Malaysian food is definitely the best!
Recently, Masterchef UK organised a special episode for the New Year by calling back some of their previous winners to battle it out to be the Champion of the Champions!
Participating in that episode are former winners of the show Tim Anderson, Saliha Mahmood Ahmed, Kenny Tutt, Irini Tzortzoglou and Malaysian-born Ping Coombes.
In 2014, Ping Coombes won the Masterchef UK competition with some seriously good nasi lemak and wonton soup.
During the Champion of the Champions episode, Ping cooked 3 dishes for the judges and they are chilli pan mee, claypot chicken rice and ais kacang, according to Belfast Telegraph.
It was her very atas claypot chicken rice with ais kacang that got her the title “champion of the champions”.
Why do we say that it’s atas? Well, first things first, the chicken is not your normal chicken but a guinea fowl with rice stuffed inside of it. There was also shards of crispy rice on the side, a lime, ginger and chilli gel and a guinea fowl sauce.
“That is a beautiful, beautiful dish in every single way,” said one of the judges.
Paired with it is an ais kacang that is made of coconut ice, peanut powder, sweet corn mousse and rose flavoured meringue shards. It was so yummy that one of the judges almost finished the whole dish and then said,
“It’s so good I can’t leave it alone. Your food’s lovely.”
Ping was so happy that the judges loved her food and with those dishes, she soared to the top.
“I can’t really believe it all… it’s like a dream. I’m really, really happy.”
You can watch one of the highlights here:
Ipoh-born Ping Coombes currently resides in Bath, UK and she runs a restaurant there called Ping’s Makan Club. She has her own cooking classes as well and a cookbook aptly named MALAYSIA.
We’re so happy that Ping is doing her best to introduce Malaysian food to the rest of the world!
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