Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Dining around Asia with the AsiaRooms.com Year End Sale (YES)

We all love travelling and when we travel, we are always looking for food to eat and great and comfortable places to stay. My wife and I love to travel and we have travelled to Beijing, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Penang, Sydney in the last 15 months.We also had a few staycations in Singapore.

In our quest to eat around the cities, we like to stay at somewhere comfortable and hope to get discounts on it. Hotel rooms usually take up a great portion of our expenditure for holidays. You would be glad to know that AsiaRooms.com (which is part of TUI Travel PLC, headquartered in UK) is having its inaugural annual Year End Sale (YES).

AsiaRooms


This annual sale offers quite a huge savings (up to 65 per cent) on hotels in popular destinations across Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea as well as Singapore and Hong Kong.

From 4 October 2012 to 27 November 2012, AsiaRooms.com will feature popular hotel accommodations in key Asian cities and regional beach holiday destinations in a series of six 24 and 48-hour sales, where customers can expect red-hot time limited offers.

“The destinations chosen for the inaugural AsiaRooms.com Year End Sale are hot spots for many holidaymakers during this time of the year, especially families and those looking for a short getaway during the year end season,” says Mr Clarence Lin, Brand Development Lead. “We believe the Year End Sale will be highly anticipated by travellers as it presents exceptional value for many popular hotels in top destinations across Asia.”

The Year End Sale and its specific details will be communicated via newspapers and on several websites in Singapore. Customers who wish to stay ahead of the competition in securing the Year End Sale offerings before they are fully booked, can do so by staying connected to AsiaRooms.com.

To receive notifications when the Year End Sale offerings go ‘live’ during 24 October to 27 November 2012, customers can stay connected with AsiaRooms.com through Facebook, Google+, Twitter and via its mailing list:

·         Twitter fans can follow at http://twitter.com/AsiaRooms

·         Facebook fans can visit http://www.facebook.com/Asiarooms

·         Google+ fans can follow at http://gplus.to/AsiaRooms

·         Visit the AsiaRooms website and subscribe to the mailing list at http://www.asiarooms.com


The year end is almost here and those who have yet to book rooms for their holidays, you can get excellent prices during this YES. After settling your room, it's time to look for places to eat!

Oh yes, it's also fun to book a room in Singapore and have a staycation here!



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Friday, October 19, 2012

Vote for us at the Bosch Dream Kitchen Cookoff.

Hi readers,

My sis and I have a small favour to ask from you all. Out of curiosity and tempted by the prize, we participated in the Bosch Dream Kitchen Cookoff. We got happier when we got called up for an audition! Oh the cameras and lighting and all sorts of equipments that they have! They filmed us, asked us questions and we thought we might not make it for we were overwhelmed during the audition!

Tada! Suddenly, we got surprised that we even got into the 10 Semi-Finalists. It was a super WAH! moment for us!

Now, we got a little problem though. We need more votes to be in the Top 4. Only the Top 4 groups with the most votes gets to continue in the contest. Will you help us?

If you go to http://boschdreamkitchen.com/ you will see something like the screenshot below.
We are TEAM 8 - Philip Lim and Jaime Lim.

Bosch Vote

Click on our faces, and you will see a page showing a video that the organisers did when we were auditioned. It's a little silly we know. We were quite surprised they came out with something so fast!

There is a VOTE NOW button in red on that page, click on it and fill up the form.
That's it, you have voted for us. Please make sure it's Team 8!

Bosch Vote
Oh, the contest also is giving away a Bosch Filtrino Hot Water Dispenser to voters like you.
I sincerely hope you take 1 minute to vote for us!
We hope you win the voters prize too!


Thank YOU!



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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Black Pepper Crabs @ Eng Seng Restaurant

Two weeks ago, we met up with a friend who recently moved to Joo Chiat from KL. When we visit KL, he used to take us around to 'makan' there. Since he's based here now, it's our turn to bring him around.

Staying near to Eng Seng, he passes the shop daily on his way to work and back. As a workaholic who leaves early for work and comes back late at night, he probably did not realise the crowd during the opening hours.

It's difficult to dine alone there, so we met up with him on a weekend with other common friends to have some delicious black pepper crabs!

If you read about this place, you got to 'book' your crabs (can't book tables by the way). The dear wife was a bit 'kiasu' and called them up 3 days in advance to book crabs. She was told off! If you are coming on Saturday, please only call after 3 pm on Saturday! We booked our crabs after 3 pm as told.

Oh well, our plans that day changed and we were going around eating that day. Around 4:30pm, everyone felt hungry and decided we should just have an early dinner instead. Lo and behold, when you are there early, there were no crowds! The big glass tank is full of crabs, you can choose your own crabs too!

(Hint, go early! Around 5 to 5.30 pm, you don't need to bother call to book anything!)

Eng Seng Restaurant @ Joo Chiat Road
Fried You Tiao with Sotong Meat. ($8)

If you are having dinner there, you would realise that 90% of the people here have the same dishes! During dinner, we look around and saw same dishes on almost all tables!

For those who love some fried food, the fried dough fritter was nice. Crispy and crunchy with some soft cuttlefish meat stuffed in it.  Some of us thought the mayo was a bit too much on top. They should have served the mayo on the sides instead of dribbling all over it.


Eng Seng Restaurant @ Joo Chiat Road
Hong Kong Kai Lan ($10)

The veggies were nicely stir fried, cooked and yet still crunchy. We found it a tad too salty though.



Eng Seng Restaurant @ Joo Chiat Road
Mee Goreng ($7)

Oh, the Mee Goreng is another dish that almost every table orders.. It's delicious. Not too wet, nor too dry, it will probably suits most people's taste buds. Spicy but not too hot, it smells so good when it was served to our table. Prawns were bouncy and there was quite a few of it too.

(Looking at the prices now while blogging, it's more worth it to eat the Mee Goreng than the vegetables which is very little in quantity and not as satisfying as the spicy carbo noodles. LOL)


Eng Seng Restaurant @ Joo Chiat Road
Black Pepper Crabs ($90)

We had 5 of us, and we ordered 3 crabs to share. If you are a super crab lover, you probably can have 1 each. The crabs that day was medium in size. It was enough for us as it was already the 5th meal for the day!

Ahh... the crabs here are as tasty as we last tried it. Peppery, sweetish, sticky! Many people rank the black pepper crabs here as the best on this island. The sauce was so addictive. It's nice with the You Tiao too by the way!


Eng Seng Restaurant @ Joo Chiat Road

One of our friend was such a neat eater! She flipped over the big crab shell and slowly filled it with the other smaller bits as she ate. If you eat your crabs slow and eat every bit of it, there's very little leftover shells! When it's all done, she covered it up with another shell. So cute, that I have to take a photo of it!

The food is served rather quickly after ordering which is good. Would love to go back for more black pepper crabs and mee goreng.  The person on the phone might not be very courteous, but the chubby lady who goes around the table taking order is a very nice lady!

There's GST payable here, you will notice it in the bill. Our whole meal was $116.50 with the taxes included.  Eng Seng is the name of the coffeeshop. The stall selling the crabs etc is called First Grade Seafood Palace. What a nice name eh!


First Grade Seafood Palace
Eng Seng Restaurant
247-249 Joo Chiat Place
(Near to Malacca Hotel)
Singapore 427935

Tel: 6440 5560

Hours: around 4.30 to around 8.00 pm (earlier when the crabs are sold out)



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Monday, October 15, 2012

Wooloomooloo Steakhouse @ Level 3, Swissotel the Stamford

If you have noticed, there's a recent opening of a few reputable steak house from overseas here in the last few months. You would probably have already heard of Wooloomooloo, which is a very Australian aboriginal sounding name.

Wooloomooloo is named after a suburb in Sydney called Woolloomooloo, Australia, but the spelling for this restaurant is easier to remember than the town with one less L.

Would it surprise you that Wooloomooloo has it's origin in Hong Kong where it is known for their steaks.

Wooloomooloo
In case you are wondering where it is located, if you remember Patara Thai, Wooloomooloo took over the space.

Firstly, this was an invited tasting by Wooloomooloo hosted by their PR, Sixth Sense Comm.
Thanks to them for providing much of the info I have here.

Wooloomooloo
For wine lovers, there's over 150 labels in their wine list. You can see them as you enter the restaurant and walk along the corridor that's behind the lounge. It has all been picked by Noel Emmanuel the General Manager and Jack Fraser the Restaurant Manager & Sommelier.

The collection has both Old and New World wines as well as Champagnes and Sparkling Wines.

Wooloomooloo
If you purchase $2500 worth of wines, you can own a locker for yourself for a year.
We saw this when we walked around and there are more on the first photo at the entrance where there's a personalised brass plate with the name of the wine locker holder.

Wooloomooloo
One of the mocktails I had.

Wooloomooloo
Wooloomooloo Signature Martini ($19)

The Signature Martini is made from VOX vodka, apple schnapps, fresh mint, grapefruit and apple juice.

For the tasting dinner we had the following:

Appetizers

Wooloomooloo
Tuna and Spanner Crab Tartare ($29)

For those who like cold and creamy and yet chunky textured appetizers, this is a nice choice for a starter. It's really something that will stimulate your appetite for more to come. A slight hint of horseradish is added to tease your taste buds.

The base of it is creamy avocado cubes with tangy orange slices. Right above it, sweet Australian spanner crab and cubed yellow fin tuna sashimi. On top of it all, some creme fraiche and salmon roe.

Wooloomooloo
Spanish Ham Selection ($38)

We were served Jamón Ibérico that has different curing time. The 20-24 months aged and 30-36 months aged. You should try both and see the difference. It also comes with sundried tomatoes, olives, stuffed piquillo peppers, artichokes and foccacia sticks.

It's an acquired taste. I remembered I was quite put off by it because I saw the bloody legs of ham in Spain years ago, the smell during the curing was so off-putting. As I tried more good quality ones, I began to enjoy it. The ones here are quite good!

If you don't enjoy cured meats, you might want to order the next appetizer we had.

Wooloomooloo
Jumbo Prawn Cocktail ($29)

The usual serving size is 4. We had 5 because it was a tasting for 5 persons that night. One of the most ordered appetizers in the branches in Hong Kong.

The prawns were really huge. It's so easy to eat because it has been deveined and shelled. The dipping sauce is rather unique tasting. The sauce has horseradish, sweet chilli and worschester sauce in it.


Side Orders

Wooloomooloo
We also tried a few of their side orders. French Fries, Sauteed Kipfler Potatoes and Creamy Corn. The sides range from $12 to $16 each.

I particularly like the French Fries. The thick cut fries somehow was so good! I found the creamy corn a tad salty.  I can't appreciate the Kipfler Potatoes or rather most kinds of potatoes, not my type of food. (except when they are made into fries!)

Wooloomooloo
Another side we had was the Grilled Asparagus ($16)


Mains

Wooloomooloo
150-Day Grain Fed USDA Prime Rib Eye, 12-ounce. $74

We were to treated to 2 different steaks that night. Of the 2 steaks, I enjoyed this USDA Prime Rib Eye better than the Australian Tomahawk. The meat was more tender and juicy compared to the other.

No photo to show you how it looked inside. We all quickly too photos and devoured our food!


Wooloomooloo
All the steaks served here comes with 4 homemade sauces - Red Wine Madeira, Au Jus, Peppercorn and Mushroom. They were all so nice that we were dipping our fries in these sauces!

There are also four types of gourmet mustards to go with your meat. Dijon, English, Granary and Green Peppercorn.


Wooloomooloo
70-Day Grain Fed Australian Young Black Angus Tomahawk. ($125)

Oh wow, look at the size of it. I think of Fred Flintstone when I saw this.

The Tomahawk is meant for 2. If you are a super meat eater, you probably can devour this yourself. This whole slab of meat with the bone weighs between 1.1kg to 1.3kg. Huge ya?
It's served medium rare after 20 minutes in the broiler.

Wooloomooloo
I feel like eating this right now as I look at these photos again. It was also juicy and tender. Somehow comparing the two, I can't really pick out why I prefer the USDA Rib Eye to this.

It's a huge piece of meat, so some parts are more charred than the rest, we were quite surprised that ours that night was quite evenly cooked. I guess the kitchen processes and skills have improved since opening. They are getting used to the broiler now and can control it well now.


Desserts

Wooloomooloo
Pavlova ($18)

What a beautiful dessert right? The way we were told to eat this is to have almost everything you see in one spoon. You need to put a little of everything in your mouth. That way you can have a balance of sweetness and sourness in your mouth.

Wooloomooloo
Bread and Butter Pudding ($16)

This looks so beautiful too. I must confessed I like the ice cream on top.
I am not a huge fan of bread and butter pudding. I was long ago until I ate too much of it during uni days and suddenly stopped having it.

There are 11 desserts to choose from if you are wondering. I want to bring the wife back here to try their signature Apple Crumble. Heard that it's quite good.

Wooloomooloo

The kitchen is an open theatre concept kitchen. You can opt to sit nearer to the kitchen if you enjoy looking at the culinary team going all busy preparing your food.

Wooloomooloo
There's a reason why people go to Steakhouses to have their steak. How many people in Singapore have a kitchen big enough to install these huge broilers in their homes?

The steaks are broiled at 980 degrees Celsius inside these broilers. The outside of the meat is cooked almost instantly creating a layer that seals in the juices.

Wooloomooloo
It was rather interesting watching the chefs preparing the meat. They were looking at the meat and lowering and adjusting the height of the 'sliding' layer. Like someone driving a manual car!

Wooloomooloo
Different steakhouse use their preferred brand of broilers. For some of you gadget maniacs, the ones they use here are the Southbend broilers from the USA.

Wooloomooloo serves reasonably priced set lunches from noon to 2.30 pm on Weekdays.
Set lunch is priced at $36++, $38++, $42++ depending on the choice of main course.


Wooloomooloo Steakhouse
2 Stamford Road
Level 3, Swissotel the Stamford
Singapore 178882

Tel: 6338 0261
Hours: Lunch 12 pm - 2.30 pm / Dinner 6.30 pm - 11 pm
Bar hour openings, please check their website.





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Saturday, October 13, 2012

Chocolato @ Joo Chiat Road

We were visiting a friend who got a new place at the Joo Chiat area. A very nice and cosy place in a very relaxed neighborhood too! After chatting a while, we went walking around the area before we head off for a makan outing.

Jon our friend says he has been addicted to this gelato place and thinks we would all love it. He's very right.

Chocolato

We found out some bad and good news though. The bad news to Jon and the nearby residents, they are moving out of Joo Chiat.

The good news for the rest of us, they are moving to a more central location! (My memory is getting bad, I think it's the Cantonment area if I remembered them correctly)

Chocolato

So many flavours. Jon said that the pistachio is good.

I glanced around and noticed that they are a chocolate place. (The name tells it! haha). It seems they are one of the few companies in Singapore that offers chocolates from single source cocoa beans.

(go do an online search about single source cocoa if you are interested)

Chocolato

This lady (no she said she's not the boss) is a funny lady.

Jon must have been there so often, the lady insist on serving him. She asked the younger boy to serve me instead. Jon's a handsome chap and the lady calls him my Handsome Boy No. 1.

We had 3 other ladies with us, and when they say only one handsome or pretty one around,  she said to me: "OK lah, you are number 2. First time here, cannot be No. 1."

She looked at me again, ya, not as handsome as Jon, but can lah, I give you a No 1 title. No. 1A ok? First position still to Jon. *roll eyes*

Chocolato

I had the Dark Chocolate and Pistachio.
Yup, the chocolate was quite intense, the choc bitterness that I like and some sweetness to it.

The pistachio, oh, how do you describe pistachio? Go to their shop and ask for a sampling!

Texture wise, it might look rough on the photo, but it was really smooth and creamy when it touches your tongue. The sweetness according to my taste buds is just nice for me.

(Maybe I should invest in a refractometer and bring it to all the ice cream and desserts places that I go to so that I can give a scientific measurement of sweetness to my posts!)

Chocolato

You can also order a waffle cone if you like cones.

Shh... we realised something amongst the 5 of us.
If you are on a diet, opt for the cone, it has less gelato in it. (Get the hint?)


Chocolato
154 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 427432

Tel: 6497 7358



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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Airline Food - Scoot : Singapore to Sydney, Sydney to Singapore

I have 5 pieces of 8GB storage cards full of food photos with me at the moment ! To prevent them from being stuck in storage card Black Hole,  here's some 'interesting' ones that I can write about in a more holiday mood. This 'interesting' meal was the Airline Meal of Scoot.

The wife and I flew to Sydney on Singapore Airline's new budget airline, Scoot in July earlier this year. We would say it was a really good deal that we got. A return flight, SIN-SYD-SIN with luggage, food and taxes included for SGD634.34 for 2! That's like $317 per person return! You can't even reach Perth on the usual full fair airlines!

With the money saved from the flight, we checked ourselves onto the Hilton Sydney and got ourselves the Executive Floor treatment! More of that probably later in my other blog, the Eats, Travel and Staycation blog.

Now to write about our 'memorable' meal on the flight.

Airline Food, Scoot Airlines (TZ) - SIN-SYD-SIN

We pre-booked our meals, but we did not know what we were getting at the point of booking. It's a long 8/9 hours flight, you need to book a meal, or you will die of hunger in the air!

When we got up the plane, we got this piece of card with the menu. What made us laugh was the menu itself! See the cute icon in green with the chef hat on the 4 dishes? It says Chef Recommendation! Only 4 dishes and everything is recommended! It's as good as not putting it there!

The menu has such nice photos right? It did make us want the food to be served earlier!


Airline Food, Scoot Airlines (TZ) - SIN-SYD-SIN

Tada! The real thing! Yup, we laughed again! Won't you?

Let me warn you, it's hot! But there's no extra container like full service airlines to put the food in.
Hot food on plastic and my head wondered off. Is it BPA-free? Can it withstand hot temperature? Etc...

Packed like tofu you get from supermarkets, you have to peel off the plastic wrapper on top.

It's very hard to peel the plastic off. You can ask the steward or stewardess to help you, they will tell you, stab very hard on the plastic near the sides with your plastic knife. Their recommendation works! The air pressure released with a pssshhh and yay, you get to eat the food!


Airline Food, Scoot Airlines (TZ) - SIN-SYD-SIN
The Soy Sauce Chicken Rice.

Compare with the 1st photo! OK to be fair to them, it does smell very good!

Taste wise, they need to hire Neil Perry that does Qantas' food to help them. Or maybe get Sam Leong that's on Singapore Airline's Culinary Panel to improve it. It's very salty! A consolation is that the rice has not dried out yet.

Airline Food, Scoot Airlines (TZ) - SIN-SYD-SIN
The Nasi Briyani.

Yup, you probably going to ask, what's that blob of food?

The smell of it is really really good! I think they have done really well on the smell side. All the food smell really authentic. Taste wise, we beg to differ.

The spices does smell very good, if you have a sharp nose, you can smell all the spices they use for the dish. But... taste wise, it's way too spicy for the wife. She's the cili padi eater and she finds it spicy. People's taste decrease by 30% in the air, but they might have overdone it for this.

The rice on the side's a bit fried out. We were hungry and nothing else on board to eat, so we finished it anyway!

Airline Food, Scoot Airlines (TZ) - SIN-SYD-SIN
Our pre-booked meal was the set meal, so it includes a drink and a dessert.
Those in Singapore will be familiar with SunMoon. This dessert was very nice! I will say it again, very nice!

There were a few different combination, mixed fruit etc. This was the Peach and it's not soaked in thick sticky syrup. It's peach in Apple Juice! It's still sweet, but if the label doesn't lie, Apple Juice.

Airline Food, Scoot Airlines (TZ) - SIN-SYD-SIN

We landed in Sydney on a really gloomy winter day.
Saying hello the Sydney Bridge, I remember climbing on top of it some visits ago!

Airline Food, Scoot Airlines (TZ) - SIN-SYD-SIN

The plane's like it is really near the ground ya?
Although we lived in Melbourne for many years, we think Sydney's a nicer place, especially after hosting the Olympics. The people seems to be more courteous and helpful!


....... fast forward a few days later.....

Airline Food, Scoot Airlines (TZ) - SIN-SYD-SIN

After a few days of fun, laughter and food (no shopping, most things are cheaper back in Singapore), we are heading back to Singapore.

We will be back again when Scoot's having cheap tickets again! Hoping the AUD will drop too....

Airline Food, Scoot Airlines (TZ) - SIN-SYD-SIN

My meal on the way back...
After a few days of tasting Luke Mangan's food at Hilton, Jamie's Italian, Neil Perry's Rockpool, Chat Thai, Hurricane's Ribs, etc, we were kinda depressed with this.

Airline Food, Scoot Airlines (TZ) - SIN-SYD-SIN
The Creamy Chicken Stew.

I guess there is no difference in the food that's prepared in the Australian kitchen. (I am assuming food's freshly loaded from the Australian flight kitchen) It still doesn't looked appetizing too. It was really salty too. Guess they were sticking to the same recipe.

I normally don't eat the bun, but the bun's there for a good reason, you need the bun.

Airline Food, Scoot Airlines (TZ) - SIN-SYD-SIN
The Lasagne.

Both of us spent our students days eating lasagne while studying as poor students in Australia.
We had better hostel food than this. This was the wife's lasagne she said all she remember is the layer of hardened top!
Digging beneath the hardened layer, was some edible lasagne. Yup, it's salty as usual. At least there's consistency in saltiness.

If you remember when Santouka first came to Singapore and they had the more authentic salty ramen broth, the flight food might be 1.5 times that saltiness. 

Airline Food, Scoot Airlines (TZ) - SIN-SYD-SIN

We looked forward to dessert though. Yes, we knew how to make it even better!

Your drinks comes with a glass of ice. (Since you have already ordered drinks, the Scooties (yup, the call the flight crew Scooties on board) can top up the ice for you! Mix the fruits in the ice so that it is super cold. It taste even better!

We are wondering, if we can get this in the shops in Singapore. Anyone knows?

Airline Food, Scoot Airlines (TZ) - SIN-SYD-SIN

Oh yes, to make myself happy, I ordered the SGD5 Chocolate Fudge Brownie Ben & Jerry's!
The best thing on the flight! (other than the peaches in Apple Juice).

Airline Food, Scoot Airlines (TZ) - SIN-SYD-SIN

Ice cream don't seem to melt on the plane. You don't need to order slow-melting Haagen-Dazs or Ya Kun's Ice Cream that doesn't melt. Any ice cream don't melt on a flying plane!

It's not possible to use the spoon provided to eat the ice cream, it's way too hard! You will break the plastic spoon.

The best way to eat it? Squeeze the paper container and let the ice cream pop up. Bite it slowly and I find that's the best way to eat it! I wanted a second ice cream, but the person beside me said no!

That said, we will still fly Scoot on our next flight to Sydney.
- Bye bye Qantas for abandoning Singapore as a stop over and choosing Dubai.
- Singapore Airline's too expensive sometimes.
- British Airways breaking off the alliance from Qantas will probably not fly to Australia anymore.

Scoot has wide seats even for the el-cheapo flights, even for a person with long legs.
Let's hope the food will get better on the next flight there!



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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

2nd Anniversary Cooking Class at ToTT @ Bukit Timah

For folks who likes to cook or those who likes to buy gadgets, plates, cups, cutlery etc... you should be familiar with Sia Huat (in Chinatown) and also ToTT (at the Sime Darby building in Bukit Timah). For those not familiar with these two names, they are both the same company, but ToTT is the more organised and comfortable to walk around version. ToTT also happens to be the largest kitchenware and tableware retail store in Asia.

I must confess, I have a weakness for gadgets, both IT and Kitchen gadgets. If not for the ladies at home, I would have spent my money on all sorts of gadgets. I have been eye-ing the Thermomix and the Sous Vide machine for the longest time, but I can't justify buying it because I know I won't use it as much as I would! (I can't find an excuse for the ladies at home too)

My last big ticket purchase was the $581 (retail price, but I bought it during the birthday month so there's some discount) Venetto Ice Cream machine from ToTT. (by the way, it's on sale at $465 now! arghh..) It's on the kitchen table top and the ladies at home are always asking, how many times have I used it? No more new toys, the money would have been better use to buy them shoes, at least it's worn more times! (what logic is that?)

If you are ToTT Store's Facebook fan, you would have read about the 2nd Anniversary Celebrations. Last Saturday's Straits Time also had a huge advertisement about it.

For last year's celebration, I paid for 2 tickets to send my mum and my aunt to Sam Leong's cooking class, so that they can come back and cook for me! (Actually, they are Sam Leong's fans!)

This year, I got an email to attend a complimentary class, courtesy of FoodNews, their PR company. I took a look at Classes Listing, and I quickly zoomed in on the Sous Vide session! You can see that I still want that machine. Since I don't have permission from the wife to buy it yet, I might as well see it in action first ya?

There is a list of Anniversary Special classes that's only $28/$38 and there's a $20 ToTT voucher given to you too!

This was held last Saturday. (6 October 2012)

2nd Anniversary Cooking Class at ToTT
The Anniversary Special classes are only Demo Sessions, ie not hands-on sessions.
The Sous Vide: Art of Culinary Precision class I attended was conducted by Chef Xu Tianmu.

There were young and old attending the classes. The older folks were the one that is more vocal and funny too! They told Chef Xu that they were already almost buying the machine, it's up to you to convince us by the food you prepare! No good food, they won't buy!

2nd Anniversary Cooking Class at ToTT
The machines that says it wants to follow me home.....
This is the bigger sized version, the smaller size version with the sealer is on sale!

2nd Anniversary Cooking Class at ToTT
Chef Xu represents Singapore in cooking competition, and his Chef uniform reminds me of F1 Driver's! All the endorsement on it! Ain't it cool?

Chef Xu said his dad prefers his cooking compared to his mum's! He said that his dad will tell the mum, aiya, ask the son to cook lah, taste so much better and satisfying!

He shared two recipes with us:
1. Sous Vide Half Boiled Egg with Mushroom Ragout.
2. Sous Vide Seabass with Soy Sauce.


Sous Vide Half Boiled Egg with Mushroom Ragout

2nd Anniversary Cooking Class at ToTT
The eggs that was already sitting in around 70 degrees Celsius for an hour or so....
He told us, the beauty of it is that these eggs can sit for even an hour more and it will still be the same outcome. It won't overcook!

While the eggs were cooking, he prepared the mushroom ragout.

2nd Anniversary Cooking Class at ToTT
Chef assembling the eggs for us! Doesn't it look cute? Like orange ping pong balls!

This was not the Ramen kind of Tamago with runny yolk. He said it can be done too, but not in this demo. ;-)

2nd Anniversary Cooking Class at ToTT
To 'atas-ify' the dish a bit, some trout caviar!

2nd Anniversary Cooking Class at ToTT
It was delicious! I am a mushroom fan and having these mushroom cooked in cream, butter and garlic and simmered with a bay leaf, it's so awesome!

The egg was so soft, yes, very 'Ya Kun' as Chef says it, only more technically perfect!
What a nice combination!



Sous Vide Sea-bass with Soy Sauce

2nd Anniversary Cooking Class at ToTT
The Seabass that has been vacuumed packed, ready to slowly simmer in the water.

The fish has been in the hot bath before the session started, so that we could taste it during the 1 hour plus session.


2nd Anniversary Cooking Class at ToTT

Chef Xu was showing us how to make the perfect Soy Sauce for the fish while the fish was cooking.
Go attend his session, think there's a same one on the Class Timetable.

After the sauce's ready, Chef Xu's taking out the packs of sea-bass from the Sous Vide machine.

2nd Anniversary Cooking Class at ToTT

Cutting the packs and draining off excess water and putting it on a tray.

It's so sad that the plastic can't be reused, I read online that people are finding alternatives, using Silicon Bags instead.

2nd Anniversary Cooking Class at ToTT

Putting some garnishing on the sea-bass and a pot of hot oil is being heated on the stove.

2nd Anniversary Cooking Class at ToTT

The secrets to the delicious fish, a splash of hot oil over the fish, and the specially mixed soy sauce.

2nd Anniversary Cooking Class at ToTT

Come to think of it, it looks so simple. Looking at Chef Xu prepare the meal, it's really no sweat! The proteins cooking slowly in the machine, and it won't overcook because the temp had been set. You can take your time to assemble it.



2nd Anniversary Cooking Class at ToTT

The fish was really soft and tender. The soy sauce's really good too. It's a balanace of sweetness and saltiness, and it has been made more aromatic with a big bunch of coriander and spring onions. (There you go, the secret ingredients.)

We can do this at home using traditional methods like steaming and then pouring hot oil and the sauce over. I was there to see how the machine works and also to learn tricks and methods from the chef.

Lots of courses over at the http://www.tottstore.com website.
Go take a look!

The wife, sis and 2 other friends were outside waiting for me, and guess what? They got so tempted by the things on sale, and bought lots of stuff! There's a really quite a good sale going on now!


ToTT Store
896 Dunearn Road
01-01A (Sime Darby Building)
Singapore 589472

Store Operating Hours:
Mon - Fri: 11.00am - 9.00pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 10:00am - 9:00pm

Bistro Operating Hours:
Mon - Fri: 10.30am - 9.00pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 9:30am - 9:00pm

Tel: 62197077




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