Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Australia's Top 10 Asians: Poh

So I follow this blog every now and again called "Angry Asian Man" (http://www.angryasianman.com/angry.html). It's a great blog that follows the happenings of Asian Americans in the media, politics and news. Check it out!
Well, it started to make me wonder - there aren't enough Asian Australians about! And no, I'm not talking about the hordes that roam Chinatown or Boxhill. I'm talking about Asian Australian represention in the media. And no, I'm not talking about on Crime Stoppers, I'm talking about positive role models for our children!

So Ed's Rant decided to do something. We decided to go in search of those pioneering Asian Australians who wake up each morning and try to make the world a little less racist. I'm talking about the Asian Australians who attempt to transcend the stereotypes and stigma that society has created for us and show the world that we aren't just the runners of Chinese take-aways or non-assimilating, taciturn immigrants.

Thus, over the next few posts and in no particular order, Ed's Rant presents...

Australia's Top 10 Asians!

Number 1.
Poh Ling Yeow

Age: 35
State: South Australia
Occupation: Artist
Favourite cuisine: Chinese/Malaysian
Favourite place to travel: Don’t have one
Favourite dish to cook: Abacus Beads
Quote: "I do tend to slip a few meat stocks into vegetarian dishes! I can't really be doing with vegetarians!"

She made Malaysia proud tonight by winning yet another episode of MasterChef. Armed with coconut cream and ling fish, the core ingredients of her choosing, Poh worked tirelessly to produce two stunning dishes. Despite the passive-aggressive comments of her fellow competitor, Chris (when asked if he was "going to be the one who pushes Poh off the Petronas Towers?", he replied with a smug albeit racially charged "I hope so!"), Poh cooked a delicious looking dish of petai with sambal and fish custard and a glutenous rice dumpling with pandan leaf stuffing for dessert. The judges loved it despite the 'fierce' competition (two plates of raw fish; a lacklustre, white-washed nasi goreng; and cold rice pudding). Thus Poh has not only won the invention test, she has also won a place in the hearts of all non-racist Australians.

What I really like about Poh is the fact that she sticks to her asian heritage. She refrains from cooking westernised, gui lo, oriental cuisine (eg. sweet and sour pork, honey chicken, fried rice etc), but instead sticks to good-old, traditional Malaysian dishes (eg. roti , beef rendang etc) sometimes giving them a modern twist.

She also apparently likes to cook abacus beads - proving that Asians are not only good cooks, but also good at maths. Asian power!

For more information about Poh, or to try out some of her awesome recipes, check out the MasterChef website: http://www.masterchef.com.au/poh.htm

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