Kuching-born pastry chef is one of the best in Asia, according to the Michelin Guide | Malaysia

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Screenshot of Chef Michelle Goh’s Michelin Guide website and her signature “Cereal Bowl” dessert. — Photo by Borneo Post Online

KUCHING, March 11 — Chef Michelle Goh, 28, from Kuching, has been recognized as one of Asia’s best pastry chefs by the Michelin Guidethe world famous culinary guide.

The chef at Mia, a contemporary European restaurant in Thailand, was among 17 from the region to be honored by the guide on the recent International Women’s Day.

In an article on the Michelin Guide website, which featured female pastry chefs, Goh opened up about her signature “Cereal Bowl” dish and what keeps her going.

She revealed that the dish was inspired by her sister’s favorite dessert, which was shaved ice topped with Milo, condensed milk and corn.

“I wanted to take those flavors and make a dessert and I realized that all of those ingredients are typically things we have for breakfast, so I decided to make an equivalent of a bowl of cereal,” said she told the Michelin Guide.

Goh added that the idea was a bowl of cereal with nostalgic flavors of childhood favorites.

She said her dish contained a homemade cereal mix of caramelized popcorn, chocolate crumble, dehydrated milk and puff pastry, a scoop of corn ice cream and a finished table side with cornflake infused milk.

“I wanted to present something delicious and simple to create the flavors everyone knows in a new and exciting way.”

Goh then talked about the importance of perseverance and self-confidence.

“Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. If you want something, go out and get it. If you want to be heard, don’t be afraid to speak your mind. Be confident, work hard and work to be respected instead of loved,” she said.

An article on the Michelin Guide website in September last year, which featured Goh, said she left Sarawak aged 18 to study and hone her skills at Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, Australia, before moving to Singapore then in Bangkok as a pastry chef at the age of 23.

She had worked at Sühring, a restaurant in Thailand, which had received two Michelin stars.

The guide said Goh and her fiancé, chef Pongcharn “Top” Russell, are the main forces behind Mia, who won the Michelin Plate award for the first time in the 2021 edition of the Michelin Guide Thailand.

the Michelin Guide are published by Michelin, the French tire company, since 1904. For many chefs around the world, the awarding of Michelin stars is one of the greatest professional achievements. — Borneo Post Online

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