Friday, November 12, 2010

A Contest!

Hey everyone, something really exciting is in store for you if you are residing right here in Malaysia, a country truly Asia. Read on and you could be on your way to winning great quality prizes worth RM1,000!!

If you're a Malaysian blogger, you may already know of a column in The Star called "Don't Call Me Chef". In fact, some of you may have already been featured in it. Hungry Caterpillar, a fellow blogger who's an editor with The Star as well as 1 of the 3-person team that write the column, has kindly informed me about this contest. Brought to you by Tupperware to celebrate its latest product launch, themed with a touch of nostalgia (read on to find out!), this contest is open to one and all who is living in Malaysia. Winning this would also put you in the column and who knows, you could be on your way to bloggerstardom!! :).

Here are the details

LONG before there were plastic bags and disposable containers, tiffin carriers were used to store and carry food. Tiffin carriers are stackable, multi-tiered containers that are looped to a handle with latches on the side.

The separate containers allowed for the different dishes to be stored separately, and it usually even comes with a plate.

Originally from India, it was invented as the carry-all for workers to pack their lunch to take to the office. In Mumbai, India, there is a highly efficient service that delivers tiffin lunches to office workers and schoolchildren.

Dabbawallas (meaning one who carries a box) collect tiffin boxes from homes, and deliver them to offices, and then return them to the respective homes.

Tiffin carriers are also used here, and elsewhere in Asia. They are usually made of stainless steel, or enamel. Tiffin carriers are suitable for packing Asian meals, as we can keep our rice, curry or soup, and other dishes separately.

We also use them for noodles, packing the noodles, garnishings and gravy in different containers. These tiffin carriers are not only functional but environmentally friendly as well.

Inspired by the tiffin carrier, Tupperware is launching its BYO (Bring Your Own) 'TaPau' multi-tiered containers, which are designed to hold our favourite soup-based noodles and rice dishes. As with all Tupperware Brands products, it is made made from safe, non-toxic, non-carcinogenic and microwaveable materials and do not release harmful chemicals to food or liquid contents.

The BYO 'TaPau' Set also reduces plastic waste and garbage. It is toxin-free, and is an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags, styrofoam boxes and disposable containers.

In conjunction with the launch of this product, Don't Call Me Chef will be celebrating the tiffin carrier in our next issue. We'd like you to join us, and share your favourite tiffin lunch recipes.

Tupperware is giving away a RM1,000 hamper of its products, including the BYO 'TaPau' containers, to the senders of the three best entries. We'll also be featuring the winning recipes in next month's Don't Call Me Chef.

All you have to do is: Share with us your tiffin carrier stories; they could be anything from your memories of tiffin lunches, or a favourite dish you packed for school or the office. Share your recipes with us. Cook the dishes and snap a clear photograph (it must be high-resolution and at least 1,000KB) of the meal in a tiffin carrier/bento/container (but without the product name being visible).

E-mail to or snail mail your entries to:
Don't Call Me Chef
c/o StarTwo Star Publications (M) Bhd
Menara Star
15 Jalan 16/11
46350 Petaling Jaya Selangor

Closing date: Nov 21
(Note: Thanks for asking, Little Inbox. Non-halal recipes are totally acceptable to qualify for this contest)

Don't forget to join the contest!!

Cheers to the weekend!

petite nyonya