Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Chef Wan Tupperware Party

Chef Wan bringing around his seafood risotto
Wow, it's Chef Wan, live in person and bringing you delicious goodies! This is one of the most fun cooking demos ever held at the AFC Studio. Datuk Chef Wan is easily Malaysia's most prominent and entertaining cooking celebrities, and he is also one of the world's most prolific in terms of cooking shows. He has so many series and episodes, you'll likely find him concurrently on different TV stations in Malaysia (especially during festive seasons).

Chef Wan is a natural born performer
Well, this was a Tupperware party, but it wasn't just Tupperware engaging Chef Wan for a demo. I never knew this, but Chef Wan's childhood is deeply intertwined with Tupperware.

He related (with a lot of humour) how his family of many siblings depended on his mom's side income from organising Tupperware parties and sales, since his dad's salary was meagre. Oh, his mom is a Nyonya from Singapore, incidentally. Chef Wan himself sold Tupperware to his teachers! And oh, how glam it was to come to school with sturdy plastic containers when others could only wrap their lunches in newspaper. Over the years, Chef Wan has also tried to help less fortunate women gain financial independence or assistance by getting them to sell Tupperware.

Christine Wong from Tupperware brands introducing the wares
Tupperware has also grown to include many more products than just lifetime-guaranteed plastic storage. Christine Wong from Tupperware Brands introduced the various lines, which now include TupperChef cookware, kitchen gadgets, TupperClean solutions, Natur Care health products and BeautiControl skincare. It's pretty much still a direct sales business, but I hear there is a showroom at their office (85 Defu Lane 10, #01-00; Tel: +65 6285-2988). You can sign up as a member for discounts.

Tupperware Starter Set
Does this look like Tupperware to you? Well, it is! The Tupperware "Fast & Easy Cooking Set" is a great starter set for newly weds, or housewarming gift. It comes with the TupperChef Fryer, Turbo Chopper (the shiny red canister in the middle), Serving Spatula (not pictured cos Chef Wan was using it!) and Spoon, Multi-purpose Shears, and TupperClean Stainless Steel and Copper Cleaner.

We all liked the Turbo Chopper, and wish it was sold separately, but it only comes with this set! Chef Wan demonstrated with great hilarity how it works - no electricity needed, just pull a cord and the blades spin and dice your ingredients. It chops 288 times in less than 15 seconds - even Chef Wan says he can't chop that fast.

Anyway, Chef Wan demonstrated three dishes using the various items. All the recipes are available here on Tupperware's website.

Chef Wan cooking Moroccan Chicken Tajine
Here he is using the 38cm Tupperchef stainless steel wok to cook Moroccan Chicken Tajine with Prunes and Olives. It's got a special 3-ply bottom for better heat distribution, and a high-domed cover.

Ras el Hanout - the exotic Middle-Eastern spice blend
One of the ingredients is the Ras el Hanout, the exotic Middle-Eastern spice blend that truly makes the dish. Every shop and family in Morocco has their own secret blend, which can feature as many as over a hundred ingredients. But here's a sample from Kayotic Kitchen, and from About.com.

Moroccan Chicken Tajine with Prunes and Olives
Moroccan Chicken Tajine with Prunes and Olives. Kalamata olives and sweet prunes added the savoury and sweet notes to the dish.

Chef Wan kept us in stitches with his endless jokes
Throughout the whole session, Chef Wan kept us in stitches. We were so busy bursting into laughter, we could barely take photos.

Next up was Arroz a la Cazuela (Spanish style Seafood Risotto) - see Chef Wan coming around with a pot of it in the first photo. It smelled so fabulous!

Arroz a la Cazuela (Spanish style Seafood Risotto)
This is the portion they had pre-prepared in the kitchen. It was good but later on, we got to try the one cooked by Chef Wan.

Arroz a la Cazuela (Spanish style Seafood Risotto) as cooked by Chef Wan
Arroz a la Cazuela (Spanish style Seafood Risotto) as cooked by Chef Wan. Oh my goodness, was this the same recipe? It tasted so much nicer!

And now for dessert - Chef Wan made a cake from scratch.

Chef Wan drizzling butterscotch dressing onto his apple cake
Chef Wan drizzling butterscotch dressing onto his apple cake. Ah, the aroma of freshly made butterscotch...

Hot Spiced Apple Cake with Butterscotch Dressing
Hot Spiced Apple Cake with Butterscotch Dressing - simple but delicious!

A happy Chef Wan with a cake well done!
A happy Chef Wan with a cake well done!

His latest book compiles the best recipes from his career
His latest book "The Best of Chef Wan: A Taste of Malaysia" compiles the best recipes he has encountered from all over Malaysia.

I adore Chef Wan!
The one and only Chef Wan. It was a great honour meeting the very creative and enthusiastic man. He's more colourful than our shirts!

Thanks to Tupperware and The Right Spin for the invitation to this phenomenally entertaining event.

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