Hey, hey my Foodies! How was your weekend?
It’s that time of the week again – Tasty Tuesday!
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So! This week I wanted to share an amazing cooking class experience we had a couple weeks ago.
Cooking class at Issei Noodle!
But let me start from the beginning.
There is an Asian restaurant in my town called Issei Noodle. It is a family owned business and it is famous for it’s fresh and delicious food, honest ingredients and fast and courteous service. Any time you walk in – it’s packed with people, and nobody leaves unhappy. Yep, they are the ones who make my favorite Thai tea (now with bubbles!):
AND my favorite Chicken Pho:
Anyway, it is not far from our house so we naturally go there A LOT! 🙂 On one of our visits I noticed an ad at the check out saying they are now accepting sign ups for cooking classes. Imagine my excitement! Learn how to make their delicious food and get to know the family secrets of fine cooking we enjoy so much? 😉 Count me in!
I signed us up as part of the birthday present for my husband, and a couple Sundays ago we grabbed our cutting boards and knives and went off to the restaurant. I have to say, just being there at the time when they’re usually closed, walking through the restaurant with no guests in it, and walking around their open kitchen was an incredible experience!
The owners (Robert and Naomi) are super nice people! It was the very first cooking class they held, and there were 4 other couples there (total of 10 people).
The first dish we made was Pineapple Curry Fried Rice. With all the ingredients on the table, it didn’t look all that difficult to make at all.
Before we knew it, we learned how to peel and slice a pineapple, and got everything ready to go for the actual cooking process.
Both teachers were guiding us along the way as we prepped the vegetables (yep, that’s us in the actual kitchen):
We got to use the wok, too! It was pretty heavy so I let my husband “do the shakin’ ” 🙂
All that shakin’ resulted in this beauty:
It was super delicious! And the fact that we made it ourselves made it even better 🙂 We enjoyed the plate of fried rice while other couples were cooking theirs (we were the first to go).
So, without further ado here’s the recipe for the Pineapple Curry Fried Rice. My advice – since the only way of learning how to do it the right way is to actually go to their cooking class, do it if you get a chance! If you don’t – experiment! It’s a dish that leaves you a lot of room for creativity – other that mandatory ingredients, you can switch and swap pretty much anything! Fun-Fun!
So here we go:
You will need (makes 4 servings):
- 1 bell pepper
- Pineapple chunks (wither fresh, or canned. If using canned, choose the unsweetened ones and drain well)
- 1 onion (either red or yellow – whichever one you prefer)
- 1 lb marinated beef (cut of your choice, or swap with other kind of meet, chicken or tofu)
- Vegetables of your choice (we just used onions and peppers)
- 3 cups jasmine rice (cooked)
- 2 tbsp. fish sauce
- 2 tbsp. sweet soy sauce
- 2 tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 tbsp. corn starch
- 4 tbsp. oyster sauce
- 1 tbsp. garlic powder
- 4 tbsp. fine lemongrass
- 2 tbsp. (more or less to taste) yellow curry powder
- Cut the beef to your liking. Add beef to a bowl and add ingredients from the list above: brown sugar – curry, and mix well. Keep in the fridge for at least an hour before cooking (the longer the better).
- Preheat the wok really well. Add 2 tbsp. vegetable oil to the wok and carefully slide marinated beef to the wok.
- Stir until cooked.
- Add vegetables to wok, cook for a bit, and then add pineapple chunks.
- Add fish sauce and stir in the cooked rice.
- Add the sweet soy sauce and stir well.
- Garnish with some green onions and dried shallots.
And that’s how easy it is, guys!
HUGE thanks to Issei Noodle for an incredible experience, sharing their wisdom with us and letting us have such a great time at their restaurant.
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