Aaron Yan is a big fan of Gordon Ramsay

Aaron Yan admitted that he specially went to get the British celebrity chef’s autograph in Vegas and Julie Tan wants to hit the international market by 25

Photos: Dion Tang
Photos: Dion Tang
09 Jun 2015

Photos: Dion Tang

Videos: Zhang Jiahao

Local MediaCorp artiste Julie Tan and Taiwanese idol Aaron Yan, as well as Taiwanese model-actors Allen Chen and Chris Lee graced the opening of the new Dazzling Café in Singapore last week.

The Taiwanese café hotspot for celebrities and socialites is famous for its delectable specialty, honey toast, which Julie and Aaron got to learn how to prepare through a short demonstration.

After the two artistes took the stage to share about their love for desserts, they picked up the skill of slicing thick toast directly from the café’s head chef from Taiwan.

When they were done, Aaron secretly stole a bite of the famed toast when the staff was busy putting the knife away, flashing a smile in satisfaction.

In fact, Aaron told Toggle that it was his first time having dessert again after six months.

The Mandopop singer said, “I love desserts, but they’re just luxury food for artistes, as we need to maintain our good physique.”

Aaron’s discipline in this area is unwavering even in the face of temptation and he attributes it to his strong willpower: “When I’m filming, I can spend half a year just eating steamed chicken. Most people would not be able to stand it.”

However, he does not over-restrain himself, as he gives himself one cheat day per week to enjoy his favourite fried chicken, pearl milk tea, fast food, pasta and pizza – all high-calorie food.

But the singer doesn’t only have a passion for eating, he too will occasionally experiment with cooking celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s dishes.

Aaron revealed that he is “obsessed” with the Michelin-starred chef and has been collecting his recipes.

“I think he’s very handsome when he’s scolding people and especially when he’s cooking dishes.”

“When was in Las Vegas, I paid a special visit to Gordon’s restaurant to have his famous Beef Wellington because I could get an autographed picture of him when I ordered that!” added Aaron with a laugh, before telling us about a fried cod fish dish that he’d prepared and was particularly proud of.

“As long as you get the seasoning right and have good control of the fire, it will be fine. I recall adding broccoli and green pepper as garnish to my dish. It was rather simple.”

The 29-year-old also shared that if he were to create a new dish out of his favourite fruit, strawberries, he would make a very unexpected creation: strawberry duck rice!

“I love to eat Singapore’s duck rice, and because salty and sweet tastes often go well together, I think that adding duck skin over strawberry slices will certainly take it to the next level,” Aaron elaborated.

Although Aaron suggested a rather adventurous recipe, he admitted that he is not a very daring eater, “I don’t dare to eat worms, even if you gave me loads and loads of money (laughs)!”

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Julie Tan was locked in a cold war with her friend over the cafe
Julie Tan was locked in a cold war with her friend over the cafe
09 Jun 2015

Julie Tan was locked in a cold war with her friend over the cafe

Julie is childhood friends with Dazzling Café’s lady boss Serene Tan and opening the café had been their joint dream since they were just 15-16 years old. So it comes as a surprise when we learned that Julie, who was very involved in the start up of the café, does not have a share in it. 

Julie laughed as she explained that her father advised her not to go into business with a good friend, so as to avoid affecting the relationship, but she continued, “I don’t have time, my dream is to enter the international market by the age of 25.” Thus, Julie is now putting a lot of effort into her acting career.

Even so, Julie is willing to do anything to support her close friend – even gain weight. The actress ‘sacrificed’ her figure and went through multiple rounds of food tasting prior to the official opening of the café, gaining 3 kg as a result.

“[Serene] is a very talented girl, and she’s younger than I am by a year. As her friend, I will always be by her side supporting her with the business,” said Julie.

Julie was also part of the restaurant planning stage and the two had quarrelled a few times due to disagreements and conflicting ideas. One of the more serious arguments led to a cold war between them for three months.

Being the self-proclaimed “big sister” of the two, Julie always felt that she had to be responsible for making peace: “I’m more direct than [Serene]… I will ask everyone to calmly sit and talk it out over dinner (laughs)”

Even when she was in Malaysia to shoot Channel 8 drama The Journey: Our Homeland, Julie would always contact them back home to make sure everything was running smoothly.

The thespian feels that true friends should be able to withstand times of trials, and she would rather not be friends with those that can’t get through the minor setbacks.  Additionally, she admits that her friendship with Serene has grown stronger through this collaboration and friends like these are considered family to her.

Recently, other young celebrities have also been starting up their own businesses as a side job, including Felicia Chin with her restaurant Wholly Crab.

Julie met Damian Lau in Hong Kong
Julie met Damian Lau in Hong Kong
09 Jun 2015

Julie met Damian Lau in Hong Kong

Julie and her good friend Serene
Julie and her good friend Serene
09 Jun 2015

Julie and her good friend Serene

Fans gave their loudest cheers when Aaron stepped out on the scene
Fans gave their loudest cheers when Aaron stepped out on the scene
09 Jun 2015

Fans gave their loudest cheers when Aaron stepped out on the scene

Aaron loves to eat Singapore’ duck rice and must eat it every time he’s here
Aaron loves to eat Singapore’ duck rice and must eat it every time he’s here
09 Jun 2015

Aaron loves to eat Singapore’ duck rice and must eat it every time he’s here

Aaron playing around
Aaron playing around
09 Jun 2015

Aaron playing around

Julie says that she loves to eat chocolate and that sweet treats make her feel better
Julie says that she loves to eat chocolate and that sweet treats make her feel better
09 Jun 2015

Julie says that she loves to eat chocolate and that sweet treats make her feel better

Aaron and Julie during the thick toast slicing demonstration
Aaron and Julie during the thick toast slicing demonstration
09 Jun 2015

Aaron and Julie during the thick toast slicing demonstration

Aaron loves to eat strawberries
Aaron loves to eat strawberries
09 Jun 2015

Aaron loves to eat strawberries

Allen Chen and Chris Lee also graced the event that evening
Allen Chen and Chris Lee also graced the event that evening
09 Jun 2015

Allen Chen and Chris Lee also graced the event that evening

Chris Lee taking a happy wefie with the fans
Chris Lee taking a happy wefie with the fans
09 Jun 2015

Chris Lee taking a happy wefie with the fans

This article is translated by Melanie Ho.

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