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Cook for Opportunity 2020 Registrations Now Open for SUNDA Challenge

Get behind Paul from The City Lane and a great cause and join the award-winning SUNDA Restaurant and Opportunity International Australia for a special one- night only event to help transform the lives of families living in poverty in Asia.

For more than 40 years, Opportunity International has provided small loans to families in need so they can grow their businesses and generate sustainable incomes to lift themselves out of poverty with dignity.
Connected by their collective purpose for social impact, Opportunity and SUNDA have teamed up with Melbourne food and cultural champions—and Opportunity Ambassadors—The City Lane, and Filipino food and cultural advocacy group, The Entree.Pinays to help bring this live virtual cooking lesson to life.
On Friday 12 June at 6pm Chef Khanh Nguyen and his team, consisting of Chef Nabil Ansari and Chef John Rivera, will present a considered menu of Indonesian, Indian, and Filipino dishes, spotlighting the regions supported by Opportunity, and capturing the vibrant soul of Modern Asian cuisine, that are easy enough to prepare and cook at home.
Everyone is invited to Cook for Opportunity. Registrations and initial donations cost $10 per household.

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Participants will receive a shopping list and preparation instructions ahead of the event. Melbourne participants will also have the option to click and collect a convenient ingredients box from SUNDA (limited availability) supporting their local wholesale suppliers.
An opportunity to cook for good online with some of the best in the business – what could be more appetising?
Get your family, friends, and neighbours involved to support Opportunity and help communities in neighbouring Asia during this time of COVID-19.

Cook for Opportunity virtual cooking lesson registrations are now open.

Cook for Opportunity details:
Registrations open: Tuesday 26 May
Cost: $10 per household (initial donation)
Cooking lesson virtual event: Friday 12 June, 6pm
Where: Opportunity International Australia’s website

DATE: Friday 12 June 2020

TIME: 6pm - 7.30pm

COST: $10 per household.All proceeds from this event will support the work of Opportunity International Australia.

MENU: Come along and cook up this delicious three-dish meal.

  • ·Entree - Lamb Sate Skewers
  • ·Main - Yellow Curry of Kingfish 
  • ·Dessert - Banana and Jackfruit Spring Rolls 

*Vegetarian substitutes will be included. 


  • ·Sunda - the one-hatted (Good Food Guide) Melbourne restaurant, home of Chef Khanh Nguyen and his team - Chef Nabil Ansari and Chef John Rivera who bring the bold and vibrant flavours of modern Southeast Asian cuisine to life.   
  • ·The Entree.Pinays - A Melbourne-based Filipina collective contributing their diverse skills in business, design, storytelling and hospitality to help put the cuisine of their motherland on the map.
  • ·The City Lane - encouraging people to seek out the people and stories behind the food they eat and the places they visit.

Special thanks to the other organisations who are making this event possible:

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Opportunity International Australia gives families in developing countries the tools they need to work
their way out of poverty so they can live safe, healthy lives, send their children to school and create a
new future for generations to come. Opportunity’s vision is for a world in which all people have the
opportunity to achieve a life free from poverty, with dignity and purpose. By providing financial
solutions and training, Opportunity empowers people living in poverty to transform their lives, their
children’s futures and their communities. Don’t fight poverty – end it. | @opportunityaus
SUNDA is a modern Southeast Asian restaurant located in Melbourne’s buzzing laneways and theatre
precinct. Head Chef, Khanh Nguyen’s elevated menu celebrates his heritage with vibrant flavours
drawing on Asian herbs and spices as well as native Australian ingredients. As with many restaurants,
SUNDA has been heavily impacted by this pandemic, however has sustained operations by offering
takeaway and supporting those in need with specially prepared and delivered meals. Filipino-Australian
Chef John Rivera, former Executive Chef at Lûmé and 2018 San Pellegrino of the Year Pacific Region, and
Chef Nabil Ansari, will be joining Chef Khanh to create their three-course menu. | @sunda_dining | @genghiskhanh
A Melbourne-based collective of enterprising Filipinas contributing their diverse skills in business,
design, storytelling, and hospitality to help put the cuisine of their motherland on the map. BARRIO,
their debut event series for Melbourne Food and Wine 2019 was a sold-out success, a Filipino food
celebration on a scale unseen in the festival’s 26-year history. In response to COVID-19 and
postponement of their MFWF 2020 events, they have launched new virtual series In My Kusina and
Coffee & Chikahan to build and engage its community with Filipino and Australian industry leaders in
food, business, and the creative sectors. | @entree.pinays
The City Lane is a travel, food and culture website. Through this platform, founder and chief contributor
Paul Kristoff shares stories about where to eat and what to do in Melbourne and abroad. The focus is on
less publicised venues and experiences, encouraging people to get off the beaten track and seek out the
people and stories behind the food they eat and the places they visit. In response to COVID-19, The City
Lane has been encouraging people to support the local hospitality industry and to think about those less
fortunate. | @thecitylane