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Enfin by James Won

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James Won considers himself to be an experience curator for his guests, evoking in them all six senses. While the bright city lights of Kuala Lumpur glow outside, his philosophy in the kitchen is to create original cuisine that pays homage to Nature’s gifts, with an emphasis on texture, fresh flavours and overall balance. He believes it is about the explosion on your palate – igniting fireworks in the mouth and mind, just like Krug Champagne. 

A talk with James Won

Food that tastes beautiful and takes you on a journey of the senses.
How would you describe your culinary philosophy?
A multi-sensory experience based around heritage and technique.
What is your culinary obsession?
Deconstructing traditional recipes from my Chinese heritage.
Can you describe the human quality you value most highly?
Integrity is the quality I value most. I am a student of H.E. 25th Tsem Tulku Rinpoche, one of the greatest living Buddhist teachers of our time. I translate this quality into my food and my environment. As Chefs, we need to pay homage to mother earth. She provides us with an abundance of life, so we must respect her bounties.
How does the location of your restaurant inspire your cooking?
In Kuala Lumpur, we have access to amazing indigenous herbs, plants and seeds and a diversity of cultures that allows us to lay claim to being the original fusion cuisine. I try to harness these ingredients, ideas and influences in my cooking.
What was the most memorable meal you either cooked or ate?
It was for my uncle four years ago. He requested a simple fried egg on rice, sunny side up, and it was one of his last meals before passing on. He told me it was the best egg he had ever had; his smile was what made it all the more valuable and rewarding.
Which hens lay the best eggs?
Organic, free-range village hens. In Malaysia, we call them ayam kampung, which literary means “village chicken”. Their eggs are smaller with light brown shells. The yolks are mandarin yellow, and the albumen is tight and extra viscous. Rich yet light.
And finally… Which came first? The chicken or the egg?
Attempting to identify the first case of a circular argument is an exercise in utter futility.

Enfin by James Won

Kuala Lumpur - MY
Menara Hap Seng, Lot 2-05, level, 2.01, Jalan P Ramlee
50250, MY
+60 10-288 7920

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