Friday, 11 April 2014

Ferran Adrià Visits Williams-Sonoma Sydney

Ferran Adria, the genius behind elBulli visited Williams-Sonoma's world-first cooking school in Sydney.
I had the honour of meeting one of the greatest chefs in our history
and listen to him
speak (in Spanish) about his work, vision and Bullipedia, an encyclopedia of gastronomy.
Thanks to Australian Gourmet Traveller and Williams-Sonoma
I was able to take part in this once in a lifetime event.


"The Family Meal" and his latest 7-volume book "elBulli 2005-2011'
are both available for purchase from Williams-Sonoma Sydney.
 Chef Julien demonstrating to the art of making Coconut Tofu
from Ferran Adria's latest cookbook.


 Coconut Tofu in Thai Soup was divine!
You can find the recipe in one of the volumes of elBulli 2005-2011.


With the legend himself, Ferran Adrià

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Antonio's, Tagaytay, Philippines (Revisited)

 
Tucked away in the rolling hills of Tagaytay, this elegant restaurant is dedicated to
providing the best quality food, excellent service and perfect ambience. Many would agree with me that Antonio's is possibly one of the best restaurants in the Philippines. 


A flight of stairs leading down to the dining area.


Soak up the ambience while enjoying a delicious meal.



Pomelo juice
This, I would really recommend. 



Arugula Salad, Sun-Dried Tomato, Gorgonzola & Glazed Walnuts Drizzled with Balsamic Dressing


Roasted Red Capsicum Soup
It's got some lovely flavours in there.



Roasted Duck Breast infused w/ Truffle, Goji Berries, Seared Foiè Gras, Braised Red Cabbage


Minted Veal Cheeks & Goat Cheese Ravioli  with Creamed Tartufo



Seafood Sampler 
 Grilled Chilean Sea Bass Glazed with Balsamic on Potato Risotto, Prawn Thermidor, 
Pan Seared Scallops on Celleriac Mashed, Truffle Cream Sauce. 

Grilled Beef Fillet, Gratinated with Cepes - Morel Black Truffle, Mashed Potato



Antonio's Trio
Beef Fillet on Plancha with Black Pepper Sauce
Grilled Beef Fillet with Gratinated with Cepes- Morel Black Truffle and Gratin Potato
Honey Glazed Lambloin Gratinated with Goat's Cheese



 
Spicy Chocolate Ice Cream on Meringue Tartlette

Felchlin maracaibo chocolate terrine w/ double cream
& roasted pistachios


Tarragon Tea smells fantastic.
Chocolate Potato Chips with Mango Coulis, i'm not sure why 
but it sure tasted like commercially bought chips.  Quite disappointing though.

Panna Cotta Sampler



Dark Chocolate Souffle with Cardamom Creame Anglaise
This tasted divine!


Staff ironing the table cloth.


Antonio's
+63 (917) 899.2866 or +63 (918) 899.2866

Purok 138, Barangay Neogan, Tagaytay City, Batangas, Philippines

*Bookings Essential

Monday, 17 March 2014

Danks Street Depot, Sydney Airport

 I like sit-down restaurants located inside the airports
because it makes me feel more relaxed.
Danks Street Depot uses fresh locally produced ingredients 

and dishes come without the shocking price tag of airport food.
 The first time I had breakfast here about three years ago, 
the whole experience was a delight. 
I had truffle creamed eggs which tasted and smelled quite delicious.
The second time I came here it was quite a different story
because no matter how good my breakfast was 
sadly, poor service tainted it. 


Hot Chocolate in a bowl


Bacon Hash
Two poached eggs, herbed tomato, sourdough toast and butter

Creamed Eggs
Truffle oil, roasted field mushrooms, herbed tomato, sourdough toast & butter


 
Two Poached Eggs
Schultz free range bacon, herbed tomato sourdough toast & butter



 
Cereals with Sliced Bananas and Milk



Danks Street Depot
Sydney Airport (Terminal 1, International)

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

GIVEAWAY- Cake Bake & Sweets Show 2014, Sydney



Dear readers, I am so thrilled to be running my first ever GIVEAWAY! 
Thanks to Cake Bake and Sweets, we are giving one lucky reader 
a chance to win a double pass to this 'one-of-a-kind' event.

Three days packed with freshly baked goods, gourmet sweets, 
live demonstrations, hands-on classes, competitions,  pastry makers, 
cake artists, chocolatiers and a line-up of celebrity bakers
Eric Lanlard (Cake Boy UK and star of Baking Mad),  
Dan Lepard (Great Australian Bake Off Judge and International Baking Celebrity)
Pick Your Poison (stars of US hit Cupcake Wars),  
Kirsten Tibballs (Queen of Chocolate),  
Adriano Zumbo, Nancy Ho, Julia Taylor, Nic & Rocco.

This three-day spectacular is truly an ultimate foodie destination 
for all things sweet! Don't miss out!


Prize: 
One reader will win a double day pass to the event
21st – 23rd March 2014
Sydney Showground, Olympic Park

How to enter:
1. Like From Across the Kitchen Table Facebook Page
3. Leave a comment here or on From Across the Kitchen Table Facebook
telling me why you want  to attend this event.




For more information and to purchase tickets visit here.
Giveaway opens 11/03/14 10:00 AEDT and closes 16/03/14 23:59 AEDT. Winners will be announced 17/07/14 on Facebook. Total prize value $48. Sponsored by Cake Bake and Sweets.





Monday, 10 March 2014

Durban Dish, Baulkham Hills

Durban, the second biggest city in South Africa is also the home 
to the largest Indian community outside of India. Thus, Indian influences can be seen everywhere.
Through the years, Durban cuisine has evolved and developed its own unique character.  
The fusion of African and Indian flavours gives it an earthier, milder and more subtle taste. 
If you want something different, try Durban Dish.

Tastic Rice
South Africa's rice of choice, long grain parboiled yellow and white-fluffy grains



Bunny Chow
Half loaf of bread, hollowed and filled with chicken curry
It's a delicious and popular South African street food. 

Bobotie
Baked mince, dried fruit, nuts and topped with a set omelette-like layer
A must-try South African traditional dish.

Wor and Pap
Boerewor (beef) with pap (putu) and chakalaka



Durban Dish 
Shop 1/6 Old Northern Road,
Baulkham Hills, NSW

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Friday, 7 March 2014

Sambal Ikan Bilis (Anchovies in Chilli)


This is a classic Malaysian dish that is loved by almost every Malaysian.  

 The salty flavour of the fish goes really well with steamed rice or congee.
They are delicious, nutritious and an excellent source of calcium too.



Ingredients
150g ikan bilis (dried anchovies), washed and drained well

1 cup oil for deep frying

120g shallots, peeled and chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
10 red chillies, cut into pieces
1 onion, chopped
2 tbsp tamarind pulp, mixed with 100ml water and squeeze out juice
salt and pepper
1 1/2 tsp toasted belacan powder

Method
* Heat up oil. Deep fry ikan bilis at medium heat until golden brown and very crispy. Set aside.
* Pound shallots, garlic and chillies together to form a paste.
* Leave about 3 tbsp oil in wok, saute pounded spices until fragrant. Add in onion and stir-fry until soft. Add in ikan bilis (anchovies) and stir well.
* Pour in tamarind juice and stir-fry until almost dry. Season with salt and pepper. 










Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Sedap Malaysian Kopitiam, Sydney CBD

"Sedap" means yummy in Malay and the dishes they serve were certainly delicious. 
"Kopitiam" in the other hand means coffee shop in Hokkien (a Chinese dialect).
 Kopitiam serves mainly Malaysian Chinese dishes and are found almost everywhere in Southeast Asia 
particularly in Singapore, Indonesia and Malaysia. 

Having been to several kopitiams in Malaysia and Singapore, Sedap definitely made me feel nostalgic.
I need not think twice about eating here because I know 
kopitiam food would surely make my hungry tummy very happy.



Kopi 'O' Cold and Soya Bean Milk


 Penang Assam Laksa


Penang Char Kuey Teow

Coffee Spare Ribs

Sambal Fried Fish

Mee Goreng


 Cereal Prawns without Shell
I would have loved the ones that come with shells
 (you get to eat the whole thing) but they ran out of it.
This is a must try!




Sedap Malaysian Kopitiam
Regent Place
Shop 10 (George St level),
501 George St, Sydney NSW 2000

tel: (02) 9262 7979

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