A Weekend of Gastronomic Delights at Desaru Coast in Johor, Malaysia

A Weekend of Gastronomic Delights at Desaru Coast in Johor, Malaysia

The return of the Desaru Coast signature dining programme, Gourmet Series – A Malaysian Journey, was met with much excitement as guests embarked on a culinary journey amidst breathtaking views of the South China Sea.

Chef Johnson Wong, founder of gēn Penang, a Select Restaurant in this year’s guide, and Communal Table by gēn, helmed the first of the three-part series, presenting two intimate dinner seatings on 26 and 27 May, as well as a brunch offering on 28 May, themed Straits Food Redefined.

Chef Wong talking to guests about his culinary creations

Chef Wong served up a degustation menu that featured playful and inventive elevations of Peranakan classics for the dinners and collaborated with Fahdrul Abd Malek, the executive chef of Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, for an indulgent 20-course meal prepared in a four-hand style, for the seaside brunch.

The kitchen team creating beautiful looking plates

Guests were treated to a delightful array of dishes and enjoyed some distinctive tastes, including succulent oysters with cucumber broth, herb oil and floral vinegar, and the familiar spice of Nyonya acar with the added twist of whipped tofu and house bread.

Two images showing dishes at the dining programme

Also on the menu were Char-grilled prawns with a coconut butter sauce infused with gula melaka, tender racks of lamb and rendang tok braised lamb cutlets, nasi ulam with salted duck egg, and so much more.

As an integral part of the dinner, guests also enjoyed wine pairings by Moët & Chandon, with selections from Whispering Angel and Terrazas de los Andes, handpicked by our sommelier.

A family trying one of the red wines

Series II of the 2023 Gourmet Series takes place in September at One&Only Desaru Coast and features Chef Su Kim Hock partnering with Chef Johnson Wong to create an exceptional six-hand dining experience.

Series III, which is scheduled for November, will be helmed by Chef Raymond Tham at the Big Easy Bar & Grill, The Els Club Desaru Coast.

For information on the event and to find out more about the destination and its unique offerings, please visit Desaru Coast’s website. For bookings, please contact Desaru Coast Concierge at +6016 771 7442 or +6016.

One of the long sandy beaches on the coast

About the Desaru Coast in Johor
Desaru Coast is a new destination resort in Malaysia with a portfolio of globally renowned hotels and resorts, namely Hard Rock Hotel Desaru Coast, The Westin Desaru Coast Resort, Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas and One&Only Desaru Coast.

The destination is also home to Adventure Waterpark Desaru Coast – one of the world’s biggest waterparks, Desaru Coast Conference Centre – a fully equipped conference facility, The Els Club Malaysia Desaru Coast – 45 holes of golf in total at two distinct courses, Ocean Course by Ernie Els and Valley Course by Vijay Singh, and Desaru Coast Riverside. It provides an indulgent getaway for discerning leisure and business travellers alike.

Located in the southeastern region of the country, in the state of Johor, Desaru Coast spans over approximately 4000 acres along a pristine 17 km beachfront that faces eastwards over the clear ocean waters. The destination is set amid a rich bio-diverse location and is easily accessible via road, air and sea.

To find out more, please visit www.desarucoast.com.

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