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Sunday August 25, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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by beh yuen hui
PETALING JAYA: Using experience and knowledge passed down from their parents, sisters Sahana and Sahada Salihin edged out their rivals to win the Flavours Palm Oil Speed Stakes hypermarket sweep and cooking contest.
The sisters, both lawyers, wowed the judges with their Tangy Chicken with Salad & Cream Cheese Sauce in the Western cuisine cooking section of the competition.
“This is the first time we are cooking a Western dish but having a strong foundation from our parents really helped,” said Sahada, 30, adding that they learned to cook from their mother.
The sisters won RM2,000 cash, Giant shopping vouchers worth RM800 and an induction cooker.
Sixty teams, consisting of two members each, took part in the event held at the Giant hypermarket in Kota Damansara here yesterday.
In the first part of the competition, the teams had to complete a three-minute sweep of palm oil products in the hypermarket.
The top five teams with the most variety of products with palm oil as an ingredient – within a RM100 budget – then advanced to the second round, which had them cooking a Western dish in 45 minutes.
The judges for the cooking event were Italian chef Federico Michieletto, Giant Kota Damansara general manager Jimmy Chu and Flavours magazine editor Julie Wong.
The second prize of RM1,500 cash and RM300 worth of Giant vouchers went to Chai Koh Khai and Karen Sha while Georgen Thye and Foong Pui Hing clinched the third prize of RM700 cash and RM100 in Giant vouchers.
Palaniappan Kaartik and M. Nithya placed fourth, winning RM400 cash and RM100 worth of Giant vouchers, and the fifth prize of RM200 cash and RM100 Giant vouchers went to Julie Siow I Choo and Chong Sook Mun. The winners also received an induction cooker each.
Nobody went home empty-handed as all teams received Giant vouchers worth RM100 at the start of the hypermarket race as well as a goodie bag containing a bottle of Carotino cooking oil, a bottle of Buruh cooking oil and the August issue of Flavours.
Meal vouchers from Federal Hotel KL, Hotel Capitol KL, Swiss Garden KL and Berjaya Times Square Hotel were also given out to the audience during a public quiz session on the benefits of palm oil.
The Flavours Palm Oil Speed Stakes is part of The Star’s initiative to educate Malaysians on the importance of palm oil to the nation’s economy as well as to highlight the wide and various uses of palm oil and to understand its benefits.
The hypermarket cart race provided an exciting learning process in which participants can learn more about the role of palm oil in everyday life.
The event was presented by Flavours, Malaysia’s premier food and lifestyle magazine published monthly by Star Publications while Giant hypermarket was the venue sponsor.
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