Day in a life of a Nestle Food Engineer
Hi!I am very honored to be in Nestle R&D Centre a few weeks ago to be their food engineer for a day.Very excited because I know no one is allowed into the R&D Centre unless you are a staff there.So I try my best to take you behind the scene of Maggi product crvwin备用eation.
Nestle is kind enough to let us crvwin备用eate a dream maggi of our choice.I did some brainstorming and came up with a dish which I like to have every morning – the herbal soup noodles.I don't know about you but I am a fan of herbal soup.一想到要把它煮上好几个小时，我就心烦，因为我们每天都有时间在哪里煮呢？如果我们能马上喝一碗草药汤和一些马吉面条，it will be super yummy (in my opinion lah).This is my brainstorming idea,crvwin备用eative anot??
So we had a meeting with the Nestle team who give us a brief idea of the company.Be a food engineer of course must know the company first!Do you know,Henri Nestlé founded Nestlé in Switzerland in 1866.Its first product was FARINE LACTÉE®,baby food made from cow's milk,小麦vwin备用，flour and sugar;given to a neighbour's premature baby that could not breastfeed.In 1905,他与英瑞炼乳公司合并成为雀巢，with its headquarters in Vevey,瑞士。
The most memorable Nestle product for me is Milo.I drink it everyday since birth and now,米洛是我的日常饮料，it is my type of vwin体育coffee.I remembered when I was very young,the grocery shop owners and fruit stall owners would put their money in a Milo tin,tie it to a string and place it high up.当他们需要改变的时候，他们会拉绳子从麦洛铁罐里拿出来。我们过去常买罐装米洛酒，让米洛喝得过多。But now things have become so convenient that Milo are already sold in 3-in-1 packets.
Beside Milo,another memorable product is definitely the maggi mee.Julius Michael Johannes Maggi first developed a formula to bring added taste to meals.Then he was commissioned to crvwin备用eate a vegetable food product that would be quick to prepare and easy to digest to help with the problem of women having less time to prepare meals as more and more worked outside the home.The results — two instant pea soups and an instant bean soup – were a huge success.Maggi was merged with Nestlé in 1947 and since then,it has been offering high quality and innovative products.
Maggi has such a strong influence in our life now,so even if we ate other instant noodle brand,我们还是叫它“玛吉米”。但是你知道马吉米的每一种味道是如何产生的吗？vwin备用What does it take to be a food engineer??
Let's find out!!
I always thought food engineer is a very technical (aka boring) and man-ly job,perhaps because of the word"工程师“.But in fact,it turns out to be more interesting than I expected.
To be a food engineer,the first important step is to have very sharp senses and know your ingredients.We are given some ingredients to taste and identify the profile of each taste such as sour,salt,糖，bitterness and umani (lingering).
We first have to drink 6 different cups of water and identify the different taste.Then we smell the different bottles and identify the ingredients.正如你所看到的，we are all busy smelling the ingredients.
It is definitely not easy because we have to be familiar with the spices.Some of the ingredients given was garlic powder,迷迭香，milo etc.Some of the spices smell so familiar but you just cannot recognize it.Some of them were so strong that my face cringe.I think I am better off as a food writer.Haha!!
下一步，you learn to make the noodles.It is pretty easy.You just have to crvwin备用eate a volcano shape with the wheat flour,add in eggs,salt and water and mix well with hand.
Then you roll it flat.Do I look like a potential housewife??
最后，let the flour go through the noodle machine and crvwin备用eate your desired thickness.
But that small bowl of noodles is child's play lah.对于批量生产，MAGGI noodles are made fresh then air-dried or fried to crvwin备用eate your low-fat whole grain or 2 minute MAGGI.
Now this is fun part – developing my own recipe.And this is the most difficult part.I guess many of you who vwin德赢投注cook at home,会知道我们没有那么精确。Sometimes when we feel a soup is too salty,we just sprinkle a little bit of salt.But we won't really count it grams by grams.
But here is so different,I cannot be like a typical chef at home.Here,我是食品工程师，so everything must measure!!
当然，你得先想想，what goes well with your soup?Since my is a herbal soup,I need some ginseng powder and wolfberries to give it the herbal taste.
My mentor engineer tells me that we are making 100g of thick concentrated sauce.Out of 100g,90克是浓鸡肉酱，所以我可以加入其他配料，做10克。Not easy lor,you see I take so many bottles.Need a calculator beside me to count.Because some powder I only want 0.7g or 0.3g,然后我必须确保我得到10克。
These ingredients come in powdered form and kept in air tight containers.出于卫生目的，you have to use a new spoons everytime you use a different bottle of ingredients.And I don't even know if I put too much or too little lah,because they are all concentrated powder,so I have to go by"FEEL".-
See,如果你是在家做饭,vwin德赢投注你不用测量温度啦！But here,as I stir,I have to make sure the temperature of my sauce must be kept at 85 degree celsius and can only be vwin德赢投注cooked for 2 mins!These engineers are super precise.When you are done,酱汁放在瓶子里。尝一尝酱汁看看是否还可以，这是毫无意义的，because it is so concentrated until you only find it super salty without water.
When all is done,you just vwin德赢投注cook your noodles for 2 mins together with the sauce.Now I know why maggi mee packet always ask us to vwin德赢投注cook for 2 mins.Because these engineers have done enough research to prove that 2 mins will let you achieve the best noodles quality – QQ and springy.如果你是克苏，而且你煮的时间很长，vwin德赢投注of course your noodles will become soggy.
So remember,当你在煮玛吉面的时候，vwin德赢投注have a alarm clock beside you and make sure you only vwin德赢投注cook for2分钟.
当我有机会从头开始制作我的Maggi草药面条时，vwin备用you are not denied the crvwin备用eation too!这是一个烹饪技巧：vwin德赢投注使用杨圣乐，由马吉和欧阳生vwin备用共同创造，在超市里找到了马吉面条的草药汤！!
Here is Chef Mark tasting the noodles.
I made herbal soup maggi,,丘亭泡菜汤，Gabby made dried mee siam.We all love our own noodles!!
Besides vwin备用eating each others' noodles,here's what we have for lunch!所有这些都是用雀巢产品制造的。You don't have to be a Hainanese to know how to vwin德赢投注cook chicken rice.就用雀巢现成的酱汁吧！!
Thank you once again to Chef Mark and the Nestle team for giving me the chance to enter into your secret R&D area to crvwin备用eate my dream maggi.Celebrating 100 years in Singapore,Nestle has planned fun activities throughout the year.Hop on to its website www.nestle100years.com to read more about its journey and touching stories of consumers.
So how?Do you think I can be a food engineer?😀