Every year around mid October, an invite will appear from the Makan Fairy Godmother, for this annual seafood fest at the Mandarin Oriental, hosted by Hans Ola Urstad, Norway’s Ambassador to Malaysia. The foyer of the ballroom will be filled by the glitterati of the town, dressed up to the nines, with air kisses permeating the air with the same intensity of the french perfumes worn.
As part of the "media" we were allowed a sneak preview into the vast spread before the doors to paradise were opened, and the hordes of diners rush in.
The feast was orchestrated by renowned Norwegian chef Frank Naesheim and his team of culinary professionals from Norway, Malaysia and Singapore and one tonne of fresh seafood was flown in from Norway...Probably some of the marine life on the banquet table were still enjoying their meal of krill and plankton a day earlier in the Baltic....
This year the emphasis was on sustainable seafood and Chef Frank introduced a line of smoked salmon with new flavours.
See, I kid you not when I said there was Salmon done 20,000 ways...
This is the aforementioned hideous but beautiful fish alluded to earlier...I think it's a monkfish.
The entertainment for the night was Rio Yamase, playing the Hardanger fiddle, a traditional West Norwegian musical instrument. Rio, who is from Japan, was born in Malaysia, and is also an accomplished violinist.
Rio Yamase studied the violin at the Toho Gakuen University in Tokyo. She learned to play the Hardanger violin under famous fiddle teachers in Norway and started to perform with it in Japan. She was invited to hold concerts and lectures introducing Nordic music in various parts of Japan and Scandinavia.
She also started concert activities in Malaysia, her birthplace. In 2015 she released her 10th anniversary CD ‘Love Song from the Fjords’.
And of course, to wash down all that seafood, a variety of desserts, but first you have to cross paths with this cutie Polar Bear.