Sunday, July 28, 2013

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Chinese Cooking Class, Melbourne

A secret of cooking eggplant soft in 5 minutes

1 eggplant (450g)
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vegetable oil

Cut the eggplant into length pieces. Bring 1 cup of water to the boil in a fry-pan or wok with 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil, put the eggplant and cover it with a lid. Turn the fire into medium and let it cook for 5 minutes. The eggplant will cook until soft. Use it to prepare other dishes such as stir-fry, pan fry or salad (if you want it softer for salad, you can cook it for an extra 1 to 2 minutes).

Have a try, you will be surprised.

Enjoy cooking!

Monday, July 22, 2013

Thai Cooking Class, Melbourne

Use the left over green curry paste to cook green curry fried rice with baby eggplants, yumm!

Green Curry Fried Rice

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 ½ - 2 tablespoons green curry paste
100 g chicken breast/pork/prawns, diced
2 kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced
2 cups cooked rice (cold rice)
1 teaspoon palm sugar
1 ½ tablespoons fish sauce
½ cup green peas or Thai baby eggplants 
A handful of sweet basil leaves (optional)

Heat the oil in a fry-pan or wok over medium-high. Add the green curry paste, stir fry until fragrant. Add meat or prawns and stir fry for 1-2 minutes or nearly cook. 

Pour in kaffir lime leaves, rice, palm sugar, fish sauce and green peas, stir fry for 2-3 minutes or until the rice is heated through.  Add sweet basil leaves and quickly mix through and serve hot.

Note: I used my own made fresh green curry paste

Monday, July 15, 2013

Thai Cooking Class- Melbourne

Baby Thai Eggplants or Pea Eggplants

The egglants are  small, slightly bitter, grow in bunches and are used in curries and stir-fries.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Asian Cooking Class, Melbourne

What do I need in my pantry to begin my Asian Cooking journey?

For a beginner, I suggest to buy at least three important ingredients to keep in your pantry. They are soy sauce (also called thin/light soy sauce), oyster sauce and garlic. (We will increase the ingredients slowly in coming weeks)

I assume you already have the basic ingredients such as salt, sugar, ground pepper, and oil in your pantry. Of course, don’t forget to get some rice.