Kitchen Gurus: Tips On Cooking Italian Food In Malaysia

Italian Chef Riccardo Milone draws from his experience of cooking in Malaysia.

Chef Riccardo Milone with Ken Wong of a’Roma dinings

Known as Petaling Jaya’s best-kept Italian secret, a’Roma dinings opened its doors in 2015 with
the aim to gentrify the local community of Taman Paramount. In June, the family-run business collaborated with a renowned Italian chef, Riccardo Milone, to unveil a new a la carte menu.

Chef Riccardo boasts over 30 years of culinary and restaurant consulting experience under his belt. His work spans multiple continents with notable projects such as Restaurant La Truffle Noir and La Maison du Boeuf in Brussels, Restaurant Galileo and Teatro Goldoni in Washington DC, the iconic La Petite France in Richmond, and Ristorante Le Madri in New York .

Currently, he owns and runs two restaurants which are Osteria del Pasco in Italy and DIVA Restaurant of Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat in France.

Here, he shares exclusively with us his tips on cooking Italian food in Malaysia.

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Our climate does affect the texture of pasta and breads

If you find that following a certain recipe doesn’t give you the result you were hoping for, you may have to tweak it through trial and error. This is because our climate can affect the way food cooks and tastes, such as how long it takes for spaghetti to be al dente.

“Humidity changes the texture of what we call ‘live’ food, like pasta and bread, where you have yeast and eggs. I did find some problems when cooking in Malaysia, and also because of the flour that’s available here. Adding a little bit of rice flour rakes out a lot of humidity,” says Chef Riccardo.

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