We were here in celebration of ToTT’s 4th Anniversary this October. I love hands-on cooking classes, so I was pretty excited for this one. Plus, it involved Peranakan food, something that I haven’t really eaten before!
Chef Victor Yeoh of Ellenborough Market Café (Swissôtel Merchant Court) was in action for the night, leading us through the steps to cook up our two dishes.
Ready to rock and roll! We look kinda crazed… *ahem*…
We made Bakwan Kepiting soup, which in English is basically a chicken broth shoot with pork/bamboo shoot/crab meatballs. It actually is pretty easy to make, as it involved chucking all the ingredients into a big bowl, and dropping the meatballs straight into the soup. That’s it! My kinda easy easy dish 😉
The finished bowl of Bakwan Kepiting soup, in all its steamy goodness. It’s amazing for kids, because the cabbage is so silky soft it can be slurped right up, and the meatballs are delicious.
Next up was a tres piquant Ayam Buah Keluak. It’s a very traditional Peranakan dish, making the use of a black nut as the main incredient. Our version used chicken chunks stirred into the thick, rich sauce. It packed a PUNCH!!! One of the most robustly flavoured dishes I’ve had.
This dish was even better the next day, when the flavours had fully settled and absorbed into the chicken. Mmm!
Fancy learning more about cooking? ToTT are holding some special Demo Cooking Classes where you can watch and learn from the experts. There are a list of 11 classes this Oct that you can sign up for here.
Have fun cooking!