Spice up your Chinese New Year with an unconventional twist – with Cordon Bleu’s chef Franck Bruwier’s recipe for reconstructed “yu shang”, you will find the melding of French with other cultures a perfect amalgamation of all things culinary. As the French say: bon appetit!
Another interesting local fish to savour is the river-caught catfish also known as “Pak Suk Kong”. This fish is steamed together with “katuk” leaves or sauropus in English. The fish’s silky smooth meat truly marries well with the natural sweetness of the “katuk” leaves.
These delectable biscuits are a must-have for the Lunar New Year. Deliciously fragrant, sweet, and meltingly smooth, one is never enough.
In traditional Chinese cuisine, chicken and glutinous rice are often partnered, most notably in a dim sum favourite, ‘lo mai kai’ – glutinous rice chicken. This recipe, however, brings the other up a notch with flavourful mushrooms, fragrant chestnuts, and just a dash of Chinese Shao Xin wine. You may choose to omit the wine if you object to its presence; worry not, for the recipe maintains its integrity and absolute deliciousness!
Baking, pan-frying and deep-frying – all three are popular methods of cooking, particularly during this season of culinary indulgence.
These tarts make perfect gifts for relatives and friends. With its soft textured melt-in-the mouth pastry and delicate blend of sweet and tangy taste of pineapple filling, they are pure indulgence. Festive celebration just wouldn’t be complete without them.
No longer confined to industrial applications, liquid nitrogen has taken the culinary world by storm. The instant refrigerant has seen particular widespread use in frozen desserts, as the 196°C liquefied gas is capable of creating a variety of cool treats within seconds at the table. The speed of chilling also leads to the formation of smaller ice crystals, which results in a smoother texture as well as preserves the natural taste of ingredients. The wow factor helps too when entertaining guests, as a magnificent vaporous fog envelops the dish when liquid nitrogen comes into contact with the much warmer surrounding air.
This is really an old school cake commonly found in our neighborhood bakeries with fragrant pandan kaya sandwiched between layers of sponges. However, in this recipe, we use whipped cream infused with real pandan juice instead of kaya to cut down the sweetness.
Mango and masala curry is a great combination. This Northern Indian inspired curry recipe uses free range chicken, semi ripen mango, shallots, masala paste and cooked in Even cream to smooth and silky consistency.
Cempedak is usually available once a year around the month of July and August. This fruit is not easy to come by in the supermarket due to its perishability. Many said that the fruit is like durian, one either likes it or otherwise. But to chef Ashraf, a pastry chef of the Eastern & Oriental Penang, cempedak is a unique fruit in its own league, unlike durian, it has a sweeter and floral like fragrant that entices anyone who has not tried the fruit before. Because the flesh of cempedak is soft and buttery, once mashed, the custard like pulp will blend in perfectly well with freshly whipped European cream. Here, chef Ashraf presents a great recipe on how ripe cempedak can be made into a gourmet hotel-style entremet.