Malaysian Chef Earns One MICHELIN Star For Her Fine Dining Restaurant In Bangkok

She has become the youngest female Malaysian chef to receive the prestigious recognition.

Cover image via The Borneo Post & @miarestaurantthailand (Instagram)

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A Malaysian woman has earned a remarkable one MICHELIN star as the head chef and co-owner of fine dining restaurant Mia in Bangkok

According to The Borneo Post, 30-year-old Michelle Goh, who hails from Kuching, Sarawak, has also become the youngest female Malaysian chef and the first ever Sarawakian to receive the prestigious recognition.

Goh's restaurant, Mia, which she co-owns with her husband, Thai chef Pongcharn Russell, was awarded a 2024 MICHELIN star at the Thailand MICHELIN Guide Ceremony in December last year.

The co-owners of Mia: Michelle Goh and her husband, Pongcharn Russell.

Image via The Borneo Post

Goh's culinary journey leading up to the accomplishment of running her own restaurant actually began at Le Cordon Bleu Sydney at the age of 18

She subsequently trained at Shangri-la Sydney under well-renowned chef Anna Polyviou, worked at the three-hatted Rockpool — now known as Eleven Bridge — under esteemed Australian chef Neil Perry, then at Pollen in Singapore under Jason Atherton, before moving to Thailand.

As a testament to her capabilities, Goh was also the head of pastry at contemporary German restaurant Suhring in Bangkok when the restaurant earned its two MICHELIN stars.

Goh is seen in action in the kitchen.

Image via The Borneo Post

She opened Mia in 2019 with her husband, who is also a top chef named in Forbes' 30 under 30 Asia

According to the MICHELIN Guide, Mia offers modern European cuisine with Asian influences in three distinct dining rooms in a contemporary two-storey house.

It recommends the restaurant's seasonal 'Taste of Mia' menu, which "shows off dishes with complex, well-balanced flavours" in five or eight courses, with vegan and vegetarian options available.

Besides earning a MICHELIN star, Mia was also named one of Bangkok's Top 100 Restaurants by BK Magazine last year, and also given the 'Best Dessert Menu' award.

Check out some of the restaurant's beautiful creations:

Last year, Malaysia saw its first restaurant earning two MICHELIN stars:

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