Gourmet Adventure with Chef Wan in Western Australia Day Five
This was the last day with Chef Wan and the most memorable day too. Why? This is the day Chef Wan will cook for everyone. Yes, he will cook for everyone live up close and personal! Before that, we departed to Swan Valley.
Swan Valley is just minutes away from Perth and popular with vineyards and over 150 places for to wine and dine but there are more to that.
First stop in Swan Valley, we went to Yahava Koffeeworks. Yahava Koffeeworks is the creation of a team of caffeine-fuelled adventurers, led by founder, ‘The Koffee Baron’ since 2001. They motive is to find the best coffee in the world and brings back to Yahava.
At Yahava, we were given a coffee tasting & roasting demonstration. For some of us, this was a great experience but to the rest, they still enjoy the cuppa of coffee. This is the definitely the place for coffee addicts.
Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery
Next, Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery. I strongly believe at most of us are not familiar with the term aboriginal or in Malaysian term is “orang asli”.
At this gallery, we can see and experience the work and some information of the aboriginals or “abo”.
There was a bushtucker presentation and also tasting experience. We got to taste of the abo’s food and also some of the exotic food such as kangaroo meat. Thus, Chef Wan was interested in the edible plants and herbs. This was educational.
We didn’t stop eating at Maalinup Aboriginal Gallery as we went to Edgecombe Bros. The beauty of Edgecombe Bros is they are more than the usual vineyard. They dedicated a small plot of their land planting asparagus. Yes, you read it right, it is asparagus.
Never in my life, I visited a asparagus farm and little did I know that they grows from the ground like a stick.
I was following Chef Wan who started to pick his own asparagus. If you want the best, you have to follow the best.
After visiting the farm, we went for the asparagus masterclass. They prepared the best asparagus from their farm and they cooked for us.
It was a simple task, stir fried and topped with sliced cheese. I never had asparagus with cheese and it was fantastic. Something you can try at home, asparagus with cheese. It is simple to cook and healthy too.
The highlight of the day is this. Chef Wan will do a cooking demonstration and he will cook for everyone and the venue is beautiful Mandoon Estate.
There was missing ingredients as prepared by the venue but it didn’t stop Chef Wan for creating three awesome dishes for everyone.
Like on TV, Chef Wan cooked while kept everyone laughing but this time we got to taste his food. He cooked two dishes, Plum Tea Cake and Chicken Couscous. Both are amazingly delicious and mouth watering.
On top of Chef Wan’s cooking demo, we got to taste Swan Valley’s local produce specially arranged by Tourism Swan Valley. Some of the local produce includes chocolates, fruit juices and jams, cheese and nuts.
Caversham Wildlife Park
Caversham Wildlife Park is operated by a family and it was a reasonably large wildlife park. Wildlife Park is different than zoo as the animals are not caged like zoo.
The wildlife park is a great place for family and friends. You can go up close and personal with the cute animals such as kangaroos, koalas and many more.
There were a few Tasmanian Devils roaming in the park too!
That marks the end of the Gourmet Adventure with Chef Wan in Western Australia. Thus, thank you Tourism Swan Valley for arranging the itinerary for the last day with Chef Wan.
It was a very memorable experience to travel with Chef Wan and the rest. Chef Wan is such a humble and funny guy. We might read so much about him but traveling with him for four days, we got to know him more. Hence, I made quite a few friends from this trip and hope to revisit Western Australia in the near future.
Lastly, I also need to thank Suzanne from Tourism Western Australia for inviting me to this trip.