If Tay Ping Hui can cook and fight obesity, so can you!

The actor plays chef for a day and teams up with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution initiative for a canteen takeover at Raffles Girls Primary

If Tay Ping Hui can cook and fight obesity, so can you!
19 May 2017

If Tay Ping Hui can cook and fight obesity, so can you!

Photos: Toh Zi Yi, Tay Ping Hui/Instagram
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Local actor Tay Ping Hui may look ever so hunky and fit now, but did you know, that there was once a time when the 46-year-old was less than fit and fab?

The actor shared with Toggle that back when he was in Primary 5, he was the owner of multiple pairs of size 30 pants, despite being only 1.59 metres tall.

“I loved to eat snacks when I was younger, because they were so cheap and readily available! I felt so satisfied after eating them,” Ping Hui recalled, sharing that he used to be able to scarf down three to four packs of prawn crackers and one whole pack of candy a day.

But, what was the catalyst that pushed him to slim down?

“When I was at my fattest, I loved to play basketball. But, because of my size, I was always the last one to be chosen during play time. After a while, I decided that enough was enough, and in one to two years’ time, I finally became one of the first few to get picked during games. The feeling was really very good!” he laughed. (Ed’s note: Unfortunately, the actor was unable to find any old pictures of himself at his fattest state, although we do have a couple of his pre-obese childhood pictures.)

The actor credits his weight loss to loads of exercise and healthy eating, saying, “Some people say that if you exercise often, then you can eat whatever you want. But, if you want to stay slim and healthy, your diet matters as well!”

A self-professed foodie who admits to keeping tabs on the newest and trendiest restaurants in town to check out, Ping Hui cautioned against restricting one’s diet excessively, and shared that it is best to strike a clear balance and indulge in good food once in a while.

However, the memories of his younger self’s unhealthy eating habits still strike a chord within him, which was why he jumped at the opportunity to take part in British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution initiative.

Together with the team from Jamie’s Italian, Ping Hui headed down to Raffles Girls Primary School yesterday (May 19) to take over their canteen for the “Jamie’s Italian Canteen Takeover”. The actor first gave a quick talk to all the students during their morning assembly, where he extolled the virtues of a healthy, less salt, oil and sugar diet.

Following which, Ping Hui headed into the kitchens, where he whipped up a serving of Jamie’s Italian’s famed Secret Seven Tomato Pasta, and aided in the plating and distribution of the dish to close to 1,800 students from Raffles Girls Primary School for their recess.

(Continued on next page: Ping Hui names a former actor who is really good at cooking)

If Tay Ping Hui can cook and fight obesity (so can you!)
19 May 2017

If Tay Ping Hui can cook and fight obesity (so can you!)

The actor shared that he often rolls up his sleeves to whip up some dishes in his kitchen at home and he prefers cooking Western cuisine as opposed to Chinese cuisine.

“Once you see your friends or family eating and praising the food that you cooked, the sense of satisfaction [that you get] feels really good,” he said. He later laughed that his family has yet to say anything bad about his cooking so far, as they’d probably “show face” and say that his food is good, even if it’s bad.

However, Ping Hui is not exactly free from cooking mishaps either. The actor shared that he has taken an interest in bread-making recently, and that he’d tried his hand at making sourdough bread, but it turned out to be an utter failure. He shared that the dough probably didn’t ferment properly, as the loaf didn’t rise when he baked it.

Ping Hui will not rule out the chances of him opening his very own restaurant in the future, though one thing’s for sure – he will definitely not be taking on the role of head chef there.

“It’s easy for us [customers] whenever we dine out, but being in the kitchen is like fighting in a war! It’s really tough, hot and messy. When you dine out, and if the food’s good, you really should try and thank the chef personally for the food, as it’s really tough [working in the kitchen],” he shares.

When asked if he had sampled the culinary efforts of any local celeb, Ping Hui sang the praises of former actor Xie Shaoguang’s cooking, praising it as “way too delicious”.

Click on to find out what Ping Hui has been up to recently!

If Tay Ping Hui can cook and fight obesity (so can you!)
19 May 2017

If Tay Ping Hui can cook and fight obesity (so can you!)

Ping Hui, who has been working on English long-form drama Tanglin recently, shared that he will be heading to China to film a drama next.

After his appearance in Chinese blockbuster drama The Legend of The Condor Heroes last year, the reaction from the audience was “pretty good,” he shared.

The audience’s favourable reactions, coupled with his good attitude and hard work on set made for the winning combination that spurred the producers to invite Ping Hui back to work on a new period drama, which will be set in the 1930s, when the Japanese invaded China.

However, the actor’s role in the drama is still uncertain as of now.

In July, the jet-setting actor will be headed to Barcelona and Germany, where he will be filming for a project together with car company Audi and attending a global talk regarding the future of the automobile industry.

Click on for more photos!

Tay Ping Hui dishes out pasta with the help of Jamie's Italian's executive chef
19 May 2017

Tay Ping Hui dishes out pasta with the help of Jamie's Italian's executive chef

Ping Hui personally handed out the pasta to the students
19 May 2017

Ping Hui personally handed out the pasta to the students

Ping Hui skillfully heats up the pasta sauce
19 May 2017

Ping Hui skillfully heats up the pasta sauce

The noodles are the next to go in the pan
19 May 2017

The noodles are the next to go in the pan

Every single strand of noodle must be coated!
19 May 2017

Every single strand of noodle must be coated!

And it's done!
19 May 2017

And it's done!

The pasta looks delicious!
19 May 2017

The pasta looks delicious!

Students were served fruit-infused water
19 May 2017

Students were served fruit-infused water

If Tay Ping Hui can cook and fight obesity (so can you!)
19 May 2017

If Tay Ping Hui can cook and fight obesity (so can you!)

If Tay Ping Hui can cook and fight obesity (so can you!)
19 May 2017

If Tay Ping Hui can cook and fight obesity (so can you!)

Tanglin airs every Monday to Friday, 8pm on Channel 5 ; watch it on Toggle-It-First here!

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