MKR’s Dave Vu releases restaurant-quality Asian-inspired meal kits to take the pressure off family cooking

Food personality Dave Vu has teamed up with Coco & Lucas, the Australian family owned and run frozen-meal company, to develop a range of restaurant-quality Asian-inspired meals.

The mouth-watering new range, which features two new meal kits and three ready-to-heat meals, has been inspired by recipes passed down for generations within Dave Vu and Diem Fuggersberger’s (CEO and founder of Coco & Lucas and Dave’s aunt) family.

Available in Woolworths from 4 October, the range is great value and is aimed at catering for time-poor foodies and families who want to enjoy restaurant-quality meals at home.

First to be seen in Woolworths freezers, the signature meal kits (RRP $13), Beef Pho (for 1) and Pad See Ew (for 2), include all the ingredients families will need to make South-East Asian classics that traditionally require generations of knowledge, extensive preparation and hard-to-find ingredients. Ready-to-heat dishes (RRP $8) include Imperial Fried Rice, Sweet & Sour Chicken with Egg Fried Rice and Beef Bulgogi & Rice.

Influenced by the family’s heritages, this new line of products contains as much depth of flavour as the family history it’s inspired by. For example, the Beef Pho broth that is included in the kit is simmered for 10 hours before being packaged up with silky rice noodles, thinly sliced beef & slow-cooked beef brisket, onion and shallots and snap-frozen for utmost convenience in preservation and consumption.

The ready-to-heat frozen meals also take inspiration from Dave’s Vietnamese and Chinese background, and his favourite dishes he grew up eating.

Dave was brought into the family business long before this range as he was one of the first people to inspire Diem to create the Coco & Lucas brand. Both sharing a passion for food and family, Diem and Dave want to share the importance of delicious and nutritious, balanced family meals with the rest of Australia. 

“We want to share with Australian families what our family does with each other – sharing good-quality food that’s full of natural flavour and sustainable ingredients – food that’s comforting, made with love and delicious for the whole family,” says Dave Vu.

The range is an exciting addition to Coco & Lucas’ already successful product portfolio of Earth plant-based meals and children’s meals ‘Junior Foodies’ – meaning there will be something for the whole family to enjoy no matter their tastes or dietary requirements. Coco & Lucas meals are lovingly made in Australia sustainably with no preservatives, artificial colours or flavours and with 100% Aussie meat. “If you can’t find it in your pantry you won’t find it in our meals,” says Diem.

The Coco & Lucas Asian range will be rolling out in Woolworths Australia stores in NSW, VIC, QLD and online from 4 October, just in time for lockdown restrictions to ease giving families an opportunity to get in the kitchen together. 

Available to purchase from:

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