Asam pedas “way” of leading a healthy lifestyle

Asam pedas “way” of leading

a healthy lifestyle

About 60 enthusiastic people from those who attended the “Lead a healthy lifestyle” event held at the Bedok Community Centre on Sunday, 23 October 2016, took part in its healthy cooking contest.

The contestants, residents of the South East District of the East Coast GRC, cooked asam pedas, a popular Malay dish. Two golden pomfrets or ikan bawal mas and the ingredients for cooking the cuisine were made available to the contestants.

Apart from the cooking contest, the event had free blood test for diabetes, health talks and physical exercises to keep fit.

The Guest-of-Honour was Dr Mohamad Maliki Bin Osman, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Defence & Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Mayor, South East District.

Also attending the function were Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower, and Ms Jessica Tan, Member of Parliament.

According to a 24 October Berita Harian coverage of the event, Dr Maliki, who himself took part in the contest with a team, said: “We want to encourage the womenfolk to cook in a healthy and delicious way, like reducing sugar, salt and cooking oil.”

The main trust in this event is to get those people who have diabetes to be aware of their condition and to take measures in controlling it.

Some of the photos taken during the event are as follows:

Wah! Appear in Berita Harian! (From left): Elia, Sri, Sa’diah and Anom.

Wah! Appear in Berita Harian! (From left): Ms Elia, Mdm Sri, Mdm Sa’diah and Anom.

On Mediacorps’ Suria: Healthy lifestyle news – do exercise and cook healthy food.

On Mediacorps’ Suria: Healthy lifestyle news – do exercise and cook healthy food.

On Mediacorps’ Suria: Healthy lifestyle news – Hey! On TV lah. Mr Jamain and Mdm Zainab (green scarf) and Mdm Samsinar (left of Zainab).

On Mediacorps’ Suria: Healthy lifestyle news – Hey! On TV lah. Mr Jamain (top photo, green shirt) and Mdm Zainab (green scarf) and Mdm Samsinar (left of Zainab) on Channel Suria.

There are various exercises: Something like silat, wrestling, boxing, basketball; and there are admirers, too: “Wah, Dr Maliki can cook, lah!”

There are various exercises with some moves like silat, wrestling, boxing, basketball; and there are admirers, too: “Wah, Dr Maliki can cook, lah!”

(First photo, in red scarf): Suryani, closing her eyes and saying a prayer: “Hope, we get first prize as Sri is showing. It’s okay if we get second as Noorliah is showing. But, hope we don’t get zero as Sri is also showing.” Suryani (oval photo) giggles and says: “Hee, hee, hee, geli hati lah. Someone just told me not to use dried red chilli at all. Use green chilli instead. Mana boleh!”

(First photo, in red scarf): Suryani, closing her eyes and saying a prayer: “Hope, we get first prize as Sri is showing with her left hand. It’s okay if we get second as Noorliah is showing. But, hope we don’t get zero as Sri is also showing with her right hand.”
Suryani (oval photo) giggles and says: “Hee, hee, hee, geli hati lah. Someone just told me not to use dried red chilli at all. Use green chilli instead. Mana boleh!”

Mr Lim Swee Say tasting our asam pedas. Dr Maliki at our table, Table 12. And when interviewed, Suryani presents a pantun, thus: Masakan Team 12 di kurangkan garam Nama-nya pula Asam Pedas Siglap Cef Wan sendiri tentu naik geram Kerana Dr Maliki akui lauk kita sedap

Mr Lim Swee Say tasting our asam pedas. Dr Maliki at our table, Table 12. And when interviewed, Suryani presents a pantun, thus:
Masakan Team 12 di kurangkan garam
Nama-nya pula Asam Pedas Siglap
Cef Wan sendiri tentu naik geram
Kerana Dr Maliki akui lauk kita sedap

“Hooray! We will be on TV tonight - must watch!”

“Hooray! We will be on TV tonight – must watch lah!”

What have the contestants to say about the event?

Mdm Khairon Mastan...

Mdm Khairon Mastan…

Mdm Khairon Mastan felt that all the contestants were good and experienced cooks.  “But I joined the cooking competition for fun and to get to know each other.  I felt good about being as one of the contestants.  I must say that I enjoyed the teamwork, friendship and the laughter of everyone.  Winning is not important.”

Mdm Noorliah Hawdi...

Mdm Noorliah Hawdi…

Mdm Noorliah Hawdi agreed, and added:  “The whole keeping fit and healthy event is enjoyable and fun. There is family bonding and there is teamwork when cooking for the contest.  We became friends with the contestants from the other districts in the constituency, people whom we have never met before.”

Mdm Suryani Nasiruddin...

Mdm Suryani Nasiruddin…

About her team, Team 12, Mdm Suryani Nasiruddin, said: “My team is super power because my team included pioneers and younger people, yet each of us knows what to do.”  She added:  “We work together as a team, helping and respecting each other.  Respect, trust and care for each other is important.”

Best lah! All sedap!

Best lah! All sedap!

“Yah! Agree! All sedap!” Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower, seems to say.

“Yah! Agree! All sedap!” Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower, seems to say.

Siglap District winning team members (Second Prize for overall contest) posing with special guests - Dr Maliki Osman and Mr Lim Swee Say and Ms Jessica Tan.

Siglap District winning team members (Second Prize for overall contest) posing with special guests – Dr Maliki Osman and Mr Lim Swee Say and Ms Jessica Tan.

A big thank you to the “Asam Pedas” contestants and the event supporters and organisers.

A big thank you to the “Asam Pedas” contestants and the event supporters and organisers.

The final item of the day’s programme was the judging of the cooking contest and the prize-giving to the winners.  The asam pedas each team cooked was eaten by the team members together with the free healthy lunch provided.

Shaik Kadir

26 October 2016

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