Being a food-blogger (on, rather somebody who’s only fetish is food), I am used to attend events by brands and companies. But seldom, I come across an invitation from an international brand where, rather than only boring review, a fun-filled day was promised. One fine day, I got a call from the Malaysian Palm Oil Council to attend their 100 year celebration in Kolkata. Basically, what I understood from the conversation that it would be a half-day session with the fellow food-enthusiasts so that we can have some fun adda-session and have some overview about the pal oil.
Now some gyan…..
Palm oil is derived from the fleshof the fruit of the oil palm species E. Guineensis. In its virgin form, the oil is bright orange-red due to the high content of carotene. Palmoil is Nature’s Gift to Malaysia, and Malaysia’s to the World.
Palmoil is semi-solid at room temperature; a characteristic brought about by its approx. 50 percent saturation level. Palm oil (and its products) has good resistance to oxidation and heat at prolonged elevated temperatures; hence, making palm oil an ideal ingredient in frying oilblends. Manufacturers and end-users around the world incorporate high percentages of palm oil in their frying oil blends for both performance and economic reasons.
In fact, in many instances, palm oil has been used as 100 percent replacement for traditional hydrogenated seed oils such as soybean oil and canola. Products fried in palm oil include potato chips, frenchfries, doughnuts, ramen noodles and nuts.
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On the day…
We were asked to assemble at Barbeque Nation, park street on one sunday morning. A separate section was allocated for us. We were briefed about the MPOC and its activities by the MPOC India head Ms. Bhavna. And, immediately after which, the event started. The first task was a treasure hunt along the park street. We were divided in groups and based on the clue cards given, we set out to different spots. There was some activity in all the places- food quiz, mannequin challenge and salad making competition.The outlets that we visited were Mocambo, Oasis and Trincas banquet. It was seriously fun being in that mad rush and completing the activities.
And, once we came back to the Barbeque nation again, after some refreshments, there was a dart game. I know we are not professional dart-champions, but the energy was nothing less of one. Hooting and cheering followed, but sadly, our team lost. The final activity was the masked photo session. Being the most handsome of the lot (ROFL), I skilled the session safely.
Finally, it was time for the audieu and the lunch. The day has finally come to an end and really, at least personally, I am looking forward to more such events.
Finally, I would like to thank MPOC for the great day and looking towards more such events in our city of joy.
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