Billy Law has fond memories of Malaysia, where he grew up. As a cultural melting pot, it exposed him to many different south-east Asian cuisines and instilled in him a love of food that he has carried through his life.
The former MasterChef contestant will share his passion for and knowledge of food in a nine-day culinary tour of Malaysia in October. It’s a big year for Law as he will also bring out a cookbook in September.
Departing on October 31, the culinary tour has an exciting itinerary, with touches of luxury combined with delicious food and sightseeing.
The tour visits Kuala Lumpur, Malacca and Penang, where guests will learn the secrets of local signature dishes.
Accommodation is in four and five star hotels: Park Royal in Kuala Lumpur, Holiday Inn in Malacca and G Hotel in Penang.
The tour begins in Kuala Lumpur with guests sampling Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisines and learning how to make typical Malaysian dishes such as nasi kerabu, ayam percik and kerabu jantung pisang at Bayan Indah Culinary Retreat.
Dinners at Old China Café and Atmosphere 360, the revolving restaurant on the top floor of the Menara Kuala Lumpur Tower, are included.
There’ll also be private food tours, cooking demonstrations and classes given by the likes of celebrity chef Florence Tan. One of the highlights will be dinner with Tan at Amy Nyonya Heritage Cuisine Restaurant, Malacca.
Having visited Penang earlier this year, I can vouch for it being foodie heaven. Guests will visit Georgetown, the UNESCO world heritage site; Little India, where the hawker food is to die for; and the Bali Hali Seafood Restaurant.
The Tropical Spice Garden will give an interesting insight into how spices are used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. After the tour, there’ll be a cooking class showing how to use the spices to recreate traditional Malaysian dishes at home. I loved my visit to the garden in January and can recommend it as a highlight of Penang.
Land packages are priced from $2299 per person twin share.
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