Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

We I have to say this was great fun. Back in June, Mary bought me a gift card, and today I honoured it having a Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee. I decided on this course because it was Thai Cuisine, and very good cuisine it was too. 3 other budding cooks were in the class. We ended up making 4 dishes in total; Homemade green curry, Thai olive fried rice, Thai fish and prawn Otah mousse, and Thai steamed sponge boat.

Great work Chef Julie, I really enjoyed myself today thanks.

If you are in to your cooking, you should try one of these courses. It really was very good. I had great fun doing my Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee. Chef Julie is 1/2 Peranakan, and like me she used to cook with her grandmother. This time though for commercial sales of Peranakan pastries.  She has also written a rather good cookbook, Peranakan snacks, and desserts. Have a look at Chef Julie on Facebook, or come to have a cooking lesson with here at TOTT. TOTT is located at 896 Dunearn Road in the Sime Derby building.

How did it go;

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

Yours truly reading up on the recipes, ready to rock ‘n’ roll.

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

Bring it on Chef Julie!!!

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

The great lady herself and the other 3 budding Chef wannabees.

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

The Thai green curry paste, made from scratch. Wish you could smell this, absolutely amazing!

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

And we’re off!

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

“Looking good Chef Dad….”, say Baby Jude.

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

That’s the Thai homemade green curry done. Seriously good this, and the smell, OMG.

  • I learnt a lot on this one, especially the making of the Rempah Spice (curry paste). Blend things separately, and then combine, don’t blitz all together. Cook in  quite a lot of oil, but NOT Olive oil. You could leave it to cool and keep it in the fridge. The oil will rise to the top, so you can skim that off to get to the good stuff.

We used chicken, potato, egg plant in this. It cam out absolutely pucker. Great work Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee. The green paste was incredible so here is the recipe for that;

  • 15 Green spur chili;
  • 8 Green bird’s eye chili (Malaysian);
  • 1 tablespoon of;
    • lemon grass;
    • galangal;
    • Kaffir lime leaf;
  • 4 tablespoons of shallot;
  • 2 tablespoons of garlic;
  • 2 tablespoons of coriander root;
  • 1 teaspoon of turmeric;
  • 1/2 teaspoon of;
    • roasted coriander seeds;
    • roasted cumin seeds;
    • roasted cracked black pepper; and
  • 5 tablespoons of cooking oil (NOT Olive oil).
Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

Next up is Thai fish and prawn Otah mousse, wow this dish was incredible.

Firm white fish like mackerel or yellow tail, peeled prawns, red curry paste, a beaten egg, coconut cream, chopped Kaffir lime leaves, palm sugar, and fish sauce. Roughly chop the fish and prawns, and then get everything in a bowl and mix it like buggery until sticky and airy. On those oiled banana leaves, fold and bake in the oven for about 8-10 minutes – BOOM!

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

Lying down the aired mousse on to blanched banana palm. Looks interesting in this form, hoping it looks better when cooked ha ha!

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

You have to get your hands in and ‘slap’ the fish and prawns to the side of the bowl to get air in to it so it becomes fluffy like a mousse. This was knackering, absolutely knackering.

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

Slather some oil and the spoon in the mousse, and then fold them up and on to baking tray.

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

A little fish sauce in the rice before frying it off – I learnt a new thing today re fried rice!

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

Me being all Chef like tossing the rice. This was amazing – I’ll be doing this one again!

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

Get some soya sauce in there for saltiness and colour, and

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

BOOM – check that bad boy out.

Fry two beaten eggs with cracked black pepper and fish sauce, and set aside. Then the rice with some fish sauce. And finally the garlic, shallot, and Kai lan until wilted. In with some prawns and sliced chicken and fry until cooked. The in go sliced mushroom and olives. Add in some sugar, fish sauce and soya sauce. Hey presto – some absolutely bloody brilliant fried rice.

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

Otah’s all done now, check them out, all light and fluffy literally like little mousse’s.

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

Here’s my take home work. I tell you what these dishes were so so good – Mary commented best rice ever, and also she loved the Otah.

Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee

And here we all are having successfully completed the cooking class – what fun that was!

I have to say that really was great fun. Come on all you budding cooks/Chefs have a go. I think you really will enjoy yourself and learn a few things too. My Cooking Class @ TOTT, with Chef Julie Yee was excellent, people were lovely, food was delicious – ENJOY!!!

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