Malaysian culinary enthusiasts with a penchant for cooking delicious Korean fare like bulgogi, Korean fried chicken, ddukbokki (spicy rice cake) and the ubiquitous bibimbap might just stand a chance to win a cash prize AND a round-trip to South Korea!
For the fourth time, the Hansik (K-food) contest will be organised in Malaysia. The contest is organised by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Malaysia and various other government bodies and is only open to Malaysian citizens, with the base idea of unearthing talented locals able to cook up a Korean storm.
“This event is aimed at raising awareness of Korean food, traditions, history and culture among the Malaysians and also to encourage contestants to think out of the box by trying to blend the Korean food into Malaysians’ tastes.
“Through this event we can introduce Korean food (Hansik) and Korean food ingredients to Malaysians, many of whom are already K-food lovers,” says Jung Inhee, the second secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Malaysia.
To enter the contest, intrepid home cooks will have to submit a picture and recipe of a Korean dish they intend to enter for the competition. Bonus points will be awarded to contestants who include links of their cooking photos or video clips on Facebook or YouTube showing Korean food of any kind.
Deadline for submission is Sunday, 25 August. Selected contestants will be notified via email and invited to participate in a live cooking session on 28 September, where they will be required to cook the dish they have entered for the competition and then present it to a panel of judges.
The winner of the competition will walk away with RM2,500 in cash as well as a round trip to South Korea. Four other contestants will also be given cash prizes.
“From my viewpoint, K-food is quite popular in Malaysia and it gets more and more attention among Malaysians. I can easily see Korean restaurants at major shopping malls. So this event will eventually contribute to increasing awareness and understanding about not only Korean food but also Korean culture in Malaysia,” says Jung.
Find the entry requirements and application form here.