Earlier this week, I got my first hand at handling pizza dough at the newly-opened Jamie’s Italian outlet at Forum Shopping Mall on Orchard Rd. Chef Gary Clarke gave us a quick tour of the kitchen and taught us how to fry up their signature Prawn Linguine before we were given a tour of the antipasti and pizza sections that were pretty much out in the open and guests could see how their food was being prepared.
I was so excited to get my hands on the dough! The chef on duty at the pizza station explained how the dough had to be prepared the day before using..
4.5kg of flour
3 litres of water
120g of salt.
After mixing, leave to sit till it goes from firm to soft. Once the dough is soft enough and ready, begin to stretch the sides of the pizza dough, leaving the centre alone. You can stretch with both hands (as pictured above) or for newbies like me, use the side of the table for help. Remember to add flour from time to time and keep stretching because once you stop or allow the dough to stick to a hard surface, it folds on itself and becomes ruined.
Once it’s ready and the size you like, spread it on a pizza pan and add your favourite toppings! We went with chunks of mozzarella and some tomato paste for a simple, delicious Margeherita and slide it quickly into a hot oven for 20 minutes or until cooked. Sounds simple enough? It takes practice working the dough! But i’m determined to get it right. Give it a try and let me know how yours goes (:
Meanwhile, we also got a chance to learn how to make prosciutto and pickles sit pretty at the antipasti station where we learnt how to prepare this antipasti platter:
Trick is to start from the lightest tasting (e.g. prosciutto) on the left to the heavier tasting meats on the right. Folding the meats and giving it height and texture is also key to beautiful antipasti plating. Top with some pickles, olives and peppers for garnish and you’re good to serve!
Jamie’s does a great Prawn Linguine and includes generous portions of hearty fare. I thought it was good in general although it’s not really the kind of place you go to expect exceptional Italian food. Just a casual, comfortable dining experience with some friends and family. If anything, go for the Linguine, Truffle Mushroom Pizza and knock back a few Apple Mojitos to wash everything down.
Jamie’s Italian Forum,
583 Orchard Road #01 01-04 Forum