Monthly Archives: August 2015

Salty Spicy Chicken (Uppu Chicken Paratel)

About six or seven years ago I took the train into KL and for some reason I got down at Sentral and took a Taxi to go further into KL…  Till this day I cannot think why but I did it, probably to meet a friend from Australia or perhaps the Netherlands.  I cannot seem to remember.  So I got into this taxi with an old Indian driver and he started talking to me.  I am talkative in taxis, I hate being quiet all through the journey to my destination be it a long or short one gazing into my phone or something like that.  This man was in his 70s, I know he was much older then my father.  He asked me what I did, so I told him and he was quite excited and gave me this recipe.

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His mother used to cook it when he was a kid and his late wife would make it for him and his children who were now working in big places and seldom had time for him.  That is why he drove a taxi to rid his boredom.  This recipe had only Five ingredients;  Chicken pieces, a bowl of cut onions, a bowl of dried chillies, some oil and a bit of salt.  I of course argued it might be rather insipid and boring, but he assured me it would be really nice.  He missed it he told me and he gave me this recipe so I will try it.  Of course it was not a difficult recipe to remember as he did drum it into my head a few times to make sure I didn’t forget.

I got out of the taxi and promised I would try this recipe and he assured me I would be happy.

Well it took me all this time to actually get a chook and the rest of the ingredients but I never forgot the recipe of course.  Yesterday I cooked it for the Assunta Nuns as they have no cook at the moment.  So here goes.   Please note, I added a bit of turmeric just to give it some color, which was quite unnecessary.

Here is the recipe:

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Chicken                                               about 1.8 to 2 kilos – cut into 24 pieces.  You may cut it smaller but I detest having to go through small bones. Marinade the chicken with a little salt and ½ teaspoon of Turmeric.

Onions                                                  4 to 5 large onions cut into segments

Dried Chillies                                      20 or so

Salt                                                        to taste

Oil                                                           ¼ cup

20150817_081131Potatoes                                              3 or 4 – I added this just because I like potatoes.                                                                     Boil till done.

Method:

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  1. Heat Oil and add in onions. Fry the onions till they are slightly translucent.20150817_080003
  2. Add in the dried chillies and fry till the onions are really done. This will ensure the Chillies have enough time to let out its flavor.20150817_080633
  3. Add in the chicken and stir till it is cooked. You might need to add in a bit of water if it is too dry. Fire has to be medium steady.  Fry till chicken is cooked and add in salt.  This took me about 30 minutes or so.  Add in potatoes and cooked for about 10 more minutes.20150817_08254020150817_082603

I was quite shocked with the end result.  It was really nice.  Simple and delicious.  Yus reckoned the potatoes should be fried.  I think she might be right because it somehow didn’t look so nice.

My walking encyclopedia Susheela says it is called Uppu Chicken Paratel.  Uppu meaning Salt.  This dish actually goes well with beer and liquor I am told.

I will be cooking this dish for 120 people next month. Let’s see how they handle this.

So there you go. If you walk in the footsteps of a stranger, you’ll find thing you never knew you never knew..Pocahontas sang that!

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August 2015 Baking and Cooking Classes

Spicy Nutty Rolls and Sinful Durian Rolls

August 8th 10 to 1 pm

We’ve always had Cinnamon Rolls and this and that rolls so why not something a little bit more local.  You will learn to make;

  1. Bread Dough
  2. Spicy Nutty Filling
  3. Durian Filling

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Mooncake Class

Saturday August 8th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make Baked Mooncake and fillings.  You will learn to prepare;

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Little Mooncakes

  1. Mooncake Pastry
  2. Homemade Lotus Paste – 2 different fillings
  3. Durian Lotus Paste from scratch

Price Per Person: $120 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Jelly Mooncake

Sunday August 9th 10 to 1 pm

Jelly Mooncakes are not too bad. After turning my nose up to it all these years, thinking it was quite blasphemous, I have changed.  You will learn;

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  1. Layered Agar Agar Mooncake
  2. “Salted Egg” and Yam Agar Agar Mooncake

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Price Per Person: $95 – Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Curry Puff Class

Sunday August 9th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make two types of our favorite curry puff.

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  1. Malay or Indian Crispy Curry puff Pastry
  2. Rolled Curry Puffs – Curry Puff Putar
  3. Vegetable Curry Filling

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 Black Forest Cake

Saturday August 15th 10 to 1 pm

I’ve always loved a good old fashioned Black Forest Cake.  And yet wherever I tasted it before it never tasted good because of the lack of ingredients.   So you will learn to make;

  1. Chocolate Sponge
  2. Cherry Filling
  3. Cream Topping
  4. Assembling the cake.

Price Per Person:$100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Mutton Curry Bread

Saturday August 15th 2.30 to 5.30

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We’ve made Chicken Curry Bread, We’ve made Chicken Rendang Curry Bread and now let’s try Mutton Curry Bread.  Tender pieces of mutton curried to perfection inside the bread.  Just the gravy alone is truly divine.  And no such thing as mutton smell.

You will learn;

  1. Bread Dough – slightly tweaked to suit the mutton curry
  2. Mutton Curry

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Watermelon Bread

Sunday August 16th 2.30 to 5.30

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A craze in Taiwan.  I will make it with real watermelon juice so there will be no added sugar.  While many may fuss about the coloring. Well use good colors and you won’t have to worry about anything.  You will learn;

  1. Bread Dough for watermelon
  2. Bread Dough for outside –skin and all
  3. Assembling the dough

Each person will get to take their own completed watermelon bread home.

Price Per Person: $75 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Nasi Dagang Class

Saturday 22nd August 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make Nasi Dagang and its accompaniments.

You will learn to prepare;

  1. Nasi Dagang
  2. Ayam Percik
  3. Gulai Ikan Tongkol
  4. Sayur Loteh – A wonderful spicy sweet salad

Price Per Person : $110 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Colors of the Rainbow Leopard Print Cake

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Sunday 23rd August 2.30 to 5.30

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A photo was sent to me and I just had to do this cake and the results were fabulous. Even my photographer gasped when we cut the cake.  You will surely love it.  You will learn;

  1. Cake
  2. Buttercream
  3. Patterns and Coloring
  4. Basic Piping
  5. Assembling the cake

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

3D old Fashioned Doll Cake Decorating Class

Saturday August 29th 10 to 1.30 pm

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I have been wanting to do this cake for a while now but cannot seem to find my photos.  It is the old fashion 3D doll cake about 25 to 30 cm in height.

Each person will decorate their own doll cake.

This class is opened to my students who have done the Buttercake and Butter icing class as well.

You will learn to assemble you cakes, mix colors and piping techniques.

Come with your creativity in mind.

Please bring your own turntable if you have one.  I will need once weeks’ notice of your attendance and all classes have to be paid upfront.

Price Per Person: $165 (Class will commence once there are 3 students, maximum 5 students in a class)

Borrowed Doll Cake Photo till I am able to take five gorgeous doll photos after class

Borrowed Doll Cake Photo till I am able to take five gorgeous doll photos after class

French Macaron Class

Sunday August 30th

2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make these little morsels that everyone seems to either hate or love.  You will learn the fundamentals of making;

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  1. French Macarons
  2. Chilly Cheese Filling
  3. Salty Green Tea Butter Icing Filling

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 3 students)

 

Japanese Bread

Monday  31st August 10 to 1 pm

This will always be my most favorite bread class.  Hard work but it always pays off in the end.  You will learn;

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  1. Japanese Soft Bread
  2. Cheese and Onion Scrolls
  3. Bread Loaf
  4. Sausage Bread

Price Per Person: $100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Puff Pastry

Monday 31st August 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make puff pastry from scratch.  You will learn;

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  1. Puff Pastry
  2. Apple Strudel
  3. Spinach and Cheese Puffs
  4. Spicy Tuna Puffs

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Price Per Person: $100 (class will commence once there are six students)  Max 6 students in a class.

 

Classes will be held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya. 

Please call 016 6827465 or email cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com to book and to make any enquiries. 

Please check my blog www.nicholaspillai.wordpress.com

 

Fees are to be paid once you make a booking, if a class is canceled you will be refunded.  If fees are not paid, your name will be not be placed on the list.