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Columbia Asia x World Diabetes Day

Friday, November 13, 2015

Well, it is not secret that Malaysians live to eat more than they eat to live. Self-reward and indulgence would not be complete if food wasn't in the equation. As such, we're known to travel across great distances in pursuit of a bowl of authentic Penang Asam Laksa or a plate of east coast Nasi Dagang. 

With this apparent obsession with our food, it is not surprising that Malaysians are amongst the most obese in the South East Asia region according to National Health and Morbidity Survey 2014 (NHMS). People often overindulge in the myriad of sumptuous but unhealthy local fare. It goes without saying that for many of us, giving in to temptation is a friendly foe that takes precedence over health. And we all know that healthy food has not enjoyed much favourable reputation where taste is concerned. It is often viewed as too bland or too expensive to prepare. 


stir fried brown rice ala kerabu with chicken roll and percik sauce

Nine chefs from across Columbia Asia's facilities nationwide faced-off in the Columbia Asia Master Chef Challenge 2015. They worked closely with the in-house dietitian to reinterpret Malaysian favorites and recipes so that the output is a diabetic-safe meal plan without compromising taste. At the end of the challenge, Chef Fauziah Pakwan Chik from Columbia Asia Setapak was crowned the champion by the judges for her Stir Fried Brown Rice ala Kerabu with Chicken Roll and Percik Sauce while Chef Ravindran A/L Mathavan from Columbia Asia Seremban was declared the media's favorite with his version of the ever loved Nasi Lemak. 

In celebration of World Diabetes Day (14th November 2015), Columbia Asia will be opening its doors to all Malaysians who love to sample delicious yet healthy dishes. On top of that, they will also get a chance to try appetizing diabetic-friendly dishes. Diabetics and in-house patients will get the chance to savour the meals for free while visitors can taste a diabetic-friendly dish or choose from 10 traditional healthy meals for RM4. Proceeds from the meals will be donated to Diabetes Malaysia. 

Recipes from the Columbia Asia Master Chef Challenge 2015 and other healthy recipes have also been compiled into a booklet. This recipe booklet is available for free on 14th November at participating hospitals. The participating Columbia Asia hospitals are Bukit Rimau, Cheras, Nusajaya, Petaling Jaya, Puchong, Seremban, Setapak, Shah Alam and Taiping. 

To find out more about Columbia Asia and its diabetes campaign, please visit its website at www.columbiaasia.com or its Facebook Page at fb.com/columbiaasia.

20 comments on "Columbia Asia x World Diabetes Day"
  1. Such a great effort by Columbia Asia in conjunction of the world diabetes day. The brown rice actually looks pretty decent :)

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  2. I have diabetes running through my family so this cause really hits close to home for me. Thank you very much for sharing - you're lovely! xx, adaatude.com

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  3. oh i love the healthier version of local food :) less sinful yet taste awesome!

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  4. The chicken rolls & percik sauce taste good x?

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  5. I am not diabetic but i know quite a few of them. It is really a long and painful process. Thanks for the info.

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  6. I stay nearby only. Would love to give them my support. :)

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  7. Seriously such a healthy meal. But its great that they are supporting a good cause. All families should know how dangerous diabetes is, lost a family member to that disease and ever since then my family stop buying sugar or any carbonated drinks. Shall support them if I'm in the area. thanks for the share babe :)

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  8. This is so delicious.... I tried it at the Masterchef Challenge.... and Chef Fauziah , the only rose among all those torns out did herself... the other dishes were pretty yummy too....

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  9. I like the brown rice kerabu so delicious right.

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  10. Yes it's about time other hospitals practice this as well! Our local hospitals usually serve disgusting oil laden food, that's why i hate getting admitted to hospital due to their poor food menu selections :/

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  11. the meal set was so healthy . well prepared.

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  12. i like this idea. and it's really a need for Malaysian to know how to eat healthily sometime, or eating in a way that won't laden our health too much.

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  13. it's important to look after our health nowadays. I wanna to be healthy. :D

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  14. Love the idea here! So creative~~ I also want to have healthy lunch box lol.

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  15. Diabetes is a serious problem, really need to take care our diet properly, nice thought of them to send you the nice meal :)

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  16. The note is so cute! But well, prevention is better than cure. Better to start eating and practicing healthy lifestyle than regretting later

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  17. ehhhh.. how come i x dapat ini wrap. hehehe
    dnasi kerabu chicken roll n sos really awesome

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  18. I like the idea of eating healthy! I always wanted to eat healthy but no chance.

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  19. The meal looks so healthy. I'm planning to start eating and practicing healthy lifestyle now.

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  20. Yeah. Always feel guilty after each meal of nasi lemak or roti canai. Hehehe

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