Advice for home cooks
Want to improve your performance in the kitchen? Why not ask a Michelin star chef! Chef Richard Chen, the creative force behind Harmony, the Chinese restaurant aboard Princess Cruises’ Majestic Princess ship, shares his five top tips for everyday cooking. 1 Firstly, it’s important to work with the right equipment. If your stovetop isn’t very powerful it’s not going to heat a heavy-duty pot or pan, so familiarise yourself with your kitchen and do your research before you buy additional equipment. 2 Timing comes next – knowing how to monitor the intensity of the heat and the length of time you’re cooking for is very important; it’s easy to burn out the flavour if the heat is too hot. 3 Find the right ingredients. Granted, some may cost more but often the more you spend, the better the quality. Wherever possible, use fresh products – they take longer to prepare, but the results are amazing. 4 Chicken stock – it’s the foundation of cooking Chinese food and a must-have! Make up a big batch and use it fresh over two or three days, then freeze any leftovers for future use. 5 Finally, remember that it’s okay to make mistakes. In my kitchen, I say that if you burn the ingredients in the wok or you mess up, it’s okay. Learning from mistakes is how you’re going to improve.
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