Award-winning chef Martin Foo whips up lobster dish in video

Martin Foo, executive head chef of VLV in Clarke Quay, wins the inaugural Best Asian Restaurants' Chef of the Year award. The awards are presented by The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao.
Best Asian Restaurants' Chef of the Year Martin Foo at work in the kitchen.
Best Asian Restaurants' Chef of the Year Martin Foo at work in the kitchen.PHOTO: ST VIDEO

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Find out more about what makes modern Chinese restaurant VLV's executive head chef Martin Foo tick.

He was named the Best Asian Restaurants' Chef of the Year, one of two personality awards presented by The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao.

More awards will be announced at a gala dinner on Wednesday.

Catch the chef in action as he whips up three of his signature dishes in an exclusive video for ST Food. Salivate over wok-fried Boston lobster as well as poached fish in a nourishing chicken soup flavoured with fresh Sichuan peppercorns.

You will also see how deft he is in the kitchen: One hand wields a spatula that reaches for condiments while the other tosses ingredients in a wok, even as he uses his knee to work a lever that controls the strength of the flame.

Such wok skills are second nature to the chef, who has worked in restaurant kitchens for 28 years.

In ST Food's latest Basic Kitchen Tips episode, I demonstrate how to make fresh pandan extract.

It is an essential ingredient for pandan chiffon cake and homemade kueh, or if your nasi lemak recipe calls for pandan extract instead of the usual knotted pandan leaves.

The series is now in its seventh episode. Past episodes include tips on how to cook rice in a pot on the stove and how to clean and prepare squid.

There are three more episodes to go, which will be released in the coming weeks.

ST Food was launched last November and showcases videos, interactive food quizzes and other foodie resources, including a microsite dedicated to Singapore's Michelin-starred and Bib Gourmand restaurants and eateries.

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Watch the Chef of the Year video at http://str.sg/47uH

Watch the Basic Kitchen Tips series at http://str.sg/4sV4

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 26, 2017, with the headline 'Award-winning chef Martin Foo whips up lobster dish in video'. Print Edition | Subscribe