Thursday, October 11, 2007

Cooking Party

On Sunday my friends and I finally gathered together for our first cooking party! It was great, we got a chance to catch up on old times, eat yummie food, and pick up a bunch of cooking tips to improve our culinary skills. *Sigh* and as usually there was ALOT of wedding talk (afterall 4 out of 9 of the girls there are getting married within a year). So anyway, I hosted the event this first time around and prepared a couple of appetizers: cheesy shrimp toast, Vietnamese style Fish Sauce Wings (yep you read it right!), and some shrimp rolls. I was so busy running around and the food was gone so fast that I didn't get to take any pictures. I'm going to delegate this task the next time around!

Here are a couple of shots of my nieces eating the Fish Sauce Wings from a family BBQ a couple of weeks ago.





Vietnamese Fish Sauce Wings

The wings dont take long to prep and should be marinated overnight to bring out the best flavor.
Here's what you'll need:

  • 12 wings
  • 1 tablespoons of Fish Sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon of Sugar
A package of wings and frog legs seasoning from the Asian Market (Spices for Chicken Wings Butter Fry)



Preparation:

  • Wash wings and season with the TOP portion of this package of seasoning, 1 tablespoon of fish sauce and 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar. Mix well and let it sit in the fridge overnight.
  • Prior to frying give the wings a good mix and then empty the contents of the 2nd portion of the seasoning on to the chicken and mix again.
  • I used large wings and fried them at 340 degrees in a deep fryer for about 15 minutes

So if you're wondering what's in the top portion of the seasoning...it says that it contains garlic powder, pepper, salt, pepper, MSG (i know i know...its not good for you) and butter cheese (not sure what this is...). Now that i've taken the time to actually read the contents, I don't think it'll be difficult to replicate and replace the MSG with regular sugar. The bottom portion of the seasoning is cornstarch.

So after everyone was fat and happy, it was time to put them to work :) We decided to make a new dish (Shrimp Rolls) together! I my aunt made this last month and it was delicious. I was convinced I'd be able to successfully recreate. I'd like to say we made a good attempt, it tasted very good but it just didn't look as pretty :) The next day, 2 of my friends tried the dish on the own and generously provided me with a picture to post (Thanks A!)



Crispy Shrimp Rolls
We did this on the fly so I didn't use precise measurements, but here is what you'll need:

1 1/2 pounds of shrimp (peeled, washed, and dried)
2 tablespoons of tapioca starch
4 tablespoons of olive oil
1 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of pepper
1/2 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 onion (chopped in to about 1 inch pieces)
2 packages of special rice paper called "Banh Trang Re" (It looks like really thin vermicelli rice paper, I'll post a picture up soon!)

In the food processor, combine the shrimp, tapioca starch, olive oil, salt, pepper, sugar, garlic powder, and onion and process until you get a good paste. If you don't plan on dipping the final product in fish sauce you may want to add more salt and vice versa. (Tip: After processing, I spooned some mixture into a small bowl and put it in the microwave for 45 seconds to make sure the mixtured tasted how I wanted it to.)

Spoon 1 teaspoon of shrimp mixture onto the vermicelli rice paper, roll up, and fry. I fried on 320 degrees in the deep fryer for about 4-5 minutes.

3 comments:

yammylicious said...

both of them look so adorable =)

Chubbypanda said...

Fish sauce makes everything taste better.

F√ČLINE said...

Your nieces are so cuuuute!!!, I want some Fish Sauce Wings. I tried it before but I dont think Al is too keen on the "real" Fish Sauce HEHE his idea of Fish Sauce was always the Sweet diluted one heh