|George Town, 1 February 2018 – Be different to be outstanding as chefs. This is the golden rule that really wins the gold for the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts (SHTCA), KDU Penang University College (KDU Penang).|
Instead of the ordinary bun, the chef team used instant noodles to make an eye-catching, mouth-watering burger that wooed the judges and won a gold in the ‘My Burger’ category of the 5th Penang International Halal Chefs Challenge 2018.
“We boiled the instant noodles, shaped them round like buns and then pan-fried them with flour so that they will be firm and chewy. All other contestants were using wheat buns, so our style made our burger stand out on the display table,” said SHTCA senior lecturer Darren Tan.
For the patty, Tan said the team opted for a specially blended fish cake.
The team of about 15 young chefs also bagged a gold medal in the Modern Malaysian Cuisine category with an ultra-healthy dish they called Quinoa Ulam. This is a rendition of the traditional Nyonya serving of nasi ulam, which is rice with a blend of finely chopped herbs.
“Nasi ulam is a fantastically healthy and tasty meal. It’s made with so many wonderful herbs like the leaves of kaduk (wild betel), kunyit (turmeric), serai (lemon grass), limau purut (kaffir lime), kesum (polygonum), mint and kantan (torch ginger) flowers.
“We re-created the recipe by replacing rice with quinoa. It’s even healthier and quinoa makes the bite more satisfying,” Tan explained. Quinoa is the seed of a South American herb of the same name and is a popular healthfood alternative to rice.
The team scored another gold in the Ambient Cake and Coffee Pairing competition also held at the event between the 26th and 28th Jan, 2018. They also scored seven bronze medals at the event.
To know more about Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts in KDU Penang, contact 04-238368 or visit www.kdupg.edu.my.