Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Chè Chuối

Chào các bạn.

Đội “Ngôi sao” bao gồm Phương,Việt, Lộc và Cường. Chúng tôi muốn nấu món Chè Chuối.

From left: Cường, Lộc, Phương và Việt

Team “Ngôi sao” met and embarked on our first task for the day...finding Cô Bích’s house! We bumped into Kiên and he led the way to Cô Bích’s house. Cảm ơn Kiên. We were amazed by the beauty of Elizabeth Heights. Nhà Cô Bích rất đẹp.

Our master chef at work

Our master chef was Phương. She had already practised cooking Chè Chuối three times at home! She truly is a dedicated chef.

Trong đợt nghỉ giữa kỳ, Việt đã đi du lịch ở Thành Phố Hồ Chí Minh. Việt had obtained sago, jackfruit chips, potato chips and decorative items for us from there. Việt had also bought red Vietnamese t-shirts which became Team “Ngôi Sao’s” attire.

Lộc and Cường were in charge of decorations. Lộc woke up early in the morning to go to Ấn Độ Nhỏ to search for a banana leaf and Cường went to look for tiny bananas.

While cooking, we had difficulty estimating how sweet the Chè Chuối should be. After pouring in our entire packet of sugar, we thought it was sweet enough maybe even too sweet. But we were wrong…time for Cô Bích’s sweetness test…not sweet enough….add more sugar…Cô Bích’s test again…still not sweet enough…add even more sugar…finally sweet enough.

We now had to wait for 30-45 minutes for the dish to be ready.

Preparing decorations while waiting

Waah..still have to wait some more...

Helping our friend while waiting

Here’s the recipe for the Chè Chuối while we continue waiting:

Ingredients: Serves 6 – 8 persons
30 g (1/4 cup) sesame seeds (toasted)
6 ripe bananas (peeled)
500 ml coconut milk
250 ml water
1 pandan leaf, washed and tied in a knot (optional)
110 g sugar
1/4 tsp salt 3 tbsp tapioca pearls (sago), rinsed in cold water and drained

6 simple steps to making your own
Chè Chuối:

1. Heat a frying pan over medium heat.

2. Add sesame seeds and stir constantly 2 to 3 minutes, or until golden.

3. Slice bananas in half lengthways, and then cut the pieces into thirds for a total of 36 pieces.

4. Combine coconut milk, water, sugar, salt and pandan leaf in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring often, until the sugar dissolves.

5. Add the bananas and tapioca pearls. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring often, for 5 to 7 minutes more, or until the tapioca pearls turn translucent.

6. Remove the pan from the heat. Spoon the mixture into individual dessert bowls and sprinkle half teaspoon sesame seeds over top before serving

The final product!!

Bạn có nghĩ là món này nhìn rất hấp dẫn không? Món này nhìn không chỉ hấp dẫn mà còn rất ngon nữa.

Once the Chè Chuối was ready, we decided to give it a taste test. It was absolutely delicious. In fact we loved it so much that we were afraid that it might finish even before the judging by the tutors!

We had a great time preparing and cooking the dish. It was fun cooking in such a beautiful place and with such a cheery atmosphere.

Cảm ơn cô Lệ, cô Quỳnh và cô Bích đã tổ chức một dự án thật vui để chúng em được thưởng thức nhiều đặc sản Việt Nam.

Cảm ơn các bạn vì những món ăn thật ngon do các bạn chế biến.