I was recently at the Quaker Oats for Rice media launch. Now who’s a fan of oats ? (honestly, I’m not) My mom tried adding regular oats into rice and it turned out mushy. So I was abit skeptical about this, until I tried it!
Quaker, the world’s No.1 oatmeal brand, has once again hit the right spot with Malaysians by introducing Quaker Oats for Rice, a product that is ideal for consumers who love rice and would like to power up their daily meals with more whole grain goodness.
Made from natural whole rolled oats grown in Australia, Quaker Oats for Rice is specially made to be cooked with rice, and is easy to prepare. Just add one cup of oats to two cups of rice and cook as normal. The result is an appetizing, aromatic bowl of rice with a delicious, nutty texture. Quaker Oats for Rice is high in magnesium, protein, iron and vitamin B12, and contains 7 times more fibre than white rice and three times more than brown rice.
Quaker Oats for Rice is the ideal add-on to rice for a meal rich in dietary fibre and other vitamins and minerals.
Alex Ooi, Head of Marketing for PepsiCo Malaysia Sdn Bhd, said that the company wanted to add a new twist of wholesome oats to everyday meals, while still being highly appealing to the discerning Malaysian palate.
“With Quaker Oats for Rice, we are providing a simple and convenient solution of adding whole grains to your rice. Oats, which are a good source of soluble fibre (beta glucan), help lower blood cholesterol,” said Ooi. “By adding Quaker Oats for Rice to rice, Malaysians can still enjoy their familiar rice meals and get the wholesome goodness of oats.”
Quaker Malaysia’s brand ambassador and celebrity Chef Sherson Lian launched the new Quaker product in Kuala Lumpur with a cooking demonstration of a simple yet delectable rice dish, Garlic Pilaf Rice using Quaker Oats for Rice. Other everyday rice meals which can be easily prepared at home are Hokkien Yam Rice, Tomato Seafood Rice and Tuna Rice and Oat Salad.
Chef Sherson urged more Malaysians to try Quaker Oats for Rice to experience for themselves how easy it really is to incorporate more fibre, vitamins and minerals into one’s daily diet. “Quaker Oats for Rice and rice is a marriage made in heaven. This is a brilliant way to add more fibre into your meal, and adds a delicious bite to your usual bowl of rice,” said Sherson.
During the launch, Chef Sherson showed us a little demo on how easy it is to incorporate Quaker Oats for Rice into our daily cooking. I was chosen to be the assistant (to help cut some garlic n saute them haha )
Some of the ingredients for Garlic Rice Pilaf, garlic, cashew nuts, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, star anise, green peas (not in pic) and most importantly, rice and Quaker Oat for Rice.
(Oh hai, that’s me)
So first, slice garlic and shallots. Then heat up pan with butter, olive oil OR olive oil spread. Then saute garlic and shallots till nice and fragrant. Add the rest of the aromats so the aroma is released. Add in rice AND Quaker Oat for Rice and give it a nice stir so it coats well. Then add the rice into a rice cooker, add an appropriate amount of water (no water adjustment needed if you add Quaker Oat for Rice), salt and let it cook. Half way thru, add peas. When done, sprinkle the cashew nuts and give it a good stir.
Tick tock, let the rice cooker do some magic and tadah! Pilaf is ready.
It looks like a little pine nut + barley, less like the flat round oat shape. It has a nutty after taste and a little texture to bite on. It doesn’t become mushy or soapy after cooking and it holds on to its shape rather well. Interesting add to our regular rice habit I would say.
The launch also marked the introduction to the new season of “5 Rencah 5 Rasa”, a cooking programme hosted by Chef Sherson on TV3, where Quaker Oats for Rice will be featured as a staple ingredient in all 13 episodes. The show will highlight the art of fast and easy cooking without compromising on quality and taste using only five ingredients. 5 Rencah 5 Rasa is a 30-minute show in Bahasa Malaysia, and the new season will come on air starting 17 September (every Tuesday) on TV3 at 11.30am.
Quaker Oats for Rice is available at most major retail outlets at RM3.00 for a 200g pack and RM6.50 for a 600g pack
(Oh I’m on newspaper too!! lol) on Harian Metro and Utusan Malaysia (click on thumbnail for full sized image)
- Quaker Oat for Rice – 1 cup, rinsed
- Fragrant rice – 2 cups, rinsed
- Garlic – 100 gm (5-6 clove) – peeled and finely sliced
- Cinnamon – 2 sticks
- Cloves – 5
- Star Anise - 3
- Cardamom – 4
- Olive spread – 2 tablespoons
- Roasted Cashew Nuts – 250 gm
- Fresh green peas – 200 gm
- Shallots – 10 small, peeled and finely sliced
- Pinch of salt
- In a hot pan, add the olive oil spread and sliced garlic, sauté until garlic is crispy on the edges
- Add garlic and onions and saute until soft
- Add the spices – cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, cardamom and stir until fragrant
- When fragrant, add in Quaker Oats for Rice and Rice, and stir until well combined
- Pour the rice mixture into the rice cooker
- Add 5 cups water, stir and add salt to taste. Cook as normal in a rice cooker.
- When half cooked, sprinkle the cashew nuts and green peas on top of the rice
- Once done, give the rice a stir to combine all ingredients and serve
Some photos by Angeline