Chef Mei Ibach, who was born and raised in a Malaysian fishing village near Singapore, invites you to “think outside the box” with your taste buds. Experience the exotic spices and flavors of China, East India and Malaysia through her authentic recipes for sauces and dips. Of Chinese descent, Mei learned the secrets of Nonya cuisine in her native country, where Thai and Indonesian influences mingled with exotic Malay and Chinese spices to form a unique, hybrid cuisine.
Beside continuing to share her passion on food teaching at various culinary centers in Sonoma County and North Bay, Mei has expanded her expertise consulting with new restaurants on menu and recipes development. Her life mission is always keeping true to the principal of building relationship between good food, the land stewardship and sustainability with the community." As the ancient Chinese Proverb said it all " To the ruler, the people are heaven; to the people, food is heaven" - what better way to celebrate life than exploring of food with all those growers, farmers, foragers, fishermen, winemakers and other producers for their relentless energy and gifts of food to us all.
A culinary instructor at the Santa Rosa Junior College, Mei continues to share her passion for food through her exciting new line of Malaysia Mei Sauces. You can find Mei teaching at cooking schools such as Relish Culinary Adventures in Healdsburg and selling her sauces at the Healdsburg Farmers Market, the Santa Rosa Original Farmers Market and the Windsor Farmers Market. She offers tours to Asia and Southeast Asia twice a year.