Jo Elwin is editor of Bite and bite.co.nz

In today's Bite: Taste the flavours of multi-cultural New Zealand

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In this week's Bite magazine we have multicultural recipes from Chef Lek of saan in Ponsonby. Photos / Bite magazine
In this week's Bite magazine we have multicultural recipes from Chef Lek of saan in Ponsonby. Photos / Bite magazine

Ray McVinnie was definitely the right man for the job this week - if anyone embraces the multicultural nature of our country it is him. He introduced me to one of my favourite Malaysian restaurants - Bunga Raya in New Lynn (the other is Sri Pinang in K Rd) and his recipes over the years have taught me how to incorporate many international flavours and ingredients in to my cooking. He is sharing lots of ideas in his Get the Idea column this week.

Chef Lek from saan. Photo / Bite magazine
Chef Lek from saan. Photo / Bite magazine

When I asked Ray who could be our guest chef in this issue, which is a mini-celebration of multicultural New Zealand, he instantly mentioned Ponsonby Rd's saan "because their food is different, and so good".

Chef Lek proved he too was the right man for the job, sharing recipes for somtum (spicy green papaya salad), khao soi (beef flat egg noodles) and larb ped (spicy duck mint salad) that are easily made in Kiwi kitchens.

We are introducing Middle Eastern flavours to Monday night's lemon spice chicken meatballs, Peter Gordon is helping Adi put some Italian in to his Indonesian-based repertoire and Aaron ... well, I guess you could say his peanut butter cups are American, but who cares, really. When something is this good we'll claim it for ourselves.

Meatballs for Monday night's dinner and a feijoa and lemon chutney star in this week's Bite. Photos / Bite magazine
Meatballs for Monday night's dinner and a feijoa and lemon chutney star in this week's Bite. Photos / Bite magazine

Also in Bite this week:

Feijoa and lemon chutney

Win tickets to Noma: My Perfect Storm

Louise Thompson: The complaints department

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Jo Elwin is editor of Bite and bite.co.nz

A young Jo Elwin could be found reading cookbooks on the school bus and delighted in being the ‘kitchen helper’ at her mother’s dinner parties. Twenty years within magazine publishing, many involving food, has lead Jo to her dream job as editor of the NZ Herald’s weekly food magazine Bite and website bite.co.nz.

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