Food brings people closer. So do good fishes like Norwegian Salmon and Fjord Trout. This was evident when the Norwegian Seafood Council in collaboration with the Royal Norwegian Embassy hosted a hands-on cooking workshop featuring Norwegian Salmon and Fjord Trout for the Spouses of Heads of Diplomatic Missions (SOHOM) and Persatuan Wanita Kementerian Luar Negeri (PERWAKILAN).
Norway’s Ambassador to Malaysia Her Excellency Gunn Jorid Roset (uppermost pix, 3rd from left) and her spouse Dr Christian Gartmann (far right) even joined the ladies in cooking up a storm that morning. Joining them were SOHOM President Madam Triana Nechytaylo (2nd from left) and PERWAKILAN President Datin Sri Idzina Izaidin (2nd from right).
Also present at the event was Jon Erik Steenslid, Director of Southeast Asia, Norwegian Seafood Council who shared interesting facts about the fresh catch exported by Norway.
Before everyone forayed into the kitchen, Ambassador Chef Jimmy Chok showed tips and tricks on preparing two recipes: Pan-fried Norwegian Salmon/Fjord Trout with Crushed Dill Potato, Pickled Cucumber and Lemon Mayo, and a Malaysian dish of Gulai Tumis Norwegian Salmon/Fjord Trout.
Steenslid said “we can foster friendship and strengthen bilateral relations through our mutual love for food. Through this workshop, we hope to create better awareness of how nutritious, tasty and versatile Norwegian Salmon and Fjord Trout are. These fishes are perfectly suitable for Asian and Western cooking.”
Amidst much laughter and convivial chit-chat, the ladies of SOHOM and PERWAKILAN enthusiastically took to the task of replicating the two recipes in the KDU kitchen. Snapshots of themselves in action were taken for posterity before they proceeded to enjoy a lavish lunch.
The enticing spread amazed the invited guests with a wide array of Oriental and Continental style dishes incorporating Norwegian Salmon and Fjord Trout. From appetisers to mains, everyone had their fill of the delicious offerings before they departed with packets of salmon gravlax to sample at home.