The Chong siblings not only call Susan their mother, but also look up to her as their teacher and best friend. Vanessa, Pamela and their brother, Vincent are no strangers to the limelight – each well-known TV personalities in Malaysia. Their jobs and lifestyles have had them involved in constant travelling, which have hindered them from spending quality time with Susan. Now that all three out of six siblings are permanently residing in Kuala Lumpur, they want to take the opportunity to make up for all their missed celebrations and throw Susan a grand Mother’s Day Dinner Party.
Despite being Caucasian, Susan has fallen in love with spicy Asian cuisine such as Nasi Lemak, Beef Rendang and Ramen Noodles. Vincent is still occasionally surprised to find Susan munching on raw bird’s eye chilies, and suggests that the chefs would whip up a spicy English-Asian dinner for Susan. Vanessa and Pamela agrees that Susan also really enjoys her desserts, and think that Susan would absolutely love a special ice cream Durian cake.
While the concept of arranged marriages may seem foreign to many, Jeremiah and Jessica have found lifetime partners out of each from the process. When Jeremiah’s aunt told him that she had found him the perfect candidate to be his wife, he did not expect to be blown away immediately. For Jessica however, who was introduced by her sister-in-law, her first impression seemed ordinary. Overtime, Jeremiah’s instant adoration and persistence charmed her, and both married a year after meeting.
Attributing the success of their union to the involvement of their parents and families, the couple now wants to express their gratitude to both their families through a home-cooked Indian feast with a twist! The couple believes that a fusion meal consisting of Salmon Curry, or a spicy take on Gulap Jamun would be a fine treat for their families. Chocolate is also a definite favorite in the family, but it is best to stay away from Crustacean dishes due to allergies.
Izaaz and his sister, Izalia, have been pampered by their mother, Liza for as long as they can remember. Without a father figure in their lives, they have grown extremely close to Liza – who works, runs the household and still finds time to be a fulltime doting mother. Being only a young boy with no income of his own yet, Izaaz wishes to treat his mother to a lovely surprise Western fusion-themed Birthday and Mother’s Day Dinner, mostly to give her a break as she cooks at home everyday.
Izaaz mentions that Liza is extremely fond of duck, prawn and beef, and both of them share a great love for chili and spicy foods, something that his sister does not enjoy as much. Besides Molten Chocolate Lava Cakes and ice cream, Izaaz has caught his mother many times happily enjoying locally-made Banana Chips.
Adele Cheah was happily married for 10 years when her husband was suddenly taken away from their family from a fatal drowning accident. Adele was an adventure racer and organizer of sporting events when she met her soon-to-be husband, Kevin Tan, who was also an outdoor guide. In 2013, Kevin was guiding families to a waterfall in Bentong when a man was caught drowning in the water. Kevin heroically jumped in and managed to save the man’s life, but tragically lost his in the process, leaving behind his wife, four-year-old daughter Zoey and eight-month-old son Lucus.
With Kevin’s birthday coming up, Adele is reminded of the positive influence Kevin has had on her life and others, and would like to celebrate with a cuisine they both enjoyed having together – Vietnamese, namely Pho and Vietnamese Summer Rolls. While she enjoyed having sweets for desserts, Kevin always preferred savory local options such as Fried Banana Fritters.
Zachy, an engineer, and Amelia, a stay-at-home mum, first met each other in college, but only started dating a few years after. When Zachy planned to ask for Amelia’s hand in marriage, he blindfolded her and surprised her with an engagement party with all her family and friends present. His confidence paid off, as the two are now proud parents of three beautiful children, Eva (9), Leah (7), and Isaac (18 months).
This year, the lovebirds will be celebrating their 10th year anniversary. As they both come from tight knit families, they want to celebrate this milestone by throwing a Japanese-Chinese Fusion Anniversary Dinner Party for their loved ones. Amelia, who is half Chinese, is absolutely fond of Chinese cuisine, and because both their daughters love Japanese food, the couple has decided to combine the best of both worlds to cater to the family at large. For dessert, they both enjoy local flavors such as Chinese Sea Coconut with Longan ‘Tong Sui’ and Gula Melaka-infused desserts like Onde-Onde.
Sherman, an investment banker, married his long-term girlfriend, Boum, a year and a half ago on the breath-taking beaches of Hua Hin, Thailand. After settling down in her new home country, Malaysia, the two began a Thai food delivery business that would eventually rob them off their free time over the next year. Now that the food business has finally taken off, Sherman had realized how Boum has sacrificed many Thai holidays that matter the most to her and her family such as Songkran, Thai New Year and even both their birthdays. Having been so occupied with kick-starting the F&B business, Boum has gotten incredibly homesick over the past year.
Seeing that the last time Sherman sat down for dinner with his wife and in-laws was during their wedding, he has decided to fly down Boum’s friends and parents from Thailand for a family reunion to make up for lost time and celebrations.
As Boum’s parents are extremely adventurous with food, Sherman believes a combination of Western and Thai dishes would be a treat for everyone. Boum is very fond of desserts like Thapthim Krop, and can’t hide her delight for Malaysian Durian as it varies from those she used to get back home.