On Saturday I joined a group of friends at a Malaysian cooking demonstration held at Hanuman Restaurant by Amanda Amutha. What a fabulous surprise -another of those well-kept Darwin secrets. Amanda worked through a menu of delights showing us how to prepare the dishes, explaining the ingredients to us & letting us see each dish close-up. As if that wasn’t fun enough, we got to eat the food afterwards – not just a little snack but a proper meal with wines to match. Amanda prepared Roti Jalal, Nasi Goreng Kampung, Fried Chicken (Asian style, not KFC), Chilli Beans and Bubor Kachang. All in all a fantastic array of tastes. The presentation was a testimony to family involvement with Amanda’s mum, daughters and other relations involved as well.
We’ve all come away inspired to try the new taste sensations at home -though the dessert of Bubor Jachang or green mung beans & sago was a bit of a cultural leap for many of our western palates.