As a volunteer I am usually giving out the freebies but since I’ve been volunteering at MOSAIC, a multicultural centre in Chatswood (N.S.W. Australia), I often find myself on the receiving end. Volunteer Tutors are offered free lessons given by other tutors.
Today the lesson came with a free meal – Ayesha Islam was giving a demonstration on how to make a Thai chicken and toasted rice salad.
First a cup of Thai Jasmine rice was toasted until golden then pounded in a mortar and pestle until reduced to a fine grain. This rice powder can be bought ready made but the freshly toasted rice has the crunch and aroma that would be absent in the store bought variety.
It’s hard work and a noisy business but Ayesha said that the more noise a Thai woman makes while she’s cooking, the better she is judged as a cook.
Minced chicken is cooked in a little water and all the ingredients are then tossed together in a large bowl and the flavour is adjusted by adding fish sauce, sugar, torn mint leaves, lemon juice and chilli powder. The salad is then ready to be dished onto lettuce leaves and served with steamed rice. YUM
Minced beef or seafood may be used instead of chicken.