“Teh Malaya” wins KL Signature Mocktail Competition at Kuala Lumpur Big Kitchen Festival 2015
A signature mocktail named “Teh Malaya” (“Malaya Tea”) was recently announced at the closing of the KL Big Kitchen Festival 2015. The mocktail is a creation of Muhammad Rushdi, who emerged the victor in the KL Signature Mocktail Competition concurrent with the aforementioned festival.
The winning mocktail was described as a truly Malaysian concoction where tea is infused with cinnamon and sweetened with pandan leaves. Muhammad Rushdi commented that the mocktail also offers health benefits as it can help lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.
Muhammad Rushdi brought home the prestigious Mayor's trophy, which is exclusively designed by one of the festival partners, silverware company Christofle Paris and cash prize of USD2708 including gifts sponsored by Electrolux.
The competition was originally conceived in search of a signature mocktail to represent Kuala Lumpur and attracted hundreds of applications in the announcement. The applications were finally narrowed down to 13 local mixologists from hotels and restaurants all over KL, who employ local herbs and spices in the attempt to create the mocktail that epitomises the City of Kuala Lumpur.
“We are very pleased to finally have our very own KL Signature Mocktail, “Teh Malaya” which we can now serve in KL. I urge all F&B outlets including hotels and restaurants to start serving KL’s Signature Mocktail immediately as we need your full support in helping to promote this signature drink in KL to locals and tourists,” said Y.Bhg. Datuk Seri Hj. Ahmad Phesal Hj. Talib, Mayor of Kuala Lumpur.
The inaugural KL Big Kitchen Festival 2015 is a 3-day event to celebrate KL's food culture, featuring 20 international and local chefs cooking a total of 119 recipes. The festival attracted 15,000 visitors over the 3 day period with over 5,000 locals and tourists attending food demonstrations and workshops.