Cooking class with Head Chef Don
One of the things TQ is renowned for, is its amazing lunch service at TQ City. With the coronavirus crisis, our kitchen is closed, but this doesn’t mean we can’t have tasty food at home! On March 19, our Head Chef, Don, will be running an online cooking class. First up on the menu: Thai Coconut Curry.
What Don aims for is a place for all of us to laugh at our own attempts to cook, while also understanding that we all can improve from little tweaks here and there. Having an asian dish is perfect right now, because while the main supermarkets are run dry, all the tokos are still completely full! This way we can support our local businesses, too!
Don also recommends to keep plenty of snacks on hand, and don’t already be hungry at 17:00. This will lead to one of the biggest barriers of an amateur cook: that you are too impatient and you don’t want to fully finish the recipe. At the end of the day, remember that every professional was once an amateur. Below there is a grocery list with some alternatives. You should be able to find everything at your toko and most likely at your local big chain supermarket as well.
- Thai curry paste (Pick any you’d wish. For veggie people, read the label as many of the brands contain seafood).
- Tamarind pulp (for yellow curry), limes (for others), or vinegar can be a good enough substitute.
- 1 can of coconut milk for 2 servings. Buy and use more if you’d like.
- Any protein of your choice (meat, tofu, etc.)
- Veggies: Broccoli is king, paprikas, onions, cherry tomatoes, potatoes, pumpkin/squash. Whatever your heart desires, my child.
- Palm Sugar in powder form if you can. Palm sugar bricks is the next best thing. Finally, brown sugar will work just fine.
- Fish sauce for meat eaters and soy sauce/miso paste for veggie peeps.
- For garnish, any of these 3: thai basil, green onions, coriander, fresh chillies.
- Jasmine Rice preferably, but any rice of your desire will do.
Remember to please be cognizant of the health and safety measures in place around the coronavirus while grocery shopping, like maintaining a 1.5 m distance from other shoppers, washing your hands before and after, and not touching your face. Of course, if you're not feeling well, please stay home. And make sure to give your groceries and produce a good scrub once you're home!
Do yourself a favor and watch a video on how to cook rice properly. You might want to get that out of the way before we start our session!
You will be able to find the video link tomorrow on Slack. Keep calm and CURRY on!