Thursday, August 04, 2011

Malaysia Kitchen Summit Competition - Kuala Lumpur vs Star Wars

123 Koornang Rd
Carnegie, VIC 3163
Ph: 9563 6707

Malaysia Kitchen Competition
Malaysia Kitchen is an initiative set up by the Malaysian External Trade Development Corporation (MATRADE) and aim's to increase Australian's awareness of Malaysian food. I have been chosen as 1 of 12 finalist for the Malaysia Kitchen Blogger Summit to be held later this year. Each blogger will write 4 posts on various Malaysian restaurants of their choice, which will then be posted on the Malaysia Kitchen Summit Website and voted on by readers. The 3 bloggers with the greatest total votes will get to go to Malaysia later this year to join the summit.

I like Malaysian food, but to test out how much I love it, I've pitted it up against my other love, science fiction. In this case, I've decided to put up Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Restaurant's food against THE science fiction movie of all time, Star Wars. I have devised 6 rounds where each side will pit themselves up against the other to fight for my allegiances. Join me in the fun and make your own selection.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Round 1

First up is the fight between the two heroes. The Nasi Lemak was the best dish of the day, full of great flavour. The chicken was soft and tasty and I loved the sambal as well. To go up against the Nasi Lemak, Luke Skywalker has taken up the challenge. Luke is the hero in Star Wars and was always there to save the day.

Verdict: Although it was a close fight, the winner is... Nasi Lemak. As nice as Luke was, he was kinda boring and I'd take the exciting flavours of the Nasi Lemak any day.

Round 2

Han Solo image courtesy of Solware

The next fight brings the old faithful Beef Hor Fun against another old faithful, Han Solo. The hor fun had a good "wok" flavour with good soft beef which my colleagues liked. However, the hor fun is up against the funny and charismatic Han Solo.

Verdict: As much as I like the Beef Hor Fun, nothing can beat Han Solo in a battle for my loyalty. I would have Han Solo as my side kick for any adventure.

Round 3

Next up we have a battle of the beauties. Look at the glistening shiny shell of the Blue Swimmer Crab Noodles. It's just enticing me to lick it, just like I would lick..... oh sorry, I was drifting off into a daydream. Anyway, the crab had lots of flavours and the noodles had good bounce. To battle this beautiful crab, the desire of many a young teen with those glistening hair buns, Princess Leia cuts an equally sexy figure. How can you not love a Princess who can handle a gun?

Verdict: I do love crabs a lot, but I love Princess Leia in THAT bikini more.

Round 4

From the battle of the beautiful, we go into the battle of the not so beautiful. The Roti Canai might have tasted really good, but that brown dull look definitely won't be winning any beauty contests. Equally not winning any beauty contests is the Death Star, the home and vehicle of Darth Vader.

Verdict: It was a close battle, but while the Roti Canai didn't have any fatal flaws, the Death Star's one fatal flaw that allows it to be destroyed with one missile shot in the right area means that I have to give the win to the Roti Canai.

Round 5

This round sees some tag team battles. Representing Malaysian Kitchen, we have Roast Duck with Dry Noodles, while Star Wars is represented by C3PO and R2D2. The Roast Duck was surprisingly good, with a nice crispy skin and a soy sauce that wasn't too salty. The dry noodles also had a good mixture of flavours. However, C3PO and R2D2 are formidable opponents. They helped Luke, Han and Leia save the day many times while always being super friendly.

Verdict: As much as I like the duck, C3PO and R2D2's charms are just too great and hence they are the winners for me.

Round 6

The last battle is between the Char Kway Teow and Jar Jar Binks. While the Char Kway Teow had good texture in the noodles, the flavour was lacking and the dish was very bland. To go up against this bland noodles, it's the very annoying Jar Jar Binks, a creation for the new prequel episodes of Star Wars.

Verdict: While the noodles were not so good, nothing can be as bad as Jar Jar Binks, so I choose the Char Kway Teow.

After 6 torrid rounds battling it out, it is a draw between Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Restaurant and Star Wars with 3 wins each. I guess I can enjoy both things equally and they can exist in harmony after all.

I hope that you have enjoyed this post.

Please check out the website to vote, hopefully for me, Thanh Do from I Eat Therefore I Am, if you like my post.

Voting period: Friday, 5th August, 2011 (15:00 AEST) – Wednesday, 31st August, 2011 (16:00 AEST)


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I dined at Kuala Lumpur Malaysian Restaurant courtesy of Malaysia Kitchen.
All copyrights to the Star Wars images belong to Lucasfilm Ltd. 2011.

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  1. Absolutely stupendous post! I have not sampled anything so talented since I stumbled across Chewbacca singing Christmas classics (

    In the spirit of your post, all I can say is that you write like an ewok!

  2. ...more like an ewok in heat.

    p.s. that chewie clip was awesome!!!!!!!!

  3. Why does Jar Jar binks get so much hate? I think he's hilarious! :B

    I love the comparison! Fun way to review a place. Maybe need to find more movies to do it with? I could do it with videogames! ;)

  4. Ashley, I guess it's because Jar Jar is so at odds with the rest of the Star Wars universe.

    I've already got some more ideas for the next Malaysia restaurant reviews. I think they're quite funny.

  5. Anonymous, thank you for that Chewbacca clip, hilarious.