One of the great things about cooking is that it can be done with other people and often is. I’m in Chicago with family and friends to attend the USA vs. Honduras soccer match at Soldier’s Field. My cousin Andrea, from The Hungry Housewife also shares a passion for food and cooking. Last night we by chance had an amazing meal at Vong’s Thai Kitchen in Chicago. As timing would have it, they were hosting a 90 minute cooking demonstration class today on making Asian rolls with the Chef de Cuisine for $50 which included appetizers, food materials, drinks and a take-home bag. We ate breakfast and decided to take it together starting at noon allowing plenty of time to finish before the game.
We arrived, paid for the class and walked to the back of the restaurant where the two tables were set for the class. They setup with all of the ingredients we would need including rice paper, crepes, proteins and vegetables and accompanying sauces. It was quite impressive and we got more excited as the room started to fill up.
Chef Luis showed us how to work with our ingredients, by whetting the rice paper or using the “right side” of the crepe for the best color.
We learned proper rolling technique and were encouraged to try out different flavor combinations to create something new. While we worked on perfecting our techniques and became more familiar with the process, we were served a never ending buffet of menu staples as well as soon to be featured items. Having just eaten dinner this put us in the position of creating rolls to save as savory snacks for later.
This cooking class was fun. While it’s serves as a fun an innovative marketing opportunity for the restaurant it also succeeded at teaching Asian roll basics and while providing familiarity with working with new ingredients. We are by no means experts in Asian roll making now, but are satisfied with the experience we had together and the lasting memory we will have of it. Andrea even bough some rice paper to take home to use as part of her catering and event business in Honduras.