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Big Ross In The Dewakan House

Visiting Chef Ross spices things up Filipino-style

BY Anis Taufik | Sep 11, 2017 | Food & Drink

Dewakan has been the toast of town since its doors opened, serving up platter after platter of tantalising creations to KL’s discerning foodie crowd. If you’re curious about what the culinary powerhouse is serving up next, here’s a head’s up: from 14 to 16 September 2017, the popular restaurant will play host to Chef Ross Magnaye of Melbourne’s Rice Paper Sister, offering visitors a one-of-a-kind dining experience featuring Filipino-inspired dishes.

According to Chef Ross, you’ve got to take into consideration the sheer magnitude of the Philippines when you embark on a gastronomic quest of its cuisine. “The Philippines is an archipelago of 7,107 islands and it’s divided into three mains parts – Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Every place is quite unique and so are the cuisines in every city,” he points out. Filipino food carries traces of Chinese, Malay and Japanese flavours, but the heart of its identity was shaped by a history of colonisation from Spanish conquistadors. “Filipinos have taken all these influences and made them our own with unique styles and flavours,” he explains, highlighting that Pinoy dishes such as lengua estofada and arroz caldo were born from this melting pot. 

The head chef of Rice Paper Sister in Melbourne draws on his experience cooking Down Under while discussing what it takes to prepare delectable South East Asian cuisine for an international audience. “As I am based in Melbourne, a lot of people are used to eating a lot of Asian cuisines because Australia is a very diverse country,” he explains. “I wouldn’t say it’s challenging; rather, it’s inspiring and satisfying for me to share and introduce my love of Filipino food to the world.” Chef Ross opens up about his childhood and the vital role food had played, saying, “Growing up, my family had a great influence on me with food,” he shares. “My grandmother Carol used to own a tiny but busy restaurant in the Philippines called ‘Carol’. I’ve been very blessed to have a great upbringing with food.”

If you’re curious about Chef Ross’s upcoming visit to Dewakan, here’s a teaser of what you can expect: “I’ll be working with local [Malaysian] ingredients, and I’m also excited to use a lot of Filipino products which Chef Darren [of Dewakan] is organising for me,” he adds. “It’ll be an awesome and exciting collaboration, and I can’t wait to get into that kitchen and make a lot of mess!”

The Dewakan and Chef Ross Magnaye collaboration takes place from 14 to 16 September 2017 and costs RM250 for a table of four to six individuals. For further information, click here.


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