True Passions – Martin Yan ‘s First Food & Wine Pairing Series – an original production by AFC

Thanks to Pernod Ricard, AFC & Tourism Australia I was invited to a special preview of the 1st episode of Martin Yan’s TRUE PASSION. 3 recipes were shared in this episode & I was as usual, amused as I watched Martin being his usual entertaining & colourful self.

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True Passions – Martin Yan” was filmed on location in Australia itself. For the 8 part series, Martin was in Barossa Valley in Australia, visiting Jacob’s Creek vineyards and learning about the intricate details that goes into producing an internationally-­acclaimed bottle of wine.

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Why Barossa Valley & why Jacob’s Creek vineyards you ask? Well, that’s because in “True Passions – Martin Yan” , Chef Yan cooks a range of delicious contemporary Asian dishes and pairs them with his favourite wines from Jacob’s Creek, Australia’s largest wine brand.

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Yup, “True Passions – Martin Yan” is AFC’s  first ever  production series where Chef Yan shares his knowledge of food and wine pairing with his audience. The show is a partnership production between AFC and Jacob’s Creek wines; and we witnessed some interesting recipes created by Chef Yan; both using the wines in cooking as well as wine pairing.
Best part is, all dishes were Asian inspired.

Below: Maria Brown, Co-­‐Founder and Managing Director of AFC & Terence Ong, Sales and Marketing Director of Pernod Ricard, Malaysia expressed confidence in the programme.

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The 3 recipes that were featured in the 1st episode of True Passions – Martin Yan.

Dragon & Phoenix ( Chicken & Asparagus) in a Basket. Hainanese Chicken Rice (With wine! I’m intrigued on how the taste or flavours is going to turn out for this one!). Grilled Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

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The food were paired with Jacob’s Creek Reserve Shiraz (red) & Reserve Chardonnay (white).

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Well, I have to taste the pairing myself to know how’s well it would work or otherwise. For now, let’s just say that the pairing of wines with Chinese /Asian cuisine is still something new, and has yet to catch on (or at least in my personal experience here in Malaysia ) with the masses. We are still more comfortable with our oriental food & tea versus wine right?

Still, I don’t how or why it can’t be done! I’m thinking dim sum & wines & I wonder what would pair well with our fiery Nasi Lemak?? :P

NOTE: My only previous experience of Wine Pairing with Cantonese cuisine (Taylor’s wine – South Australia) was HERE. Some hits & misses, but it goes to show that a very careful food tasting & wine selection process is required to bring the best out of both Oriental cuisine & wines.

Catch True Passions – Martin Yan on AFC, Astro Channel 703.

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All pictures are:

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This Post Has 6 Comments

    1. rebeccasaw

      Ahh.. I know ! you love Martin Yan right? Wonder if there is youtube videos for this?

  1. Sean

    wow, wine-infused hainanese chicken rice … my grandmother would be very intrigued, heheh 😀

    1. rebeccasaw

      No la.. it’s chic rice paired with Jacob Creek’s chardonnay. No wine in this one! 😛
      Wine incorporated into the cooking is only after the 4th episode i think

  2. iamthewitch

    Always love the Man! Grew up watching him and he’s still so passionate about cooking! Not so mention funny!

    1. rebeccasaw

      Haha.. but i feel he’s a bit off already now.. like…hmmm… too commercialized? Also, his antics seems a bit silly at times!

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