A pinch of spice at Melton City with Thai Curry Paste Recipe

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Thai Curry Paste Recipe

Special Blended Thai Curry Paste Recipe by Chef Ha Nguyen from Otao Kitchen Cooking School www.otaokitchen.com.au

Thai Curry Paste Recipe’s Ingredients

1 dried long red chilli chopped option
1 red birds eye chilli, chopped option
1 cm piece ginger, peeled, chopped
1cm piece galangal, peeled, chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, quartered 1/2 shallot, chopped
1 lemongrass stalk, white part only, chopped
2 large kaffir lime leaf, finely shredded
2 coriander roots, washed, finely chopped
1 teaspoons shrimp paste
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Spices (2 teaspoons ground cumin, corn pepper, coriander seed option)





  1. If you use dry chilli, place dried chillies in a small heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Stand for 10 minutes or until softened. Drain.
  2. Meanwhile, place corn pepper, coriander and cumin in a small frying pan over medium heat. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until fragrant. Allow to cool completely.
  3. Place dried and fresh chillies, galangal, garlic, onion, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, coriander root, shrimp paste and spice mixture in a mortal and pestle for your Thai Curry Paste Recipe.
  4. Add oil and beat well until a smooth paste forms. Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week. 


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A pinch of spice at Melton City

Thai Green Curry Recipe

This delicious Thai Green Curry recipe is quick and simple to make using ready-made green curry paste.

Thai Green Curry Recipe

Thai Green Curry Recipe

Serves: 4 | Prep: <30 mins | Cook: 20 mins | Skill: Easy


  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1-2 tbsp ready-made green curry paste
  • 6 chicken thighs, skin and bones removed, meat cut into strips
  • 400ml tin coconut milk
  • 2 lime leaves (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Thai fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • handful green beans, trimmed
  • some red chillies finely sliced (optional)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • handful fresh coriander leaves (optional)

To serve: Thai fragrant rice, cooked according to packet instructions


1. Heat the oil in a wok over a high heat until smoking. Add the green curry paste and stir fry for 1-2 minutes, or until fragrant.

2. Add the chicken strips and stir until coated in the curry paste. Continue to stir-fry for 1-2 minutes, or until the chicken has browned on all sides.

3. Add the coconut milk, lime leaves, fish sauce and sugar and stir well. Bring the mixture to the boil, then reduce the heat until the mixture is simmering. Continue to simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened.

4. Add the green beans and continue to simmer for 2-3 minutes, stirring regularly, until just tender. Season with salt and pepper.

5. To serve, spoon the rice into four serving bowls, then ladle over the Thai green chicken curry. Sprinkle over the chillies and coriander leaves.

And there you have it! A delicious Thai Green Curry recipe in only five steps!

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Our Thai cooking classes are one of our most popular. You’ll have a great time learning and making Thai Green Curry as well as a host of other amazing and delicious Thai dishes. You’ll also have expert Chef tuition in a hands on cooking experience and you’ll get to eat everything that you make – if you can fit it all in!

Everything’s provided for you, so bring some mates and make a night of it. You’ll not only learn some neat stuff about cooking and Thai food, you’ll have a great time to boot. Classes sell out fast so get in quick.

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The Best and Easiest Way to Peel Ginger

Ginger has a wonderful and unique flavour

and it is one of the core ingredients in a lot of Asian recipes. But have you ever struggled trying to peel a ginger root with all of its bumps and lumps?

Ginger can be expensive, so you don’t want to waste any of the flesh. Knives and peelers can’t get into the lumps and bumps of a ginger root without you cutting some of the flesh away. But fear not! There is a super easy way to peel ginger. In this video you’ll see how the best and easiest way to peel ginger is with a spoon!

So how easy was that! Now that you know the best and easiest way to peel ginger, we are confident you’ll be the ginger peeling champion of your household.

Want to learn more cooking tips and tricks?

Come along to one of our hands on cooking classes where Chef Ha provides expert advice and cooking techniques. With his guidance you’ll learn how to make a range of Asian dishes that you can recreate at home and you’ll get to enjoy all the spoils of your creation during the class.

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Banh Xeo Recipe (Vietnamese Pancake)

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Banh Xeo is Vietnamese for ‘sizzling cake’ which is the delicious sound when pouring the pancake batter into a hot pan.

Banh Xeo is a favourite dish in Vietnam which is mostly enjoyed as a lunch or dinner meal. Banh Xeo has now become a popular dish in Australian Vietnamese Restaurants.

If you love Banh Xeo as much as we do, or even if you have never tried it before, this recipe is easy and fun to make yourself at home.

Banh Xeo Recipe:

Serves: 8 | Prep: 35 mins | Cook: 30 mins | Skill: Medium


  • 1 and 2/3 cups rice flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 spring onion, thinly sliced, plus extra, to serve
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup coriander leaves, plus extra, to serve
  • 1 cup shiso leaves* (perilla), plus extra, to serve
  • 1 cup Vietnamese mint leaves, plus extra, to serve
  • 2 red bird’s-eye chillies, thinly sliced, plus extra, to serve
  • 2 carrots, thinly shredded
  • 2 cups beans sprouts, trimmed
  • 24 cooked prawns, cleaned, peeled with tails intact
  • chilli jam* and iceberg lettuce leaves (optional), to serve
  • vegetable oil, to cook

*Ingredients available from Asian Grocers and some specialty supermarkets


Combine rice flour, coconut cream, turmeric, spring onion and 1 teaspoon of salt in a bowl with 500 ml (2 cups) water. Stir until a smooth batter forms. Cover and set aside to rest for 1 hour.

Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Brush with vegetable oil then add half a cup of batter, swirling pan to form a thin pancake.

Cook for 3 minutes or until just cooked through. Scatter half of the pancake with one-eighth of the herbs, chillies, carrot, bean sprouts and 3 prawns.

Flip the pancake in half to cover the filling and cook for a further 30 seconds to warm through, then remove with a spatula and place on a serving plate.

Repeat with remaining batter and filling ingredients. Serve with chilli jam, extra herbs, chilli, spring onion and lettuce, if desired.

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According to the Economist, Melbourne is the world’s most livable city for a sixth consecutive year. Melbourne is also known as Australia’s most culturally diverse city with a population made of individuals from over 140 nations and offering a series of different culinary stations from Mediterranean cuisine to Fusion food.  Today, Australian meals are more diverse than ever influenced by many different cultures and a selection of growing interest in Asian food –Melbourne food tour .  

If you are on the lookout for an exciting food adventure, Melbourne should be on your next travel destination list. Visit Lygon St for a classic Italian meal, explore the CBD area to hunt for the best dumpling in town and if you are a fan of Vietnamese food, immerse yourself in the flavours of Vietnamese cuisine at Richmond or Footscray. Not forgetting the famous Queen Victoria Market filled with endless food stalls with an amazing array of fresh seafood, cheese and seasonal produce.

Do you want to go beyond the ordinary food tour and immerse yourself in an exciting cooking experience while eating and drinking altogether? Join Otao Kitchen’s best Melbourne food tour with Private Food and Cooking tour as it includes:

  • A stroll through some of Melbourne’s historic neighbourhoods and exploring many Asian food hotspots, guided by Chef Ha
  • Learn fascinating history, culture, food industry and the Vietnamese community
  • Highlight some of the best restaurants throughout Richmond on Victoria St
  • Shop at some of the oldest Asian Groceries that offer a variety of Asian cooking sauces, fresh seasonal produce and exotic fruits.
  • An exclusive private cooking class where you will learn the essential ingredients to use to make an authentic Asian meal
  • Gain some basic cooking techniques and skills and indulge in the satisfaction of creating a meal

If you have something specific in mind, please get in touch so we can work something out together.  Call 0408 217 899 if you have any queries.  Please check out our Food and Cooking Tour programs here: http://bit.ly/2gQViFX

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Christmas is just around the corner so let’s start planning for the perfect activity! Can you believe December is approaching? This is probably the time of year where people are looking for the best Christmas gift, fun activities and memorable experiences for their family, friends, staff and colleagues.

So, if you are planning the best Christmas party activity for your teammates, I would suggest getting the ball rolling now!

A work Christmas party is the perfect way to reward or thank your staff for their hard work and celebrate the successes of the year. Also, everyone will have a good time together before they head off for their holidays.

Before you jump into any decisions, you should begin by brainstorming some interesting Christmas party ideas because everyone deserves a cool interactive activity. The following suggestions will help you drop the stress factor and carry on with the merry-jolly spirit:

1. Masterchef meets the office!

Center your party on an exciting activity by booking a hands-on Asian cooking class event where not only everyone will have a lot of fun, but learn a new skill too! Group cooking is a wonderful way to connect and engage your team. The team will work together to whip up the perfect Asian culinary and enjoy delicious authentic Asian meals with complimentary sparkling wine or beer. With Christmas music in the background, some festive decorations, plenty of Asian food advice and good company, Otao Kitchen will be the perfect venue for those who are up for an interactive cooking event. Contact us today and let us do all the organising! Click here to view the cooking class options: http://bit.ly/2dF5MEF

2. Something out of the box

Something out of the box such as enjoying the Escape Hunt Corporate Event experience, a great way to see how people think and solve some mysteries together. Click here for more details: http://bit.ly/2e6q3G7

3. How about heading outdoors and take part in the Amazing Race?

Another perfect way to work on your teamwork skill in a dynamic way. Click here for more details: http://bit.ly/2dCS4mW

Other factors to think about before booking:

Don’t forget to set the date, the guest list, the budget, any rewards or recognition prizes you want to present. Enquire now to get a tailored quote!

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Christmas is coming and we can no longer postpone the daunting task that is Christmas shopping! Hence, we will present our ultimate Christmas gift guide to help you get through Christmas shopping this year:

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These Christmas gift vouchers offers a range of Asian cooking classes in many of the major regions around Australia including Melbourne and Adelaide, perfect for those who have been wanting to learn how to cook or improve their cooking skills.

Enjoy a 25% discount when you use promo code XMAS17 and buy our cooking class gift voucher today – http://www.otaokitchen.com.au/christmas-gift-ideas/ Limited to the first 180 vouchers to be used in 2017!

Inspiring Asian Cookbooks

Choosing a worthy cookbook can be frustrating because the choices out there can be overwhelming. Lucky for you, we have searched and selected a few options for you to give to your foodie friends/relatives or any food lovers on your gift list. See below for our recommendations:

  • Adam Liaw’s Asian Cookery School (This is your guide to simple and traditional Asian home cooking) http://bit.ly/2eND2IA
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  • Street Food Asia by Luke Nguyen (a culinary exploration of street food in Asia)http://bit.ly/2euLrQp

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Best fish sauces are the umami of Southeast Asian foods. We know the magic it holds, but which brand is the best? Thailand and Vietnam have fish sauce brands sold in Australia, the US or the UK. Is the Vietnamese nuoc mam really superior to Thailand’s nam pla? Here we have some best fish sauces advice for you.

How best fish sauces are made?

How best fish sauces made is simple. Fish sauce maker buy an anchovies from the fishing boats. Because of hot and humid weather in Southeast Asia, people learn to mix sea salt and fish to keep the fish in better condition or preserve them. They will be put into large vat and ferment for a long period – normally one year to three year. The resulting liquid, best fish sauces. It’s the backbone of many Asian cuisine. The Thai call it Nam Pla. The Vietnamese call it Nuoc Mam. The Philippines call it Patis. The Korean call it Aek Jeot.

Fish fermentation had been a practice for several thousand years ago in the freshwaters of Southwest China and the Mekong River region. It then spread to coastal deltas and was applied to ocean fish to many countries in Asia.

The best fish sauces should have:

  • Tastes of best fish sauces are pure fish and sea salt and Fish should be the dominate flavour and salt. Nothing else
  • Tastes of best fish sauces are with fish and the ocean, and not “fishy”
  • The color of best fish sauce should be a dark amber
  • Tastes of best fish sauces can be sweetened naturally not from sugar or other additives

Brands of best fish sauce in Australia

Red Boat 40°N and 50°N — Phu Quoc, Vietnam
Shrimp & Crab — Thailand
MegaChef (30°N) — Thailand
Golden Boy — Thailand
Three Crabs — Hong Kong/Thailand
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Blis — Phu Quoc, Vietnam

Next time you’re shopping I’d urge you to read the labels. Check the country of origin, it’s often not what’s represented in the design. But most importantly, check the ingredients. Ideally, you want: fish and salt.

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Japanese restaurants are our favourite places to explore in Melbourne. Whether it’s a steaming bowl of ramen noodles, freshly sushi or a great kaiseki meal you’re after, you’ll find them on our Japanese restaurants’ list. Create a list of Japanese restaurants in Melbourne is a difficult task. We thought it is a little guide for Japanese restaurants’ lovers in Melbourne. Though they are NOT all the best Japanese restaurants in Melbourne and they are a great reference for you.
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Hakata Gensuke

168 Russell Street, Melbourne, 03 9663 6342 | 4/860 Glenferrie Rd · (03) 9819 2558

Hakata Gensuke is a Japanese noodle shop located at 168 Russell Street in Melbourne CBD. The business has two Japanese restaurants in Melbourne. They are specialized in broth noodle soup and Tonkotsu Ramen and Tsukemen. Chef Kousuke Yoshimura started Hakata tonkotsu ramen to Melbourne. No booking so just need to line up. We love our best ramen experience here.

Izakaya Den

Basement, 114 Russell Street, Melbourne, 03 9654 2977
The underground basement combines industrial with Japanese cartoon mascot – Master Den. They serve small bites – Japanese tapas dishes ready to share for the table. This is one of few Japanese restaurants in the area take booking for lunch and group 5-20 people. Their classic dishes are den chicken, sweet corn kakiage, tuna tataki, grilled pork belly with Japanese sake, beers and Victorian wines. We love their Scallops with wasabi oil hit.


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This Kappo-style eatery where you pick from a list of 40 ingredients and let chef Kentaro Usami create five, seven or nine Japanese courses. This is Japanese eatery that serves crumbed quail legs, caviar-dotted pearl meat, snapper, tofu and sweetcorn, and Japanese style tartare with lobster, salmon, sea grapes, crunchy black sesame crumbs.


Lower level, Collins Place, entry via 56 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, 03 9654 8933

Kenzan first opened its doors in 1981 and are known for our wide selection of sushi and a la carte menu for both lunch and dinner. Try agedashi tofu with mushrooms and ginger or ethereal chawan mushi packed with seafood and crisp vegetables.


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Request seats at the counter if you want to watch Hokkaido-born owner-chef Motomu Kumano prepare sashimi and sushi that goes beyond the familiar. Try crisp school prawns with garlic salt, and prising Tasmanian periwinkles in sea urchin garlic butter from their shells.


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