Tuesday, 7 May, 2013

I m a Kombo – A Social Act

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Tuesday, 9 April, 2013

Sandor ellix katz – inspiration by passion



If you just a little interested into fermenting vegetables, you have heard or read about sandor ellix katz.

His books “wild fermentation” and “the art of fermentation” are packed with information and his passion is addictive inspiring, the way he explains the textural changes inside a jar of kimchi or any other ferment is mouthwatering.

In his workshops, talks and lecture sandor covers everything a participant could ask for. From the simplest description that makes fermenting look easy to detailed bacteria growth.

His teaching is not stiff or dictating, everything is possible, Sandor enjoys learning just as much as the people he is teaching to.

 Art of Ferment cover-page-001

In the lecture sandor introduced the participants to the overall concepts, practices and ground rules of fermentation.


Going into detail on the subjects of


Vegetable fermentation


Latco fermentation (kimchee, sauerkraut,…)




Wild yeast


Fruit wines


Grain fermentation



Koji starter (soy, miso, amazake)


A big thank you to Sandor for being such a source of inspiration, knowledge and passion.



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Saturday, 6 April, 2013

Pork belly – rabbit loin – leek & rose – black garlic – parsley puree / part 2


rabbit loins

2 nos         rabbit loins with belly meat (about 250g)

    5g          five spice powder



400g         water

100g         yuzu juice

  50g          sea salt


  • bring all ingredients to the boil & cool down
  • brine belly meat for 4 min & loins for 8 min
  • remove and rest in the fridge for 24 hours
  • dust belly meat on the inside with five spice powder
  • wrap around the loin
  • using 4 layers of cling film wrap meat into cylinder shape
  • close airtight and poach at 75 degree for 10 min
  • refresh in ice water and keep in the fridge
  • before serving remove cling film
  • fry on low heat until golden brown
  • rest on 55-60 degree for 10 min and cut in disks



  50g          rose petals

100g          red wine vinegar

100g          water

    2g           salt

    2g          sugar


  • heat all ingredients besides the rose petals in a pot
  • pour the liquid over the rose petals
  • marinate for minimum of 24 hours
  • cut petals into 5 mm dices



1 nos         Leek, mature

    5g          butter, salted


  • wash the leek to remove all dirt
  • cut of the green top, reserve for puree
  • blanch white part in salted water until soft
  • remove outside layers and fill with diced rose petals
  • cut core into disks
  • for service heat leek disks in 60g water and butter


parsley puree

1000g       parsley, flat / Italian

                  green leek trimming

                  salt & olive oil, amount depends on parsley & leek



  • pick parsley leaves and wash together with leek
  • puree leaves and leek with cold water until fine
  • strain through a fine sieve, push out as much liquid as possible
  • heat the liquid in a pot until the chlorophyle seperats into flakes
  • add ice cubes to stop the cooking emidiatly
  • strain through cheese cloth and reserve puree
  • before service season with salt and oil to taste
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Sunday, 17 March, 2013

Pork belly – rabbit loin – leek & rose – black garlic – parsley puree / part 1



Braised Pork belly


500g         pork belly (cut from the middle for a fat and meat balance)




1000 g      water

    60 g       salt

    30 g       sugar gula malaka

  110 g      soy sauce

    70 g       black vinegar

    10 g       black tea


bring all ingredients to the boil

infuse for 15 min, strain & cool


  • brine the pork belly for 24 hours & remove from brine
  • rest in the fridge for 24 hours
  • vacuum pack and poach at 68 degree for 12 hours
  • cool with light weight on top for a flat shape
  • cut in 4 slices and fry on one side before serving


black garlic puree


100g                  black garlic

  20g          black vinegar

    2g          sea salt


pass black garlic through a drum sieve

mix with remaining ingredients

keep at room temperature for service

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Tuesday, 5 March, 2013

Recipe from Illustrious Magic with Roberto Cortez

Citrus oil from “Mystical” – miso egg yolk, tuna, katsuboshi, bitter green sphere, soursop




      5 g  lime zest

   20 g  long lime zest

     7 g  orange zest

100 g lemon grass

  58 g pomello zest

  33 g lime leaves

 25 g ginger

250 g grape seed oil
1. make sure all the zest is clean and without pith
2. crush and chop the lemongrass and ginger
3. add all ingredients in the thermo mix and blend until fine
4. set on 70 degree and heat for 5-10 minutes (after the temperature is reached)
5. keep on smelling while heating, when the aromas start stop right away
6. transfer into a container, cool down fast and infuse for a minimum of 24 hours
7. strain threw a super bag

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Wednesday, 27 February, 2013

Recipe Ambedo dinner collaboration with Mauricio Montiel from dolce nero #2




Marinated prawn 

   8  pc      prawn

  50 g        sake


-       sous vide the prawn and the sake, marinate for 20 min

-       using a skewer to maintain the shape of the prawn while flashing it in a pan

-       serve cold


Mushroom powder

30 g                dry shitake

  5 g                 nori

  1 g                 salt


-       blend all ingredients in the thermomix to a powder

-       sieve



Toasted black sesame seed biscuit

 133 g              black sesame paste

157 g              egg whites

  65 g              yolks

  32 g              flour

  10 g              sesame oil

   2 g                salt

   3                   siphon charges


-       melt the coverture and chocolate butter, set aside

-       sieve the flour and ginger

-       mix the egg whites, yolks, flour, black sesame paste, sesame oil and salt

-       pour the mix into a 500g siphon and charge with 3 charges

-       shake well, then rest in the fridge for 10 min

-       cut the base of disposal cups cross wise

-       fill 1/3 of the cup with the mix

-       cook in the microwave for 20 seconds on 1000 watt




Black transparence

500 g              water

  80 g              tapioca flour

    4 g               squid ink

 0,5 g               salt


-       boil water, salt and tapioca flour until the mixture starts thickening

-       add the squid ink and spread the mix thin on a silpat

-       back on 80 degrees Celsius for 60 min

-       take off the silpat and portion


aromatic Chocolate Dressing


40 g                chocolate 28%

32 g                olive oil

12g                 coriander seeds


-       toast the coriander seeds

-       warm the olive oil pour over the seeds and infuse for 30 min

-       with a pestle and mortal, crack the seeds in the oil and strain

-       melt the chocolate and mix with the oil

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Tuesday, 19 February, 2013

Ambedo – dinner collaboration with Mauricio Montiel from dolce nero




Filet of suckling pig

400 g              filet of suckling pig


-       sous vide the suckling pig

-       cook in the steamer on 64 degrees Celsius for 45 min

-       cool down right away &  portions into 50 g

-       coat with Mole and set aside

-       before using regenerate on 90 degree Celsius


Mole coating

  80   g                        mole

250   g                        chicken stock

    1,5 g                        salt

    3    g                        kappa


-       dilute the mole in the stock and salt

-       add kappa and warm up

-       keep on a warm spot

-       cover the portioned suckling pig filet


Spicy chocolate foam

180 g              chocolate 28%

  20 g              red curry paste

400 g              coco nut milk

  4,2 g              egg white powder

  4,2 g              sugar


-       melt the chocolate and keep warm

-       heat milk with curry paste. Strain and cool

-       mix all ingredients in a bowl, using a hand blender to create bubbles

-       remove the bubbles with a slotted spoon and serve

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Saturday, 16 February, 2013

Recipe Mini Buns by Daniel Jorda from Pane Creativos



 1000 g  bread flour ( strong flour)

    150 g sugar

   200 g unsalted butter

   250 g eggs

      25 g salt 

200 g  sourdough starter

    60 g fresh yeast  (around 25 degrees)

250- 300 g water (around 25 degrees)


- mix all ingredients

- if any flavoring is added, it needs to be added last

- rest the dough at 4º-8º for 12-16 h

- form buns of 20-25 g

- back on 180 degree for 6 minutes




Flavor options

- tomato: 100 g of dried tomato flakes and red food color per Kg flour
- curry & turmeric:  10g turmeric powder  & 15 gr curry powder per Kg flour
- calamar ink: 10 g squid ink powder per Kg flour
- basil & thyme: 15 g dried basil and 10 g dried thyme plus green food coloring per Kg flour

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Friday, 8 February, 2013

Mangosteen bark recipe


Every time we were making fresh mangosteen puree we ended up with 90% skin & seeds, after a little research we found recipes which used the whole fruit and not just the flesh, but mainly drinks and medicinals use.

Very informative read is http://herbs-treatandtaste.blogspot.sg/2011/07/mangosteen-fruit-information-health.html


After many experiments we end up with a crisp made from the skin which can be flavored and sweetened to low the strong flavor of the tannins, most important is to serve it really dry, as soon as it starts to pull humidity the tannins get stronger.

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Mangosteen Bark               recipe for 20 serving


300g        Mangosteen skin
120ml      Water
   50ml     Balsamic vinegar
   80g        Icing Sugar
100ml      Yuzu Juice (concentrated)



Blend mangosteen skin with 120ml water until smooth.
Add balsamic vinegar, yuzu juice and icing sugar to the blender.
Blend until smooth.
Spread thinly on a silpat and dehydrate at 120degrees for 20 minutes

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Tuesday, 1 May, 2012

Daniel Jorda and 2am: lab talk bread

2am: lab hosts Daniel Jorda for a week during the World gourmet submit. 

One of the top bread makers in Europe, Daniel Jorda’s humble background and creativity has touched the chefs at 2am: lab.

We collaborated to make a 7 course meal where bread took centre stage of the dinner for the first time. 

Different flavors and textures of bread were incorporated into the courses. (more photos can be viewed in our gallery) 

When he first arrived, we took him to Ghim moh market where he tasted most of the local delights and bought much local herbs and fruits for the dinner and workshop. 


   Daniel Rolling the annatto crispy bread for one of the courses. 


Annatto bread recipe coming soon… 


 One of the highlights was Daniel using our fermented ginger juice to incorporate it in his starter and used this to make some pancakes for one of the courses. 

Daniel loves using spices, dried herbs and vegetables in his bread and it was wonderful seeing him being inspired by our flavor wall and picking ingredients from the wall for use in his bread. 

 Making squid ink mini buns

 Tasted good on its own and can be used for mini burger buns

Another bread he made for pre dinner course. one of his favorites…. 


250g            whole wheat bread flour
130g water
15g butter
10g baker yeast
5g sea salt
1tbsp            oregano leaves
1tbsp            rosemary leaves
Extra virgin olive oil 


15g water
15g extra virgin olive oil
2g sea salt


 Daniel making mini coconut buns with desiccated coconut

Making bread sculptures for petit 4s. 

Chef daniel and the 2am: lab chefs, made some experiments with the dough with flour, salt and water. 



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