Date: 1 & 2 March 2014
Location: Nibong Tebal and Genting Highlands
This trip was organized for Diploma in Professional Chef Training students, to experience and learn the concept of food systems, holistic farming and farm to table concepts. Destinations included the Northern Malaysia’s biggest fish farm, Amazing Nibong Tebal located in Nibong Tebal, Penang and also Mini Cameron Highlands Garden located in Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highlands, Pahang. Students were supervised by Chef Darren Tan, Mr. Jeff Lim and Ms. Lim Kim Yen.
At the fish farm, students went on a journey in a boat for 45 minutes into the deep terrain and eventually the ocean where all the fishing activities occur. Amazing Nibong Tebal is the largest fish farm in Northern Malaysia. After visiting the fish farm, students managed to get a glimpse of Penang’s 2nd bridge just 15 minutes away from the fish farm.
The next destination was Mini Cameron Highlands located in Gohtong Jaya, Genting Highlands for the Project Harvest. Students get hands-on experiences, and are exposed to agriculture and the cycle of farm to table. Students gathered together and harvested rows of grown cabbage, loosened the soil, and then planted cabbage sprouts. Students were brought on a farm tour around the gardens, witnessing all kinds of vegetables being planted there. Students also had the opportunity to pick strawberries fresh from its plant.
Students also made a culinary pitstop in Ipoh, Perak for the amazing and delicious Ipoh chicken hor fun and other foods. Some bought packets of famous Ipoh cookies and biscuits to bring back home.
The whole trip was extremely fun, memorable and educational. Although it was only 2 days and 1 night, it gave students and lecturers the opportunity to spend time together and have fun while learning. Students get to experience and see an actual fish farm, located in the ocean, learnt a lot about plantations, hydroponics, and much more.