Apr 20, 2016

New Zealand Food Connection Malaysia 2016

Yours truly was at the InterContinental Kuala Lumpur recently and was very fortunate to get to see  Chef Sam Kung, Executive Chef of InterContinental Kuala Lumpur creating a very simple dish using the New Zealand King Salmon with his dish "Pan Seared  New Zealand King Salmon with Vanilla Mash and Orange Salsa Capers"

Of course, being a professional, he made it all seem so simple... 

Here are what I learned..... and the ingredients...

Some herbs for garnishing...

Lovely fresh King Salmon from New Zealand waters...seasoned with just pepper and salt... nothing more nothing less....

Just put some olive oil in the pan...

And put in the salmon skin first.......this is so you can achieve crispy skin... Leave it to be cooked for just 3-4  minutes so your salmon does not overcook...

Then flip it over... the salmon must still be pinkish when you take it out so it will not lose it's flavorings and taste...else it can be dry...

This is a bowl of Vanilla Mash Chef Sam Kung has already prepared before hand... basically it is just normal mash potato with a little bit of Vanilla bean so it has a little bit of Vanilla taste to it....

Just scoop up the mash potato and put it on the plate and arrange your salmon on top of it... and top it off with some Orange Salsa Capers...(got this from the internet: 1/2 orange (slice 1/4 of the orange into thin slices, the rest will be used for juice) ,1/2 lemon (slice 1/4 of the lemon into thin slices, the rest will be used for juice) and 1 teaspoon capers (drained)) and the herbs... and it's ready to be eaten...

Then we had a little mocktail/ punch demo by SHOTS as well with this lovely New Zealander girl...

She taught us how to prepare a passionfruit mixture....

Starting with two teaspoons of brown sugar,.....

And one whole lime squeezed in....Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves in the lime juice....

Then add 30ml of the Passionfruit cordial/SHOTT....

Add some ice and 7up/ Sprite......


So anyway, King Salmon and SHOTT were just among the a few New Zealand brands from New Zealand unveiled at the New Zealand Food Connection Malaysia fair...alongside many others....at the InterContinental Hotel recently...

“Every day, our more than 2,600 food producers create mouthwatering and nutritious foods to suit every palate in Asia, all in safe, sustainable and pristine conditions,” says Matt Ritchie, New Zealand Trade Commissioner to Malaysia.

 New Zealand is one of only two countries to export more than half its total food production and Malaysia is its 9th largest export market, with trade volumes growing at pace year-on-year. 

Anyway, everyone knows with green pastures, crisp mountain air and sapphire blue and clean waters, New Zealand products are among the best in the world....

The showcase at Food Connection Malaysia is a demonstration of New Zealand’s understanding of the complex international food market and the rapidly growing need to produce safe and quality food in a sustainable and innovative manner. 

“We are honoured to work with likeminded partners here in Malaysia and look forward to bringing even more delicious and high-quality New Zealand food to Malaysian consumers,” says HE Dr. John Subritzky,New Zealand Ambassador/High Commissioner to Malaysia. 

This is a great platform for importers, and people keen to start a business with some of New Zealand’s best F&B products as they can just head over to the fair and meet the companies all without having travelling to New Zealand! 

For consumers like you and me, we can look out for New Zealand produce in supermarkets or visit www.newzealand.com to find out more.

What’s new this year: 
 Spring Sheep Milk Co.: Luxurious, creamy and healthy NZ sheep milk products including gelato and milk powder suitable for lactose-intolerant individuals 

 Pic’s Peanut Butter: The peanut butter brand in New Zealand, with no preservatives, no colouring, no added sugar, just high oleic peanuts 

 Arahi Beverages: High quality halal wine using high quality wine grapes (yup, finally we can indulge in HALAL non alcoholic wine......!!)

 Southern Fresh: 30 years growing experience. New Zealand's leading professional growers and processors of high quality baby vegetables, salad lines, and herbs - both fresh and processed. 
(I am so, so in love with those colourful vegetables here....)
 Sealord: One of the largest seafood companies in the Southern Hemisphere. And with more than 50 years of fishing experience, farming, processing and marketing operations. 
 Mud House Wines: Two decades and Award winning vineyard 
 Emerald Foods: Premium Ice Cream manufacturer based in Auckland since 1985 

Also featured were the best in meat, seafood, beverage and grocery items from the likes of Dunningham, Eco Healthy Foods, Emerald Foods Ltd, Fonterra Brands, Giesen Wines, Kapiti Ice Cream, Mudhouse, New Zealand Unlimited SDN BHD, Pure South, Sealord, Shott Beverages, Spring Sheep Milk Co,Talley's, The New Zealand Dessert Company and The Tatua Co-operative Dairy Company 

To know more about New Zealand and their fresh produce, do head over to www.newzealand.com to find out more... and I wonder when I can see New Zealand with my own eyes..... huhuhu


  1. Gosh! The salmon dish looks super delicious here!! <3

  2. Wow, look at the big chunk of juicy salmon, so tempting, yummy :)

    1. I know right... I was almost salivating in front of the chef...hahah

  3. I love New Zealand Pure South Lamb its so juicy and tender.

  4. I love their mussels. Fresh and juicy. Can't wait to join the cooking challenge.

  5. I also invited by this event too, but I cannot go because I have to busy >.< I love to see fresh salmon from new zealand as I am fan salmon! :D

    1. Salmon is one of the healthiest fish around... I love Salmon too

  6. Oh my that salmon dish looks amazing Miera - certainly very tempting. All of them look really fresh too.

  7. Omo! The salmon but the chef kinda spoiled it! :(
    Anyway, love everything from New Zealand coz their quality always top notch. :D


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