Kochabi Kitchen came about in a back alley in Gopeng, Ipoh. Chef-Owner, Michelle was on a 2-month road trip around Malaysia, covering 23 towns in 8 states. On that day, she was in search of an elusive home-made chee cheong fun that opens when the stars are aligned. To her dismay, the sun outshone the stars that very day. What she found instead was a dilapidated handwritten signage that spelt "Kochabi". Curious as always, she asked an idling neighbour, who nonchalantly replied, "It means 古早味" (old school taste in literal translation)
With that in mind, Michelle researched on the word and found that it indeed means 古早味 and is used by some in Penang and Taiwan. The same day, she went on social media and registered the brand name, knowing exactly that this is what she wanted her future kitchen to serve up. Comforting, familiar, delicious, soulful, relatable food that will feed not only the tummies but souls with the flavours and stories behind every dish.
Kochabi Kitchen is a pop-up by Chef Michelle Lee. Chef Michelle is currently an artist-in-residence at Practice Tuckshop.
Kochabi Kitchen Opening Hours
Tuesday, 11:00am - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Wednesday, 11:00am - 3:00pm
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday, 5:00pm - 11:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Closed on Monday, Thursday and Public Holidays.
Michelle started out in the media industry as a Production Assistant straight out of university and worked her way to being a seasoned producer of television content. After 8 years in the media industry, she made a track switch to pursue her passion of being a chef, which took her to Europe and United States where her skills in Culinary Arts was built in both 5* Hotels and Michelin Starred restaurants. Michelle has food and series produced all seasons of MasterChef Asia and MasterChef Singapore, and also the flying Consultant Producer across the Asia region for international food format shows, setting up full production teams and getting the show on track season after season. Apart from which, Michelle consults and works closely with brands customising events, experiences, recipes, and digital content suited for individual clients. A combined 20 years of both career paths brought her to where she is today, specialising in food content, online and offline curating experiences that shares valuable information through food. Michelle's passion and knowledge about food and media is unparalleled.