My foodie dreams came true again as I entered the Sydney Seafood School on Wednesday. I was lucky enough to attend a cooking class with Masterchef winner Adam Liaw to celebrate 125 years of Ayam Asian Cooking Products. This also marks 125 years of a great brand that has made home cooking so much easier and delicious for people who are a little culinary challenged (me).
I absolutely love eating delicious food but I’m the first to admit that I’m not naturally gifted at the cooking part of the process.
Entering the room, I immediately got to have my photo taken with Adam and received a glass of champagne. Needless to say, I knew I was in for a good day.
I took a seat right in the middle to ensure prime viewing (and inhaling) of all the cooking action. Adam is such a passionate and knowledgeable chef and he made sure to give us useful cooking and ingredient information as well as answering everyone’s questions in detail.
I’ve shared some of the top insider secrets below:
- The best oil for a wok is linseed oil (but vegetable oil works great as well)
- Cherry tomatoes are great for adding natural sweetness to any dish
- The fewer ingredients, the more authentic
- The balance of taste (sweet, salty, sour) is more important than flavour: if you can balance those key tastes then the flavour will always be good
Once Adam started adding the ingredients to the wok, the delicious aromas filled the entire room. We were all raring to get out of our seats and into the kitchen to play chef!
Approaching our bench, we had everything we needed laid out for us. Aprons, recipe cards and fresh ingredients; all in true Masterchef style. Thankfully, I had two contestants from the recent season of My Kitchen Rules on my team! Betty and David were amazing at taking the reins but also making sure we all got to play a part in the creation. The smell from all the mini kitchens was intoxicating and we were all ready to taste our creations.
We were taken into another hidden room where we could sit down with our team and bask in our food glory. I am proud to say everything tasted amazing and it was so nice to sit down and chat to everyone.
After the food festivities, we were sent on our way with an amazing box full of Ayam products! The day was so much fun and a true testament to the fact that cooking great, wholesome food doesn’t have to be scary or overly complicated. Both Ayam products and Adam’s great tips have shown that everyone can be a creative culinary artist.