Poh Ling Yeow to cook for Malaysia Airlines

Can Poh Ling Yeow help Malaysia Airlines?
Can Poh Ling Yeow help Malaysia Airlines? Photo: Randy Larcombe

She's been a master chef, a television chef, now Poh Ling Yeow is taking her food to the skies.

Poh has joined forces with Malaysia Airlines as part of a new venture to enhance the carrier's cuisine offerings.

The Malaysian-born, Australian-raised cook says it was a great opportunity to combine her love of her two countries and her love of food.

"It's the airline I grew up flying. I have fond memories of travel and home," she said at the launch in Sydney.

The first dish in the venture - Poh's Nyonya Chicken Curry - will be available on the business and economy class menus from Australia to Kuala Lumpur from December 1.

Passengers from New Zealand will have the Poh option from New Year's day.

The Nyonya Chicken Curry was an obvious choice for her first dish.

"It's special to be able to share this with Australians and anyone who flies Malaysia Airlines," she said.

"Our family love it so much it sits rather inappropriately on the Christmas table next to the ham."

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Regional Senior Vice President P K Lee acknowledged it had been a tough year for the airline with the MH370 and MH17 disasters.

But the approach to bring the popular Poh on board was made more than year ago.

"We're hoping for more ideas from Poh in the future."

Malaysia Airlines has used Irish Michelin star chef Richard Corrigan and French chef Amandine Chaignot to create signature dishes on other routes.

AAP