Renowned New Zealand chef Nadia Lim in Vietnam

By Minh Hung, Thanh Nien News

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Nadia Lim, the well-known New Zealand food writer and cook, is visiting Vietnam from May 4 to 8 to take part in activities to celebrate 40 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Lim paid a visit at Ho Chi Minh City's Ba Chieu Shelter Monday afternoon and learned how to cook bun bo Hue (Hue beef noodle) together with some of the children there.
This is Lim's second visit to Vietnam. Last year she visited Ho Chi Minh City and enjoyed a variety of Vietnamese foods. She was impressed by the fact that many Vietnamese families often eat together.
During her visit to the shelter, the New Zealand consul in Ho Chi Minh City, Tony Martin, gave a donation of VND100 million for disadvantaged children there.
Earlier on Monday morning, Nadia Lim taught students at the Saigontourist Hospitality College how to make a common sorbet made in New Zealand from grilled oat, pineapple, mango, and coconut.
The most important thing in cooking is "taste, taste and taste," she told Thanh Nien News when asked about the secret of her success, which includes the 2011 Master Chef New Zealand title.
Lim displays the sorbet she made at the meeting with the students, when she also shared her experiences and answered many questions from the students about New Zealand cuisine.
Six students tasting the sorbet before they participated in a contest to cook it after learning from Lim.
The students have 45 minutes to cook the dessert they learned very quickly from Lim's performance.
The sorbet took about 15 minutes to grill.
The same sorbet being displayed in various ways by the contestants. Lim said that any judgement is subjective and depends on one’s taste, and it was difficult to decide which one is better.
The jury tasting the dishes made by the students.
Lim congratulates the winner of the contest, Truong Minh Hoang Hiep, 20, from Dong Nai Province.
During her visit, Lim will direct two cooking shows for a local TV and be the special guest at a dinner at the Sofitel Metropole Hotel in Ha Noi aiming to raise funds for the Blue Dragon Foundation. She will also be the guest of honour at the New Zealand Food Connections event in Hanoi this week, which aims to showcase premium New Zealand foods and beverages to Vietnam’s leading F&B professionals.

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