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Cooking Together – Vietnamese Chicken Salad, Lime Caramel Fish & Lemongrass Posset

Our cooking together cookery classes are as much about learning to cook as they are a sociable experience. We hope you enjoyed your evening and are ready to recreate the meals at home. The recipes work really well as delicious dinners and make a great combination for dinner party ideas.

Menu: Vietnamese Chicken Salad, Vietnamese inspired Lime Caramel Fish, lemongrass posset.

Vietnamese Chicken Salad or Jack fruit

Ingredients: Serves 4

  • 3 chicken breast fillets (200g each) or jack fruit
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • add sea salt (and freshly ground pepper)
  • 90 grams bean sprouts
  • 20 grams Vietnamese mint (optional)
  • 50 grams Thai basil (or basil leaves)
  • 180 grams Chinese cabbage (finely shredded)
  • 90 grams raw carrots (peeled and cut into short, fine strips)
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For the dressing

  • 60 ml fresh lime juice
  • 60 ml fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoon rice vinegar (or Mirin)
  • 1 tablespoon caster sugar
  • 2 clove garlic (very finely chopped)
  • 3 red Asian shallots (or 1/2 red onion, finely sliced)
  • 2 small red chilies (very finely chopped)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/gas 7.
  2. Heat a frying pan over a high heat and, while the pan is heating, brush the chicken with olive oil and season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  3. Place the chicken skin-side down in the frying pan and sear for 2 minutes, turn and sear for another minute.
  4. Transfer the seared chicken to a roasting tray and roast in the oven for 8-10 minutes.
  5. Remove and set aside to rest for 20 minutes.
  6. While the chicken is resting prepare the Vietnamese dressing. In a small bowl, mix together the lime juice, fish sauce, rice vinegar, sugar, garlic, shallots and chili and stir until the sugar has dissolved.
  7. Shred the chicken or jack fruit into thin strips with your hands and place in a large bowl. Add in the bean sprouts, Vietnamese mint, basil, Chinese cabbage, carrot and Vietnamese dressing and toss to combine.

Vietnamese inspired Lime Caramel Fish (or Tofu)

A dish with so many flavours of South East Asia

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • White firm portion per person – fish Pollack Hake Haddock Cod are all suitable or Tofu
  • 1 tsp of peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1 shallot diced
  • 1 clove of garlic crushed
  • Grated to ginger to taste
  • 1 tsp of sugar palm sugar or brown
  • 1 tsp of Nam Pla fermented fish water
  • 1 tsp of light soya sauce
  • 1 tsp of lime juice
  • 2 Tablespoons of coconut milk

Method

  1. 1. Heat a small fry pan add the oil
  2. 2. Crush the garlic –cut the shallot and add, cook for a few seconds add the grated ginger stir
  3. 3. Pop in the oiled fish fillets cook for 2-minute turn over cook further 2 minutes
  4. 4. Add the coconut milk soya sauce and a little water
  5. 5. Add also any shredded pak choy or spinach
  6. 6. cover and cook for 4 minutes
  7. 7. In a small pan heat the sugar and nam pla with a little water. When hot and melting. Squeeze in the lime juice shake pan to form a caramel
  8. 8. Pour the caramel over the fish

 

Red Rice or white riceGao Da San

This rice as a wonderful texture, it’s basically an unpolished rice and as a great fibre content for the diet, it can be eaten hot or cold as a yummy salad side. Serve with fish meat poultry or on its own perfect.

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • 140 g Red Rice or white rice (Rinsed)
  • 250 ml of water
  • 1 tbspTomato puree/katjup manis.

Method

  1. 1. In a small saucepan bring the rice and water to the boil and simmer for 20 minutes until the water has been absorbed it’s fine to stir this rice. The rice should be soft yet with a slight chewy texture.

Note

The above can also be Ketchup Red Rice – This is cooked exactly the same way but with the addition of sweet soya sauce or Ketjap Manis

Lemongrass Posset

This is an Italian classic, and is great for a dinner party – as it can be made in the morning.

You could crush up biscuits of your choice and put in the bottom of the glass.  A classic Italian version would be an amaretti and serve a glass of amaretto on the side!

Ingredients: Serves 2

  • ·      300ml of double cream
  • ·      60g caster sugar
  • ·      1 stick of lemongrass
 
 
 
 
 
 

Method

  1. 1. Chop the lemon
  2. 2. Bring the cream and sugar to the boil (careful it should just boil but not boil over). Once you see it boil – stay there and boil for exactly 3 minutes.
  3. 3. Take the pan off the heat and stir in the lemongrass
  4. 4. Strain this into a jug and leave to cool for 20minutes.
  5. 5. If you wish to put a crumbled biscuit in the bottom of the receptacle – this is the time to do it. If not gently pour the cream into the glasses.
  6. 6. Refrigerate for 6 hours minimum.Chop

Serve with fruit and edible flowers

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