You Must Know Tefal!

Singapore – Thursday, 9 May 2013.

Top selling Tefal ActiFry Launches in Singapore…
More than just a fryer, 6 million units of the Tefal ActiFry have been sold worldwide making it No. 1 in Europe and Canada since its launch.

Mr. Fabrice Dupont, Managing Director (South-East Asia) Groupe Seb Singapore said, “I am incredibly excited at the prospect of offering Singaporeans the benefit of a convenient and versatile appliance that will enable them to live a healthy life without sacrificing the quality of the flavours. 6 million people worldwide have found a new best friend in the kitchen and rightly so. From stir-fried vegetables, healthy French fries and even gravy-based food, the Tefal ActiFry will quickly transform the family’s way of eating in with hardly any mess in the kitchen and in no time at all!” – Press released in Singapore.

American talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, is astonished that the Tefal Actifry enables her to eat healthy chips. On Saturday, Winfrey posted pictures and tweets throughout her social media networks. She posted a picture on Twitter of her hugging the Tefal Actifry when she discovered that it can make a kilogram of chips with only one spoonful of oil. She tweeted, “This machine Tefal Actifry has changed my life. And they're not paying me to say it.” Winfrey uploaded another photo only a couple of minutes after her first post, tweeting, “This entire plate of crispy fries, 1tblspn oil. Delicious with my veggie burger.” The Tefal Actifry features a mixing arm and heat distribution system that enables enough chips for a family of four to be cooked in just one spoon of oil, which is 97.5% less oil than required when using a conventional deep fryer. The Actifry also cooks a range of fried foods, including chicken and beef dishes, nutritious stir-fries and desserts.

American talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, hugging her ActiFry by Tefal.
Text (blockquote below) and Photo credit: connectedaustralia.com

American talk show host, Oprah Winfrey, is astonished that the Tefal Actifry enables her to eat healthy chips. On Saturday, Winfrey posted pictures and tweets throughout her social media networks.

She posted a picture on Twitter of her hugging the Tefal Actifry when she discovered that it can make a kilogram of chips with only one spoonful of oil. She tweeted, “This machine Tefal Actifry has changed my life. And they’re not paying me to say it.”

Winfrey uploaded another photo only a couple of minutes after her first post, tweeting, “This entire plate of crispy fries, 1tblspn oil. Delicious with my veggie burger.”

The Tefal Actifry features a mixing arm and heat distribution system that enables enough chips for a family of four to be cooked in just one spoon of oil, which is 97.5% less oil than required when using a conventional deep fryer.

The Actifry also cooks a range of fried foods, including chicken and beef dishes, nutritious stir-fries and desserts.

The machine cooks at a consistent temperature of 170°C or 338°F.

ActiFry comes with an International Cookbook consisting of 52 recipes, a Local Cookbook with 12 recipes and of course the famous Green 20ml Tablespoon.
The machine cooks at a consistent temperature of 170°C or 338°F.

So here I am on a Sunday night trying to work on this machine for the very first time, hoping that it that may also, (wink wink) change my life for the better!

Frozen Prawns in Net Spring Roll.

Frozen Food – Prawn Net Spring Roll.

Rummaging through my sparse refrigerator, I found a packet of frozen Prawn Net Spring Roll. I tossed the whole 250g packet of food without thawing into the ActiFry and added slightly less than one tablespoon of Olive Oil. I’ve used my Chinese soup tablespoon as I couldn’t find the one that came with the machine – I must have misplaced it, somehow.

Tefal Actifry3©BondingTool

Set the timer to 10 minutes and let it work its magic.

After 5 minutes

Checking on the prawns after 5 minutes showed they started to brown. The yellow spots were where the olive oil has been absorbed by the net spring roll.

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After 10 minutes, the prawns were crisp but I added 5 more minutes to the timer as I wanted to dispel the oil from the net spring roll.

Added 5 minutes

This was entirely my fault as I have added more oil than required for 250g of food –  1 tablespoon of oil is more than enough to cook 1 kg of crispy fries… Guess my math failed.

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All in all, it took 15 minutes to cook this, totally hands-free.
The slow rotating paddle attachment did the flipping.

Crispy but a tad too oil. I should have used less than 1 tablespoon of Oil since

Crispy but a tad too oily on certain parts where oil was absorbed on first contact. I should learn math division first before cooking. The good news was, there’s no fumes or oily odour that usually comes with deep frying.

Not entirely happy with my first experiment (my fault on the oil part), I decided to validate Tefal’s nutritious stir-fry claim.

Mis en place for Mee Goreng (Fried Noodles). I haven't been shopping so I had to make do with whatever was available in my kitchen - lincheon meat, eggs, sambal with dried prawns, firm beancake (taukwa), beansprouts, tomato (not in pic) and yellow noodles.

Mis en place for Mee Goreng (Fried Noodles). I haven’t been shopping so I had to make do with whatever was available in my kitchen – luncheon meat, eggs, sambal with dried prawns, firm beancurd (taukwa), beansprouts, fresh tomato (not in pic) and yellow noodles.

I poured away the excess oil from the Prawn Net Spring Roll leaving only whatever that could not be poured out in the ceramic pan. Next I put in the cubed taukwa and set the timer to 5 minutes. Afterwards, I added the Luncheon Meat and set another 5 minutes.

I poured away the excess oil from the Prawn Net Spring Roll leaving only whatever  (a few droplets) that could not be poured out in the ceramic coated pan, I put in the cubed taukwa and set the timer to 5 minutes. Afterwards, I added the Luncheon Meat and set the timer for another 5 minutes.

When ActiFry beeped, I added in the sliced Fish Cakes and set it for another 5 minutes. By this time, the oil from the luncheon meat was oozing out.

When ActiFry beeped, I added in the sliced Fish Cakes and set it for another 5 minutes. By this time, oil from the luncheon meat was oozing out, with the meat browning nicely and the taukwa looked quite evenly golden.

4 beaten eggs were added to the ingredients and set to 5 minutes again. By now 20 minutes through the cooking process.

By now, I was 15 minutes through the cooking process and 4 beaten eggs were added to the ingredients then set timer to 5 minutes again.

I was a little worried if the eggs will set as the manual said to boil the ceramic coated pan with water first before cooking omelet.

I was a little worried if the eggs will set as the manual said to boil the ceramic coated pan with water first before cooking omelet.

Luckily, it did turn out well and I was relief to see omelet forming.

Luckily, it did turn out well and I was relief to see omelet forming.

After 20 minutes of cooking the secondary ingredients, I put in the loosened yellow noodles, beansprouts, cubed tomatoes, Tomato Ketchup, Sambal Chilli and Water. Set the timer to 10 minutes.

After 20 minutes of cooking the secondary ingredients, I put in the loosened yellow noodles, beansprouts, cubed tomatoes, Tomato Ketchup, Sambal Chilli and Water.

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Timer was set to 10 minutes.

Using a pair of chopsticks to mix well the noodles and taste test showed I needed to top up with more water and more cooking time as I preferred my noodles softer and more moist.

Using a pair of chopsticks to mix well the noodles and taste test showed I needed to top up with more water and more cooking time as I preferred my noodles softer and more moist.

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The noodles looked really good now after a further 6 minutes of cooking and I did not have to adjust my seasoning.

Mee Goreng Recipe (serves 4 – 6)
Ingredients:
450g Yellow Noodles, loosened.
200g Beansprouts, tails picked, washed and drained.
200g Firm Tofu (Taukwa), cubed.
200g Luncheon Meat (½ Can/Tin), cubed or thick julienne.
200g Fish Cakes, sliced.
4 Eggs, beaten.
2 tablespoons Tomato Ketchup.
3 tablespoons Sambal Chilli with Prawns.
15-20 tablespoons Water (the Chinese spoon as shown in picture but do not worry, adjust the tenderness of noodles with water according to your taste. That’s the wonderful part of Asian cooking – guesstimation!)

Method:
1. Put Taukwa in the ceramic, cover and set timer for 5 minutes.

2. Add Luncheon Meat, cover and set timer for 5 minutes.

3. Add Fish Cakes, cover and set timer for 5 minutes. (I should seriously try putting all these 3 ingredients and set for 10-15 minutes next time and see if it works).

4. Pour beaten Eggs into the pan, cover and set for 5 minutes.

5. Put Yellow Noodles into the pan over the fried ingredients. Place Beansprouts on top of noodles. Add in the Ketchup and Sambal. Drizzle in 10 tablespoons of Water around the noodles, cover and set timer to 10 minutes.

6. Mix the noodles well with a pair of chopsticks or tongs. Do a taste test. The noodles were okay at this time I tried but I preferred softer and more moisture so I added another 7 tablespoons of water and cooked a further 6 minutes.

How do I come to 6 minutes? I keyed in 10 minutes and taste tested when 4 minutes were remaining, so hey I can subtract!

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Garnish with red cut chillies and lime. Serve hot.

Ingredients used: Yellow Noodles, Taukwa, Luncheon Meat, Fish Cakes, Sambal, Fresh Tomato and Ketchup. Equipment: Tefal's ActiFry.

Ingredients used: Yellow Noodles, Taukwa, Luncheon Meat, Fish Cakes, Sambal, Fresh Tomato and Ketchup.
Equipment used: Tefal’s ActiFry.

Verdict on ActiFry:
The Prawn Net Spring Roll was crispy and each bite will definitely not land your teeth in oil well.

The Mee Goreng was a timersaver. Now that I know the timing, I can safely walk away and answer my emails, check on my Facebook and have a cup of coffee. Maybe I could have dumped the first 3 ingredients together in the first place and save even more “away” time. As this is my first trial, I was more interested in seeing how the mechanics work. The taste did not disappoint although it definitely lacked the “wok hei” of cast iron wok. Nonetheless, the almost zero “added oil” part makes mee goreng a healthier version for those who loved but shunned this food (I normally had to use at least 3-4 tablespoons of oil when preparing this dish).

The advantages of using ActiFry are:
1) it is definitely healthier because of the minimal amount of oil used.
2) it really does a very good pan-frying job.
3) your hair, clothes and kitchen will not stink.
4) cleaning up is fairly easy as I just needed a couple of kitchen paper towels to wipe the brim after pouring out the oil for my next immediate cooking (Mee Goreng).
5) when completely done with the cooking, you can either place the detachable/washable parts into the dishwasher or simply use a soft sponge and soapy water to rinse off. Tefal’s famous non-stick fame truly lives up to its name here.

I would highly recommend this for pan-frying (anything food from omelet to chicken), stews (rendang) or any food like hae bee hiam (spicy shrimp floss), perhaps jam and kaya; food that requires constant stirring and longer cooking time.

The cover sealed tightly the odour and there's no fumes during cooking.

The cover managed to contain the smell and fumes often encountered during heavy cooking.
Click on photo to view on YouTube.

The cooking process photos were taken with this Nikon point and shoot camera.

The cooking process photos were taken with this Nikon point and shoot camera. Remember my friends from my earlier post On Set With Calvin Huang?  They had hinted a river nearby so I had to play it safe as I do not know how to swim.

I mentioned pan-frying because my children’s friend Sam Poh came over later in the evening and did something wonderful with ActiFry. I was done with ActiFry and was doing this post so the children toyed with it. Vanessa took some pictures and showed me. The food looked so yummy I had to abandon this post and scurry into the kitchen to taste it. Stay tuned for my next post with Sam and his take on ActiFry!

By the way, Oprah, I’m not paid to say all these either! 😉

Like I said, the picture looked so yummy, I had to abandon post and run to taste it! Look out for what Sam did with ActiFry!

Like I said, the picture looked so yummy, I had to abandon post and run to taste it!
Sorry for the bad manicure – I have been so busy, I haven’t time to fall sick 😀

Happy experimenting 🙂

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Comments
4 Responses to “You Must Know Tefal!”
  1. How much of this fancy kitchen toys cost you Sam???
    Thx to you now i had 2 catches, Tefal actifry and sous vide…

    • Sam Han says:

      Dedy, different countries have different price due to currency exchange. You can find out the reccomended price online i think. Costco had sale from $238 to sale price of $188 (no longer available). Amazon is selling $209.99 & free shipping. I think they are in USD. Singapore is selling at S$459 free delivery from Courts.

  2. Oh good review. Very thorough. Alright I’m going to add this to my list of gadgets to get when I get my own fancy kitchen. Husband says that my kitchen will take up half the house in future bahaha.

    • Sam Han says:

      same here when i first started cooking – all the new cooking gadget took up space. each time i come back, my bro would asked, “new toy?” lol… yea, a huge kitchen would be very nice indeed 🙂

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