The Malaysian-Inspired Dishes That Stole MasterChef Australia
Malaysian Diana Chan took home the title of MasterChef Australia two days ago in the suspenseful season 9 final episode.
She isn't the first contestant to wow the show's judges with dishes that show off Malaysian flavours, as season 9 contestant Sarah Tiong also used her Sarawakian background to bring her far into the competition.
Season 1 runner-up turned celebrity chef Poh Ling Yeow and Penang-born season 2 winner Adam Liaw have also cooked dishes that speak true of Malaysian cooking during their time on the show.
To celebrate Chan's recent victory, we take a look at some of the Malaysian-inspired dishes that helped these contestants win over the judges and audiences' hearts and stomachs.
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Diana Chan's Malaysian Oatmeal Prawns with Vegetables and Creamy Sauce – MasterChef 2017 Finale
Sarah Tiong's XO Marinated Steak with Pickled Mushrooms and Potato Mash – MasterChef 2017 Immunity Challenge
Adam Liaw's Black Broth Noodle Soup with Dumplings & Star Anise Smoked Chicken – MasterChef 2010 Invention Test
Poh Ling Yeow's Buddha's Delight – MasterChef 2009 Judges
Diana Chan's Red Emperor on Spicy Fragrant Sambal – MasterChef 2017 Elimination Challenge
Adam Liaw's Prawn Scotch Eggs with Coconut Chilli Sambal – MasterChef 2010 Invention Test
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