Secret’s Out #74 – Where to find Asia’s best chefs and discover hidden gourmet gems

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Chef Ton, Le Du – Bangkok

 
Tartare served at Mume, Taipei
 

 
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 was just unveiled in Macau
and the Michelin Guide recently awarded their latest Stars and their Bib Gourmand selections in Thailand and Taiwan.
Listed once again in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, and this year amongst the Top 25, are some of the talented chefs who form the community that is Secret Tables and pioneer the use of local and sustainable ingredients.
 
– #15 Le Du, Bangkok, Thailand. Chef Thitid Tassanakajohn (Ton).
Stand out dish: Khao kruk ka pi – mountain rice, shrimp paste and grilled river prawn
– #18
Mume, Taipei, Taiwan.Chefs Richie Lin, Kai Ward and Long Xiong.
Stand out dish: Crispy amadai with aromatic consomme and wild herbs.
Mume also won the Highest Climber Award for 2018, and was just awarded their first Michelin Star.
– #21
Locavore, Bali, Indonesia. Chefs Ray Adriansyah and Eelke Plasmeijer.
Stand out dish: Into the Sawah.
 

 

 
Chef Black, Blackish Artisan – Chiang Mai

 
Bidor Duck Breast served at Dewakan, KL
 

 
In the meantime, we at Secret Tables, have listed our own handpicked selection of gastronomic genius. While the incredible talents of some of our chefs are yet to be discovered by the mainstream, without rank or stars, with Secret Tables we share with diners the 20 restaurants we recommend to best experience the essence of Asia. The collective vision of all our chefs is their passion for sustainable practices, the use of local ingredients and their ambition to cook inspiring food.
Discover these Secret Tables here
 

 

 
Chef Pola, Mie Café – Siem Reap

 
Pork Belly served at Masque, Mumbai
 

 
We also continue to build international connections and opportunities for growth between our chefs. This year in June, our chefs and restaurant owners come together in Taiwan to forage through jungles, share skills and ideas and learn about new and unexplored ingredients.
 

 
 
Chef Jimmy – JL Studio, Taichung
 

 
Chef Jimmy Lim of JL Studio
will host his fellow chefs for three days across the country with assistance of
Chef Richie Lin from Mume and Chef Alex Peng from Akame

And as we gradually continue to select new restaurants to join our community, foodies can be assured of finding something new across Asia to tantilise the senses.