Jul 10, 2013

WoW! : My Son, The Chef Pt.2

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My wife & me are very happy. My son Nicholas has graduated from Le Cordon Bleu. Congrats Nicholas! 

The Le Cordon Bleu school is located in Sunway University, it offers courses in both Cuisine and Pastry cooking.

This time round the graduation is being held at Nathalie's Gourmet Studio, a French restaurant located at Publika, Solaris Dutamas, Kuala Lumpur.

We gathered at the first floor corridor outside the restaurant - inside, they were preparing the place for dining and the graduation ceremony. It faces an open atrium, just the right mood to set off the evening!

While waiting, we were served drinks and some finger-food like this mince beef potato starter.

And this lobster wrapped in duck bacon starter.

The restaurant is ready now and we were invited in, the VIPs sitting at a table opposite the make-shift stage for the ceremony.

There were several speeches made - on what the school have to offer and also congratulating the graduates for their achievement.

Chef Frank, Nick's teacher, came to sit with us. He was very supportive about Nick's enthusiasm in his cooking.

And the award ceremony begins.

While the ceremony was ongoing....
This one is the appetizer - a reddish looking scallop sitting on squid wrapped in spinach with nice frothy mushroom sauce.

The main course -
Slowly Poached Chicken On Red Cabbage Puree with Bubbly Champagne Foam.

For desserts - Chocolate Mouse with a sprinkling of chocolate sauce topped up with a caramel wafer. In French cooking, presentation is all so important.

And now it's Nicholas' turn. Chef Frank symbolically putting on the toque (chef's hat) for him.

Nicholas, now a certified chef, proudly showing off his certificate and medal.

The chef's Medal

Proud graduate chefs in a row.

The proud parents.

Back at our table, we had a bonus dessert - colorful macaroons!

Each of us were also given a souvenir "egg-beater" key-ring. That's unique!

Candid group shot of the graduates.
This one's for the album, Nick.

Well done Nicholas!
You are now a Chef. The world awaits you.

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Feb 3, 2013

WoW! : Ang Choon Bok's 74th Birthday

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A YOUNG MAN'S 74th BIRTHDAY LUNCH : February 2013
The "Young Man" kicking-off the dinner with Loh Sang.
 My wifey & me were most honored when my younger brother Luke invited us to celebrate his father-in-law, Mr. Ang Choon Bok's 74th Birthday. We call him the Young Man because even at his age he is still so full of live and has a young man's attitude.

We held it at the May Chixuan Restaurant at Damansara Perdana.
It was a good choice as we had eaten here before and the food is unique & delicious (see YummY! - Sumptuous Seafood @ May Chixuan)

Many relatives attended.

A relative young couple and their son.

Luke's wife, Elaine with her father, uncle & auntie.

As it was near Chinese New Year, the lunch meal kicked-off with the traditional "loh sang" (prosperity toss). Sorry, no photos on the tossing as, I was busy tossing away too - cannot miss getting good luck for richness.

Next came the "Birthday Longevity Noodles", a must have for any birthday do.
Just in case that you may thinking - No, this picture is not blurred, it's the steam coming out from the mee!

The third dish was "Ham Yee Fah Lam Poh", claypot stewed pork belly with salted fish.
Spicy, salty and one of my favorites that goes well with fried rice.

Tofu with Japanese straw mushrooms topped with slices of carrots, button mushrooms and some whole pea pods.

Deep Fried Chicken with onion rings in sweet-sour sauce.

Stir-fried Paku vegetable in Sambal Belacan.

Stir-fried mixed vegetable - simple & colorful.

Steamed grouper in garlic-soy sauve, fresh and tasty.
Surprisingly, Luke's daughter Margie took to the head quiet well - she likes the eye-part including the eye balls! That is also one of my favorites, did she take after me - her god-father - as those are my favorites too.

Prawn curry in a whole coconut, this is one specialty that can only be found in a few places.

Close up of one of the Curried Prawns - YummY!

With the main meal over, the beautiful birthday cake was brought out...

... the candles were lit & a joyous birthday song were sung ...
with a quick puff the Young Man blew out the candles.

With his secret wish, he cut the birthday cake.

"Happy Birthday, Young Man"

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