School of Wok

Myself and Hayley were invited along to The School of Wok in Covent Garden on Friday afternoon for a little cooking, learning some techniques and having a chat with Ali about making a date for our chefs to visit during the summer. Recipes - Wok and Roll LunchulJdtoaD_bigger

We started making Dim Sum which wasn’t as easy it looked during the demo. Here is the correct way and method to make the Dim Sum see the pictures at the bottom to see our attempt.

Crispy Wontons

 Ingredients   Chinese   chives3   Chinese mushrooms (soaked in hot water overnight)1   clove garlic1   handful of coriander2   spring onions2   leaves of Chinese leaf

15-20   wonton pastries

 Marinade   2   tbsp light soy saucePinch   of sugarSesame   oil to cover

 

Preparation

The Filling

  1. Finely chop the vegetables and place in a large prep bowl.
  2. Season with soy sauce, a pinch of sugar and cover with sesame oil.
  3. Mix well.

The Folding

  1. Place 1 tsp filling in the centre of the pastry.
  2. Using the tip of your finger wet all sides of the pastry with cold water.
  3. Fold bottom corner over the filling to the top corner and press pastry down to seal all.
  4. Holding the base of the filling with your thumbs, pull the 2 corners of the triangle towards each other, overlap the ends.
  5. Place aside and fold all wontons the same way.

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Cooking

  1. Deep fry the wontons at 180°C until golden brown. They usually start to float once cooked as there will be air inside the parcels.
  2. Serve with sweet chilli sauce on the side.

Here’s an example of mine and Hayley’s attempts at Gyoza.

Dim Sum video

Next on the menu and my favorite was the Stir Fried Sichuan Chicken. Here’s a quick video on the method and see below for Hayleys dish.

Sichuan Chicken

Stir Fried Sichuan Chicken

Ingredients

200g chicken thigh, or breast

2 cloves garlic

1 tsp Sichuan pepper corns

1 Birdseye chilli

Pinch of salt

1 onion

2 spring onions

100g cashew nuts

 

The Marinade

Sesame oil

1 teaspoon sugar

1 pinch Chinese 5 spice

2 tablespoons light soy sauce

1 tablespoon corn flour

The Sauce

1 tsp chilli bean paste / chilli paste

1 tbsp light soy sauce

1-2 capfuls rice wine

Sesame oil

 

Preparation

1. Cut the chicken into large dices and place in a medium sized prep bowl

2. Finely chop the garlic and chilli and place in separate prep bowls

3. Dice the onion and place in a prep bowl

4. Throw all the marinade seasoning into the meat bowl and massage well ensuring you add the corn flour last

5. Finely slice the spring onion and place in a small prep bowl

 

Cooking

1. Heat 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a wok to high heat

2. Once smoking hot, add the onions stir-fry for 2 minutes

3. Push the onions to the side of the wok and add an extra tbsp vegetable oil to the centre of the wok

4. Bring oil to a high heat and add the crushed pepper corns, garlic and chicken. Stir-fry until chicken is golden brown

5. Add the cashew nuts to the wok and stir fry for a further 2 minutes

6. Now add the chillies along with all ‘The Sauce’ ingredients to the wok. Continue to stir-fry on a high heat

7. Add the spring onion and a drop of sesame oil to finish.

* If sauce is too thick, add a dash of hot water to the wok whilst cooking the meat through. If too thin, use corn flour paste to thicken

 

Serving

1. Serve on a slate / large plate and garnish with finely sliced spring onion

 

 

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