Thanis Lim

All Rounder Chef and Food Journalist

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Radisson Hotel presents Turkish Culinary and Cutural Festival

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In collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, the Radisson Hotel Brunei Darussalam will be having their First Turkish Cultural and Culinary Festival from 31 October to 8 November 2015.

 

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This festival will offer a some of the culinary specialties from various regions of Turkey prepared fresh by specialty chefs flown in from Turkey ranging from tasty kebabs, freshly-made baklavas and flat breads (gozlemes) to home-made dumplings (manti)  ~~ menus will be rotated daily of course.

 

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I had the pleasure to check out this exotic Turkish festival at Tasek Brasserie @ Radisson Hotel last night ~ and you gotta love their Turkish costumes ~~ they flew in two chefs all the way from Turkey – thanks to the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey! Here’s chef Turan Bora

 

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The other chef in action ~~ Baki Biyik ~~ looks so passionate while slicing the meat ~~

 

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It was a pretty windy night so sitting by the pool sounded like a great idea ~~~

 

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Cheese board for the night ~~

 

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Now let’s start with the food! Appetizers – there’s the make your own salad section with plenty of ingredients and dressings for you to mix and match ~~

 

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Or have the salads specially prepared by the chefs ~ here’s their crunchy vegetables salad

 

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Down to earth sweet corn salad ~

 

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Fasulye Fiyazi – A Turkish style white bean salad ~~

 

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Zeytinyagli Fasulye – Turkish style long bean salad

 

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Antep Ezme – initially I thought these were meatballs – but they are actually a Turkish delicacy – Antep garlic and walnuts with bread crumbs drenched in sauce. A flavour explosion ~~ and these are sooo good with the fragrant rice they serve.

 

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This is one of my favourites of the night! Haydari which is a Turkish style thick yoghurt with garlic and dill! Delicious with anything! I seemed to add this to a lot of other dishes to enhance it! Spot on good stuff! Gorgeous!

 

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It’s not your usual steamed rice tonight ~~ it’s a Turkish flavoured steamed rice called pirinç pilavı. I must say it’s really yummy! I usually avoid steam rice in buffets but I admit – I went back for this three times! The Turkish really know how to cook steamed rice!

 

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Bulghur Pilav is a steamed bulghur wheat which is a good healthy wholegrain! Guilt free and of course packed with the flavour of spices! Higher protein and fibre than brown rice!

 

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Another superfood – the chickpeas ~~Nohut Yahnisi ~~ Turkish style chickpea stew ~~ mmmm ~~~

 

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Something more local in the buffet spread – Stir fried noodles and vegetables to cater to those who want to have something more familiar in their meals.

 

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For soups – they usually will have a Turkish influenced soup and a Western or Asian soup. Today’s Turkish soup of the day is the red lentil soup called Mercimek Corbasi. Turkish really love their whole grains!

 

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Ahh I had my first taste of Turkish Borek when I was in Melbourne and was very pleased to see them here! A Turkish style puff pastry appetizer ~~ Kiymali Borek – stuffed with spiced mince meat! *droools*

 

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Next is the Pilic Sarma, which is a stuffed roast chicken dish ~~

 

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The stuffing appears to have a good hint of cinnamon and other spices ~~~ be sure to scoop some of the creamy sauce to balance it ~~ simply yummy!

 

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Izmir Koftesi ~~ A Turkish style long meatballs kinda like a kofta ~~ served with vegetables in a stew.

 

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Levrek Tavaa ~~ A Turkish style fried seabass slices ~~ these go well with the Haydari yoghurt I talked about!

 

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These flatted meatballs called Izgara Kofte is kinda like koftas as well ~~ again –this goes superbly with the Haydari Yoghurt!

 

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One of the highlights – kebabs ~~ mmm ~~

 

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The process of wrapping the Turkish kebabs ~~ *drools*

 

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Gorgeous Turkish Kebabs ~~~ again I must dip these with the yoghurt! AHHAHAHHAHAH

 

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Awwww yeahhhh!! EAT ALL THE TURKISH FOOD!

 

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While dining, diners can enjoy a Turkish “Ney” musical performance nightly. “Ney” is Turkey’s traditional end-blown flute creating mystical music.

 

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Gotta love these lights ~~~ so colourful!

 

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Let’s have a look at desserts! Lots of Turkish influenced desserts I must say! Turkish desserts are generally quite sweet so be ready to enjoy them with coffee or tea. Those with a sweet tooth will love them!

 

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Ice cream! Who wants ice cream?! *raises hand*

 

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Fresh fruits for those who want something lighter for dessert ~~ or can’t take too sweet desserts

 

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Kazandibi – A Turkish style pudding with caramelized tops. Kinda like creme caramel but with more spices and slightly different texture!

 

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Kalbura Basti – Turkish style cookies ~ kinda like spiced cookies dunked into syrup to give it a slightly softer texture than regular cookies.

 

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Sam Tatlisi -Turkish Almond Cake ~~ oooooooh yesss! I love almonds!

 

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Proftorol – Turkish style chocolate profiteroles ~~

 

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Revani – Turkish style semolina cookies with syrup and walnuts.

 

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oooh Turkish Eclairs! w000t! One does not say no to these!

 

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Sekerpare ~~ a Turkish style soft cake with almonds~~

 

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More assorted desserts  ~~~

 

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Sutlac – Turkish rice pudding!

 

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Last but not least – the gorgeous baklava! The most famous Turkish pastry ~~ layers of filo pastry with glazed nuts!

 

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Seriously ~~ look at that beautiful piece of pastry ~~ *drools*

 

 

 

 

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Group of friends enjoying their Turkish culinary experience ~~ smile for the camera!

 

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At the lobby, diners will be captivated by a unique art style called Turkish Ebru (Painting-On-Water) art performance, the dance of the colours on water and transferring this painting onto paper! You can even try it yourself ~~ the lady will teach you for a price of course!

 

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Some of the guests having fun with the Ebru ~~

 

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My guest for the night: Poh Chuan having a go at the Ebru art ~~ well done!

 

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Naturally – me the foodie blogger must use my artistic instincts to have a go at Ebru art too! Do you like it? Hee hee ~~

 

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By the way, Diners will have the chance to win attractive lucky draw prizes such as return air-tickets for 2 persons to Dubai courtesy from Royal Brunei Airlines, a return air-ticket for 1 person to Jakarta and a return air-ticket for 1 person to Singapore. Wow! I want that ticket to Dubai!

 

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Buffet dinner is priced at B$36net per adult and B$18net per child. Diners who pay with their Baiduri Bank credit or debits cards will enjoy up to 20% savings. So be sure to drag your friends who have Baiduri Bank cards!

 

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Reservation is highly recommended as you don’t know when you will have a chance to sample Turkish cuisine from chefs flown all the way from Turkey! Please call 2244272 extension 8872 to reserve your seats!

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