A Gastronomical Journey

Has Malaysia been successful in promoting our food overseas?
When travelling to a new destination, always eat what the locals cat.

Celebrity food critic Chua Lam’s Gourmet Tour: a feast of learning journey with the master. Photo: Apple Vacations


When we travel, especially to new places, it is a feast for the senses. These days, tourists are also feasting more and discovering unique cuisines a destination has to offer.

That was the case when I visited South America recently. With my tour group of 15 people, we went to Lima, Peru, and ate in Maido, which was named Latin America’s best restaurant of 2018 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list. We were really lucky to get a table there as you need to book at least a month ahead and be prepared to cough up at least US$202 (RM831) per person to dine there.

Maido is famous for its Nikkei cuisine which is basically Japanese-style cooking with Peruvian ingredients. That night we had a nine-course omakase dinner, plus three extras. Omakase means that the selection of dishes is left for the chef to decide.

Fortunately, our chef’s choices were excellent and we had an amazing experience that left us happily satiated. One of the more memorable dishes was fried guinea pig! This may be a strange thing for us to eat but it is a popular dish in Latin America.


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