A few week ago, I was invited to attend a Culinary Master Class by Chef de Cuisine Stephane Cocu
at Shangri-La Hotel
, Singapore’s new Waterfall Café
. This homely and relaxing cafe was officially opened on 19 July 2012 serving savour healthy yet creative dishes inspired by Mediterranean
Over the years, Chef Stephane's talents have been recognised by many Michelin-starred establishments, such as Le Crayeres in Reims, Restaurant Comme Chez Soi in Brussels and Restaurant Daniel in New York.
Being inspired by Mediterranean culinary philosophy, Chef Stephane crafted a simple menu that embraces the quality of eating well. Immensely passionate about the use of herbs, smoked salts, vinegars and exotic spices, Chef Stephane’s dishes are refreshing and light on the palate.
Above shows the 3 course menu which Chef Stephane had prepared for the Master Class workshop and these dishes are also available at Waterfall Cafe together with other dishes on their menu.
This is their cosy private dining room at Waterfall Cafe, featuring a fully functional show kitchen which is ideal for cooking workshops, small gatherings or corporate retreats.
Being a true advocate of healthy dining, Chef Stephane ensures that all products are sourced from sustainable origins and are free from hormones, pesticides and antibiotics. Here I am sharing 3 recipes of the dishes that we had during the Culinary Master Class workshop which I sure you could also try it out at home using similar ingredients.
WATERMELON AND TOMATO SALAD
A very refreshing starter with using Watermelon, mint leaves and some spices and seasoning that is prepared by Chef Stephane.
(Serves: 1 | Preparation: 10 minutes )
- 100g Fresh Tomato
- 100g Fresh Watermelon
- 20g Aragula Salad
- 15g Black Olive(pitted)
- 10g While Grain Mustard
- 40g Parmesan Cheese
- 25g Olive Oil
- 30g Red Onion(sliced)
5g Fresh Mint
- 2g Fresh Basil
- 15g Honey Vinegar
1. Cut watermelon into cubes of 1 cm each. Slice sherry vine tomatoes into quarters. Chop fresh mint. Sliced pitted black olives and red onions.
2. To make the crispy parmesan cheese cracker, begin by preheating oven to 150 degree Celsius. Spread parmesan cheese in a non-stick pan and place it in the oven. Bake parmesan cheese until it becomes a nice, blond colour. Remove it and let it cool so that it will get crispy.
3. In a mixing bowl, throw in watermelon cubes, tomatoes, chopped fresh mint, olives and onions. Season with 10g of honey vinegar, 15g of olive oil, whole grain mustard. Add in salt and pepper as preferred. Set aside for later use.
4. In a soup plate, season arugula salad with the remaining oil and honey vinegar. Line the plate with arugula salad before placing the mixture from step 3 on the salad.
5. Garnish salad with crispy parmesan cheese cracker.
~ If the watermelon is not sweet, you may add hone as preferred.
~ Mint leaves can be replaced by basil according to your preference.
ALT ANTIC COD IN BARLEY RISOTTO
Fresh, succulent Atlantic cod with barley risotto, pequillo peppers, Vadoucan emulsion. This is a unique risotto where Chef Stephane replaced rice with organic barley.
(Serves: 1 | Preparation: 30 minutes | Cooking: 10 minutes)
- 150g Fresh Cod Fish
- 50g Organic Barley
- 30g Pequillo Pepper
- 30cl White Wine
- 30g White Onion
- 100g Heavy Cream
- 100g Milk
- 5g "Vadouvan" spice blend
- 5 Tablespoons Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Butter
- 1/2 Lime
- A Zest Orange
- A Zest Lemon
- Salt and Pepper
1. Dice white onion into 3mm thick.
2. In a large pot, suet diced onions with 3 tablespoons of olive oil and fresh butter until the onions are tender and colourless.
3. Add barley to pot and suet for 2 minutes. While stirring the mixture, pour in white wine and let it boil until the wine has evaporated completely. Next, cover the mixture with water.
4.Season barley with salt and pepper as preferred. Add a zest of orange and lemon and continue to stir the risotto as it cooks. When the liquid has almost evaporated and risotto is still too "al dente". you can add a bit of water and let it cook again until the barley becomes tender.
5. Boil milk and heavy cream. Add "Vadouvan" spice blend (consists of fenugreek, cumin, onion and garlic), salt and pepper and let it infuse for 30 minutes. The sauce should turn to a strong yellow colour. Add lime juice.
6. Split pequillo pepper into half and remove the seeds. Cut them into triangles and set aside for later use.
7. In a non-stick pan, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Using low heat, sear cod fish on one side until it turns dark blond with a crispy exterior. Flip fish over an turn off the flame. Leave fish to cook in the pan for 2 to 3 minutes before removing it.
8. In a pasta bowl, put barley risotto and place fish on top. Spread warm triangular pequillo peppers on fish. Drizzle sauce over the dish ad serve.
~ For a big piece of cod fish, you may slice it into 1cm thick so it cooks better.
FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE CAKE
As a chocolate lover, I dote this cake flourless cake a lot. I love it's semi-moist texture with a rich chocolate after taste which I would definitely try making some with this recipe soon.
(Serves: 4 | Preparation: 10 minutes | Cooking: 15 minutes)
90g Dark Chocolate
1. Prepare a pot to boil water and sugar.
2. Add chocolate to a mixing bowl and set aside for later use. Dice butter to soften it.
3. When the water and sugar has boiled, pour them into the mixing bowl with chocolate. Stir well until chocolate melts completely. Next, add in butter, bit by bit.
4.Crack an egg into the mixture and stir well. Repeat this step for the other egg.
5. Set the mixture aside so that it gets thick. Meanwhile, pre-heat oven at 160 degree Celsius. Using a brush, oil your pastry ring (or a ramequin, if preferred).
6. Pour the mixture into the pastry ring until it is 2/3 filled and bake it for 15 minutes.
7. Let the cake cool for 5 minutes before you serve it warm with a scoop of bourbon vanilla ice-cream.
Some of the snacks, bread and beverages that are available in the cafe. Love their organic juice and soda too!
|A cosy corner which is good choice for an afternoon tea gathering|
With a seating capacity of 92, including 24 seats in the al fresco area, Waterfall cafe is open from 6:30 am to 10:30pm daily, except dinner on Sundays. It also serve as an all-day dining cafe starting from breakfast, light snacks, lunch and dinner.
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
22 Orange Grove Road
Reservation: (65) 6213 4138
Opening Hours: Daily (except Sundays)
~ Breakfast; 6.30am - 11am
~ Light Snacks; 11am - 12pm, 3pm - 6pm
~ Lunch; 12pm - 3pm
~ Dinner; 6pm - 10.30pm