Gordon is fucking awesome!


So before you all get confused, let me tell you how it started first.

Bandi and I love to watch Masterchef USA since the very first season. Not Masterchef Jr, Not Masterchef Austalia, Indonesia, UK or anywhere, but Masterchef USA, because the three judges are so awesome. They are Chef Graham Elliot, Restaurateur Joe (an Italian guy who is so fierce and has the ice cold eyes) and of course our favorite guy… The one and only…

GORDON RAMSAY! (the right one, just to clarify)

Although Ramsay is known of his habit of swearing the F word, we just couldn’t help to love him. He’s so honest and original. Bandi loved him so much so he started to watch Ramsay’s other shows like Kitchen Nightmare, Hotel Hell, Gordon Great Escape and of course his cooking show. I personally love to see him cooking! He just seems so passionate about food. And of course… he is a Michelin star chef!!!

And and and, he once was being held gunpoint in somewhere around south America because he was spying on Shark Fin’s transaction. He defends animal rights! (Even though he’s a chef, isn’t that ironic, yeah yeah, here goes the animal activist. I am an animal activist too but let’s not get so dogmatic okay?) I liked him more and more lah!

Bottom line is… Bandi and I love Gordon Ramsay!

We planned to visit Ramsay’s Michelin star restaurant in London and even though Ramsay is no longer the head chef for his restaurants, we’re still excited for the fact that he trained the head chef and he was the one who approved the menu, so this must be good.

Bandi always said, “We trust Ramsay too much, we approved everything he said, have you ever wondered if he really has a good palette?”

Yeah, the only thing that can answer that question is if we eat in his restaurant… or eat his cooked food. The second one was almost impossible so we figured to just eat at his restaurant.

But then….

HE CAME TO SINGAPORE!

He came to Singapore accepting challenge from Singaporeans to cook off against three favorite hawker cook. The three dishes are Chilly Crab, Chicken Rice and Laksa.

Here’s how: Gordon Ramsay has three days to perfect his personalized version of Chicken Rice, Laska dan Chilly Crab. The three dishes will go head to head to the most famous Chilly crab in Singapore (Jumbo Seafood), Laksa (Katong Laksa) and chicken rice (Maxwell’s Tian Tian Chicken Rice).

For the Laksa itself, I don’t think Katong has the best Laksa in Spore, I still prefer Yishun’s. For the Chilly Crab, I still think “No Signboard” seafood has the best Chilly Crab in Singapore. But hey, it’s Singapore’s decision.

To make the story short, Bandi and I voted for the dish, and decided to… QUEUE TO TASTE GORDON’S COOKED DISHES FOR SEVEN FREAKING HOURS.

The cook-off started at 6 pm, and I started to queue from 1.30 pm. The luckiest thing is…

Lucky Number 936

Lucky Number 936

If only I was late 5 minutes, I wouldn’t get the ticket. Phew! What a lucky bitch. Bandi, me and my friend Elisa fot the last 100 tickets. There are about 700 other lucky persons queuing in front of us, and the other 800-ish people went home disappointed behind us. The other 200 tickets were for VIP’s.

Brought Gordon's cookbook just in case...

Brought Gordon’s cookbook just in case…

I picnicked in the park, sat in the rain and sunshine, watched my iphone battery died, and finally mati gaya. I finally could taste Gordon’s dishes at 8:30 pm.

Bandi was sleeping and stress in the same time. LOL

Bandi was sleeping and stress in the same time. LOL

And here it goes. The moment of truth.

The moment I didn't even dare to dream.

The moment I didn’t even dare to dream.

Here’s the verdict…

Gordon's Ramsay Chicken Rice

Gordon’s Ramsay Chicken Rice

Chicken Rice: This is the non-guilty version of Chicken Rice. The rice is not oily (like any Hawker’s), the fragrant is extraordinary, something new! (I think Gordon put a new herb that’s never used in chicken rice before). It smelt foreign, but seriously aromatic and appetizing in the same time. The chicken is super tender and tasty. And the most surprising is the chilly, holy crap Gordon fucking nailed it! I LOVE IT.

Gordon Ramsay's very first Laksa

Gordon Ramsay’s very first Laksa

Laksa: Soup is very Laksa-like, but hotter and spicier. Shrimp is really REALLY delicious. I mean, how could you master cooking perfect shrimp? This guy really knows how to cook. The shrimp is perfectly cooked, not one second less or more. It’s just perfectly well done. Fish cake is just fine, Taupok is tender. It smells delicious also and the best things is… the laksa noodle is gooey. Remember that he only had 3 days to practice mastering the dish. And this 100% kicks Katong Laksa’s ass!

Gordon Ramsay's Chilly Crab

Gordon Ramsay’s Chilly Crab

Chilly Crab: I didn’t eat the Crab meat, simply because it was so crowded by the time I got into the eating area (we were the last batch). Gordon was about to enter the room and everybody was screaming like hell. So I just tried the soup and took home the dish afterwards. The soup was okay, tasted more like Tom Yum for me but Bandi loved it! I brought back the Chilly Crab and gave to my neighbor Ricky and his brothers and sister, they all prefer Ramsay’s version. So I guess this dish is a winner.

Matter of fact, Ramsay only won the cook-off in the Chilly Crab dish. He lost Laksa and Chicken Rice. WHAT A BULL CRAP. I just feel that Singaporeans are too pride to admit Gordon cooked it better, or they just couldn’t open for ‘new flavor’ that Gordon brought into the dish.

Let me give you my honest opinion.

Gordon is not only a good chef, he is surprisingly humble, funny and outgoing. He jokes around with people with his witty sense of humor. He gave around his autograph, he took photos with people and made sure the photos were okay. He’s just so thoughtful! He slept on 4 am the night before for practicing, can you imagine how tired he is (consider cooking in the hawker center is damn hot and stuffy!) But he’s still very humble and thoughtful.

I didn’t have the heart to chase him for photo or autograph not because he’s tired and I pity him lah (of course I don’t care what?) I was so freaking tired I thought I would faint and passed out. Hahaha. So I left as soon as I saw him and watched him do funny things. =)

From cooking point of view, this is my opinion:

THIS GUY CAN COOK! He has a good palette (at least I approved his palette) and he’s revolutionary in the kitchen. He’s total, perfectionist and professional. He gives 100% for every dish he prepared. I was the last 15 people he served and my dish still looked pretty.

From now on, he’s not only Bandi’s Kitchen Hero. He’s mine too. =)

Here’s some photos I took from random internet (just because my phone was nearly dead by the time Gordon entered the room and I didn’t even have the energy to fight over hundreds of people around me).

Gordon was cooking just like a hawker cook.

 

Gordon prepared the tray of food for us. =D

I was somewhere there if you could find me. :p

He was eating in Katong Laksa a couple days ago.

So that’s it.

After 7 hours of queuing, ate the amazing dishes, Bandi and I went home and he said, “what the fuck just happened?”

“Huh? What?”

“We queued for 7 hours? WHO DID THAT?”

And then we laughed stupidly. Yeah, what a meaningless 7 hours. We could’ve… I don’t know, saved the world instead?

But minutes after we stopped laughing and blabbering, we high-five-ed, “WE JUST ATE GORDON’S FOOD!” And IT’S FREE!!!

What are the chances for that to happen, riiiggghhht??!!!

So yeah, another bucket list is crossed.

Gordon you are fucking awesome!!!!!

Cheers,

May, #TeamGordon all the way!

Bonus Photo of Bandi's dish, from Gordon's cookbook: Honey Glazed chicken with Shrimp Pilaf and Potato Fritata. Yum!

Bonus Photo of Bandi’s dish, from Gordon’s cookbook: Honey Glazed chicken with Shrimp Pilaf and Potato Fritata. Yum!

 

53 thoughts on “Gordon is fucking awesome!

  1. IIH gila lo nyobain! iri banget gwww…
    gw baru tadi pagi baca beritanya. gw rasa sih singaporean hawker menang karena pake micin! haha..

    btw, sebelum ke singapur dia juga pernah ke malaysia. masak nasi lemak lawan onti2 gituuu…

  2. oh wow! you guys so lucky!!…hahahahahaha…gue sih lebih ngefans ama Jamie Oliver yah,…jadi mungkin nanti giliran gue yg bakal ngantri pas itu resto nya Jamie oliver buka di vivo…hahahahahahaha *siap-siap bawa cook book gue buat ttd doi*

  3. OMG it’s free?? gw kira tadinya itu bayar loh! gila ya, udah dimasakin chef ramsay and it’s free?? hahhaha. pantesan rela nunggu 7 jem LOL btw, itu porsinya kecil2 banget ya? kayanya ga kenyang :p

    ah gw jadi laper

    • Gila de! Porsinga gede taukkk!! Itu tupperware nya dalem, dan ditenggelemin ke dalam kotaknya padahal gue baru makan dua pack chicken rice aja udah kenyang, akhirnya gue cuma abisin laksa nya si Ramsay, laksa yg katong cuma icip2 basa basi trus gue tinggalin. Chilly crab nya gue bawa pulang dong dua2nya hahahahah

      • oh gitu?? gw kira kecil loh. biasanya kan kalo tester gitu (and free pulak) kan dikit2 porsinya. ato itu di indo aja ya? haha. iya gw gregetan lo bilang ga makan chilly crab nya. gw mauuuuu hahahaha. btw itu jadi abis lo nyobain lo harus vote ya?

      • Iya abis makan buru2 vote. Krn kita kloter terakhir makanya diburu2. Banyak yang makannya satu box bagi dua dan pada bungkus pulang abis ga sanggup lah mana mesti cepet2, mana nikmat. Hahaha kayaknya gue masukin fotonya kurang banyak yah, tidak menggambarkan porsinnya hahahah

  4. Gw ga pernah ngantri apapun sampe 7 jam. Giling!!! Tapi gw bisa membayangkan euphoria nya, dan pengalamannya itu priceless. Makan masakan Gordon Ramsay gitu loh!!!! ya ampyun….aku sungguh iri *walaupun gw ga tau sih kalo dia misalkan ke Jakarta, gw mau ngantri 7 jam gak ya*

    • Hahahha it’s something we’re proud of actually, lebih ke wtf have we done? Stupid banget waste 7 jam doing nothing (when we could have slept all day?) hahahaha
      Kayak merasa udah terpengaruh sporeans yg cinta ngantri jahahaha

  5. Wuaaah worth it yah ngantrinya !
    Aku penasaran gitu ngerasain masakannya, semoga tidak se*asem* kalo pas dia marah. Secara kalo dilihat di Hell’s Kitchen ya ampun, rasanya mw kubunuh saja tuh orang.
    Salut deh ama Ramsay yang cuma butuh waktu 3 hari buat belajar masaknya dan hasilnya pun ok *lap iler*

  6. One thing I knew and a discovery.

    No surprise: TV celebrity Ramsay is a superb cook according to huge crowds. And you agree.

    A big surprise: The two of you apparently are in jeopardy of becoming his groupies ( eh, actually I’m not sure whether male groupies can possibly exist) :).

  7. Wahahahaha, ih seru banget ituuu , sounds konyol nunggu 7 jam tapi itu termasuk pengalaman hidup yang menyenangkan huahahaha. Gimana ya kalo si Gordon masak babi pangang karo yang minimalis itu, gimana cara dia meng-gordon kan nya gitu loh

  8. gua juga suka ama gordon ramsey, karena gua suka nonton hell’s kitchen. walaupun orangnya suka marah2 tapi keliatannya baik. hahaha.

    disini ada restonya ramsey tapi mahal banget jadi kita belum pernah nyobain… :)

    asik banget bisa nyobain masakan dia for free.. eh ya bayarannya kudu nunggu 7 jam ya! hahaha. btw emangnya selama 7 jam itu gak bisa ditinggal dulu trus baru balik lagi ya?

    • Iya kan man yaaaaa walaupun dia tukang marah2, tp sebenernya baik, jujur banget orangnya. Gue banget deh (lho?)
      Yah boleh lah ditinggal tapi ttp harus ada yg jagain. Bisa ke wc, belanja cemilan di seven eleven, jalan2 liat mas gordon masak, dll.
      Kita sbnrnya udah dpt tiket nya, tapi setelah dpt tiket itu kalo ninggalin queue ntar ambil makanannya mulai dr paling blkg lagi. Gue bingung juga sih kalo gue tinggalin pun gue ttp harus nunggu disono sampe acaranya beres, yawda lah akhirnya stay disana aja, toh bisa bolak balik liat si gordon. Hihihi

  9. aku ga ngerrrtiiii!!! ga pernah nyimak acara masak apalagi nyimak hell’s kitchen <–ditujes may. tapi salut sama 7 jam ngantri. TUJUH JAM. kayak orang ngantor euy hahaha!

  10. Siriiiik!! Hahaha. Suami dan gw jg fans nya Gordon.. pdhal ya biasa laki gw ga demen acara reality tv gt, tp abis sekali ntn hell’s kitchen lgs kepincut gt dese ama Gordon, hahaha. Gw Baru ntn great escape yg dia. Itu aja udh gw tonton berkali2 hahaha! . definitely would stand in line for 7 hrs for his cooking :D lucky you!!

    • Finally!!!! Iya kannnn kalo nonton acara dia pasti kepincut kannnn?!!! Dia emang orangnya naturally asik kannnn. Aneh gitu lagi joke2 nya dia. Well what can I say? He’s Scottish. Hahahah

  11. Gw pengen cobainnnnnn… though I doubt I’d wait for 7 hours.. hahahaha.. tp bener2 once in a lifetime kinda thing yah. hahaha.. anyway score dia itu tipisss beda nya yg di chicken rice, which means hampir menang jg. yg gw bingung laksa nya aja krn lmy beda jauh percentage nya tp keliatannya enak tuh. haha.. in any case.. dia bs belajar 3 dishes in 3 days is already a testament of his skills as a great chef.

    • Laksa itu membingungkan deh, mgkn emang orang spore doyan laksa kayak katong gitu ya, mnrt gue katong laksa too sweet dan sangat kental. Gordon punya lebih penuh spices, wangi dan tasty lah. Hahahaha udah bias kali ya

      • hahahahahaha… iya mungkin mrk terbiasa dengan tipe rasa katong laksa (yg gw doyan jg sih sebenernya). tapi sebenernya laksa kan ada macem2 yah.. do u know indo jg punya laksa? dan rasanya beda2.. ada laksa sumatra.. laksa jakarta..

      • Iya laksa indo, sbnrnya rasanya rada mirip, pake santen gitu juga cuma topping nya beda2. Eh lo cobain Laksa di Yishun deh blk 928, mnrt gue itu laksa terenak sedunia. Hahahaha. Kayaknya gordon kalah deh sama yg ini. :p

      • Iya I’m putting it on my list. Cuma ke Yishun nya itu jauhhhhh buangetttt.. hahahaha… eh ada satu lg yg pada bilang enak: Sungei Road Laksa di Blk 27 Jln Berseh, Jin Shui Kopitiam. Ud pernah nyoba blom? Gw penasaran jg sama yg itu… dannnn gara2 acara si Gordon Ramsay ini gw jadi banyak denger yg bilang the best chilli crab itu adanya di Roland Restaurant (si Roland ini supposedly the inventor of chilli crab – or his wife was). Apalagi Roland Resto ini dkt banget sama tempat gw, tinggal jalan kaki doang!! tapi dulu gw pernah makan di sana utk acara gereja (ga makan crab nya), rasanya biasa2 aja ah. Jd penasaran ini bener ato ga.

      • Oya satu lagi itu Janggut Laksa namanya.. the original katong laksa (yg 328 itu paling terkenal, tp bukan the original).. itu juga enak loh May… cobain deh. Ada di Queensway Shopping Centre tp gw blm pernah ke sana. Cuma pernah dibeliin bbrp kali.. hahaha..

      • Oyaaa.. gw pengen cobain yg hotpottt… eh kalo lo mau berkunjung ke Roland blg2 ya.. sapa tau kt bisa ketemuan or sekalian nyoba bareng! hehehehe….

      • Ayuuukkk!!!!!! Gue lagi busy banget deh li, this weekend gue kerja full krn ada recruitment di jobfair gitu, kita atur2 jadwal lagi deh yaaa! Tapi gue maw serius! Pinteran aja lu mancingnya pake makanan hahahah

      • hehehehe iya dong… model2nya yg passionate about food ky lo biasanya cocok diajak makan. ok kita atur2 jadwal lg yah. email2 aja.. gw jg weekend ini ga bisa n weekend dpn.. setelah itu masih oke :)

      • Okehhh pokoknya begitu udah ada jadwal kosong gue email lo kita atur jadwal. Gue doyan makan tapi gue tolol direction, dulu balik ke HDB gue sndr aja nyasar tau ga! Hahahhaha makanya gue butuh yg ngasih arah bahahah

  12. Eh itu plastiknya yang model takeawaynya sinciapo yang dalem2 itu ya? Gile bener 1 orang dapet 6 bowl… pasti begah ampun2an kalo abisin semuanyaaa….

    Lucky you! Kayaknya orang Singapore udah biasa kan apa-apa antri. Tapi yang elu lakukan itu kesabaran yang berbuah banget, gak kayak antri barang2 di newly opened store, yang udah ngantri, bayar pula, dan barangnya bisa didapetin lain waktu. Kalo ini, antri makanan enak, gratis, dan kapan lagi bisa dimasakin sama Gordon?? PENGEEENNNNN….

    • Iyaaaa dalem kan tuhhhh?! Eh tapi serius deh ni orang total banget, masa masak di taruh container aja masih sempet pake garnish gitu, pokoknya dia maw semua dish nya keliatan cantik! Lucu yaaaa :)

  13. Ini tooooh yang kamu bahas di Twitter! Gila ya ngantri 7 jam untuk passion kita, gak berasa kan bok!
    Pertama kali tau ttg Gordon Ramsey ini pas kantorku bikin program tv anak yg bahas ttg profesi koki and di bumper 3 menitnya, kita bahas ttg Gordon Ramsey, koki termahal di dunia. Am I rite? :D

  14. tittle nya: Gordon is fucking awesome ..trus nemu line ini : ‘I personally love to see him cocking’ ngakak gue bener… hahahahahaaaaaa

  15. Was bloghopping when I came across your site. This is the first time I’ve heard from a resident in SG that Ramsay’s food tasted better, the other reviews from Singaporeans said there own is superior. Maybe it’s pride or patriotism or both. Nice review anyway.

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