So I Spent my Valentines’ with my Friend + BRUNO + Palate Sensations.

Chargrilled Chicken Kebabs, kuih dadar, Thai style meat balls – yums!

Came across BRUNO x Palate Sensations 1 + 1 cooking event for Valentines’ at S$50 and I was like what?!?! Count me in!

As it is a 1 + 1 event, the cooking is done in pairs. Most pairs are made up of girlfriends, instead of couple. I asked my husband along but he declined the “torture” (-.-“).

There were about 8-9 pairs in total, and the class was conducted by chef Randall Tailford, chef Al Manas and chef Alfie Mossadeg.

The cooking is done on BRUNO hotplate, hence I brought my set:

Lavender, a seasonal colour. My #1 choice would be the Moomin set (click on the link to see the gorgeous set), unfortunately it wasn’t in Singapore yet when I bought mine.

Note: If you’re getting the BRUNO hotplate, we can only use the Singapore or Hong Kong sets. These are compatible with our local 240v.

If you get a set in Japan, it is a 110V set. 110V is for countries such as Japan, the US or Australia. To use the Japan BRUNO set in Singapore, you’ll have to buy a good quality transformer.  

Mise en place – a French term for getting all ingredients and tools/equipment ready

I love seeing the neatly arranged trays with the colourful IKEA bowls. The items on each tray is for 1 dish, very organised.

‘Do I have all the things needed to cook a dish?’ It is very clear at one glance. After 2 cooking lessons, I went to IKEA to snag the exact same bowls, haha!

These were the dishes learnt that day:
1. Kuih dadar

The kuih dadar’s colour came from pandan leaves only – 100% natural. The next time I see such dull looking kuih dadar outside, I’ll buy it. It’s totally a labour of love and effort. 

After I picked up cooking and baking, I learnt that most of the times, ugly and dull looking food are better. Colouring and flavouring are frequently used in commercial settings to enhance the appearance or bolster profit margins. 

Yummy coconut filling for kuih dadar

I have never liked gula melaka and coconut based dessert… until a holiday at Melaka. Their cendol was WOW, kuih was awesome. I became a fan ever since.

Watching chef demo making of crepe cake on BRUNO hot plate

The filling was cooked in a small pot and the crepe was prepared on the flat plate attachment. This is also good for making McDonalds’ style hotcakes. 

2. Chargrilled Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs


The kebab/yakitori consists of cherry tomato, chicken thigh, zucchini, shiitake mushroom. Sounds like a great option to serve at a party. Balanced dish with meat and vegetables.

My friend and I shared a stick and packed the rest back home. It still had that barbecue smell after 1.5-2 hours.

Sizzling kebab and corn

Loving the colours of the chicken kebab and corn. Please ignore the ‘chao ta’ parts.

3. Thai Pork Meatballs with Nam Jim Jaew (Thai dipping sauce)

I love that dipping sauce. Simply yum.

Lots of fragrant agents in there – lemongrass, coriander, Chinese parsley, onion, garlic etc.

Preparation of the meatball

The meatball is made from scratch and thrown onto our palms so it can hold its shape better. This is cooked on the takoyaki plate and it was fun doing it.

I’ve forgotten to snap a picture of the meatball while it was cooking.

To have a preview of how some of these dishes were prepared, watch this video:

Yum… Pair work power. These 3 dishes were prepared in 2 hours

I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

And as if that’s not good enough, there was a goodie bag for every participant at the end of the event:

Loving that cute BRUNO notebook that I kept seeing on Facebook

This event cost $50 in total, yet my friend and I got a $50 Palate Sensations voucher each – what!! So worth it. 

If you know me, I’m 80% sure I’ll be using that voucher, haha.

Palate Sensations Cooking School
Address: Chromos #01-03, 10 Biopolis Road, Singapore 138670
(to get to Chromos, alight at Buona Vista station, exit via Circle Line side towards MOE building)
Contact no.: 6589 8843
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If you own a BRUNO hotplate, you may want to check out this Facebook group where some members share what they make with their BRUNO hotplate 🙂

Just sharing my experience in this review. BRUNO Hotplate and the lesson was paid from my pockets.

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2 Responses to So I Spent my Valentines’ with my Friend + BRUNO + Palate Sensations.

  1. Hwee Ting says:


    Can you recommend the transformer you are using. As I bought the Japan version of Bruno compact.

  2. Yvonne says:

    Hi Hwee Ting, I didn’t use any transformer as mine is a Singapore set. I’ve heard advice that a good transformer can cost $50-$100.

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