We got treated to a cooking demo by Kitchen Hobbies Cooking Center in Quezon City a few week ago. Kitchen Hobbies is run by the husband and wife team of Jerry and Eleanor Ty, both of whom were cooking at a young age. The cooking center is located in a room of an unassuming building, which they chose because it was easy to get public transportation as well as being near a market.
The set up of Kitchen Hobbies is very similar to some other cooking schools I have seen, the front/stage where the instructor is located with a tilted mirror at the top to enable seated students a view of the procedures.
The recipes they would be demonstrated to us that day were culled from their different modules. It afforded us a view of the range of the modules available as well as a peek into how their classes are conducted. I found the class very relaxed, both Jerry and Eleanor were constantly bantering with us as well as inviting us to come up and try for ourselves some of the procedures.
Pineapple Fried Rice. This wonderful fried rice contained fresh chunks of pineapple and large sized shrimps and is served in the pineapple shell.
Lion’s Head with Brown Sauce. This is one dish I have never encountered before. The dish got its name due the traditional way it is cooked, meatballs surrounded by a bed of cabbage, with a little imagination looks like the Chinese guardian lion’s head. For a twist, they have incorporated the cabbage into the meatballs to give it more of a crunch together with the carrots. This is quite a filling dish with each meatball weighing in at a hefty 175grams. The sauce is also a good accompaniment to white rice.
Chinese Steamed Egg. This dish is very similar to the Japanese Chawanmushi, the procedure is almost the same and the difference are the ingredients used to make it and the way it is eaten. In Chinese, this is usually eaten as part of the main dishes while in Japanese cuisine it is eaten as an appetizer in a small tea cup sized container. The egg is very smooth and silky. There is a surprise ingredient of salted duck eggs on top which I would have mixed into the egg instead of just spread on top to give more flavor.
Almond Tofu. It not really almond tofu but its actually almond jelly dessert. Chilled and with added fruits, in this case peaches, but actually any fruit can be added to give a little color and sweetness.
I was really impressed with the experience at Kitchen Hobbies Cooking Center. There really is a big difference between looking at cook books and experiencing cooking live. There are many tips and tricks that the books don’t share.
So looking to start learning how to cook or add some new recipes to your cooking arsenal. Look no further than Kitchen Hobbies Cooking Center, the number of repeat students should be a sign that they are effective in sharing their knowledge with their students. Best of all, all their classes are hands on, so students will be able to learn more from doing not just looking.
Call them for schedules of classes.
Kitchen Hobbies Cooking CenterRm. 203 Victoria Villas
28 M. Cuenco cor. Mayon St.
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