Reviewers rave about Shojin Ryori Cuisine but this is not serve on a daily basis except on Sunday Lunch @ GOTO Japanese Restaurant where reservation is required. When I knew about Zen Vegetarian Cooking Class by Chef Danny Chu of Ensok Kitchen, I grabbed it. The venue for this special cooking class was held at Onaka (Optimum Nutrition and Kitchen Arts) at Biopolis.
We have hand-on whipping up Zen Temple Vegetarian Dishes (using seasonal ingredients so as to capture the flow of the energy) - "Miso Soup with Wakame", "Age Dashi Tofu", "Spinach Nori Maki", "Braised Gobo and Carrot with Sesame" and a special dish in a relaxing cozy environment with soothing soft music. The special dish that we learnt was based on the philosophy of minimizes wastage - Spinach's Crowns with Sake.
Chef Danny said Shojin Ryori Cuisine do not kill the vegetables! Oh, that means no over-cooking, so locking in the ingredients' natural nutrients. It was an enlightening session, with vibrant food for the body and soul. Don't get me wrong, there is no free meditation class available on the site after the meal like some of vegetarian eatery oversea do, but before we consume Shojin Ryori meal, it was shared with its 5 reflections.
Wondering, is cooking and dinning with a Chef session can be written as a food review? Why not? In the end, a great meal is about extraordinary dining experience that not only fills one up but different kind of food journey - discovering the history, philosophy and taste of a unique cuisine.
Review by Peace ... @ http://www.hungrygowhere.com/singapore/enso_kitchen/