 and Tan Siew Phin, 53, from Malacca, with more than 20 years of experience.

“We cook only authentic Malacca food and upon retirement, we joined the food promotion business and are now attached with the Malacca Tourism Board,” Nonis said.

For the sweet-toothed: The various types of cakes from Malacca are served at the restaurant throughout the promotion.
Among the guests were Canadian High Commissioner David G. Summers, Bapak A.M Fachir, Minister Deputy Chief of Mission Of the Republic of Indonesia, and Resorts World Bhd PR and Communications senior vice president Wong Yun On.

There are live band, and the Melaka Briged Cultural Troupe dance troupe from Malacca performing great dance numbers from oldies to contemporary to entertain the guests.

There are 158 items to choose from and lunch is priced at RM38++ for adults and RM 19++ for children and senior citizens while dinner is at RM42++ for adults and RM21++ for children.

  • COFFEE TERRACE HOUSE RESTAURANT, GENTING HOTEL, 69000 Genting Highland, Pahang. Tel: 03-2718 1118. Business Hours: Daily, Lunch (noon-2.30pm), Dinner (5pm- 9.30pm) including public holiday.

  • Source : STAR
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