Malaysia Airlines is taking onboard catering to new heights with the introduction of a sizzling new Signature Dish from MasterChef favourite, author and TV presenter Poh Ling Yeow, available for three months only on flights from 1st December 2014.
Poh’s Nyonya Chicken Curry with a roti-style croissant will soon feature on the Business and Economy Class menu of all outbound flights from Australia to Kuala Lumpur, giving passengers a taste of her family’s “special occasion” go-to meal.
“Nyonya Chicken is such a definitive Malaysian dish and definite crowd pleaser,” Poh said. “It is so loved in my family that it has a permanent, albeit out-of-place, position next to the other festive goodies on our Christmas table every year!”
The collaboration is a first for Malaysia Airlines in this region and just the third under the watch of Chef Zahiddin Dris, the airline’s executive chef and developer of the carrier’s menus worldwide. He has utilised the talents of Amandine Chaignot, Chef de Cuisine from the Raphael Hotel in Paris, for the Paris to Kuala Lumpur menus and Irish-born Michelin Star Chef Richard Corrigan for London to Kuala Lumpur flights.
Poh, also a Logie-nominated TV presenter and artist, says she has combined her knowledge of Australian palates and love of Malaysian cuisine in developing a Signature Dish that soars.
“Australia’s produce is world-class and the proximity to Asia has broadened our culinary sense of adventure over the past few decades,” Poh said. “Australians appreciate Malaysian gastronomy because it’s a very unpretentious, inclusive food culture and the fusion of Malay, Indian and Chinese influences has created an incredibly diverse, vibrant and unique cuisine.“
Regional Senior Vice President of Malaysia Airlines, Mr PK Lee, said the airline was always seeking to build on its reputation for excellence in hospitality.
“Our Malaysian heritage places great importance on cuisine and developing high quality dishes helps shape a memorable experience and journey for our guests,” Mr Lee said.
Malaysia Airlines utilises Australian produce and expertise at every stage of its food supply chain.
The premium international carrier first partnered with one of Australia’s largest privately owned caterers, Alpha Flight Services, eight years ago. Today Alpha is a world leader in Halal principles and meets the airline’s exacting standards in supplying 1.5 million meals annually.
Almost all of the produce is sourced locally and includes 56,000kg of red meat, 190,000kg of chicken, 21,000kg of seafood and 280,000 kg of fruit and vegetables, mopped up with half a million bread rolls each year.
“We audit our menus and processes regularly to ensure we’re meeting customer needs and, given Poh’s pedigree and expertise, we expect the latest initiative to resonate strongly with our business class flyers,” Mr Lee said.