MaoLaysia Lunch | Pairing Kakikopi and Grace Vineyard


A core goal of Maovember is to raise money in fun unique ways. This year’s MaoLaysia lunch embodied that spirit by pairing a Malaysian restaurant owner and a Malaysian winemaker in China for the first time. Jasmine Kho of Southeast Asian restaurant Kakikopi in Beijing and Lee Yeanyean of Grace Vineyard winery in Shanxi put on a meal to remember.

More than a dozen Malaysian favorites, including Laksa Sarawak, Beef Rendang and Malay Chicken Curry, were paired with a range of Grace sparkling, white and red wines, with Chairman’s Reserve 2015 as a special treat. Kho and Lee led the way, explaining each pairing to the attendees, many of whom showed up ready for the “colorful shirt” theme.

By the time the last dish and last glass were finished, the event had raised 7,372 kuai / 73,720 mao for Maovember.

Maovember focuses on quirky events for good causes. Our 2022 partner is Library Project, which has furnished thousands of reading rooms in rural schools. Learn more about Maovember here. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.