Spreading positive vibes via festive food


Participants are encouraged to clearly show the steps when preparing the Chinese New Year dishes in their video submissions.

JOHOR BARU: Aspiring cooks can fire up their stove and get creative for a cooking competition organised by the Malaysia Guangxi Women’s Association in search of delicious Chinese New Year dishes.

The competition’s organising chairperson and association youth wing committee member Yap Zhi Xian said although the Lunar New Year was about two months away, the association decided to organise a cooking competition to get Malaysians excited to usher in the Year of the Ox.

“This year has brought all sorts of bad news for us with the Covid-19 pandemic, economic downturn, and travel restrictions.

“So we hope that with this competition, we can help to spread some positive energy and get people to look forward to a better year ahead, ” she told StarMetro.

She explained that participants could submit a three-minute clip of themselves cooking their favourite Chinese New Year dish, usually served for reunion dinner or on the first day of the celebration, or a new festive dish.

“The movement control order has produced many home cooks, so this competition is to motivate them to share their recipes with the public and inspire others to cook as well.

“We also hope that this competition can encourage people to spend quality time with their family by bringing their loved ones together for the project, ” she added.

Since the competition kicked off on Dec 1, Yap said the association had already started receiving entries and looked forward to getting more submissions before the deadline of Jan 15 next year.

She said there were three grand prizes and 15 consolation prizes to be won including premium abalone and cash vouchers.

“The competition is open to all Malaysians, and entries can be in Chinese, English or Bahasa Malaysia.

“We will be looking at certain criteria, including creativity and presentation of the Chinese New Year dishes, ” she elaborated.

However, she said entries of festive cookies and cakes were not encouraged.

The winners will be announced on Jan 18 next year via the association’s Facebook page.

Participants are also required to make sure that the video submission includes subtitles, participant’s details, name of the dish and preparation steps.

The video should not exceed three minutes in length and can be submitted via email to perastuanguangxiwomenmsia@gmail.com

For details, call Yap at 011-3779 6796.

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