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Underground Dining with Andre Chiang

亲爱的沁芝
mummy因为工作的缘故,有机会接触许多世界名厨,以及体验各种餐饮乐趣。
这一天,我受DBS银行之邀参加了一场Underground Supperclub餐饮体验。这是银行为了回馈会员,而特别呈现的餐饮体验,为了让会员享有折扣之外的优惠,星展银行特别拉拢名厨,为会员呈现这类“地下宵夜俱乐部”的餐饮体验。
星展银行第三度举办这类特别餐饮体验,请来刚刚荣获“Chef of The Year”大奖的名厨Andre Chiang,为会员泡制特别晚餐。
过程中他分享了一些自己的想法,我觉得有些我很能认同,摘录下来跟沁芝分享:
on food n cooking:

my mother was a chef and has a chinese restaurant in tokyo, i was the only kid who is not allowed to eat out.my mother will always prepare for me a lunchbox,she will cook at 1145am and send the lunchbox to me, everyday/..my mother teach me that food is important, u cannot juz eat anything, u take food seriously, n this building is like a home, u feel that u r coming to a home, the kitchen is there, n if i m away we close. u c me everyday, n i hope pple juz come in to enjoy, nothing else

cooking is personal to me, cooking for another person, its that personal, its that intimate, its not a commercial behavior.

on creating:

i do not force myself to create, or squeeze an idea out. i go do pottery, sketch or art,sometimes i m inspired by a sad movie, i do design n u naturally become emotional, sensitive to things around u, n the ideas flow naturally, i do what i like.

here’s the menu

In order of menu, the Iced Jabugo Shot with Tomato Puree

Brittany Baby Grey Prawns

Cured Rockfish, Peach n Champagne Rose Vinaigrette

Potato Souffle

Atlantic Eel

Kyoto aubergine/Braised cockscomb/fried duck tongue

Langoustine tartar/dashi granita/oscietra caviar

Spanish Omlette/Chorrizo/Onion Marmalade

Before the desserts came on, a special inclusion of wagyu/fresh mustard seeds n eggplant caviar

Purifed Yoghurt

Ganache/Ice nougatine

Buckwheat Churross/Hot Chocolate/Fresh Cinnamon

After dinner, he brought us up to his atelier, the birthplace of all tastes on his tables

and there would b this chest of alphabet of flavours

and his works of pottery

n this wall showcasing his work of tentacles of the squid,he says u could know the squid’s emotions seeing their tentacles

then everyone gets a nice photo and an autograph

he says he did a special autograph for me with quotes, here it is

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What is right

Something right is a good teacher
Almost immediately, the right tells u about what wrong is
And I m saying this after a haircut

I have been searching for one who can give me THE right haircut

N for the past few times although I thought it was ok, it really wasn’t

Not right means not right
U would need wisdom to acknowledge the wrong, not bear with it

Thankful for a right feeling
It righted many wrongs and re-emphasized it’s right!

Doing things the right way is so do important

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Joy

Joy, is

之一。Sitting by Myself

Its saturday and i m sitting by myself. After a week of busy weekdays, I finally have time to myself.

And i sat down for some meditation, and wrote my prayers as always. It felt simply good afterwards, i guess, its the time i allowed myself, to settle n rest.

As i sat n wrote, there were lots of emotions and thought coming by, but being aware made me understand their presence

For eg, i could see the feeling of excitement and i knew it was bcoz i had the urge to share what i learnt after meeting alain pasaard yesterday

But while i was sitting, i saw the awareness and i instantly let it go to come back to simple sitting and observing

SO meditation trains one to let go

A light me emerged and i like that

之二。A more open minded me

i realised a change in me, its a sense of open mindedness, or a broader me

in face of issues that i cannot reconcile with, instead of being disturbed n unhappy, i find myself recently being able to look at the  disturbing issue from another perspective.

there’s just another voice which offered me another perspective to the problem in front of me, and this opened up more space in me, rather like a road opening up in front of me

i could c that it is i who fixate myself on looking at things a certain way, if i don’t look at things this way, i would b in a different world, feeling a different set of emotions.

i liked this inner clarity/wisdom

it made me much more magnanimous and i liked this me. it made my life easier when i could see n adopt a new approach/attitude to a problem

it was also, in a sense letting go too.

and ease followed soon after.

之三。joy

is growing up, and having more wisdom.joy is learning something new.

之四。ahh yes, i saw my work being mentioned in another’s blog

http://blog.omy.sg/sweet60/archives/category/uncategorized

n its a funny feeling to read what/how others perceive my logic and words, its like venturing into a new place for me too

whatever, i feel really happy that i have someone as an audience.

it heightened the loveliness of sharing.

n seeing my work captured n re pasted on another website

http://www.cnfrance.com/info/renwu/20120324/7082.html

what made them capture those works?

a sort of resonation?like when u walk into an empty room, say something n get an echo back

i feel touched to get an echo

http://www.360doc.com/content/12/0315/16/7486097_194570941.shtml

之五。i would feel excited when i have something to share, a great piece of knowledge/some wise words, and i would feel this sense of drumming or beating inside me

the feeling of excitement.

i read what i wrote about Andre Chiang sometime back, he was preparing a dish for us and he says, he couldn’t breathe.

reading what i recorded again, made me understand this excitement all over again

its bliss, this excitement.

and with these findings, i really would like to share this gratitude with all, may all sentient beings discover this part of themselves and b at ease, wherever they r, whenever they r.

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Alain Passard

Dear qinzhi

Its been a while since i have so much enjoyed my work. That i feel happy at work.

I guess its the consensus i have come to with daddy, qinzhi n myself, its like i have arrived at another platform or level. and here, i could b free/freely enjoy my work as if there were not another care in the world.

its an understatement to say how great this feeling is.

And greater bcoz i met another culinary giant today, and he is Alain Passard. Meeting him inspired me to write to qinzhi abt passion, i recently hear this word over n over again, all fr different chefs, with different intensities/tone of voice, and i want to say to qinzhi this.

The right n the only way to live
Is to be passionate about life

Find the something, which gives u happiness or simply makes u happy, no matter how many hours it takes of u

The something which allows u a better understanding of yourself or that whicj helps u make sense of yourself n the world n life

The something which gives some meaning to your existence

Once u find that something, which may take a while, never let go

I took some time to, no wonder I just couldn’t give it up when daddy proposed I stopped

The something that stopped me is this passion I have for writing

Writing helped me understand n find myself
It brought me to top brains n to learn n b inspired by them
It exposes u to a new dimension n fulfills u
It makes my world broader

And the passion miraculously brought me to see this 3 star Michelin chef so easily

I had so much trouble trying to interview him months back

But there he is with me at the air France booth at savour 2012

I took his hand and said I was v happy to see him n showed him the writeup I did for him

http://www.zaobao.com.sg/fk/fk120324_001.shtml


I guess he could see the happiness in me

And he held my hand tightly in return n our hands danced

The air France pple too was happy to see me happy

The connection, however short lived was too strong to b denied

Bcoz the emotions were so so true n it jazzed up the night

Passions enrich u n make life worthwhile, it is in passion that u live n breathe

And become alive

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Truly grateful to find them

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Woman

March 30, 2012

Embracing Womanhood

When a woman can look back into her past, doing so without regret and instead seeing only lessons that brought her to her current strength and wisdom, she embraces the fullness of her experience. She helps those around her to build upon the past as she does. And when she chooses to create her desires, she places her power in the present and moves forward with life into the future.

Seeing her own divinity, a woman learns to recognize the divinity in all women. She then can see her body as a temple, appreciating its feminine form and function, regardless of what age or stage of life she finds herself. She can enjoy all that it brings to her experience and appreciate other women and their experiences as well. Rather than seeing other women as competition, she can look around her to see the cycle of life reflected in the beauty of her sisters, reminding her of her own radiance should she ever forget.

She can then celebrate all the many aspects that make her a being worthy of praise, dancing to express the physical, speaking proudly to express her intellect, sharing her emotions, and leading the way with her spiritual guidance. Embracing her womanhood, she reveals the facets that allow her to shine with the beauty and strength of a diamond to illuminate her world.

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My favorite spot

Dear qinzhi

Some ten years back
Mummy used to love this place
When I couldn’t decide if I will enter this relationship with daddy,
It is infront of this porch of grass that we sat on, n
Daddy used to hold my hand here n say :”then let’s take it slowly, let me b the one to do the loving more.”

Then further in those building squares, we sat when we quarreled , kissed n hugged.

It was my favorite spot n always will hold specially to me

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