United Nations Food Day at UWCSEA & ‘Best Fish n Chips 2013’

My daughter’s school, United World College Southeast Asia (UWCSEA) Dover Campus in Singapore, holds an annual event to both celebrate the diversity of food and culture represented by the school’s students, parents and teachers, and to raise money for charities associated with the UN and the UWC Primary School Global Concerns.

It’s an extraordinary day of the hugest gastronomic proportions. To give you an idea of the multiculturalism, my daughter’s class has 18 different nationalities among her classmates! As you can well imagine, the breadth of flavours, textures and smells gives the children a fantastic opportunity of culinary discovery.

UWC Primary School UN Food Festival

UWC Primary School UN Food Festival

Some 900 Junior and Middle students are channelled through the main hall between 8.20am and 12.30pm, with another hour after this for the senior students, who do a brilliant job of mopping up any food left over.

2013 was the 13th Primary School United Nations Food Festival with some 250 parents putting in a considerable effort in decorating the stalls and the preparation of food; OK you can well imagine, it is hyper-competitive with a good deal of healthy rivalry between parents, countries and nations but all done in the best of spirits, and we raised $3790 for Primary School Global Concerns, the most we have ever raised at this event. Bravo!

Our Fish n Chip Chef from Greenwood Fish Market doing a brilliant job of cooking 300 serves!

Our Fish n Chip Chef from Greenwood Fish Market doing a brilliant job of cooking 300 serves!

I have had the pleasure of coordinating the New Zealand stand for a few years now, greatly assisted by my dedicated, patriotic kiwi colleagues and we all muck together to bring the students a taste of God’s own country  and down to (middle) earth New Zealand cuisine.

We like to focus on one dish at our stand and last year we did roast leg of Maori Lakes Lamb (free range from the South Island Maori Lakes region) on bread sliders with classic mint jelly/sauce. It was an outrageous success and all thanks to Tim Martin, Meat Division Manager at Culina for their support. I have written a piece on a Tuscan style recipe and slow cooking Maori Lakes Lamb, click here, also Singapore Chef Samia Ahad has shared here brilliant Lamb Shanks with Persian Limes recipe as a ‘Perfect Match’ with New Zealand Pinot Noir – click here

This year we decided to do Fish and Chips, a New Zealand classic. OK, you are probably saying isn’t this a traditional British dish, and you would be right, the British (our mother country) did invent it but the pommie’s don’t come anywhere near as good as ours!

Yes folks, there is more to fish and chips than Cod. Indeed, New Zealand Snapper, Gurnard, Bluenose and the best of them all, John Dory is the go—Bros! And fat soggy chips, in chip butty’s—liberally buttered disgustingly white bread with lashing of tomato sauce—awesome!

One of our New Zealand crew members working on the fish n chips assembly line

One of our New Zealand crew members working on the fish n chips assembly line

New Zealanders take their fish and chips mightily seriously; that is its seriously good eating and the fresher the fish the better, like the legendary Bobby’s Fresh Fish Market, right on the Tauranga wharf (1 Dive Road), on the East Coast of New Zealand’s North Island. My daughter reckons this is ‘The best fish-and-chips in the world!’ closely followed by Martin Bosley’s ‘Tuatara beer batter fish n chips’  and trust me, she’s an expert on the subject.

But the ‘Best Fish and Chips 2013’ award goes to The Greenwood Fish Market in Singapore, who collaborated with the Kiwi contingent to cook fish n chips on site at the UWC UN Food Day, generously donating all the piping fresh John Dory flown in from New Zealand the day before and their time and labour too. That’s 300 small serves of fish, a huge effort and the battered John Dory fried to perfection and a massive hit with the students, and adults too. Totally, totally awesome!

Greenwood Fish Market are celebrating 10 years of trading, which may not seem a long time if you come from a generation’s old Cornwall fishing family but surviving a decade in hyper-competitive Singapore is equivalent to a lifetime, read all about it click here.

One of the New Zealand crew coating fish with flower

One of the New Zealand crew coating fish with flower

Augmenting our fish n chips, one of our crew is a pavlova expert and cooks 300 mini pavlova’s for the day—an incredible effort! Of course we also have Zespri kiwifruit which are right in season and arguably the best fruit on this planet and full of vitamin C, dietary fibre, potassium, folate, vitamin E, carotenoids and other antioxidants – and the kids love them.

So there you have it, a great day had by all and the event organiser came up to me and said, “Wow, great fish and chips and theme, how are you going to do better than that next year.”

“That’s easy” I said, “We are going to have a Hāngi, is it ok if we dig a hole for it in the soccer field.” She had a somewhat bemused look on her face as she thought I was serious…I said, “Don’t worry we will fill it back in.”

Scroll down for pictures of the event – also visit this excellent website on New Zealand Seafood and make sure you watch the brilliant video www.seafoodnewzealand.org.nz

Seriously good fish n chips

Seriously good fish n chips

Only disgustingly plastic white bread with liberal butter works for a chip butty

Only disgustingly plastic white bread with liberal butter works for a chip butty

UWC UN Food Festival New Zealand stand

UWC UN Food Festival New Zealand stand

UWC UN Food Festival New Zealand crew

UWC UN Food Festival New Zealand crew

New-Zealand crew in action, it was a bit more help yourself-with the senior students

New-Zealand crew in action, it was a bit more help yourself-with the senior students

The crew looking a bit worn out after the junior and middle school had gone through - seniors to come!

The crew looking a bit worn out after the junior and middle school had gone through – seniors to come!

 

Our guru fish n chip cook from Greenwood Fish Market looking a little weary of cooking 300 serves

Our guru fish n chip cook from Greenwood Fish Market looking a little weary of cooking 300 serves

Big Thanks to our Greenwood Fish Market Chef Alan Lee

Big Thanks to our Greenwood Fish Market Chef Alan Lee

Greenwood Fish Market - 34 & 38 Greenwood Avenue www.fishshop.com.sg

Greenwood Fish Market – 34 & 38 Greenwood Avenue www.fishshop.com.sg

Takeaway Fish n Chips Singapore style

Takeaway Fish n Chips Singapore style

 

 



By Curtis Marsh | Media Gallery, Produce | Related to: , ,

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