By guest blogger TRACEY
The participants on Tuesday night's Indonesian & Malaysian cookery session - led by Masterchef runner-up Jackie Kearney - delivered a real feast of authentic Far Eastern dishes in Chorlton, and the dishes were proper show-stoppers! The group made Gado Gado, a warm and extremely nutritious Indonesian salad with tempeh (a firm soy-based patty), accompanied by a flavoursome warm peanut sauce and flavoured with ginger, lemon grass, chilli, tamarind and coconut milk.
The Indonesian egg-fried rice dish Nasi Goreng took centre stage for me, as not only was it simple to prep, its appetising presentation of height and colour made me eager to sample it. I was seriously impressed by this ‘dish with depth’ and the amazing flavour must have been down to the chilli-based Sambal sauce!
Jackie also demonstrated how to make a Malaysian curry full of fresh vegetables (pictured below), and introduced many of us to another member of the squash family: gourd. Jackie captivated the group with tales about her travels to the Far East and the group noted some useful tips: how using a coconut block instead of pricey tins gives the added benefit of being able to scoop out the pure coconut fat, that candlenuts (used to make satay) can be substituted by the more accessible macadamia nuts and, if you can take the heat, play Russian roulette with a chilli!
More photographs from this session are available to view on the Cracking Good Food Facebook page. Click here to be redirected.