Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Plate Culture, Kelly Siew Cooks, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Plate Culture, Kelly Siew Cooks, Kuala Lumpur, supper club
Audra - found or Plate Culture and Kelly Siew - home chef extraordinaire

Plate Culture, A Platform for Supper Clubbing in Kuala Lumpur

Underground supper clubs, or restaurantes de puertas cerradas (closed door restaurants) have been mysteriously hip establishments in Latin America for many years. The trend, of the anti-restaurant, where basically a home dinner party is opened up to paying outside guests, has recently hit North America and Europe. Often advertised on Facebook or through word of mouth, you generally need to “know someone” to get a seat.

Mimicking the trend of the guerilla kitchen, Plate Culture facilitates this experience for both diners and hosts in Malaysia.

Diners get to sample authentic home cooked dishes, often for a fraction of the cost of a restaurant. An intimate environment where you can talk with the chef and share possibly a culture other than your own is another huge draw card. With a huge pot of options to choose from, KLites are spoilt for choice: Lithuanian, Mauritian, Jungle Dining, Chinese, Indian, Healthy, Brunch, Grandma’s Recipes… the list goes on.

Hosts get to share their culinary and hospitality skills without the costly risk and set up of a restaurant. People who enjoy cooking, but don’t want the commitment of their own business, can make a little money from their passion and get the satisfaction of having an audience for their talents.  

Off to an incredibly successful start, Plate Culture has filled a niche in Kuala Lumpur. Only beginning in April, with the webpage launched in June, the platform already has 25 home chefs hosting meals in their residences.

We were fortunate to be hosted in the apartment of the lovely, Kelly Siew. This multi-talented lady is a doctor by degree, musician by trade and a master chef in her own kitchen. She offers both a Chinese Dinner and a Weekend Brunch.

Plate Culture, Kelly Siew Cooks, Kuala Lumpur,
The Lovely Chef - Kelly Siew
It was the Teochew and Foochow fusion cuisine that caught our eye, so we booked a dinner date with Kelly. She describes her dishes as ‘comfort’ food, recipes that she grew up eating cooked by her mum and grandmother. Originally from Sarawak, she’s also happy to whip up a bowl of piping hot Sarawak Laksa or Kolok Mee if you let her know in advance.

Here’s what we ate in Kelly’s home:

Vegetable Korma with Eggplant, Pumpkin, Potato and Green Beans - a wonderfully flavourful mix of vegetables that went well with the soft steamed brown rice served on the side. A healthy start that I very much enjoyed. 

Plate Culture, Kelly Siew Cooks, Kuala Lumpur,
Vegetable Korma with Eggplant, Pumpkim, Potato and Green Beans

Ang Jiu Chicken Soup - Kelly's grandmother is the secret to this tasty dish - her home made rice wine is a key ingredient. 

Plate Culture, Kelly Siew Cooks, Kuala Lumpur,
Ang Jiu Chicken Soup

Five Spice and Soy Sauce Braised Pork Belly - this plate is of Teochew origin and was a hearty, tummy filling, mouth wateringly yummy dish.

Plate Culture, Kelly Siew Cooks, Kuala Lumpur,
Five Spice and Soy Sauce Braised Pork Belly 

Steamed Fish (Gold Pomfret) - was another Teochew recipe. Light with a tasty covering of vegetables and meaty mushrooms, this too had no leftovers. 
Plate Culture, Kelly Siew Cooks, Kuala Lumpur,
Teochew Steamed Fish (Gold Pomfret)
For dessert we were treated to rather large individual servings of Lemon Tart. Perfect crust, creamy curd, there was not even a crumb left on our plates.

Plate Culture, Kelly Siew Cooks, Kuala Lumpur,
Lemon Tart

Guests are welcome to bring their own wine or drinks of choice.

Plate Culture’s tagline is “Homemade Happiness,” and after our dinner party with Kelly Siew, we’d have to agree.

Reason to visit:  authentic home cooked meals, excellent value, a friendly homey experience

Plate Culture
Kuala Lumpur
+6 014 223 2635


  1. Impressive, she's so talented! Didn't know she's a doctor too!

  2. Kelly is really a role model to everyone! ;D should learn more from her..;P

  3. beauty, brain & lots of talents... way to go Kelly! Food looks really comforting & yummy!

  4. Totally smitten with the soup and the tart. Such an awesome dinner with good company too!

  5. I must admit that I am totally blown away by the dishes (especially the Five Spice and Soy Sauce Braised Pork Belly and Ang Jiu Chicken Soup)! Wow, it must have been heavenly to be basking in the company of friends and delicious food. =)

  6. I've been to a couple of supper clubs & totally love it! I'd like to have that Braised Pork Belly........ yummy! Such a talented lady.

  7. Thank you for the lovely write up! It was a fun night. :D

  8. I had heard of this trend in America but didn't realize it had made it to Malaysia. Looks like and excellent meal.

  9. I like it how Kelly Siew present her dish. With smiles.


  10. Oooo...familiar Foochow dishes! I like!!!