Dk Fatin Nasibah Pg Dato Seri Pahlawan Aminan (2nd R) posing for a picture with Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism YB Dato Ali Apong (R), Chef Sashi Cheliah (2nd L) and local food blogger Thanis Lim. Image: Azrina Zin

Dk Fatin Nasibah Pg Dato Seri Pahlawan Aminan won the palates and hearts of the judges at this year’s Taste of Australia’s Culinary Challenge with her own twist of the Bruneian signature dish – Nasi Katok.

The local chef at The Collective Wildflower cafe emerged as the victor after creating an Australian version of the local favourite by replacing avocado as its sambal (condiment) instead of the regular home-made pastes.

The culinary challenge required participants to combine at least one Australian and one Bruneian ingredient to create a unique dish.

Based on this prerequisite, Dk Fatin Nasibah did an extensive research and found that avocado works well as a base for the condiment.

She added that it also blends well chilies, shallots and garlic; the common ingredients used to make sambal.

Winning the challenge has earned her the grand prize of two return tickets to Brisbane.

Members of the public enjoying the dishes prepared by Taste of Australia’s Culinary Challenge participants. Image: Azrina Zin

Other winners were IBTE student Mohd Fadhlullah Muayyad bin Abdul Majid, who won the Culinary category; Ryan Sim, who won the Youth category; and Nur Haji Mustapa, who won the Open category.

Judges for this year’s challenge were Australian MasterChef 2018 winner Sashi Cheliah and Bruneian food blogger Thanis Lim.

More than 36 people participated in the challenge that was held at the Radisson Hotel in the capital yesterday.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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