Restaurant fuses traditional sweets with high end tastes

Lyna Mohamad

A local restaurant showcased their take on culinary innovation by blending traditional Malay sweets with modern haute cuisine at the Kitchen Table in Kiulap yesterday.

The showcase, ‘Petit Gateaux’, was conducted by Nona Manis and offered invited guests and tasters a selection of desserts designed to promote the Brunei Food Tourism Industry. Nona Manis was one of the 16 food establishments participating in ‘Selera Bruneiku: Gastronomy Week 2021’.

Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong attended the showcase.

The list of desserts include Pandan Gula Melaka Tarta Opera, Coconut Crema De Vainilla, Talam Keladi Petit Fours, Mango Coconut Charlotte and Ondeh Petit Gateau. The desserts were served after a breakfast of local favourites and was followed by a cooking demo and a bake sale.

Brunei Gastronomy Week (BGW) is currently running in its fifth iteration. Launched last week, the BGW is a Ministry of Primary Resources and Tourism initiative aimed to encourage more eateries to serve Bruneian cuisine and refine the presentation of Bruneian dishes as part of a fine dining experience.

The ministry has recognised that food is a major attraction for tourists drawn to food events, festivals, visiting local markets and learning about the production of food by visiting farms and producers.

ABOVE & BELOW: Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Ali bin Apong attending a culinary showcase from Nona Manis; and guests. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHMAD