5 Secret Health(ier) Recipes from the World’s Top Chefs
Canadian super chef Mark McEwan puts the final touches on a dish
Lighten up for summer! Here, five health(ier) recipes from chefs at some of the world’s best hotels.
We love to eat. And we love to cook. And we like to think we’re eating healthier. But sometimes, it just tastes better when somebody else does the cooking. So, we’re bringing the best of both worlds to you with a few healthier recipes from some of the world’s top chefs at some of the world’s best hotels. The best part? It’s a full day’s menu and then some, for breakfast, lunch, teatime and dinner, all right here.
We asked top chefs from some of the world’s coolest culinary capitals and destinations – Hong Kong, London, Bali and Toronto – to weigh in on how to make some of our favourite things. Can you say a healthier grilled cheese sandwich? Okay, full disclosure here: we must admit it’s hard to say grilled cheese is healthy, but when you throw in Kimchi, a fermented super food of the moment that’s typically a combination of shredded napa cabbage and daikon radish, it’s hard to resist sharing the recipe from our friends at the Cordis, Hong Kong. Luckily we’ve redeemed our selves with the addition of a fresh take on a smoothie by Canadian super chef Mark McEwan and his crew at One Restaurant at the Hazelton hotel in Toronto that will help jump start your day and have your body firing on all cylinders.
Speaking of fiery, Bali is a destination that’s blazing on many a travellers’ radar this year. The Fairmont Sanur, in a glorious old-school fishing village on the southeast coast of Bali and just off Sanur Beach, steams up delicious fare, and we’ve got one of their favourites to share with you.
And, of course, we threw in cocktail inspiration for good measure from one of our favourite London Secret addresses, Manetta’s bar at Flemings hotel in Mayfair (plus a scrumptious recipe for scallops from Ormer Mayfair, the hotel’s fabulous resto headed up by the Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin). Because if you can’t drink to your health, what can you drink to?
Cool Culinary Destination: Hong Kong
From Paul Mcloughlin, Culinary Director, Cordis, Hong Kong
Okay, full disclosure here: we must admit it’s hard to say grilled cheese is healthy, but when you throw in Kimchi, a super health food of the moment, it’s hard to resist. Serve it cut up in bite-size triangles as a comfort-food accompaniment with Tomato Soup or go add a little low-level luxe: try it with Negronis or Martinis.
Cheese béchamel sauce
100g Manchego cheese
Cool Culinary Destination: Bali
Pepes Be Pasih (grilled fish in Banana leaves)
Note: prepare Base Be Pasih basic fish paste sauce, below, first
Courtesy of the chefs at the Fairmont Sanur Beach Bali
Bali is a destination that’s blazing on many a travellers’ radar this year. The Fairmont Sanur, located just down the way from a glorious old-school fishing village on the southeast coast of Bali and just off Sanur Beach, features all-suite rooms, along with villas, set among leafy tropical gardens and soothing water features. A respect for the village’s mix of Balinese history, art and tradition can be found everywhere on the property, from the public art installations to the smiling service. The hotel’s Layang Layang, which specializes in authentic Indonesian cuisine, steams up delicious fare, and we’ve got one of their favourites to share with you. And don’t forget to head to the bar by the 200m of sandy beach – the perfect spot for people-watching, as the “boardwalk” pathway is just steps from the hotel and for sundowners, where the happy hour specials encourage lingering.
180 g Mahi Mahi, cut into 4 slices
50 g Bumbu Be Pasih (see recipe, above)
1 medium tomato, sliced
10 g Kemangi (local or Asian basil)
1 Banana leaf, sized to wrap around size of fish fillet
Salt and pepper to taste
Bamboo stake or long toothpick
Mixed all ingredients in mixing bowl and seasoning well. Place fish on banana leaf, then coat fish with mixture. Roll until leaf is “stuffed” by the fish. Pierce packet with a bamboo stake to hold together. Place on pre-heated grill and cook until fish flesh is just firm.
Base Be Pasih (basic fish paste sauce)
YIELD: Enough for following recipe, Pepes Be Pasih (grilled fish in banana leaves)
Cool Culinary Destination: Toronto
Exotic Smoothie Bowl by Chef Mark McEwan and Chef de Cuisine Darby Piquette, from The Hazelton Hotel’s One Restaurant Health & Wellness Menu
The Hazelton Hotel is celebrating the arrival of sunnier weather with the introduction of the “Meditation and Rejuvenation” package. According to the hotel, it’s “Designed to incorporate the importance of mindfulness in our daily lives, and the package aims to help guests disconnect from the stresses of day to day life while reconnecting with mind, body and soul.” In-room meditations are led by a yoga practitioner, curated healthy food options designed by Chef McEwan and the rejuvenating Valmont signature hydration facial at one of the most exclusive spa sanctuaries in Toronto tie it all up nicely.
“Mindfulness studies have increased in recent years,” says Hani Roustom, General Manager of the Hazelton Hotel, “many people seek to find the same inner peace while away as they do while at home. The Hazelton Hotel is proud to partner with leaders in the mindfulness and wellness space, like lululemon ambassador Tara Good, to bring mediation and rejuvenation to our guests allowing them to experience the same inner peace and tranquility during their stay as they strive for in their daily lives.”
Here’s Chef McEwan’s suggestion for a healthy breakfast – or any time of day: Green mango lassi, coconut chips, goji berry, mint and tropical fruit compote. The great thing about this “bowl” is that you can enjoy these elements separately as well: a healthy smoothie or a rich fruit compote or both together, as pictured above!
4 ripe Ataulfo mangos
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups coconut water
2 cups ice
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tbsp honey
2 cups packed baby spinach
Peel and dice mangos. Add all ingredients into a heavy-duty blender (Vitamix works perfectly!) and blend on high until smooth.
Cool Culinary Destination: Toronto
Green goddess sandwich with sprouted grain toast, balsamic chicken breast, sliced avocado, cucumber, pea shoots and pumpkin seed hummus by Chef Mark McEwan and Chef de Cuisine Darby Piquette, from the Hazelton Hotel’s One Restaurant Health & Wellness Menu
INGREDIENTS: Balsamic chicken breast
2 boneless skinless chicken breast (about 6oz each)
1 cup basil
½ cup balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp salt
6 cloves garlic
¼ cup thyme
1 cup water
In a shallow baking dish, combine water, garlic, thyme, sliced lemon, salt and chicken breast. Cover with tin foil and bake at 300F for 20 minutes. Let chicken cool completely in liquid overnight. In a small sauce pot combine balsamic, honey and basil. Slowly reduce the liquid until it becomes a thick glaze. Cool in fridge overnight. To serve, thinly slice the chilled chicken, and brush with balsamic glaze.
INGREDIENTS: Pumpkin seed hummus
2 cup canned chickpeas
½ cup pumpkin seeds
1 tbsp tahini
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp garlic
4 tbsp olive oil
Cool Culinary Destination: London
Roast Scallops with Avocado, French Beans and Hazelnut Dressing
Just off Piccadilly in the always-au-courant Mayfair neighbourhood, you’ll find Flemings, a member of Small Luxury Hotels, its super-chic restaurant Ormer Mayfair, and Manetta’s it’s subterranean jewel-box of a bar. Why super chic? The service is brilliant, the food is imaginative and flavourful and the lower-level room feels intimate yet unfussy. Here, an easy and healthy recipe, courtesy of Shaun Rankin, the Michelin star chef who heads up the kitchen at Ormer Mayfair, direct to you from one of our favourite London Secret addresses, Flemings Mayfair hotel!
Makes 4 servings.
12 large scallops
20 g unsalted butter
45 g roasted hazelnuts
Juice of ½ lemon
45 g cooked French beans
2 avocados, thinly sliced
85 g lamb’s lettuce