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Thanks for the wonderful invitation, I recently went to Giant Hypermarket for the launching of ‘Amboi Ambrosia’ campaign by Heartland Group in conjunction with the Raya festive season. Aim to showcase the versatility of the fruit, ‘Amboi Ambrosia’ campaign featured the many interesting and delicious ways that Ambrosia Apples can be incorporated into classic Malaysian dishes.
The iconic and world-renowned Malaysian culinary master, Chef Wan was at the event to demonstrate 3 mouth-watering traditional Malaysian dishes with an Ambrosia twist. The exquisite dishes inspired by Malaysia’s treasured culinary history include Ambrosia Grilled Calamari Salad, Tom Yum Pumpkin Soup with Ambrosia Apples, and Ambrosia Apple Chutney, all enhanced with the flavoursome tastes of Ambrosia Apples.
Ambrosia Grilled Calamari Salad
* 3 New Zealand Luv’ya Ambrosia Apple, sliced into thin strips
* 400 gm Calamari, grilled or pan fried
* ¼ Young Papaya, cut into strips
* A handful of Fresh Mint Leaves and chopped Coriander Leaves
* 3 tbsp Palm Sugar
* 2 tbsp Fish Sauce
* 2 Limes, juiced
For Chilli Garlic Paste (pound together)
* 3 Red Chillies
* 3 Cili Padi
* 3 Garlic
1. In a bowl, add palm sugar, chilli garlic paste, fish sauce and lime juice. Mix well.
2. Then, add in the New Zealand Luv’ya Ambrosia Apple, calamari, papaya, mint leaves and coriander leaves. Toss until well mixed and ready to serve.
Tom Yum Pumpkin Soup with Ambrosia Apple
* 2 New Zealand Luv’ya Ambrosia Apple, diced
* 4 tbsp Butter
* 1 Onion, diced
* 500 gm Pumpkin, diced
* 3 tbsp Tom Yum Paste
* 170 gm Canned Tuna
* 250 ml Coconut Milk
* 2.5 L Chicken Stock
* 2 cm Ginger, crushed
* 1 Lemongrass, crushed
* A handful of Coriander Leaves, chopped
* Salt and Sugar, to taste
For Garnish :
* ½ Ambrosia Apple, diced
* 50 gm Salted Fish, diced and crispy-fried
* 4 tbsp Coconut Milk
* 1 tsp Chilli Oil
1. In a pot, melt butter over medium heat and fry the onion and pumpkin until soft.
2. Then add in the New Zealand Luv’ya Ambrosia Apple, tom yum paste, canned tuna, coconut milk, chicken stock ginger and lemongrass. Stir and let simmer for 15 minutes.
3. Next, remove the ginger and lemongrass, add in the coriander leaves and stir. Transfer the soup into a blender and blend to a fine consistency.
4. In a separate pot, pour in the blended soup and let it simmer. Season with salt and sugar.
5. Serve the soup with diced New Zealand Luv’ya Ambrosia Apple, diced crispy fried salted fish, coconut milk and chilli oil.
Ambrosia Apple Chutney
* 5 New Zealand Luv’ya Ambrosia Apple, diced
* 3 tbsp Butter
* 1 Onion, finely chopped
* 6 Garlic Cloves, minced
* 4 cm Ginger, minced
* 2 Cinnamon Sticks
* 4 Cloves
* 2 tsp Turmeric Powder
* 1 tbsp Curry Powder
* 1 cup Yellow Raisins, soaked in hot water
* A handful of Coriander Leaves
* 2 Green Chillies, chopped
* 6 Dates, pitted and chopped
* ¼ cup Cider Vinegar
* 1 cup Sugar
* Salt, to taste
1. In a pot, melt butter over medium heat and sauté the onion, garlic and ginger for 3 minutes.
2. Add in the cinnamon sticks, cloves, turmeric powder and curry powder. Continue frying for a few minutes before adding in the New Zealand Luv’ya Ambrosia Apple, raisins, coriander leaves, green chillies, dates, cider vinegar and sugar. Season with salt and cook for a few minutes before turning off the heat.
3. Let the cooked chutney to cool down before storing it.
“We are excited to kick-off Amboi Ambrosia together with our partners from GCH Retail Malaysia. Malaysia is one of our biggest markets and we believe we can bring even more great flavour to our customers here by showcasing the many dynamic ways that our luscious Ambrosia Apples can be integrated to give favourite local dishes that extra zing,” said Brendon Osborn, the General Manger of Heartland Fruit.
Discovered in British Columbia, Canada and now cultivated in New Zealand, Ambrosia Apples are renowned for its sweet honeyed flavour, fine crisp texture and juicy tender flesh. It can be recognised by its trademark smooth skin with its bright iridescent pink blush tone and pleasing aroma.
The divine Ambrosia Apples are the results of the magical work of bees as they go by in spring pollinating apple blooms and therefore it is a natural cross of two unknown varieties. The farmers would like to think of them as a gift from the heavens, as the word “Ambrosia” itself means ‘food & drinks of the Gods’ in Greek.
These delectable apples are grown in the idyllic New Zealand’s South Island city of Nelson, along the eastern shores of Tasman Bay. Nelson has been the centre for apple growing in New Zealand since 1913 with over 40% of all New Zealand apples being grown in the area.
“Nelson is truly the perfect place for growing the finest, juiciest and most flavoursome apples. It has a beautiful climate that is perpetually bathed in sunshine – over 2,000 hours of sunshine to be precise. This combined with the mild rainfall and low night time temperatures, thanks to the brisk sea breeze, creates the ideal environment for fresh, delicious, beautiful and healthy apples,” Brendon added.
Ambrosia Apples are the product of Heartland Group’s patented method, Applecraft™ that guides the management of every step of an apple’s life through rigorous integrated quality processes. This is at the core of the company’s ability to deliver some of the world’s best apples to customers, every time.
The Heartland Group made up of passionate pomologists (apple growers) based in Nelson, New Zealand. Together they produce a range of apples called Luv’ya™ apples through their unique vertically integrated structure that includes their own orchards, pack houses and marketing company allowing the company to have full control over every part of the apple’s journey. The other apples in the Luv’ya range include old favourites such as Royal Gala, Fuji and Braeburn. They also grow proprietary varieties such as the sweet, tart and popular Pink Lady™, sweet and tangy bright red Eve™, and the juicy and firm Smitten™ amongst other varieties.
You can find Ambrosia Apples and other delicious apples in the Luv’ya™ range at GCH Retail Malaysia outlets including Giant Hypermarkets, Cold Storage and Jason’s Food Hall as well as other major retailers.
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