Just watched the first episode of Poh’s Kitchen which premiered last night on ABC1, must say it looked really good! I like the structure of the show, the way she interacts with a professional chef in the kitchen, asking questions a normal homecook would ask. It is also fantastic to have so many tips and hints given. Although only two recipes were done, they were quite detailed in explaining the correct way to do them. For example always stir the chocolate with a spatula, never use a whisk as that creates bubbles which is undesirable.
And so happy to see the first episode featuring two of my favourites, chiffon cake and almond croissants! And I never knew almond croissants are supposed to be flattened! Can’t wait for the next episode!
The website is also very well organised, Poh is even writing her own blog there. I have added the link in the sidebar.
There’s also an article about Poh in today’s newspaper in Melbourne, The Age, which makes for an interesting read.
Update February 15, 2010: Winner of MasterChef Australia series one, Julie Goodwin, joins TODAY on 9 starting Tuesday February 16 (cooking pancakes for Shrove Tuesday) as their resident cook, watch for her cooking segments every Tuesday morning at about 8:40am.
Update August 15, 2010: Poh’s Kitchen will soon be seen in Central and South East Asia, following a recent sale of the cooking programme to Discovery Asia. It will be screened on the TLC channel in territories including Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand and The Philippines. Series 1 of the cooking programme has a total of 40 episodes which are currently on air here in Australia and Series 2 is expected in 2011.
Ep 2 February 17, 2010 A Green Curry with David Thompson
Extracting Coconut Milk
Green Curry of Beef / Geng Gwio Wam Neua (Chef David Thompson)
Ep 3 February 24, 2010 Almonds with Emmanuel Mollois
But where’s the recipe for the Sugee Cookies Poh did at the beginning of the episode?
Green Almond Milk
Almond and Lime Pannacotta
Kiss of the Concubine (Cocktail)
Wild Rice with Green Almonds
Tuiles (Chef Emmanuel Mollois)
Almond Milk Sauce (Lait d amande) (Chef Emmanuel Mollois)
Salmon with Buckwheat Tuiles and Almond Milk (Chef Emmanuel Mollois)
Ep 4 March 3, 2010 Woking with Neil Perry
Oh, I wished they would post the recipe for the Wah Kueh (or were they Chwee Kueh?) from Poh’s mum at the end of the episode, which she said to use the same rice dough for the Cubic Noodles (Kueh Kak).
Char Kwai Teow with Cubic Noodles 炒粿角 (Char Kueh Kak)
Velveted John Dory 川菜-水煮魚片 (Chef Neil Perry)
Twice Cooked Salt Pork 川菜-回鍋肉 (Chef Neil Perry)
Ep 5 March 10, 2010 Meringues and Éclairs with Emmanuel Mollois
I’m loving the episodes with Emmanuel Mollois! Have learnt so much tiny important details and techniques about French baking from him so far… Hope he’s going to be a regular guest chef through the rest of the year… Now very tempted to go out and buy his cookbook, et voilà!…
Fried Meringue with Pandan Crème Pâtissière (Not strictly 高力豆沙 but I’ll rename it 高力奶沙 because of the French pastry cream filling)
Chocolate Éclairs (Emmanuel Mollois)
March 17, 2010 No new episode is broadcast on Wednesday March 17 due to telecast of Para-Olympic… Returns on March 24 with David Thompson with more Thai dishes presumably.
And thanks to the team at ABC for putting the recipe for the Sujee Biscuits from Episode 3 up!
Ep 7 March 31, 2010 Cooking Chinese with Neil Perry
Prawn and Yuba Beads (Not sure of the proper Chinese name for this dish – they looked very similar to Ngoh Hiang or Penang Loh Bak but they were tied up into beads which I have never seen before and there was no Chinese 5-spice in the ingredients!)
Three-Shot Chicken 三杯雞? (Neil Perry)
Sichuan Style Spinach (Neil Perry)
Ep 8 April 7, 2010 Kormas with Ragini Dey
In this episode, the two dishes cooked by Poh were also recipes given to her by Ragini, so basically all four dishes are Ragini’s recipes.
Chicken and Pistachio Korma
Green Lentil Paratha
Lamb, Chickpea and Plum Korma
Ep 9 April 14, 2010 Fish with Neil Perry
Chinese Steamed Fish (Cantonese-Style)
Whole Szechuan Fish
Steamed Moroccan Snapper (Neil Perry)
Whole Fried Snapper (Neil Perry)
Chermoula (Neil Perry)
Ep 12 May 5, 2010 My Place with Ian Parmenter
Rabbit in White Wine
Potato and Rosemary Pizza
Chicken Stock (Ian Parmenter)
Marron with Grapefruit Dressing (Ian Parmenter)
Basic bread or pizza dough (Ian Parmenter)
Grape Pizza (Ian Parmenter)
May 19, 2010 No new episode is broadcast on Wednesday May 19 due to telecast of AFC Women’s Asian Cup Soccer.
Ep 15 June 2, 2010 Indulgence with Emmanuel Mollois
Indonesian Layer Cake (Kuih Lapis Batavia)
Five Traditional Kuih recipes from The Girls (Bee Hive Cake, Binbingka, Kuih Talam, Tapioca Cake & Kuih Lapis Beras)
Deep Sea Bream in Clay with Mashed Potatoes (Emmanuel Mollois)
Ep 16 June 9, 2010 Duck and Wasabi with Neil Perry
Steamed Taro Cake
Wasabi Ice Cream
Crispy Taro Crusted Duck with Mandarin Sauce (Neil Perry)
Ep 17 June 16, 2010 Sweet and Savoury with Emmanuel Mollois
Dry Beef Floss Curry with Tumeric Rice (Serunding Daging)
Kuih Seri Muka
Asparagus Souffle (Emmanuel Mollois)
Lime and Mango Frozen Souffle (Emmanuel Mollois)
Ep 18 June 23, 2010 Simply Italian with Antonio Carluccio
Buddhist’s Delight 羅漢齋
Stuffed Lamb Cutlets / Costolette di Agnello Ripiene (Antonio Carluccio)
Courgette and Bean Salad (Antonio Carluccio)
Pears in Red Wine / Pere al Vino Rosso (Antonio Carluccio)
Ep 20 July 7, 2010 Poh in Malacca and Nonya Cuisine
Spicy Prawn Curry with Pineapple (Chef Florence Tan)
Green Papaya Curry (Chef Ismail Ahmad)
Ep 21 July 14, 2010 Poh in Penang
Rice with Fresh Herbs / Nasi Kerabu (Chef Florence Tan)
Fish Curry (Chef Ismail Ahmad)
Black Beef Nasi Kandar (Chef Ismail Ahmad)
Ep 22 July 21, 2010 Breakfasts of the World with Emmanuel Mollois
Parmesan Soldiers with Soft Boiled Egg
Crepes with Apple and Honey
Baguette Viennoise (Emmanuel Mollois)
Hot Chocolate (Emmanuel Mollois)
Ep 23 July 28, 2010 Food Traditions with Emmanuel Mollois
Home-Style Peking Duck with Mandarin Pancakes
Oncle Fernand’s Rillettes de Canard / Duck Rillettes (Emmanuel Mollois)
Oncle Fernand’s Pate de Campagne / Pork Pate (Emmanuel Mollois)
Ep 25 August 11, 2010 Modern Thai with Martin Boetz
Sour Orange Curry (Martin Boetz) Note: Orange here describes colour, not the fruit, as in Thai Red Curry and Thai Green Curry
Crispy Fish Salad (Martin Boetz)
Ep 28 September 1, 2010 Paris with Emmanuel Mollois
Remember the Open Chocolate Rhubarb Tart that Poh created in the final week of MasterChef Australia 2009? She has refined that recipe to produce the most beautiful Rhubarb Lily Tart in tonight’s episode!
Rhubarb Lily Tart
Le Papillon / The Butterfly (Emmanuel Mollois)
Ep 30 September 15, 2010 Gnocchi with Andre Ursini
Guest Andre Ursini from season 1 MasterChef Australia who now runs Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar in Adelaide.
Abacus Beads 客家算盤子
Gnocchi with Gorgonzola and Walnuts (Andre Ursini)
Ep 32 September 29, 2010 Truffles with Emmanuel Mollois
Chicken Mousse and Truffle Soup Dumplings
Steamed Savoury Egg Custard with Scallops and Truffle
Tarte Coquelin with Truffles (Emmanuel Mollois)
Truffle Ice Creamn (Emmanuel Mollois)
Ep 34 October 13, 2010 Sauces and Stir Frys with Emmanuel Mollois
Squid Stir Fry
Prawn and Garlic Shoots Stir Fry
Mornay Sauce (Emmanuel Mollois)
Maltaise Sauce (Emmanuel Mollois)
Bearnaise Sauce (Emmanuel Mollois)
Chicken Veloute Sauce (Emmanuel Mollois)
Poached Chicken / Poulet Poche Sauce Supreme (Emmanuel Mollois)
Bonus recipe from The Circle: Apple Cinnamon and Pandan Coconut Crepes / Kuih Dadar (Poh Ling Yeow)
Bonus recipe from The Morning Show: Poh’s Sinful Scrambled Eggs (Poh Ling Yeow)
Ep 38 November 10, 2010 Slow Cooking with Emmanuel Mollois
Dong Po Pork 東坡肉 / 東坡扣肉 Note: The name for this dish at Poh’s Kitchen website is wrong, it should be Dong Po Pork, NOT don’t do pork (Dong Do Pork)!
Savoury Egg Custard 水蒸蛋 / 蝦仁蒸蛋 Note: A very important tip is to steam the custard with gentle heat, if the heat is too strong, the custard will produce honeycomb structure which is undesirable!
Lamb Shoulder Confit with Spices (Emmanuel Mollois)
Ratatouille (Emmanuel Mollois)
Couscous Salad (Emmanuel Mollois)
Bonus recipe from ABC Perth: Lemon and Raspberry Tart (Emmanuel Mollois)