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When You Can’t Deep Fry, Do Flash Fry

When You Can’t Deep Fry, Do Flash Fry

Regarding cooking techniques, it is safe to say that everyone who cooks is well aware of deep frying as the means to achieve deep golden fried goodness in food.   But deep frying is not the only way to achieve a browned, crusty exterior to food. Chefs do another...
Diving Into Deep Frying

Diving Into Deep Frying

Deep frying is a dry-heat method that yields foods with crunchy golden brown surfaces and a tender interior.   Dry heat cooking refers to any cooking technique in which the heat is transferred to the food item without extra moisture, resulting in a crusty...
Achieving Wok Hei In Stir Fry Dishes

Achieving Wok Hei In Stir Fry Dishes

The Chinese stir fry cooking technique has always been associated with flavourful dishes despite being cooked fast.   People appreciate the complex smoky flavour and textural crunch of stir fry dishes, but many do not know what to call it. This intricate flavour...
Flipping For Tossing

Flipping For Tossing

The impressive move of tossing food in the air that Chefs do is, to some people, just that – done to impress. While this move certainly brings a panache or a certain air of coolness when executed, it is a culinary skill that serves a purpose.   Tossing food...
The Wonderful Versatile Wok

The Wonderful Versatile Wok

Chefs execute various cooking techniques to achieve the desired outcome for a dish, and many cannot deny that the right cooking tools play a huge factor in success. For Asian cuisine, it is pretty impossible not to miss this most ubiquitous tool – the wok....
Define Flavours With Palate Cleansers

Define Flavours With Palate Cleansers

Every Chef loves to have the flavours of their dishes appreciated for how exactly they prepared them.   However, when people dine on various dishes at a time or one after the other, flavours tend to get muddled. This is why palate cleansers are either eaten or...
How Do Chefs Balance The Flavour Elements In Cooking?

How Do Chefs Balance The Flavour Elements In Cooking?

Salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umami are five taste elements that form our perception of flavour.   A perfectly balanced dish can elevate a dining experience, and mastering it involves understanding the elements thoroughly combined with other methods.  How do...
Understanding The Elements of Taste: Umami

Understanding The Elements of Taste: Umami

Some foods, when tasted, can be easily distinctly identified either as sweet, salty, sour or bitter.   However, some excellent tasting food is harder to describe. They are simply robust and delicious and leave you wanting more. And this is how we relate to the...
Understanding The Elements of Taste : Bitter

Understanding The Elements of Taste : Bitter

A Chef’s task in cooking is to capture their intent flavour profile by balancing the different flavours of ingredients they have.   Of course, Chefs have the prerogative to be aggressive with their predominant flavour if that is what they truly want, but a...
Understanding The Elements of Taste: Sour

Understanding The Elements of Taste: Sour

In cooking, achieving a well-balanced synergy of flavours involves a Chef’s knowledge of what food items or chemical compounds affect the sour notes of a dish.   Sourness, or tartness, is the taste that detects the presence of acids in our foods brought on...
Understanding The Elements of Taste: Salt

Understanding The Elements of Taste: Salt

It is a universal knowledge that the process of cooking food involves the act of tasting to suit the desired flavour.   It is a much-desired chef skill to achieve a balanced flavour when cooking dishes, regardless of the cuisine. And rightly so, because it is a...