I remember when i was a kid, i grew up watching the occasional cooking shows that they air on TV3 or NTV7. One that really sticks to the back of my mind is "Yan can Cook" by Martin Yan. With a hilarious accent, he bastardize chinese recipes to make it simpler for Americans to understand and accept. That being said, he wasn't all that bad because he does show off quite a few fancy knife tricks but the best part is his tagline at the end "If Yan can cook, so can you!"
Well because of that line, i have been inspired to introduce a "Joe can cook!" series.
After all, living in a foreign place with no income yet, eating out is certainly not cheap. Every meal has to be converted to RM to make me feel that much guilty. There's also the extra disadvantage of not having your mom around to cook for you at home too. However, Melbourne is blessed with great produce, with a market that can be considered quite sparkling clean compared to Malaysia, the last resort (which is really not that bad) means you have to cook.
For someone who knows how to eat more than he cooks, if Joe can cook (without any explosions in the kitchen), certainly can anyone out there reading this.
So i thought for starters, we will involve just a pot and a stove.
1. Prawns (peeled, either buy peeled prawns or peel prawns before cooking); an individual portion should be around 150-200 grams
2. One Avocado (ripe)
3. Salt and Pepper
4. Mayonnaise (Japanese preferred, if not your usual preference of full fat or low fat mayo)
5. Half a lemon
1. Boil water and season with salt. Throw prawns in boiling water for 3-4 minutes or until the colour of the prawn has entirely changed into an orange hue. Drain water and rinse with cold water to prevent further cooking.
2. Once prawns have been rested to a room temperature, mix with mayonnaise, lemon, salt and pepper. Base the taste on your personal preference, less creamy or more creamy.
3. Chill your prawns in the fridge for one hour.
4. Cut your avocado into slices and arrange on plate.
5. Plate everything and eat. Can be served on toast as well.
Doesn't it look gorgeous?
You know you want some.
So there you have it, a simple salad that is easy to make and it proves that Joe can cook!