Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Taste of Asia!

The first stop in the Ethnic Chef cuisine tour was Asia, where the campers learned all about Nepali, Tibetan, Thai, Indian, Japanese and Chinese cuisines before getting a chance to whip up a few dishes in the kitchen. Chef Corr started by showing the campers how to make Chai tea. As the smell of ginger, cloves and crushed cardamom wafted through the lab, Snigdha gave us an insider’s taste of South Asian cuisine. Snigdha moved to the United States from India in the 6th grade! The campers got to try baby dark chick peas – a common snack in India – before sampling Chef’s delicious Chai tea. Next, Dana led a lively presentation on cuisine in the countries of East Asia, such as Japan, South Korea and China. Finally, it was time to start cooking! The campers made traditional Asian dishes such as Okonomiyaki (a mix between pancake and pizza common in Japan), Pulgogi (Korean barbecued beef) and Gulab Jammun (a popular dessert in South Asian countries). After the campers ate, cleaned their kitchens and washed their dishes, they learned how to make a quick, healthy snack from Kate and Danielle. The snack was toast with sliced bananas and strawberries drizzled with honey - Yum!

Tomorrow we're off to try cuisine from Central and South America and Africa - It's going to be a busy day!

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