MasterChef favourite Poh Ling Yeow’s sizzling dish for Malaysia Airlines has soared to huge success with over 134,000 passengers choosing it on outbound flights to Kuala Lumpur.
Poh’s mouthwatering culinary creation, a Nyonya Chicken Curry with a roti-style croissant, was introduced for three months on the Business and Economy Class menus of all flights departing Australia from December to February and New Zealand from January to March to give passengers a taste of her family’s “special occasion” go-to meal.
Malaysia Airlines’ Executive Chef Zahiddin Dris said it is perhaps one of the best inflight meals Malaysia Airlines has ever had, with the exception of the carrier’s award-winning satay sticks, because it is simple and authentic.
“Poh’s flavoursome chicken curry has been one of the most popular items on the menu since its launch and the feedback has been extremely positive with both Malaysians and antipodeans noting it’s the Malay real deal. We’re delighted with this fantastic result.”
“Menu planning sky high is very complex. We lose about 15 to 20 percent of our taste at 50,000 feet and antipodeans are also very particular. They like to try unique cultural items but they do not like food which is too spicy unlike their neighbours in Asia so creating a winning dish is not easy. Poh’s Nyonya Chicken Curry is appealing because it’s a simple home style favourite with a difference.”
Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur for nine years of her life, Poh is delighted she was able to share her enthusiasm for food with fellow Aussies and Malaysians.
“The Malaysia Airlines collaboration is a very exciting partnership for me. I’ve always been impressed with how much pride they take in providing high quality cuisine – so for my dish to take off in such a big way is pretty special. I’m already dreaming up my next idea for the airline,” she said.
Regional Senior Vice President of Malaysia Airlines, Mr PK Lee, said following the great success, Malaysia Airlines hopes to be able to collaborate with Poh on more projects in the future.
“We’re thrilled Poh’s dish has been such a hit with passengers. Our Malaysian heritage places great importance on cuisine and developing high calibre dishes helps shape memorable journeys for our guests so we’re delighted Poh’s dish has been tickling our passengers’ taste buds,” Mr Lee said.
In partnership with Malaysia Airlines, Poh also developed an exciting video series showcasing Kuala Lumpur’s best foodie hotspots, Poh’s favourite shopping haunts and the thriving street market scene. The five-part documentary gives viewers the inside scoop on all the experiences and hidden secrets that give the sultry capital its unique appeal and can be viewed on Malaysia Airlines’ YouTube channel.
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