SHOP-COOK-EAT Session #1 – Here’s how it went
So, we’ve now had two sold-out and (in our minds anyway) very successful Shop-Cook-Eat sessions and another one scheduled. You would have no doubt heard about them through our updates and post. However, some of you may not be familiar with the format of the session. We start off by going on a Central Market Asian grocery shopping tour. We then return to The Central Market Kitchen, a lovely kitchen and eating space located directly above Cafe Zuma and spend the next hour showing how dishes are prepared. To finish off, we spend the last hour enjoying the freshly cooked meal together, enjoying one another’s company. There’s no doubt in our minds that the formula works. We just wish we had the capacity to do it more often. Maybe one day!
Anyhow, we thought it’d be a good idea to write a brief report on our first session, ‘Versatile Wontons Skins’. Poh Ling Yeow; Yeow Family; Foodie
Lots of nerves
Needless to say, we experienced a lot of pre-event anxiety leading up to the date. Not knowing what to expect in terms of ticket sales to happen, we were starting to think it’ll be a very small session. Fortunately, there was a burst of activity and some press coverage (many thanks to Sophie Peri for a wonderful article in the City magazine) and it all started to become very very real. There were actually people willing to pay to experience what we normally do at home but at a larger scale. Instead of cooking for a family of six, it was for twenty-six. Go figure! Poh Ling Yeow; Yeow Family; Foodie
We’re grateful for friends
I was working on the day but thank goodness Mum and Auntie Kim were able to get some of their good buddies to help out. I also had a few friends attending to help take pictures and stuff so I had a constant feed of pics coming through on my phone throughout the session. The smiles that came through helped to dissipate some of the anxiety I felt from not being there in person. So, to Nat, Jerusha and Josie THANK YOU! Poh Ling Yeow; Yeow Family; Foodie
Asian grocery shopping tour
Despite of the venue being a bit off the beaten track, everyone found their way there. I had made and uploaded to YouTube a very poor video of how to get there and had emailed a link to all the attendees the night before. Apparently that helped despite of the really poor quality. Anyway, they all got there and off they went. The tour touched a bunch of pre-selected stores made of fruit n’ veg places, some eateries, Kim Wang (the main Asian grocery place in town) and finished off with a tasting session at 48 flavours. I’ve always been a ‘desserts first’ advocate!
The biggest challenge during this part of the session was the ability for all twenty people to hear what Teena and Mum had to say. Poh Ling Yeow; Yeow Family; Foodie
Back at the kitchen…
Back at base, Auntie Kim, Marianne and Bronwynn had already completed the prep. Mum gave some instruction on wrapping wontons and everyone a chance to get their hands dirty. After doing the deep-fried wontons for entree (Hands up who can eat these all day!), Mum then showed everyone the two different noodle dishes involving boiled wontons – the noodle soup version or ‘Kon Lo Min’ (translates into “dry mixed noodles” in Cantonese). For Teena’s turn to shine, it was her very own version of the ice-cream sandwich, using three different Asian flavours of ice-cream from 48 flavours, deep-fried wonton skins and her very own special sauce and topped with crushed peanut and sesame seed!
The session closed off with a lot of hugs, where once strangers in a matter of three hours became friends, and to the Yeows, family. Once again, food proved to be a universal language.
If you’re interested in the next session, it’ll be ‘Malaysian Chicken Curry with Mama Yeow’ on Friday, the 2nd of June, running from 10am to 1pm. Click here to book at Eventbrite.com or go to the website and search for ‘Yeows’. Poh Ling Yeow; Yeow Family; Foodie
Poh Ling Yeow; Yeow Family; Foodie
Wonton noodle soup Poh Ling Yeow; Yeow Family; Foodie