Last Monday I was invited to a very exclusive dinner event, organised by Wagamama. There is no way I would have said no, as me and my family love and go to Wagamama’s restaurant all the time. The first one I went to was actually back in Sydney years ago when we lived there with daddy. We were queuing for ages to get it, and I was not sure if I wanted to do so. Since then I do not mind waiting to be seated, as I know I always get a super meal, something very different you cannot get anywhere else.I was excited about attending this event not only I will have a chance to have my favourite prawn raisukaree, but also as I was interested in talking to Steve Mangleshot, the executive chef at Wagamama and Dr Christy Fergusson who is a nutritional therapist and food psychologist.
I have to say that Steve definitely a man knows what he is doing and does it well. He was able to suggest two more dishes to test for me after I revealed my favourite dish. I love prawns and chillies, and they were the key ingrediences in all 3 dishes. Steve suggested trying the chicken ramen, which is another of my favourite dishes. But the last dish was the biggest surprise to me!Prawn Firecracker
Steve prepared the “firecracker” for me, and first I was a bit worried it would be too hot for me, but after trying it out, I absolutely loved it. Why have I not tried it before? This experience has definitely taught me a lesson, and I will be testing many more meals form the menu. Did you know that Steve and his team have been working in the past 6 month on creating and updating new menu?
I was also advices that the lime that is on top of my meal is not just for decoration…. ehm ehm we are supposed to squeeze it all over, and you would be amazed at how much more I enjoyed my dish.
We all learn, and this was a great experience. Next time you go to Wagamama take your time and choose a different meal or ask for recommendations and suggest what ingredients you like. I am sure they will be able to suggest some yummy meal.
I was also impressed by what Christy was able to tell me about my personality from the meals I liked. If you like chillies like me see below for some very interesting information!
Chillies Ã¢â‚¬â€œ present in the katsu curry, rasisukaree and kare lomen (all curry based dishes)
Affect on the body
The capsaicinoids in chilli bind to a receptor in the lining of the mouth. This is the same receptor that registers pain from heat, thus the effect is a burning feeling. the burning caused by this leads to the release of endorphins the body’s natural painkillers. These give a feeling of happiness and well being. One of the reasons chillies are considered to be an aphrodisiac is that after consuming chillies, a person’s body temperature rises, he/she has flushed cheeks.
Chillies are high in vitamin c (about twice that of citrus fruits), dried chillies are very high in vitamin a, and red chillies are a great source of b-carotene. Chillies have antibacterial qualities, and contain bioflavinoids, anti-oxidants most common in apple juice.
Having a discussion with fellow bloggers New Mum Online & Californian Mum in London, and also with Steve and Christy. We always have raw juice when we go to Wagamama for a meal, but this time I tried “super green” juice with apple, mint, celery and lime, and I enjoyed it very much.
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