Saturday, December 30, 2006

Cooking tips for Filipino and Asian food, 1

I found a webpage offering cooking tips for Philippine cooking, very helpful for beginner cooks like me.

A sampling of what you'll find on the page:
  • Grate a quarter of a small onion and add it and a dash of sugar and salt to the water in which you boil frozen or canned vegetables to improve the flavor. Or add a dash of MSG, garlic powder, pepper and onion flakes or powder to the salted boiling water before adding the vegetables for a richer flavor.

  • When broiling steaks or chops, put one cup water in the bottom of the broiler pan to prevent grease burning on the pan, eliminate smoke, make pan easy to wash and catch the drippings for the gravy.

  • If a dish is too salty, slices of raw pared potato added to it while cooking will absorb excess saltiness. When cooking adobo and it turns out too sour, add sugar.

  • To eliminate fishy odor, rub fish inside and out with a slice of lemon.

  • To keep raw fish fillets fresh and odorless in the refrigerator, rinse in a solution of 1 tbsp. lemon juice and 1 cup water, dry thoroughly, wrap and refrigerate.

  • To avoid tears when cutting onions, leave them in the refrigerator for a few days before using them. (Or peel and cut them in half under cold running water. Keep under running water for about a minute or let soak in cold water for a time before slicing.)

  • Roll lemon with palm over a hard surface or heat lemons before squeezing to get more juice.

Read the other tips here. If you noticed, I numbered this post "part 1," because I do hope I can add some of my own cooking tips in the future.

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Anonymous said...

thank you, i was searching for 'to keep the fridge odorless', according to your suggestion cut lemon kept in a plate in the fridge may give solution to my problem

rowie said...

You're welcome. I hope it works. You might also want to try keeping a small, open box of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) or a small cup of charcoal in your refrigerator, which is what we do at our house.