Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Little White Book: Nasi Lemak recipe [video]


Together with Electrolux's Chef-in-Residence Eric Low, we did a live recording demonstration at TANGS on Orchard on how to prepare Nasi Lemak.  The recipe is Chef Eric's very own.  It's supremely easy to make at home, not to mention delicious. Visit The Little White Book's facebook page here for more information and the recipe.

Finest Festival 2014 [video]

Presented by FairPrice for Finest Festival:
On 27 August, Finest on Wheels food truck together with celebrity chef Melvyn Lee and the famous food writer Victoria Cheng were at Mapletree Business City, Open Plaza.  Serving complimentary Smoked Salmon Panini, using FairPrice Finest premium ingredients. 
Visit Finest on Wheels again on Thurs, September 11 at 100AM (Tanjong Pagar) from 11am-2pm.



At Mapletree Business City, Chef Melvyn whipped together a Smoke Salmon Panini with rucola salad, topped with homemade dill mascarpone caper dressing. He used Norwegian salmon, and a wheat ciabatta bread.

In celebration of Finest Festival 2014 and Fairprice's anniversary, the Finest on Wheels truck were serving complimentary paninis to passerbys who tagged their photos #finestfestival2014

Finally getting to dig into my own panini after an afternoon of hosting!

(click to enlarge)

Catch the Finest on Wheels food truck next at 100AM (100 Tras Street, Tanjong Pagar) from 11am - 2pm. There, I will be hosting again alongside Chef Melvyn who will be preparing a Caesar salad topped with herb butter roasted chicken and focaccia croutons! It's open to the public, and yes, it's complimentary food.

Follow Finest Festival:
Instagram @Fairpricesg
Hashtag #Finestfestival2014

Win a pair of invites to a special dinner....

Be one of the lucky 10 to win a pair of invites to an intimate dining affair at a secret location, where a sumptuous feast prepared by chef Eric Low awaits.  Here's how:
1. Follow Instagram @Fairpricesg
2. Post a Instagram selfie of your home cooked meal made from Finest ingredients.
3. Add hashtag #FinestFestival2014 to your post.
4. Share your inspiration of the dish before 14 Sept 2014, 11:59pm.



Friday, September 5, 2014

GastronommyTV: Travel Vlogs

Adding a new section to GastronommyTV: Gastronommy Travel Vlogs. It'll feature short 10-30second clips from special travel moments.  Follow me on YouTube.com/Gastronommy for other videos.


Halong Bay
(photography by Justin Leow)

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Chef Inspired Recipes: Robuchon Potato Puree [video/recipe]


This short series is for the amateur cook who wants to recreate some of the world's best known dishes in the comfort of their own home.  I've tailored the recipes so that even the most novice cook can give it a try, and still impress special guests.


Filmed in Brand New Media's kitchen studio, I've worked on a short cooking series with Food For Life TV for Victoria Cheng's Chef Inspired Recipes (also on Starhub ch 109, 4ME TV).  Here's the fifth episode inspired by Chef Joël Robuchon's potato puree recipe.

I mention it in the video, but please take note to use the potatoes that are recommended - it makes all the difference.  The potatoes I'm actually using in the video (I never mention the name) are NOT correct for this recipe. As you can see, the final result is a little 'gummier' than I'd like. Unfortunately, the crew couldn't find the correct potatoes in time (they're lovely people, still!), and the show must go on!  Otherwise, all the techniques still apply.  Add more butter and milk to your taste :)


Here's a link to the full page with recipe.
For other episodes:
L'Arpege Hot-Cold Egg Recipe
Magnolia Bakery's Banana Bread Pudding
Scarpetta's Spaghetti

Thursday, August 28, 2014

We're Professional

Photo styling and direction by Javier of Kilo.


Mini-NYU reunion! Congratulations Candice Choo & Yamil Gonzales on your wedding! 

Monday, August 25, 2014

ALSIceBucketChallenge is STUPID, but... [video]


It's stupid, but I love the impact it's making! Here's my contribution + donation to the viral campaign #ALSIceBucketChallenge.

Links mentioned in the video:
ALS patient does Ice Challenge
Donate for research at ALS TDI
Friends for International Tuberculosis Relief

For the IceBucketChallenge Haters, please see my thoughts here.

Nominated by: Reza Salleh, Zachary De Git, Norman Hartono (and team at Dancing Crab)
I nominate: Denise Tan, Loh Lik Peng, Alex Turnbull, Jed Tiu Lim, Cheryl Tiu, and Cheng Kung Hung.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chef Inspired Recipes: Scarpetta's Spaghetti [video/recipe]


Filmed in Brand New Media's kitchen studio, I've worked on a short cooking series with Food For Life TV for Victoria Cheng's Chef Inspired Recipes (also on Starhub ch 109, 4ME TV).  Here's the fourth episode inspired by Scarpetta in New York and Los Angeles.


This short series is for the amateur cook who wants to recreate some of the world's best known dishes in the comfort of their own home.  I've tailored the recipes so that even the most novice cook can give it a try, and still impress special guests.

Scarpetta's Spaghetti

Here's a link to the full page with recipe.
For other episodes:
L'Arpege Hot-Cold Egg Recipe
Magnolia Bakery's Banana Bread Pudding


Monday, August 11, 2014

Cooking with Victoria: DIY Magnolia Bakery's Banana Bread Pudding [video/recipe]


Filmed in Brand New Media's kitchen studio, I've worked on a short cooking series with Food For Life TV (also on Starhub ch 109, 4ME TV).  Here's the second episode!  This was shot very early in the morning - as in, way too early for a functional Victoria... can you tell by my calm demeanor? Ha.

This short series is for the amateur cook who wants to recreate some of the world's best known dishes in the comfort of their own home.  I've tailored the recipes so that even the most novice cook can give it a try, and still impress special guests.

Banana Bread Pudding on Food For Life TV

Here's a link to the full page with recipe.
For the episode on L'Arpege Egg Recipe, click here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Official Scale for Chili Pepper Spiciness

Did you know there was an official scale to measure the spiciness or pungency of a chili pepper?  I was playing a game of QuizUp which asked about this, and I took a lucky guess.  It's called the Scoville Scale. (Thanks for teaching me something new, QuizUp!)

img src: Flower Store

Created by American pharmacist Wilbur Scoville, the scale is based on the Scoville Organoleptic Test that measures capsinoids (heat components of a pepper) according to 5 trained testers.  Of course, given the subjectiveness of human tastebuds, the scale is not precise each time.

For scale, the Bhut jolokia pepper from Northeast India is over one million Scoville units, and is considered the spiciest chili pepper in the world.  The bell pepper (capsicum) on the other hand is at zero Scoville units, with no pungency at all.

Cool pop trivia info, right?

The Irony of Chocolate

The Ivory Coast cocoa farmers have no idea what their beans are used for.  A few farmers in the video below reveal, "My parents always told me that cocoa beans are used to make wine!"  In fact, chocolate itself is very rare and expensive in the Ivory Coast... many farmers have never seen chocolate in their life.  Here's a heart-warming video of them trying it for the first time.   (Read more on a previous Gastronommy article: How Chocolate is Produced)




If you also want to know exactly how chocolate is made, check out the write-up on Chocolate:
http://www.gastronommy.com/2013/05/how-high-quality-chocolate-is-actually.html



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