This occasion was the launch of local celebrities, Malcolm Goh & Tham Zher Peen's 2nd season of Back to the Streets, (no, it is not like Back to the Future), and AFC, through my namesake, very kindly extended an invite. As we milled around the foyer munching on wasabi green peas, Frank The Mat Salleh, (Kelly Siew's Frank), and Kelly Siew, bemoaned the lack of any alcoholic substances present. Ordinarily I would have as well, (bemoaned the fact) but I had just recovered from a hangover, so the idea of a teetotalling evening was thoroughly appealing. But had I known there was such a demand, I would have magnamimously brought along my hip flask.
One often what these "celebrities" are like in real life, and do their on screen personas reflect the real person. Of course, I hear that even Gordon Ramsay is actually very charming in real life. In the case of Malcolm Goh, while he certainly is not Ramsay on screen, spouting expletives and screaming away, he really seems very affable in real life, and quite entertaining. Zher Peen actually is even more friendly in real life. It was quite fun getting to chat with them albeit briefly.
Sous vide (I wonder if they teach French as a second language in these hospitality schools, I can imagine the nebulous array of pronunciation errors that must go on at the best of times) Chicken, which actually led to to remark, "why on earth would anyone sous vide chicken", crispy skin, (the only thing recognisable from the fowl), creamy leek stew, golden potatoes and red pepper emulsion. I have to say the best thing about this dish was the crispy skin, which I accidentally ate to fast, and lo and behold, it was gone. To give credit where it's due, the sous vide did give the chicken a rather unique texture, which if blindfolded, you might think was taufu. Actually, heck, even sighted people thought it was pillars of beancurd.
Look out for BACK TO THE STREETS 2 ON AFC, CHANNEL 703 ASTRO.