Philips Malaysia : Indulge in Chinese New Year Cooking Workshop

Philips Malaysia : Indulge in Chinese New Year Cooking Workshop 

Just last week, I participated in Philips Malaysia's Indulge in Chinese New Year Cooking Workshop. It was jointly hosted by Feminine Magazine with Chef Amy Beh present as well to demonstrate some awesome cooking using the Philips Airfryer with new TurboStar technology. It was a competition of sorts, and I'm proud to say my team won one of the three winner spots! Read on below. 

Philips Malaysia : Indulge in Chinese New Year Cooking Workshop
Philips Malaysia : Indulge in Chinese New Year Cooking Workshop 



Rich in tradition, family gatherings and good food, Chinese New Year is something many Malaysians look forward to every year. As many prepare to welcome the Year of the Rooster, it is time to fill the dining table with traditional Chinese New Year dishes to usher in more “fatt” with less fat with the help of Philips. 

A fun event indeed
A fun event indeed

As significant as each dish is, it is also important to remember that cooking methods have health consequences. For example, consuming too much oily fried food is bad for the heart. This Chinese New Year, Philips Malaysia is collaborating with celebrity Chef Amy Beh and Feminine magazine to introduce the healthier versions of several familiar traditional dishes made using the Philips Airfryer with new TurboStar technology. 

We all get to use the latest new red edition of the Philips Airfryer that afternoon to cook our dishes
We all get to use the latest new red edition of the Philips Airfryer that afternoon to cook our dishes
Chef Amy Beh in her element
Chef Amy Beh in her element

Deciphering the meanings of the dishes at the annual Chinese New Year dinner is like a treasure hunt. Each individual dish is steeped in tradition and is a homonym for a particular wish for the year to come. Among the must-have dishes at the table are fish to signify abundance, spring rolls and dumplings to represent wealth, tang yuan also known as sweet rice balls for family togetherness, and oranges, tangerines and pomelos for fullness and wealth .  

Apron ready, all set to whip up some healthy yummy dishes with the Philips Airfryer
Apron ready, all set to whip up some healthy yummy dishes with the Philips Airfryer

Let the competition BEGIN!

Ten groups of three person each compete in the competition, all aiming to win themselves a Philips Airfryer equipped with the new TurboStar technology. First Chef Amy Beh demonstrated to us how to prepare the three dishes, namely the Tong Kwai Flavour Roasted Pork, a fish dish, and lastly assam prawns. Interesting indeed, after the demo, we were on our own! 

Tong Kwai Flavour Roasted Pork
Tong Kwai Flavour Roasted Pork

Recipe for making that perfect Tong Kwai Flavour Roasted Pork using Philips Airfryer 


Main 
* Pork belly with skin (550 g)
* Water (1 liter)

Marinade (B) – To combine
* Oyster sauce (1 tbsp)
* Chinese five spices powder (1 tbsp)
* Pepper (1 tsp)
* Salt (1 tbsp)
* Chinese Angelica Powder – Tong Kwai Fen (8 g)

Marinade (C) – To rub on (for pork skin)
* Organic apple cider vinegar (1 tbsp)
* Salt (1 tsp)

Method
1. Place the pork belly, skin side up, into a pot of boiling water and simmer for 5-6 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the pork to soak for 6-8 minutes in the pot to allow the shape of the meat to become firm.
2. Remove and pat dry with kitchen paper towels.
3. Prick the skin with a sharp skewer all over to enable the skin to blister evenly and thoroughly during roasting.
4. Score or cut small, uniform gashes in the surface of the meat side and rub combined marinade (B) over the meat and sides.
5. Turn meat over and rub organic apple cider vinegar followed by salt onto the skin. Wipe the skin with kitchen paper towels to remove any excess water or liquid.
6. Place prepared pork piece in a plastic container. Leave the skin side up without covering the container. Keep in the refrigerator overnight to dry the skin.
7. Set the pork belly onto the PHILIPS Airfryer TurboStar basket and grill at a temperature of 180°C. Roast for 40-45 minutes or till the skin is evenly blistered and crackling.
8. Remove roast pork from basket. Cut into bite-sized pieces and serve at once.


Our group's Tong Kwai Flavour Roasted Pork, yummy!
Our group's Tong Kwai Flavour Roasted Pork, yummy!

“Chinese New Year is a time for families and friends to gather and spend quality time with each other, while wishing each other prosperity and a good year ahead. The annual Chinese New Year reunion dinner with its menu of traditional Chinese dishes is especially significant for all generations of the family. However, those that are health conscious may be concerned that traditional Chinese dishes are often saturated in oil and unhealthy fats,” said Muhammad Ali Jaleel, Chief Executive Officer of Philips Group of Companies in Malaysia. 

Our Grilled Spicy Fish with Shoulder Mushrooms
Our Grilled Spicy Fish with Shoulder Mushrooms
Tamarind Honey Prawns
Tamarind Honey Prawns


Now armed with TurboStar technology, the Philips Airfryer TurboStar is the latest in the Philips range of airfryers that helps consumers lose the oil but not the taste when cooking. From roasted pork to steamed chicken and spring rolls, the Philips Airfryer can help with the preparation of a complete Chinese New Year dinner for the coming Year of the Rooster.

Philips Airfryer TurboStar

We each got to use these to cook our dishes
We each got to use these to cook our dishes
Air frying our meal, 80% less fat
Air frying our meal, 80% less fat

Featuring a more compact design without compromising on capacity, the latest addition to the Philips Airfryer range continues to offer great tasting fried food cooked with up to 80% less fat. Not only is the new Philips Airfryer space-saving, but it is also time-saving as pre-heating is no longer needed. It comes equipped with Philips TurboStar technology that enables users to fry with little or no oil and produce food that is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The TurboStar technology also cooks fried food 50% more evenly and faster with no turning needed.

In conjunction with Chinese New Year, Philips has released a limited edition red Philips Airfryer (HD9623/31) to liven up the kitchen with the festive colour. Guess what? My team got to take home one of these babies, each! Why? because we won the competition of course! The Philips Airfryer is also available in digital versions (HD9640 at RRP RM1,399 and HD9643 at RRP RM1,499)

All the winners at Philips Malaysia's Indulge in Chinese New Year Cooking Workshop
All the winners at Philips Malaysia's Indulge in Chinese New Year Cooking Workshop 


Availability

The Philips Airfryer with TurboStar technology is available at any Philips authorised retailer nationwide, at the Philips Brand Store in Publika Shopping Gallery Kuala Lumpur and Sutera Mall Johor Bahru and the Philips Experience Store in Bayan Lepas, Penang. It is also available online at the Philips Official store on www.blip.my or Lazada on http://www.lazada.com.my/philips-official-store/

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