I have always wanted to visit Turkey, but well, it’s still a dream for me now. However, it’s not a dream to enjoy authentic and delightful Turkish cuisine now right here in Kuala Lumpur!
Turkish Cuisine has always been an important element in Turkish culture for its legendary flavours and creative presentations. Hence, Turkish Cuisine Week has been declared from 21 May to 27 May to appreciate the deep-rooted culinary tradition of Turkiye.
I am very honoured to be invited to attend the Gala Dinner to launch Turkish Cuisine Week, organised by the Turkish Embassy Tourism & Information Office in Kuala Lumpur and hosted by H.E Ambassador Dr Merve Safa Kavakci, Turkish Ambassador to Malaysia held at Shangri-la Hotel on 17th May 2022. The Gala Dinner was attended by Dato’ Sri Hajah Nancy Shukri, Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Malaysia, government officials, local chefs, invited guests, media and influencers.
I got the opportunity to try various types of Turkish cuisine that evening – for example – Doner & Ekmek, Tandir (Lamb leg confit) on Ic pilav (rice with lamb liver and sultanas), Hunkar begendi (slow cooked veal on hot eggplant rague), Kuzu sis (lamb skewer), Tavuk sis (chicken skewer), Kadinbudu kofte (fried minced lamb & rice), Eksili kofte (minced lamb balls stew) and Izmir kofte (minced beef stew with potato). Not forgetting their delicious desserts like Sekerpare (pistachio cookies with syrup), Firin Sutlac (oven baked rice & milk pudding), Cevizli kabak (pumpkin confit with walnut), Irmik Helvasi (Semolina Halwa) and many more!
There was live music throughout the dinner time and a Turkish coffee demonstration too. As a coffee-lover myself, this was really an amazing experience for me to witness this myself. And guess who’s lucky that night? I won a beautiful Turkish ceramic vase by Blue Eyes Gift Shop in the lucky draw! Yayyy!!!
For those who wish to indulge in Turkish Cuisine, you can visit the Lemon Garden, Shangri-la Hotel from 21 May to 27 May and the buffet is priced at RM168 nett (Tuesday – Thursday) and RM188 nett (Friday – Sunday & Public Holiday) for lunch; RM188 nett (Tuesday – Thursday) for dinner and RM248 nett (Friday – Sunday) for the premium dinner where guests can also array of seafood and local Malaysian cuisine.
For more information on Turkish Cuisine Week, visit turkishcuisineweek.com and reservations can be made at email@example.com or +6019-390 2257.
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