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Culinary whiz Andrea DeCruz enjoys preparing Peranakan dishes like pork rib buah keluak and sambal petai prawns. Here’s how she masterfully whips up everything in her home kitchen with V-ZUG’s sleek appliances

To Andrea DeCruz, cooking is a labour of love. The self-taught cook first started her culinary journey when she was a student in university, sharpening her skills by preparing home-cooked meals for her sister whom she shared an apartment with.

The former actress-turned-entrepreneur honed her craft further when she got married; DeCruz credits her knack for cooking flavourful Peranakan meals for her loved ones to her mother-in-law, who she describes as a “wonderful Peranakan cook”, with her actor husband Pierre Png and loved ones happily relishing all the delicious meals she prepares.

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The kitchen is often termed the heart of the home, and this rings especially true for DeCruz and Png. The warm and cosy space is where one can find DeCruz displaying her culinary skills frequently. And as any discerning home chef will understand, having state-of-the-art appliances in the kitchen helps streamline the process of whipping up a gourmet meal—which is why it’s only fitting that their kitchen is furnished with premium appliances from Swiss manufacturer V-ZUG

Watch Andrea DeCruz prepare an Asian-style feast using V-ZUG appliances in the video below:

Renowned for marrying streamlined style with modern technology, the Swiss brand’s kitchen appliances deliver seamless functionality that helps elevate the art of cooking. DeCruz’s kitchen features V-ZUG’s sleek induction hob and range hood, a Supreme refrigerator and wine chiller, an AdoraDish dishwasher, Warming Drawer, and the Combi-Steam oven; the latter is the ardent cook’s favourite. 

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Uniquely combining the functions of a steamer and an oven within a single appliance, the V-ZUG Combi-Steam oven delivers versatile functionality. It creates an unrivalled cooking experience for DeCruz—in particular when she’s whipping up local recipes such as buah keluak, a rich Peranakan-style dish prepared with buah keluak nuts, tamarind gravy and either chicken or pork.

“The wonderful thing about the Combi-Steam oven is the fact that you can actually do away with a rice cooker even, because you can steam (and) heat up your food in there—whether it’s crispy food, fried food, or food that’s in a broth or gravy,” shares DeCruz. “Normally, we cook the buah keluak over the stove, which takes some time, especially for the pork to become soft and tender. But when it went into the oven at the heat it went in at, the pork actually got cooked faster than it normally would.”

The wonderful thing about the V-ZUG Combi-Steam oven is the fact that you can actually do away with a rice cooker even, because you can steam (and) heat up your food in there
Andrea DeCruz

The V-ZUG Warming Drawer is also a standout. As its name suggests, the appliance helps to keep food warm, straight after preparation. It’s particularly useful for DeCruz when guests or loved ones are running late.

“I can cook the food and leave it in the warming drawer,” she shares. “I don’t have to reheat it again, because sometimes when Pierre tells me that (he’s) coming back at a certain time after filming, he really doesn’t, because they overrun. When he comes home and steps through the door, the food can be on the table—hot and ready to be eaten.” 

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V-ZUG’s appliances are so understatedly elegant, it doesn’t shout out at you and nothing is bulky about it, everything is just sleek and streamlined and just gorgeous.
Andrea DeCruz

The refined design of the appliances also integrates seamlessly into the interior design of the couple’s home, creating a kitchen with a streamlined design. The brand’s attention to detail shines through here; every element—whether it’s the elegant hardware or intuitive software—has been crafted and designed with thoughtful attention to the details and quality.

“V-ZUG’s appliances are so understatedly elegant, it doesn’t shout out at you and nothing is bulky about it, everything is just sleek and streamlined and just gorgeous,” shares DeCruz. Ultimately, DeCruz is chuffed to have more time for her culinary experiments at home, to her husband’s benefit. Quips Png: “I think that’s when I fell in love with cooking; just watching someone cook for me.”

  • Content DirectionHong Xinying
  • Art DirectionMatilda Au
  • VideographyNicola Ng
  • Prop StylingCharlene Lee
  • Prop StylingCheryl Lai-Lim
  • Camera CrewDaryl Eng Jun, Jufri Husne, Timothy Koh, Dominic Cheok
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