Teens bake their way to scholarship


Sweet victory:Ling Hui and Neesha holding their trophies and mock cheque at KDU Penang University College, George Town.

GEORGE TOWN: Two months of practice and trays of burnt tau sar pneah later, a baking duo from the Penang Chinese Girls’ Private High School have earned a full scholarship worth as much as RM40,000 to study any hospitality course at KDU Penang University College.

J. Neesha and Teh Ling Hui, both 17, beat 31 other teams to emerge champions of the Ghee Hiang Po­­wer Chef 2018 student competition.

An established Penang brand, Ghee Hiang is known for its tau sar pneah, the popular mung bean biscuits.

Neesha said she took up cooking as a hobby when she was nine.

“I learnt how to cook in school but I never tried baking tau sar pneah until the two months leading up to the competition.

“For the event we decided to keep it simple by sticking to the traditional mung bean filling.

“The win came as a complete shock. We really weren’t expecting it,” she said, adding that this was their first time participating in a cooking contest.

Meanwhile, Ling Hui said she only started cooking last year.

“We are still mulling over which course to take,” she added.

Penang Chefs Association director of social and recreation Ong Hock Lye, who presided as one of the judges, said the decision was not an easy one.

“I was thoroughly impressed by the skills and creativity showcased by the contestants, given that many of them were first-timers.

“It was a close decision but it ended up coming down to the correct balance of ingredients that is important in keeping the tau sar pneah from becoming too sticky or dry,” he said yesterday.


   

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