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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Executive Chef Series : Eric Neo - WS

Eric Neo, Executive Chef (Crowne Plaza Changi Airport)

Katong Community Centre's Executive Chef Series invited Eric Neo, Executive Chef of Crown Plaza Changi Airport to conduct a cooking class on 22nd August 2009.

Chef Eric Neo has worked in some of the best restaurants in Singapore. He is the honorary treasurer of the Singapore Chefs Association.

He taught two dishes - Ayam Panggang (Malay-styled Baked Chicken) and Shanghai Lion-head Meatballs.

He used a lot of local spices for his Malay-styled baked chicken. The result was a fragrant and uberlicious chicken dish that can either be pan-fried or baked. When fish fillet or squid is added to the paste used for marinating the chicken, you could have another dish. Cool!

Pan-frying the marinated chicken

Chef Eric was patient and most importantly, ever willing to share his cooking tips and accept feedback. Whenever there is a suggestion to use a different type of meat in his recipe, he would gamely take up the challenge to test it in his kitchen. He promises to email his findings to the participants.

Executive Chef Eric spooning gravy over the meatballs

Chef Eric's Shanghai Lion-head meatballs were so tasty, the ladies couldn't help going for a second serving. :P They tasted like the filling of my favourite xiaolongbao (小笼包 pork dumplings). Chef Eric mentioned a Claypot version which I will review in a special post on Shanghai Lion-head Meatballs.

His recipes are so easy to follow, anyone can cook like a chef at home! Can't wait to try them soon. :D

Executive Chef Series
Katong Community Centre
Tel : 6345 8258

Next date : 12 Sept 2009
Chef Hiew Gun Khong, Executive Chef at Cherry Garden, Mandarin Oriental Hotel

Fees : S$25 (member)
S$30 (non-member)

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