Everyone will know that I’m pretty obsessed with losing weight and so far, what really helped me a lot in my weight loss journey is doing Pilates and going on a detox programme. Apart from that, a strong self-discipline to control my eating habits and to exercise regularly has also helped me to maintain my current weight of 71KG [that’s 9KG off from my original 80KG]. Recently, my mum shared with me how traditional Chinese medicine [TCM] has helped her to shed some kilos and I went on the Internet to search for more information. Coincidentally, a fellow Blogger friend of mine also shared with me about a Weight Management Programme by Eu Yan Sang and I was very intrigued to find out more.
Personally, I have tried acupuncture and that is because I used to have a pretty bad backache and a colleague of mine recommended me to give it a try. To be honest, I was very afraid of the needle-pricking pain and watching Final Destination 5 did not help to allay my fears at all. Alas, having went through the whole process, I am pretty convinced that acupuncture is painless because all I felt during every acupuncture session is a very sour numbing and achy sensation.
Well, I have never thought that acupuncture, coupled with prescribed herbal medication, cupping, and ear acupressure can help people to lose weight but what I feel is really important is that any Weight Management Programme should and must promote safe and healthy weight loss that does not see the person having a weight rebound thereafter.
I often hear people say this, “the faster you lose weight, the faster you also gain back weight” and this is really true because I have experienced the effects of weight rebound myself. If TCM can really help to promote healthy weight loss without any weight rebound, I will definitely give it a thought and this is why I am pretty keen to share about Eu Yan Sang’s proprietary Weight Management Programme and try it for myself. Above all, Eu Yan Sang is a very established brand and is very well-known.
Hailed as “one of the six best gourmet events in the world” by Sydney Morning Herald, the 18th World Gourmet Summit is definitely poised to impress and delight gourmands with the splendid line-up of world renowned and award winning Masterchefs.
Now, there are many different culinary workshops and events that one can look forward to at the 18th World Gourmet Summit but if you love herbs and you are a strong advocate of using herbs in cooking, you must go for the Eu Yan Sang Dinner and Eu Yan Sang Four-Hands Culinary Workshop!
Gourmands will be enticed with the culinary finesse of International Masterchef Arron Huang and award-winning Majestic Restaurant’s Executive Chef Yong Bing Ngen at the Eu Yan Sang Dinner. Through an exquisitely designed menu, both acclaimed chefs will combine their experience in the culinary scene and showcase the exuberant flavours of Eu Yan Sang’s premium herbs and the classical formula “Eu Yan Sang Gold Label Bak Foong Pill”.
With a menu titled, “Modern vs Classical”, Chef Huang’s traditional dishes will feature alongside Chef Yong’s modern interpretations of classical Chinese cuisine. Aligning with the World Gourmet Summit’s theme of “The Classics”, the Eu Yan Sang Dinner vows to immerse diners into a classical Chinese meal that is modern yet traditional, creating a unique experience that should not be missed at this year’s World Gourmet Summit.
We were very privileged to taste the wonderful creations of both Chef Huang and Chef Yong and if herbal soups and herbal dishes is your cup of tea, we are pretty sure you will enjoy the Eu Yan Sang Dinner that will be happening on 31 March 2014 [Monday], from 7pm to 10pm, at the Majestic Restaurant for just SGD$188+ [inclusive of pairing wines]. What’s more, if you are a Singapore Citibank Cardholder, you can get a 15% discount.
Here’s a preview of some of the dishes that we had and which will be showcased at the Eu Yan Sang Dinner.
[Created By: International Masterchef Arron Huang] Fried Roast Duck Breast and Shrimp with Chinese Angelica and Licorice
The Fried Roast Duck Breast and Shrimp with Chinese Angelica and Licorice certainly whet our appetite as the duck breast meat was sweet and tender to the bite. Coupled with the fresh shrimp and the subtle flavours of the Chinese herbs, this dish made quite an opening statement amongst gourmands.
[Created By: Hosting Chef Yong Bing Ngen] Double-Boiled American Ginseng Soup with Chinese Wolfberry, Whole Conpoy and Fresh Oyster
The nourishing Double-Boiled American Ginseng Soup with Chinese Wolfberry, Whole Conpoy and Fresh Oyster is set to revitalise gourmands. Traditionally, most Chinese households would use dried oysters to boil soup but what was really peculiar about this dish is the use of fresh oyster which made the soup even more flavourful and fulfilling.
[Created By: Hosting Chef Yong Bing Ngen] King Prawn with Tangerine Peel and Licorice Dressing
The sweet-and-sour tasting King Prawn with Tangerine Peel and Licorice Dressing will tantalise gourmands’ taste buds. Juicy and succulent, gourmands will enjoy this tangy dish without any hesitation.
[Created By: International Masterchef Arron Huang] Baked Fish with Wild Gastrodia, Cnidium, and Red Dates
Uniquely presented, the Baked Fish with Wild Gastrodia, Cnidium, and Red Dates is fresh and delicious! Complemented with the crunchy vegetable, this dish is certainly healthy and nutritious.
[Created By: Hosting Chef Yong Bing Ngen] Stuffed Black Bone Chicken Roll with Eu Yan Sang Gold Label Bak Foong Pill, Codonopsis Root, Brown Rice and Solomon’s Seal Chicken Jus
This dish is perhaps the highlight of the entire meal. Highly nourishing and nutritious, gourmands will get to enjoy the beneficial health properties of the Eu Yan Sang Gold Label Bak Foong Pill and the intense flavour of the tender black chicken meat.
[Created By: Hosting Chef Yong Bing Ngen] White Tremella Mushroom Herbal Tea with Eight Treasures – Coix Barley, Gingko Biloba, Euryale Seed, Honey Date, Boat-fruited Sterculia Seed, Chinese Wolfberry, Longan Fruit and Fresh Lily Bulb
Artistically presented, the White Tremella Mushroom Herbal Tea with Eight Treasures is a beautiful and sweet ending to a perfect meal. With such a delightful treat, one serving is never enough and gourmands will find themselves craving for more of this yummy dessert!
Point to Note: The Baked Fish with Wild Gastrodia, Cnidium, and Red Dates that we had during the tasting will be made different for the Eu Yan Sang Dinner as the Chefs will be replacing the Wild Gastrodia, Cnidium, and Red Dates with Notoginseng Root and Astragalus Root.
Apart from the Eu Yan Sang Dinner, you might also want to attend the Eu Yan Sang Four-Hands Culinary Workshop that will be taking place on 2 April 2014 [Wednesday] from 2pm to 5pm at the ToTT Store. Priced at SGD$80+, the Eu Yan Sang Four-Hands Culinary Workshop will feature International Masterchef Arron Huang & Hosting Chef Yong Bing Ngen whom will be showcasing an interactive masterclass using traditional Chinese herbs to create modern and mouth-watering Chinese dishes, and inspire a new generation about how they can incorporate traditional Chinese ingredients into modern day cooking while embracing the wondrous properties of traditional Chinese herbs from Eu Yan Sang. Just in case you’re wondering, yes, there is a 15% discount for Singapore Citibank Cardholders.
With both highly acclaimed chefs combining their experience in the culinary scene for the Eu Yan Sang Dinner and the Eu Yan Sang Four-Hands Culinary Workshop, be prepared to be whisked away into a world of delectable contemporary and classical Chinese cuisine twined with vitality.