The wide variety of Naturel products
The Asian Masters is a popular Gastronomy Experience in Singapore. This is the 4th Edition being hosted and there are various types events to participate, such as wine pairing dinners and masterchef workshops.
Last Sunday I was invited to one of the materchef workshops by Naturel at ToTT. Naturel is product range from the Lam Soon Group, featuring a wide range of oils and organic products. This 2-hour workshop features a chef demonstrating 2 dishes using Naturel ingredients. Participants were also gifted with a bag of Naturel goodies - can't wait to try them out!
Meet the chef!
Chef Anthony, 29 years old, is the restaurant owner of Cocotte (making a mental note to go there for dinner some day). He is a real nice guy and very helpful in answering the queries the participants have. He is really cool about letting me take a photo of him - I went there alone and was a little lazy asking someone to help us take a photo...
The first dish he prepared was a sous vide duck breast with an orange ginger-spice glaze. The duck was served with a penne salad with a soy-sesame dressing. The second dish is flaked cured salmon rillettes with a macaroni salad with a lemon-sesame dressing. Both dishes are delicious (yes, we got a small sample of the dishes to try!) and I'm hoping to recreate them at home soon.
TV screens to see the cooking in action
Both dishes uses sous vide cooking - a technique of cooking that seemed to be gaining popularity here. It involves placing your meat or seafood in a vaccumed bag, then the bag is placed in a water bath and cooked at the same temperature until desired doneness. This method ensures the food is cooked in and out at the same temperature - no risk of overcooking and it apparently yields a more tender end product. Sous vide cooking is done using a sous vide machine - you can find one at SGD 997.99 at ToTT (very expensive!) I know I won't be able to get a machine any time soon, so I have to look for an alternative...
Overall it had been a really fun and delicious experience - there are a lot of other events being hosted at The Asian Masters, so do check them out and sign up before they are all gone! Thank you Naturel for the invite! 🙂