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July 2018 Baking and Cooking Classes

This month has been a month full of Private Classes so hence the lateness in posting.

CHEQUERED CAKE

Saturday July 21st 11 to 2 pm
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An old English style tea cake which is always a favorite. You will learn to make;
1. Orange Cake
2. Mocha Butter Cake
3. Butter Cream
4. Chocolate Butter Icing
Please bring a high container to take home your piece of cake. This is a fully hands on class.

Price Per Person: RM140

 

Kek Lapis Durian

Sunday July 22nd 2 to 5 pm

A Durian Lovers Class!

Learn the fundamentals of making a Durian Layer Cake. We will be using fresh durian. With the sudden glut of Durians, I thought why not have some fun with it.

This is a fully hands on session from mixing the cake to baking it layer by layer.

We will be using Musang King Flesh.

Class will commence once there are 3 students.

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Price Per Person: RM150

Please book by Friday afternoon so I can get Durian flesh

A Mutton Class

Saturday July 28th 11 to 2 pm.

Learn to make two Mutton Curry Dishes.  One Malay and one Indian style.  You will learn;

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Mutton Rendang Tok

  1. Mutton Rendang Tok
  2. Mutton Mysore

Price Per Person: RM140

 

Please whatsapp me at 0166827465 to book your place. Classes are held at 70 Road 14/24 PJ.

Watch out for next months MOONCAKE CLASSES!

April 2018 Cooking and Baking Class

I started the month with a Kuih Class. Kuih (Pronouced Kway) are local sweet or savory delights Malaysians and Singaporeans have for breakfast or tea.  Kuih is a delicacy that goes back to hundreds of years where it was deftly prepared by Nonya Ladies.  Now almost every race had their own variation of Nonya Kuih.  There are not many good Kuih Sellers around, so it is something we need to preserve.

So from this month onwards I will hold a Kuih Class every month featuring different Kuihs from the Nonya People as well as Malay Kuih.  This years  endeavor is called……. My Kuih Quest!

Soft Bread Class

Saturday April 14th 10 to 1 pm

You will learn to make Japanese Soft Bread along with variations of;

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  1. Bread Loaves
  2. Cheese and Onion Scrolls
  3. Ikan Bilis Sambal Filling
  4. Sausage Bread

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Price per person: RM140 (Class will commence once there are five students)

Roasting Class – Let’s do a Leg of Lamb

Saturday April 14th 2.30 to 5.30

Let’s roast a leg of lamb and prepare its accompaniments complete with dessert . You will learn:

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  1. Roasted Leg of Lamb
  2. Roasted Spicy Pumpkin
  3. Salade Nicoise
  4. Old Fashioned Bread and Butter Pudding

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Price Per Person: RM 150 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Let’s make Pies!

Sunday April 15th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make Short Crust Pastry and pies galore. You will take home all the different pies. You will learn:

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  1. Short Crust Pastry
  2. Potato Topping
  3. Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Filling
  4. Apple Pie

Price Per Person: $135 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

 

Baked Cheesecake Class

Saturday April 21st 10 to 1 pm

The long awaited cheesecake class is here, learn to make;

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  1. Baked Cinnamon Apple Cheesecake
  2. Baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

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

 

Crème Brulee and Tart Class

Saturday April 21st  2.30 to 5.30 pm

Learn to make this favorite dessert of many. You will learn

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  1. Sweet Paste
  2. Vanilla Crème Brulee
  3. Fruit Tartlets

Price Per Person: $125 Class will commence once there are 6 students

Tea Time Favorites

Sunday  April 22nd  10 to 1pm

Today is tea time favorite day.  You will learn to make;

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  1. Chicken Curry
  2. Pulut Kuning
  3. Roti Jala

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Price Per Person: RM100 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Indian Cooking Class

Sunday April 22nd  2.30 to 5.30

 Learn to make a Northern Indian Meal. You will learn to make

  1. Vegetable Beriani
  2. Smoked Mutton Curry
  3. Palak Paneer
  4. Learn to make Paneer from scratch

Price Per Person: $150 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

More Classes will be added later in the week.

Please whatsapp 0166827465 to book your classes.  Classes are held in PJ section 14. Please refer to my FB page Cooking with Nicholas for weekly updates.

2018 January and February Cooking and Baking Class

Savory Cookies

Saturday 13th 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make savory cookies.  These are cookies with minute amounts of sugar or almost none.

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  1. Curry Laksa Cookies
  2. Cheese and Garlic Cookies
  3. Bak Kwa Cookies

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This is a fully hands on class, please be prepared to work.

Price Per Person: $140

 

Cookies Again !!

Saturday 13th  2.30 to 5 pm

Learn to prepare these cookies with ginger infusion.

  1. Peanut Butter and Choc Chip Shortbread – Rustic
  2. Ginger Cookies
  3. Learn to make your own ginger powder

Price Per Person: $100

 

Salted Egg Cookies, Salted Egg Prawns  and Salted Lava Cake 

Sunday 14th 10 to 1 pm

Let’s get down and salty.. learn to prepare some salted egg favorites.  You will learn;

  1. Salted Egg Cookies
  2. Lava Cake with Salted Egg Filling
  3. Prawn with Salted Egg

Price Per Person: $150

Prawn and Vegetable Cracker Class

Sunday 14th  2.30 to 5.30

February 1st 2.30 to 5.30

Crackers seem to be rather expensive these days and not necessarily nice. Make your own from scratch.  You will be learning;

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  1. Prawn Crackers
  2. Vegetable Crackers – Sweet Potato with added flavors for a different kind of cracker

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This is a fully hands on session, please be prepared to work.

Price Per Person: $130

 

Pineapple Tart Class

Saturday 20th  10 to 1 pm

A favorite of every festive in Malaysia. Learn to make two types of pineapple tarts.

You will learn two types of pastries and the jam of course.

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  1. Old Fashion Pineapple Tart – Opened Tarts
  2. Rolled Pineapple Tart
  3. Pineapple Jam

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This is a hands on class, please bring containers to take home your cookies

Price Per Person: $130 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

Boiled Fruit Cake

January 21st 2 to 5 pm

Learn to make Boiled Fruit Cake from Scratch.

Please note, Boiled Fruit Cake is baked after the boiling process.

This whole 1.7 kilo cake only contains 3 Tablespoons of Sugar.

Alcohol will be used unless otherwise stated.

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Price per person: RM85

Pasta Class 

Saturday 27th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to prepare three types of Pasta Dishes. You will learn to prepare;

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  1. Pasta Carbonara – The Proper Way
  2. Nonya Style Aglio ed Olio
  3. Pasta Goreng

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Price Per Person: $140

 

Roast Chicken Class

Sunday 28th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to Prepare Roast Chicken, the easiest and least messy and all its accompaniments.  Each person will take home a thigh and drumtick.

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  1. Roasted Chicken
  2. Roasted Chicken Thigh and Drumstick
  3. Honey Glazed Carrots
  4. Old fashioned Duchess Potatoes
  5. Chicken Gravy

Price Per Person: $140

 

Bak Kwa Class

Wednesday January 31st 2 pm to 4 pm

Learn to make Bak Kwa

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We will be using chicken to make this delicacy. Please be prepared to work in front of the BBQ.

Price Per Person: RM95 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)

 

Nasi Lemak Class

Saturday  February 3rd 10 to 1 pm

Learn to prepare this Nations favorite dish. You will learn;

  1. Nasi Lemak
  2. Beef Rendang
  3. Sambal
  4. Sambal Sotong

Price Per Person: RM150

 

Laksa Class 1

Sunday February 4th 10 to 1pm

Learn to prepare 2 types of laksa rich in fish;

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  1. Johor Laksa
  2. Assam Laksa

Price Per Person: RM130

 

Portioned Cheesecake

Sunday February 4th 2.30 to 5.30

It is always easier to eat portioned size cake, especially cheesecake.  Here are three of my favorite cheesecakes.

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  1. Cheesecake Brulee
  2. Spiced up Pumpkin Cheesecake
  3. Apple Cheesecake with Salty Caramel Topping

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Price Per Person: RM150

 

Laksa Class 2

February 10th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make two types of Laksa;

 

  1. Nonya Laksa
  2. Curry Laksa

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Price Per Person: RM120

 

Mutton Curry Pies  and More

Saturday February 24th 2.30 to 5.30

Pies have always been my favorite thing.  You will learn,

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  1. Creamy Mutton Curry Pie
  2. Apple Pie
  3. Short Crust Pastry for pies
  4. Potato Topping

 

Price Per Person: $145

 

More classes will be uploaded this week.

Please whatsapp 0166827465 to book your classes.

All classes are held in PJ section 14.

October 2017 Cooking and Baking Classes

 

 

Saturday October 7th 10 to 1 pm

Nasi Tomato

Tomato Rice has always been difficult because for as long as I’ve done it , it always doesn’t cook so well. Now it does!

  1. Nasi Tomato
  2. Mutton Kurma
  3. Achar Jelatah

Price Per Person: RM135

Saturday October 7th 2.30 to 5.30

Sujee Cake and Love Cake

This Sujee Cake Recipe is more than 100 years old.  This was my parents wedding cake and the person who made the cake passed on a few years ago well into her 90s and this recipe belonged to her mother.

This Love Cake is slightly less heavy then the ones you find in Sri Lanka which is full of sugar that no one eats it at wedding.  I learnt mine from the famous Mrs Foenander.

You will learn;

  1. Old Fashioned Sujee Cake – Semolina Cake
  2. Love Cake

Price Per Person: RM140

 

Sunday October 8th 10 to 1 pm

Indian Style Chicken Class

I haven’t had this class in a while, because the last time I was quite flustered.  I learnt this in India and when it is not my recipe and I am teaching it, it can get difficult.  So now I’ve refined it and let’s do it again.  You will learn;

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Malai Tikka

  1. Chicken Tandoori
  2. Chicken Malai Tikka
  3. Chicken Lollipop

Price Per Person: RM145

 

Sunday October 8th 2.30 to 5.30

Smoked Mutton Class

The wafting aroma of Smoked Mutton when you open it at the table for your family and friends will leave everyone in awe.  Always does at class anyhow.  You will learn;

  1. Smoked Mutton
  2. Oven Baked Naan Bread
  3. Smoked Brinjal

Price Per Person: $130 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Saturday 14th 10 to 1 pm

Mutton Beriani Dum and Fish Beriani

I learnt this in India and Malaysianised the cooking method simply because I found it difficult for myself and also for my students.  So now you will learn no hassle Beriani Dum and Fish Beriani.

 

  1. Mutton Beriani Dum
  2. Fish Beriani – Boneless
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Fish Beriani

Price Per Person: RM140

 

Saturday 14th 2.30 to 5.30 pm

Mutton Mania.  

It’s the month of Diwali, and Mutton is the “in meat” at most Indian households.  In fact Mutton these days is eaten by everyone.  There is no such thing as mutton smell if you buy good mutton and you use enough ingredients. And you do not need coconut milk at all!

You will learn;

  1. Mutton Vindaloo
  2. Mutton Kheema
  3. Making stuff with Mutton Keema

Price Per Person: $140 (class will commence once there are 6 students)

 

Sunday 15th 10 to 1 pm

Butterless Cakes – Kasutera Cake and Japanese Ogura Cake

As much as I love buttery cakes, these are butter free.

  1. Nagasaki Castella Cake – a cake from the Portuguese that entered into Japan hundreds of years ago
  2. Japanese Ogura Cake

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Price Per Person: RM140

 

Sunday 15th 2.30 to 5.30 pm

Prawn Mee 

Learn the art of preparing Penang Prawn Mee

You will learn to prepare;

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  1. Two Prawn Broths require for the preparation of the soup
  2. Chilly Paste
  3. Prawn Soup
  4. Other Accompaniments

Price Per Person: RM130 (Class will commence once there are 4 students)

 

French Macarons

Holiday Class

Wednesday 18th 2 to 5

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. Cheesy Sambal Filling
  3. Cranberry Ganache

Price Per Person: $150 (Class will commence once there are 3 students)

 

Mutton Curry Bread

OCTOBER 21st 10 to 1 pm

Learn to make Mutton Curry Bread.

You will learn to prepare;

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  1. Bread
  2. Mutton Curry
  3. Assembling and baking the Mutton Curry Bread

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Price Per Person: RM140

Fruit Cakes Again

October 22nd 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make;

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  1. Sri Lankan Fruit Cake (Semolina Fruit Cake)
  2. Dundee Cake

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Price Per Person: RM150

 

Chocolate Indulgence

Saturday 28th 2.30 to 5.30

Let’s make some Decadent Chocolate Flavors, you will learn to make;

 

  1. Rich Chocolate Brownies
  2. Decadent Chocolate Chip Cookies
  3. Chocolate Lava Cake

Price Per Person: $135

This is a hands on class.

Vegetarian Class

Sunday October 29th 10 to 1

I was once a vegetarian.  These were some of my favorite foods

  1. Angel Hair Kerabu
  2. Home Made Cheese Crackers
  3. Carrot and Chickpea Salad
  4. Vegetable Cutlets

Price Per Person: $140

 

Salted Egg Cream Puffs

Sunday October 29th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make Salted Egg Cream Puffs with Almond Topping

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Learn to make;

  1. Choux Paste
  2. Salted Egg Filling
  3. Almond Topping

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Price Per Person: RM135

 

Please whatsapp 0166827465 to book your classes.

Classes are held at 70 Jalan 14/24 Petaling Jaya.

 January 2017 Baking and Cooking Classes

 

Saturday 14th January 2.30 to 5.30

Nutty Cookies

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Learn to make old fashioned nutty cookies.  You will learn;

  1. Walnut Cookies
  2. Peanut Cookies
  3. Cashew Nut Cookies

These are three old recipes.

Price Per Person: $130 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Pineapple Tart Class

Sunday January 15th 10 to 1 pm (CLASS IS FULL)

Saturday January 14th 10 to 1 pm

A favorite of every festive in Malaysia. Learn to make two types of pineapple tarts.

You will learn two types of pastries and the jam of course.

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  1. Old Fashion Pineapple Tart – Opened Tarts
  2. Rolled Pineapple Tart
  3. Pineapple Jam

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This is a hands on class, please bring containers to take home your cookies

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

Something Savory (CLASS IS FULL)

Sunday January 15th 2.30 to 5.30

Learn to make savory cookies and crackers.  These are cookies with minute amounts of sugar or almost none.  You will also learn to prepare Dried Prawn Sambal which has many uses. You will learn to bake;

  1. Hae Bee Hiam Cookies (Spicy Dried Prawn Cookies)
  2. Dried Prawn Sambal
  3. Cheese and Rosemary Cookies
  4. Prawn Crackers

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Please make your fully paid bookings by the 10th of January as I need to prepare the prawn crackers before hand so we have enough to fry on the day.

Price Per Person: $130 (Class will commence once there are 6 students)

Please email me at cookingwithnicholas@gmail.com or whatsapp me at 0166827465 to make your bookings.

Please check my Facebook Cooking with Nicholas for updates.

Classes are held at 70 Road 14/24 Petaling Jaya

Paradise Dynasty – Level 1 Paradigm Mall

I have been wanting to go to Paradise Dynasty for the longest time simply because the Xiao Long Bao are very pretty and come in different colors and flavors and their big banner advert used to hang outside Bangsar Shopping Village and I always used to see it while I was dining across the road.  Yet years later I hadn’t been there yet.

So now armed with two Groupon Vouchers, off we went to Paradigm Mall through the traffic and all.

Upon entering into Paradise Dynasty, one will be quite enchanted with their see through glass kitchen and everyone working away.  The decor and ambiance is inviting and rather classic and there is a warmth about the place although it might be quite vast inside.  Staff uniforms were also authentic and so was our Nepalese server.  He was cheerful and knowledgeable and was ale to answer all my silly questions which I just asked for the sake of asking.

So orders were placed. Kitchen staff couldn’t take their eyes of us from the moment we got in and worst still we sat next to the glass panel that enable them to over look us.

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We ordered quite a few things besides the Xiao Long Bao, because I was in my element. I like small little foods and that was all we ordered.  The Pu Err Tea comes first.  These is nothing like steaming Pu Err Tea to start a meal.  This was served in nice cups that for once 20160420_192447was not tiny.  It was perfect fit for my big hands.   I like Pu Err Tea because it has this flavor that relaxes me, more then other teas.  There is something quite earthy about it and it lingers on your palate to leave a nice after taste.  This is me, I might be waffling on, but that’s how I feel when I have a nice Pu Err.

20160420_191849Our little bowl of Mu Err which was sort of an appetizer had a nice tang to it and the mushrooms were still crunchy.  it was just something to whet the appetite which I must say was growing in anticipation.

20160420_192927Xiao Long Bao arrived,  delicately prepared and placed in color code because you had to eat them in the right sequence.  You had to start with the white as shown on the little given chart above. One things about Xiao Long Bao, you have to gently lift it off the basket which is lined with a muslin sort of cloth.

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So we started with the original.  It was adequate in taste and flavor.  Skin was perfect.  The amount of soup inside the dumpling was flavorful and not overpowering.

Now it is important to note that when you are eating Paradise Dynasty Xiao Long Bao, you should complete the whole course before you start eating the other stuff you might have ordered because you can change the whole experience and flavor of it.

Everything had arrived by the way.

Next was light green which was Ginseng.  The hint of Ginseng was just right and it did not over power the dumpling that it became medicinal in flavor.  It was relaxing so to speak, that is how I would interpret the flavor.

The peach colored one was Foie Gras.  Now of course do not expect a slab of goose liver in your dumpling because I can tell you now, you will be disappointed.  I was a tad bit as well. The minute amount was a bare bare hint of Foie Gras that if you happened to breathe while eating, the flavor would be lost.  There was a flavor of course, but you needed a very small mouth to get the whole flavor because if you have a big mouth like me, it’s gone.

Black Xiao Long Bao denotes black truffle. It was mushroomy and I liked the combination.  You only need a tiny amount of truffle to give a flavor and it did that perfectly.   I liked it.

Cheesy was questionable.  I didn’t feel it very cheesy as expected. Perhaps it is the fact that I like eating cheese and am used to stronger flavors so this one somehow did not capture my taste buds with a bang.  Friend felt the same way too.  While I was more than half way through mine she was chewing her second.

Crab Roe had a distinct flavor that you knew something crabby was present in the confines of that tiny dumpling.  It let out a nice flavor that went well with the filling.

Now this was the confusing one.  The Garlic Xiao Long Bao.   I felt this one tasted more cheesy then the cheese one and Friend felt the same too, after like 15 minutes later, since you all know she was taking her time and chewing her Baos in ‘princesslike’ fashion.  It was nice, I won’t grumble.

Now save the best for last.  Szechuan Xiao Long Bao was certainly the firecracker in the bunch.  This gave me a shock when I bit into it because of the spiciness.  This I had to stop for a while because of my burning mouth.

All in all, I enjoyed the dumplings. I might have rattled on a bit about the flavors but it is just me I guess.  I think if you’re the kind of person who eats less spicy food, the flavors would be more pronounced.  Still it was good.

20160420_192843Now my Marinated Jelly Fish came.  I always like this, and I must have it. It is refreshing and this one certainly was for sure and it had a nice crunch to it.  A lot of people say it is tasteless and it is like eating some vegetable but I like the flavor that is absorbed by the jelly fish.  The rawness of the scallions gave the jelly fish that much needed flavor.

20160420_192759I had to try out the chilled assorted eggs simply because it looked interesting. This consisted of the three eggs us Asians love.  Egg Egg, Salted Egg and Century Eggs.  The lover layer consisted of egg yolk which acted as the glue that combined the salted egg yolk and century egg and it was topped with the egg white.  You have to be careful making this I  feel as century egg yolks tend to fall apart very easily and could make this lower level a hideous greenish black.   The topping was bits of meat floss which gave it a nice flavor.

20160420_193124The Teowchew Prawn Ball could have been the belle of the ball so to speak had it been a little more tastier.  It had no salt and so the flavors didn’t come out and it was served with a sweet chilly sauce.  I don’t know where that came from but that was how it was served.  The flavors did not infuse at all because of the lack of salt.  I am sure the whole batch that day was going to be like this because this would have been made in advance and fried upon order.

20160420_193720The Scallion pastry .. hmmm was nice… but a tad bit oily for my liking. The pastry was all flaky and nice but again it lacked flavor or punch.  I like my scallion flavored anything to taste strong. Sadly this did not.Again it might have been the salt issue.  Maybe if a tiny bit of rock salt was offered then perhaps we could have sprinkled it ourselves.

20160420_194020Some of you might say, “Look! That is not how it is served”. But hey, they did serve the Teowchew Prawn Ball with Thai Sweet Chilly Sauce.

20160420_200434Ahhh , dessert….. Chilled Aloe Vera with Osmanthus. Something tender and light and cooling after all that hot heaty stuff.  It was a good end to the meal.  It was not too sweet and left a lingering flavor on your palate. The Mango Pudding was good too. It was mango milky enough to end this satisfying dinner.

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All in all, I would still come back to Paradise Dynasty.  I might have grumbled about some things but I’d still eat it again. The menu seems varied enough for a few more visits.  I think if I go again, I need to take at least three or four friends so we can have a bigger variety of food.

Service was very good.  I didn’t like the fact that when upon paying they asked if we used the Tissue?  We didn’t, but I think it was highly unnecessary to ask and charge for it.

 

Rolled Pineapple Tart Class

Sunday May 29th 2 pm to 5 pm

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I have finally decided to do the other  Rolled Pineapple Tart after all these years only because I have a nice recipe.  You will learn two types of Rolled Tarts.  Please look at the photo.

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You will learn;

  1. Two Types of Pastries
  2. Two Types of Rolled Tarts
  3. Pineapple Jam

This is a fully hands on class, Please expect to do some work.

Price Per Person: $95 (Class will commence once there are 5 students)