So, when I got an invitation (albeit possibly meant for another person, and I received it by mistake) to the Philips Smart Kitchen Cooking Workshop, which involved Philips Gadgetry, well, it's almost like a kid winning a trip to Disneyland. Okay, maybe not Disneyland, since that would involve flying. Maybe Legoland. And, on top of that, the workshop was to be helmed by a Celebrity Chef from Astro Awani. My, can life get ANY better I ask you.
Anyway, instructions were rather vague, I was advised to bring another person, as there was to be some sort of competition, and to bring plates, for plating. I guess they didnt mean hair plating. As with all instructions, I follow them BADLY, and didn't really pay much attention, but vaguely remembered the plates, and in my haste on a frenetic Saturday morning, grabbed whatever plates that looked remotely presentable, and chucked them in a shopping bag, and clinked and clunked all the way to Menara Axis, WHERE the Philips Smart Kitchen is located.
I was glad to see familiar faces, Taufulo and Anna, and I asked friend to come along, from DerykwithaYdotblogspotdotcom.
We were introduced to the workshop, and given a booklet with more tasks than Hercules was given, ...up to that point, I felt, geez, they really should have told us before hand that there was going to be SO MUCH homework, but anyway, it was gadgets, so I made a mental note to perservere.
The equipment that would be our friends for the day were the Philips Pressure Cooker, (2 of them), The Philips Soya Bean Maker, and The Philips Airfryer. The menu, Nasi Briyani Gam Johor, Kuzi Ayam, Kacang Hijau Dessert and Coconut Fudge Slice. If Philips were a religion, I'd have converted by the end of the session.
Seriously? All that in 2 hours, I thought? Briyani wor. Doesnt that take like an eternity? The host, Marina Mustapha, is a bubbly, gregarious teacher, that quickly puts you at ease at any misgivings you may have about delving into a full blown menu of briyani up to dessert.
For the briyani, we literally chuck everything into the pressure cooker. Oh, we did have to slice an onion and garlic, (of course, yours truly didnt read the instructions, and chopped the garlic instead of slice). With the Philips Pressure Cooker, cooking rice has never been easier, and the trick, according to Puan Marina, is to use the equivalent quantity of liquid to uncooked rice. (beras).
A lot of stuff goes into briyani, such as tumeric, olive oil (this is the healthy version la, usually its GHEE), tairu (which Puan Marina taught us is just curdled evaporated milk, achieved by squeezing some calamansi into the milk), cinnamon, star anise, cloves, saffron (yup, the most expensive spice in the world is in this pot of goodness), pandan, coriander leaves, sultanas, cashews, crispy shallots. Basically all the spices that made Malacca a great trading port in the 1400s.
Put the stuff in, close the pressure cooker lid, set the nozzel to PRESSURE, and press, "RICE". Even my kid could do it. Teet teet teet teet, it shows a time of 14 minutes. FOURTEEN MINUTES to make briyani. I can't even EAT it that fast, and my friends will tell you what a fast eater I am.
1½ cups green beans soaked for 4 hours (obviously Puan Marina was kind enough to soak our beans), ½ cup gula melaka, ¼ cup caster sugar, 1 cup water, 1/4 cup pandan juice, 1 slice ginger, 1 1/4 coconut milk. Actually, best to half the qty of sugar, and add it as needed, cos I found the result WAYYYY too sweet.
Chuck everything into the PHILIPS SOYAMILK MAKER, and press the "FIVE GRAIN" mode, and press START. After 25 minutes, green bean dessert is done. Phwahhh. I almost feel like setting up a tong shui store.
And after slaving over all the gadgetry for around 45 minutes, an entire MEAL is ready.
Meanwhile, specially for Babe In the City KL, who asked, here's the Beriani Recipe. I think we are supposed to share...
Watch out for the next instalment.
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