Errr, don't get me wrong. I mean fine dine in a 5-star hotel, watch Bobby in action, bring along a partner..... all these for free!! Thank you Discovery Travel & Living, & Starhub, for the delectable surprise!
I was thrilled, ready for some culinary magic @ the Mandarin Oriental Singapore.
The Hubalicious Event began with the charismatic Chef entertaining us with his bubbly personality & charming cooking skills. He related his Middle Eastern adventure, walking through the markets of Istanbul & Damascus in search of unique tastes.
Then Bobby demostrated his 1st rustic dish on the menu right in front of us. He whisked a Tahina Dip with cumin, sesame oil, olive oil, garlic & lemon juice.
Following that, Bobby showed us how to make Ganoush & Tabuli by using Bulgur Wheat & adding lots of vegetables. He used cucumber, onion, parsley & mint for this next starter.
Tummy was growling & getting impatient when the Mezze Platter was finally served. We got to try what Bobby had just demonstrated - a classic Middle Eastern dips of Tahina, Baba Ganoush & Tabouli served with warm Pita bread. I could taste the smoky flavour of the roasted Egg-plant & I love the chewy Pomegranate seeds. An interesting combination indeed! The course was paired with Beringer Chenin Blanc, a Californian Collection.
Errr...... I can't comment much about the Main, which was Lamb. I'm embarrassed to say that I've never tasted lamb in my entire life. I guess the smell can be too over-whelming for my digestion.
However, I was not alone over at my table of 10. There were couple of others, including my partner, who were either not into mutton or found the meat too rare. The waiter asked if we wanted something else, but only one accepted the kind gesture. The lady was a vegetarian.
But of course, others were eating their hearts out. I offered mine to a lovely couple next to me & I could see they were more than happy to accept. Clearly, lamb lovers have enjoyed the dish. The Australian Rack of Lamb was dusted with Sumac spice, served with cabbage parcel of Truffle scented Cous Cous accented with Cumin and Lamb Jus.
Now that I've met Bobby Chinn & Bob Blumer in person, next on my most desired wish-list will be Anthony Bourdain of No Reservations. Check out my last cooking workshop An Evening With Celebrity Chef Bob Blumer!