The Malaysian Palm Oil Council (MPOC) collaborated with KidZania Kuala Lumpur to hold a baking demonstration and cooking workshop at the popular edutainment centre.
The workshop, which was in line with KidZania’s school holiday “Career Fair” theme, saw the participation of more than 100 children and parents.
Two Universiti Teknologi Mara final-year culinary arts students, Anees Enrina Hazman and Muhammad Ridzuan Sanat, started off the event with a demo baking brownies with chocolate ganache.
This was followed by a hands-on workshop where children and parents learned how to make palm oil-based mayonnaise for egg and tuna sandwiches.
The children not only watched and listened attentively during the demo, but also had a great time whisking away at a mixture of palm oil and egg yolk to make their own mayonnaise.
The two students also shared informative facts on palm oil throughout the event to educate participants on the nutritional value, benefits and advantages of the vegetable oil.
“It’s my first time doing a demonstration like this and I felt nervous although I’ve done a lot of presentations in class,” said Anees Enrina.
“The public in general have a negative impression of palm oil and we wanted to fix that,” she added.
Muhammad Ridzuan, who has three years’ experience in conducting baking workshops in UiTM’s Baker’s Club, agreed.
“When facing (culinary) students, it’s more technical and professional. But since this event is for the public, I used easy terms to get the meaning across.
“When delivering information, it’s important to turn facts into fun activities they can participate in,” he said.
The chefs-to-be are part of the Palm Oil Ambassadors Programme under the Love MY Palm Oil Campaign.
Under the programme, students at various institutions of higher learning apply to become ambassadors promoting local palm oil by becoming speakers at events, organising related events or helping to spread the message on social media.
The campaign, launched recently by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is an initiative by the Primary Industries Ministry via the MPOC to instil pride and greater appreciation of the benefits of local palm oil.
It focuses on the socio-economic, health, nutrition, food, environment and non-food aspects of palm oil.
The baking demonstration and cooking workshop supported MPOC’s aim to attract more visitors to its Palm Chocolate Factory at the same premises.
Since its May 2018 launch, approximately 22,000 children have visited the Chocolate Factory to take part in a chocolate-making activity using palm-oil-based stock.
While doing so, children learned a few key messages on local palm oil from a short video and poster presentation as well as a puzzle-solving activity, in addition to taking away brochures and chocolates.
Another upcoming event, also to be held in KidZania Kuala Lumpur, will see MPOC hosting a palm oil soap-making workshop.
The educational outreach partnering with KidZania, which will run through December this year, is aimed at raising awareness of palm oil and providing opportu-nities for children to explore its benefits through fun activities.