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.
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:
What have the contestants to say about the event?
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 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.”
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.”
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.
26 October 2016