Creating Dishes and New Recipes Using Noni
Most everyone knows The Comfort Zone provides catering for Maui weddings and wedding receptions. Did you know we cater corporate events on Maui? We enjoy providing private chef services and catering for business functions on Maui. One such Maui business networking event required original recipes using Noni fruit.
Last month, the Maui Chamber of Commerce monthly business networking mixer was hosted by Noni Biotech International, a growing Maui company changing the world by pioneering uses of Noni in medicine and Health & Spa products. Noni Bio Tech has utilized Comfort Zone catering services recently for catered corporate functions. Noni Maui inquired if I could utilize their Noni product for cooking, requesting Noni is utilized whenever possible in the culinary creations prepared and served at their events.
Always up for a new cooking challenge, I accepted the opportunity and assured I would be able to create at least a few dishes utilizing Noni. The raw product had a distinct flavor and taste, peaking my curiosity of how I would use raw Noni in the dishes I wanted to serve for Noni Biotech’s events. So, being a tech savvy chef, I immediately began searching the Internet for applications and recipes where Noni has been used in cooking. I only found a few recipes, usually using Noni in a mango papaya salad. I realized I was going to be fully challenged to draw upon my understanding of food, flavors and years of cooking experience!
In the process of discovering how I could use Noni in cooking, I became intrigued by the beneficial aspects of the Noni fruit and how Maui Noni Biotech is using Noni. While my challenge was to use my knowledge of food to merge Noni into the delicious dishes I would be proud to serve at the events, I learned the health benefits of Noni were astounding and just beginning to be realized in the fight against cancer! Albeit the mango papaya salad sounded good, I wanted to challenge myself to utilize Noni as a component in several dishes beyond using as a simple add-on in salad. I decided and set out to attempt to create several new dishes incorporating Noni! Drawing from my culinary training and understanding of food science, I knew I would need to balance flavors using ingredients to contrast with or blend with Noni. So, after learning more about the chemical composition of Noni, I began experimenting with several dishes. The goal was not so much to feature the flavor of Noni as a primary ingredient. Instead, I wanted to use Noni to enhance a dish or blend Noni into a unique tasting variation of traditional dishes. Fortunately, Noni Maui Biotech generously supplied me with enough product samples to test and sample in my quest to create new recipes using Noni. Maui Noni Biotech produces a pure noni powder as well as a liquid pure Hawaiian Noni juice. I used both forms in my efforts to produce
I was able to successfully create a Noni Miso Vinaigrette Dressing, Noni Kalua Pork Quesadilla, and a Noni Thai Peanut Sauce. Unfortunately, as experimentation goes, a couple dishes didnt meet my high standards and couldn’t be served. Regardless of how often I attempted to adjust the recipes, I could not serve the Noni coffee cake, a Noni creame brule dessert and a marinade I wanted to use for chicken skewers. I may go back to the test kitchen again to perfect these dishes for the next Maui Noni Biotech International corporate event!
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