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US Potato Culinary Festival KL 2015 - It's ALL About Potatoes!

Hello guys!

Cream of US Potato with Blue Cheese and Cauliflower

One of my favourite food in the world is my dad's spicy potato sambal with anchovies. They are so good and no one makes them better than him while my mom always make the best beef curry with potatoes; well, at least they both do as far as I'm concerned. 

We all know potatoes has been a comfort food for so long around the world. I mean who doesn’t love a freshly fried French fries and a soft and creamy mashed potatoes with gravies? 

But do you realize that there are more than just that to a potato? Like other premium ingredients, with the right skill, knowledge and creativity potatoes too can be made into a dish that is not just unique but also up to par with other glamorous menu.

With that focus in mind, US Potato Board has finally launched the second US Potato Culinary Festival Kuala Lumpur for the year 2015 and I was honoured to be one of lucky bloggers to attend it. This festival which will be going on starting from the 1st until 30th of June 2015 is actually a bi annually event and is the continuation of the highly successful first one that was held two years ago.  

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The launching ceremony was held in Sheraton Imperial Hotel and the chefs from a total of 13 top dining venues in Klang Valley which includes restaurants and hotels were there to showcase the menu that had been specially curated for the festival. I was so impressed with the wide arrays of menu and cooking style displayed especially since potatoes was used as the star ingredient of each dish. I mean who would have thought that you can turn potato into a chocolate dessert or use them to make a milkshake?  

Crispy US Potato Milkshake

US Potato Macaroons Bar with Chile Ancho Chocolate

Mont Blanc Pudding

Right? Look at those pictures! I was so impressed with them especially the Crispy US Potato Milkshake; it was one of my favourite that night. I was also told by my fellow bloggers friend that the US Potato Macaroons Bar with Chile Ancho Chocolate was good too. Unfortunately I was already at my potato limit that night to try. You know, that could happen when you ate about or more than ten potatoes dish at one go and even with that there were still more left to taste. Everything just looked magnificent and scrumptious! 

The participating dining venues that will feature a ‘mouth-watering assortment of unique and fusion dishes that elevate the versatility, nutritional benefits and superior taste of quality US potatoes’ are as listed below:

1. Best Western Hotel, Petaling Jaya
2. Big Hug Burger
3. Burger Factory
4. Jibby & Co.
5. La Bo Ca Latino
6. La Risata
7. Maria’s Steakcafe
8. Naughty Nuri’s
9. Rendezvous Steak Garden Restaurant
10. Secret Of Lousinana
11. Sheraton Imperial Hotel, Kuala Lumpur
12. The Daily Grind
13. The Roulette Bar

There were so many dishes showcased that night so I’m going to entice you with some more potatoes madness! Check out the photos down below:

Wood Oven Baked Cheesy US Potato with Smoked Duck Breast

Fusion Potatoes Salad

Chicken Potato Canape

Curry Mashed Potatoes

Cheese Fondue with US Potatoes

US Potato Skin

Tok Kamir Style Braised Beef Brisket with US Mashed Potatoes

Bali-Bali Curried Beef Hamburger with US Curly Fries

Char-Grilled Bali-Bali Spring Chicken with US Potatoes

Spiced US Potatoes with Smoked Lamb Bacon and Saffron Aioli

US Potato and Pear Soup

Shepherd's Pie

Mashed US Potatoes with Smoked Salmon and Beef Bacon

Cheesy Layered Beef in US Potatoes Pocket

Cheesy Layered Beef in US Potatoes Pocket

The Cheesy Layered Beef in US Potatoes Pocket was one of my favourite dish that night. I mean the cheese with the beef and potatoes blends really well to create a very delicious menu. Look at how creamy the mashed potatoes in between all that jolly goodness.

Japanese Curry Spaghetti with US Potato

Kerabu US Potato
This Kerabu US Potato gives a totally Malaysian twist and well I loved it. I mean you can serve me any kind of kerabu and I'll definitely love it. I guess I have a total Malaysian palette and the potatoes tasted so great with all the other kerabu ingredients.

TBH Trio US Potato Platter

Parisian US Potato with Sumac Spice Chickpeas and Basil Pesto Sauce

English Curry US Fries
I was totally digging this! This dish definitely top my favourite chart with its spicy curry taste and the crispy anchovies and curry leaves *totally love fried curry leaves*. As a matter of fact I feel like trying to replicate the dish at home and have them while watching Korean dramas, like popcorns! And I don't think I will share ;D

Crisp US Potatoes and Shredded Duck with Spicy Onion Jam

US Potato Chili Corn Carne

US Potato Espuma

US Potato Cake

US Potato Nachos Fries
Eating the fried potatoes with the sour cream and with all those toppings were just so good. The tomatoes and onion bits especially complement the savoury potato while the sour cream made it taste less oily. I could eat a lot of these!

Cajun US Fried Chili Octopus

Shrimp Etouffee US Potato Boat

US Potato Crawfish Pie

Smoked Wagyu Beef with US Potato Confit

US Potatto Gnocchi in Crispy Parmean Cracker and Creamy Tomato Sauce

Dog's Dinner

There were some quirky and interesting meal too like this Dog's Dinner which is not exactly a dog's dinner. LOL! It's for human consumption okay.

Stuffed US Potato Croquettes
Pizza with US Potatoes and Lamb

So how was that, quite overwhelming amount of potatoes menu right? Your mind might be thinking just how much calories I had that night eating more than ten different potato dishes. Actually I was thinking just like that before I discovered a super important facts about potatoes thanks to Puan Indra Balaratham, a well-known dietician.

Fact 1: Potato when cooked discerningly is in fact one of the healthiest vegetables one can consume.

Fact 2: One medium-size (5.3 ounce) skin-on US potato contains just 110 calories per serving, boasts more potassium (620g) than a banana, provides almost half the daily value of vitamin C (45 percent) and contains no fat, sodium or cholesterol

It was mind blowing for me, you know how fulfilling a potato can be; so with that much calories and a correct way of cooking it would be a perfect diet menu. I never thought I would gained so much information in just one night.

So if you would like to get a taste of the featured menu yourself you can visit the restaurants and hotels listed above as they will be serving their specially curated menu at their outlets around Klang Valley.

They will definitely be using US Potatoes for their dish especially the potatoes are of better quality, taste, versatility and nutritional value thanks to superior agriculture methods, harvesting and distribution facilities from the US. You can also purchase the US Potatoes from all Malaysia leading supermarket and hypermarket to use them in your own dish at the comfort of your own. 
For more information visit or www.potatoesusa-malaysia

*Pictures credit to +Miriam Goh unless stated :)

Till next post, toodles~! ♥ミ


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