Indulge in Chinese New Year Dishes for Good Luck and Health with Philips and Chef Amy Beh

January 23, 2017

Let's usher in the year of Fiery Rooster with abundance and prosperity healthy food by Philips. Family reunion has become Chinese tradition during Chinese New Year and let's fill up the dinning table with healthy yet delicious Chinese dishes. 

Deciphering the meanings of the dishes at the annual Chinese New Year dinner is like a treasure hunt. Each individual dish is steeped in tradition and is a homonym for a particular wish for the year to come. Among the must-have dishes at the table are fish to signify abundance, spring rolls and dumplings to represent wealth, tang yuan also known as sweet rice balls for family togetherness, and oranges, tangerines and pomelos for fullness and wealth. 

As significant as each dish is, it is also important to remember that cooking methods have health consequences. This Chinese New Year, Philips Malaysia is collaborating with celebrity Chef Amy Beh and Feminine magazine to introduce the healthier versions of several familiar traditional dishes made using the Philips Airfryer with new TurboStar technology.

Philips products trainer guiding participant the right way of handling the airfryer.

During the event, participants were divided into 9 groups and everyone get to hand for the preparation of delicious Chinese New Year dishes using Philips Airfreyer TurboStar. Chef Amy Beh will lead us during the cooking session. The times allocated to us is 1 hours to complete 3 dishes. The judges will mark us based on their creativity, co-operation and cleanliness. This is my first cooking competition and I a bit worried we not manage to met the time that allocate to us. Our group (Group 1) has decided to divide the task among us. Each one of us will in charge one dish so that we can meet our time limit.


550 g Pork belly with skin
1 liter Water

Marinade (B) – To combined
1 tbsp Oyster sauce
1 tbsp Ng Heong Fen (Chinese Five Spices Powder)
1 tsp Pepper
1 tbsp Salt
8 g Tong Kwai Fen (Chinese Angelica Powder)

Marinade (C) – To rub on (For Pork Skin)

1 tbsp Organic apple cider vinegar
1 tsp Salt

1) Place the pork belly, skin side up, into a pot of boiling water and simmer for 5-6 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave the pork to soak for 6-8 minutes in the pot to allow the shape of the meat to become firm.
2) Remove and pat dry with kitchen paper towels.
3) Prick the skin with a sharp skewer all over to enable the skin to blister evenly and thoroughly during roasting.
4) Score or cut small, uniform gashes in the surface of the meat side and rub combined marinade (B) over the meat and sides.
5) Turn meat over and rub organic apple cider vinegar followed by salt onto the skin. Wipe the skin with kitchen paper towels to remove any excess water or liquid.
6) Place prepared pork piece in a plastic container. Leave the skin side up without covering the container. Keep in the refrigerator overnight to dry the skin.
7) Set the pork belly onto the PHILIPS Airfryer TurboStar basket and grill at a temperature of 180°C. Roast for 40-45 minutes or till the skin is evenly blistered and crackling.
8) Remove roast pork from basket. Cut into bite-sized pieces and serve at once.


Part 1: The Fish


2 pcs Garoupa fish slices
2 stalks Lemongrass, smashed
2 tbsp Ginger, finely shredded Some Curry leaves

For Marinade Paste
Marinade (A)
Adequate Salt (To taste)
1 tbsp Curry powder
1 tsp Turmeric powder

Ingredients (B)
5 no Shallots
4 cloves Garlic

Seasoning (C)
1 tbsp Organic tomato sauce with basil
1-2 tbsp Kalamansi lime juice
1 tbsp Organic extra virgin olive oil

1) Combine ingredients (A) and (B) in a food processor and blend into a fine paste.
2) Mix seasoning (C) into the marinade paste.
3) Lightly season fish slices with marinade paste.
4) Place the fish slices into the PHILIPS Airfryer TurboStar wire basket and grill at 180° C for 15 minutes or until fish is done.
5) Remove fish out and set aside.
6) Place smashed lemongrass and shredded ginger into the PHILIPS AirFryer wire basket. Grill at 160° C for 3 - 4 minutes or until fragrant. Garnish fish with lemongrass and ginger.


8-9 pcs Large tiger prawns, with shells intact
30 g Tamarind pulp
150 ml Water
1/2 tsp Salt
2 tbsp Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tbsp Organic Balsamic Vinegar
2 tbsp Organic Wildflower Honey

Accompanying ingredients
3-4 pcs Dried chilies, cut into sections
Some Curry leaves
1 no Onion, cut into wedges.

1) Rinse prawns well, cut off feelers and pat dry.
2) Mix tamarind pulp with 150 ml water. Mix well then strain the tamarind juice.
3) Combine tamarind juice with salt, organic extra virgin olive oil, and organic wildflower honey in a mixing bowl.
4) Put prawns into the mix and set aside to marinate for about 20 minutes.
5) In the meantime, fry dried chilies, curry leaves and onion in hot oil until crispy. Set aside.
6) Add an additional 1 – 2 tbs organic extra virgin olive oil to the marinated prawns.
7) Place marinated prawns onto PHILIPS Airfryer TurboStar basket. Grill at180° C for 12-15 minutes or until prawns are done.
8) Remove and add accompanying ingredients. Serve at once.

Thank you to my team as we successful complete our task within the time limit. We have a good experience using Philips Airfryer TurboStar. With Philips Airfryer TurboStar, our team manage to prepare healthy and delicious dishes. It safe our time in preparation and better control in food temperature. 

This is our first dish and our group name it as " Golden Happiness Fatt Choi Roasted Pork" sauce: honey sweet sauce.

Our second dish, we name it as "Shuang Yu Fu Gui Xing Fu".

Presented to you our last dish and we name it as "Jin Xia Xi Yang Yang".

The moment that everyone been waited for was the result from the judges. We jump up of happiness when our group name been called up and we won our self a Limited Edition Philips Airfryer TurboStar. Thank you to my group as we manage make it to final. 

Team performance winner group photo with the judges
(Left to right) Marketing Manager for Kitchen Appliance in Philips Malaysia Ms. Kong Puey Yoon, Lucky draw winner Ms. Jane Chua
“Chinese New Year is a time for families and friends to gather and spend quality time with each other, while wishing each other prosperity and a good year ahead. The annual Chinese New Year reunion dinner with its menu of traditional Chinese dishes is especially significant for all generations of the family. However, those that are health conscious may be concerned that traditional Chinese dishes are often saturated in oil and unhealthy fats,” said Muhammad Ali Jaleel, Chief Executive Officer of Philips Group of Companies in Malaysia. “Philips is dedicated to improving people’s lives through meaningful innovation, and this includes innovating convenient and time-saving appliances that help consumers prepare healthier meals. For Chinese New Year, we are collaborating with Chef Amy Beh to demonstrate how familiar Chinese dishes such as spring rolls and steamed chicken can be recreated with a healthier twist without compromising on taste using the Philips Airfryer equipped with new TurboStar technology.”

Philips Airfryer TurboStar

Now armed with TurboStar technology, the Philips Airfryer TurboStar is the latest in the Philips range of airfryers that helps consumers lose the oil but not the taste when cooking. From roasted pork to steamed chicken and spring rolls, the Philips Airfryer can help with the preparation of a complete Chinese New Year dinner for the coming Year of the Rooster.

Featuring a more compact design without compromising on capacity, the latest addition to the Philips Airfryer range continues to offer great tasting fried food cooked with up to 80% less fat. Not only is the new Philips Airfryer space-saving, but it is also time-saving as pre-heating is no longer needed. It comes equipped with Philips TurboStar technology that enables users to fry with little or no oil and produce food that is crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. The TurboStar technology also cooks fried food 50% more evenly and faster with no turning needed.

In conjunction with Chinese New Year, Philips has released a limited edition red Philips Airfryer (HD9623/31) to liven up the kitchen with the festive colour. 

The Philips Airfryer is also available in digital versions (HD9640 at RRP RM1,399 and HD9643 at RRP RM1,499)

The Philips Airfryer with TurboStar technology is available at any Philips authorised retailer nationwide, at the Philips Brand Store in Publika Shopping Gallery Kuala Lumpur and Sutera Mall Johor Bahru and the Philips Experience Store in Bayan Lepas, Penang. It is also available online at the Philips Official store on or Lazada on philips-official-store/

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