Nando’s the iconic brand that is loved the world over, celebrates its 20th birthday here in Malaysia. From its humble beginnings in Jalan Telawi, , Nando’s has grown to be a favourite amongst the flamed-grilled chicken enthusiasts locally. Sizzling the hearts of Malaysians with its trademark cheeky wit, out spoken humour and of course its glorious PERi-PERi sauce, the brand has not only introduced to Malaysians, really really good chicken, but a host of other delectable eats that keep them coming back for more.
As soon as the restaurant came to roost in Malaysia, Nando’s signature PERi-PERi spread like wildfire as more and more people discovered just how delicious a little heat could be. Truly passionate about chillies, Nando’s grows its own PERi-PERi chillies with the help of over 1,400 independent farmers in South Africa. Mixing these fiery little wonders with onions, oil, herbs, fresh lemons and a kick of garlic produces the brand’s unparalleled secret weapon, the Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce.
“We are definitely excited about reaching such a significant milestone here in Malaysia. When we first introduced ourselves, I believe we piqued the interest of chicken lovers out there. We were unique and were offering new flavours to people so it was an intriguing time for everyone. 20 years on and we are still firing up the tastebuds of our amazing fans and hitting a few new-comers as well. Our magical little chilli called PERi-PERi is to thank for this as it is our heart and our heat and it is truly unique to Nando’s,” commented Stephen Chew, CEO of Nando’s Malaysia.
Putting flavour first and heat second, the Nando’s PERi-PERi sauce is unlike the ‘all-out-burn’ of other chilli sauces. The chickens are marinated in the sauce for 24-hours and then basted with ones choice of heat level ranging from Lemon & Herb to the fiery Extra Hot.
The brand which has procured almost a cult status in Malaysia also have PERi-PERi sauces that fans can purchase for their home consumption, because sometimes, a dose of PERi-PERi is all one needs.
“It is truly a moment of great pride and honour to have completed two successful decades here. Malaysia has been fantastic for Nando’s as the Malaysian pride of diversity, hospitality and sense of family reflects the values that Nando’s holds dear. At Nando’s, we believe that the people and experience is what counts; and it is extremely satisfying to see so many fans enjoying the Nando’s experience wholeheartedly,” added Chew.
PERi-PERi Interesting Facts
• PERi-PERi chillies are unique to Nando’s
• It takes 42,000 chillies to fill one 14kg bag and 25,000 bags are filled every year – that’s over a billion chillies!
• Each chilli plant produces about 300 chillies which are hand-picked and plucked one at a time
• They are also hand-sorted and naturally dried in the African sun
• PERi-PERi chillies contain capsaicin that delivers a ‘feel-good’ effect – your pupils will dilate and your metabolic rate will increase as you feel the rush of endorphins
• PERi-PERi is also rich in Vitamins A, B and C