When I found out that Malaysians are amongst the most obese in the SEA region, it’s not surprising considering that we often overindulge in the myriad of tasty but unhealthy local fare in this multicultural country. Some of us even travel across great distances in pursuit of a bowl of authentic Penang asam laksa or a plate of nasi dagang from the east coast.
Contrary to popular belief, healthy food can also be tasty and appetizing at the same time without compromising health. It is not difficult to prepare wholesome and delicious meal – you just need to know how!
Columbia Asia Master Chef Challenge 2015
Committed to educating the community on the best way to eat healthy, 9 chefs from across Columbia Asia’s facilities nationwide faced-off in the Columbia Asia Master Chef Challenge 2015. They worked closely with the in-house dietitian to reinterpret Malaysian favourites and recipes so that the output is a diabetic-safe meal plan without compromising taste.
Do you know that a typical Malaysian consumes an average of 26 teaspoons of sugar per day? That’s a shocking number!
As the chefs prove with their creativity, healthy eating is not limited to vegetarian and gluten-free options. Many of our current dishes can be healthier simply by making serving adjustment as well as replacing the sweetened and rich ingredients with more fibrous and less sweet alternatives.
“It’s okay to eat your favourite nasi lemak or char kuey teow once in a while. The key is not to make deprivation as your mantra but rather, moderation and substitution. We as Malaysians need to learn to eat more balanced meals by opting for healthier alternatives,” said Columbia Asia dietician, Kong Woan Fei.
Media Choice Award:
Champion – Nasi Lemak by Chef Ravindran Mathavan, Columbia Asia Hospital – Seremban
First runner up – Nasi Dagang with Baked Fish Curry by Chef Mahmor Abas, Columbia Asia Hospital – Nusajaya
Second runner up – Wantan Noodles with Baby Kai Lan & Steamed Chicken by Chef Khairudin Nordin, Columbia Asia Hospital – Petaling Jaya
Columbia Asia Master Chef Challenge 2015 Result:
Champion – Stir Fried Brown Rice A La Kerabu Served with Chicken Roll & Percik Sauce by Chef Fauziah Pakwan Chik, Columbia Asia Hospital – Setapak
First runner up – Nasi Lemak by Chef Ravindran Mathavan, Columbia Asia Hospital – Seremban
Second runner up – Nasi Dagang with Baked Fish Curry by Chef Mahmor Abas, Columbia Asia Hospital – Nusajaya
Columbia Asia has always been championing the cause for diabetes awareness through its CSR efforts. Besides the cook-off, this year’s campaign also focuses on giving voice to the children with diabetes through Columbia Asia’s short story and poetry competition.
Diabetic kids under 12-years old are encouraged to express themselves in writing, sharing what it is like to live with diabetes. The theme of this competition is ‘My Life as a Diabetic Child.’ Cash prizes valued at a total of RM19,000 will be awarded to the winners.