International food feast at Rangi

BIG APPLE: India Borelli, originally from New York, made pretzel sticks for the international food day.

Pretzels, Thai jelly, tapas, Japanese curry, rice balls, sushi, waffles and lolly cake.

Rangi Ruru Girls’ School students tried dishes from different countries.

Dean of international students Louise Stanton said the International Club, headed by Amy Chen, organised the event as a fundraiser for St Andrew’s High School in Tonga.

One of the sisters from St Andrew’s spoke to the school last year and the Rangi students were all struck by the struggle the school still faced following Cyclone Winston early last year.

Amy said being able to give back is a very important part of being a global citizen.

“St Andrew’s in Tonga struggles to find enough money to do what it needs to do. Many of the families are unemployed and because the school is funded from fees, this means there isn’t enough money for even the basics like books and other day-to-day needs,” she said.

Popular food at the lunch included chocolate and fruit waffles, Japanese rice balls and the Thai jelly.

Ploy Kriangkriwakin and classmate Ploy Laolerchai were keeping the secret recipe for their fun-shaped Thai jellies under wraps.

“There’s coconut and, well that’s all I can say really,” said Ploy.

“It’s sweet and delicious that’s for sure.”

India Borelli, originally from New York, made pretzel sticks, clearly a nod to her birthplace.

During International Week, $1700 was raised for St Andrew’s High School and another fundraiser is planned before the end of the year.


FOOD: Ploy Kriangkriwakin and Ploy Laolerchai wouldn’t give up their secret recipe for Thai Jelly.

DELICIOUS: Thai jelly was one of the most popular and unusual dishes sold as a fundraiser at Rangi Ruru.