Desaru Coast Gourmet Series: A Culinary Exploration of Malaysian Flavours

Desaru Coast Gourmet Series Returns with a Gastronomic Ode to Malaysian Flavours.

Seafood-Donabe by Chef Johnson Wong, founder of gēn Penang and Communal Table by gēn.

Get ready to embark on a delectable culinary adventure as Desaru Coast announces the return of its renowned dining programme, the Gourmet Series – A Malaysian Journey. This year, the series promises to captivate food lovers with three uniquely curated fine-dining experiences, celebrating iconic Malaysian flavours and local ingredients. Presented by award-winning Malaysian chefs, the Gourmet Series showcases the best of Malaysia’s culinary heritage at one of the country’s premier destination resorts.


An Exquisite Lineup of Acclaimed Chefs

Chef Johnson Wong

Chef Johnson Wong, founder of gēn Penang and Communal Table by gēn.

The Desaru Coast Gourmet Series 2023 proudly features three highly acclaimed chefs who have made their mark in the culinary world, including notable mentions in the first MICHELIN Guide Kuala Lumpur and Penang. Kicking off the series is Chef Johnson Wong, founder of gēn Penang and Communal Table by gēn, both recognized establishments in this year’s guide. Following him is Michelin-starred Chef Su Kim Hock of Au Jardin, Penang, for Series II, while Series III will be led by Chef Raymond Tham, co-founder and executive chef of Skillet KL and Beta. These renowned chefs bring their expertise and creativity to curate unforgettable dining experiences that highlight the richness of Malaysian cuisine.

Collaborations and Signature Dishes

Whipped Tofu and Spiced Bread by Chef Johnson Wong, founder of gēn Penang and Communal Table by gēn.

Each segment of the Gourmet Series showcases a collaboration between the award-winning Malaysian chefs and the Executive Chefs at Desaru Coast’s five-star resorts and properties. This partnership ensures an exquisite fusion of talents, resulting in exceptional culinary creations that celebrate the diversity and heritage of Malaysian flavours. Additionally, each visiting chef will craft a special signature dish exclusively available at the host restaurant for a limited time, offering guests a truly unique gastronomic experience.

Immerse Yourself in Straits Food Redefined

Chef Raymond Tham, co-founder and executive chef of Skillet KL and Beta.

Series I of the 2023 Gourmet Series kicks off in May with Chef Johnson Wong, known for his innovative contemporary Malaysian dishes that have garnered attention from fine-dining enthusiasts. From May 26 to 28, Chef Wong will be at Sea.Fire.Salt. Anantara Desaru Coast Resort & Villas, presenting two intimate dinner seatings on May 26 and 27, followed by a brunch on May 28. The aptly themed “Straits Food Redefined,” prepared in a collaborative four-hand style, will showcase Chef Wong’s playful and inventive elevations of Peranakan classics. The seaside brunch menu will feature a decadent array of dishes that celebrate the coastal charm of Desaru.

An Unforgettable Gastronomic Journey

Michelin-starred Chef Su Kim Hock of Au Jardin, Penang.

Guests attending the Gourmet Series can expect to indulge in an array of distinctive and tantalizing dishes. From succulent oysters with cucumber broth, herb oil, and floral vinegar to a delightful twist on Nyonya acar with whipped tofu and house bread, the menu is a celebration of flavours. Char-grilled prawns with a coconut butter sauce infused with gula melaka, tender racks of lamb, rendang tok braised lamb cutlets, and nasi ulam with salted duck egg are just a few of the remarkable creations that await guests.

A Perfect Pairing: Wine and Delicacies

As an integral part of the dining experience, guests will enjoy impeccable wine pairings by Moët & Chandon, carefully selected by a sommelier. Whispering Angel and Terrazas de los Andes are among the prestigious labels that complement the exquisite flavors of the dishes, enhancing the overall sensory experience.

Embarking on the Culinary Journey

Longan scented Crudo by Chef Johnson Wong, founder of gēn Penang and Communal Table by gēn.

To partake in this unforgettable culinary journey, guests visiting Desaru Coast can choose from two package options. For RM450 nett per person, they can enjoy either a dinner or brunch session, with an additional RM200 nett for the wine pairings. For guests traveling from Singapore to experience the brunch, a special package rate of RM780 nett per person is available, which includes brunch and return ferry tickets. Adding the wine pairings is an option for an additional RM200 nett.

To find out more about the event and the exceptional offerings of Desaru Coast, visit their website. Bookings can be made by contacting the Desaru Coast Concierge at +6016 771 7442 or +6016 913 0813.

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Malaysian cuisine, expertly crafted by acclaimed chefs and presented against the backdrop of Desaru Coast’s premier destination resort.

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