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Seven Kitchen Hacks to Help You Cook Like a Pro

Take your cooking to new heights with these seven kitchen hacks to help you cook like a pro. Learn how to make your own dumplings from scratch, whip up roti bread and roll sushi with our professional recipes for authentic Asian dishes.

DIY dumplings

Start by making your own dumpling wrappers using this recipe for fried Chinese meat dumplings, then experiment with the fillings to make pork, prawn and chive dumplings or Korean-style kimchi dumplings.

Fried Chinese Meat Dumplings Recipe

Crack open a crab

If you want to impress your guests at your next dinner party, it’s time to crack open a crab. Learn how to clean and prepare a crab, then use your new-found skills on this recipe for stir-fried crabs with XO sauce and egg noodles. It’s a show-stopper!

Stir Fry Crabs with Ginger and Spring onions Hong Kong Style

Butterfly a chicken

For even cooking over a barbecue or grill, master the art of butterflying a chicken using this step-by- step recipe for pad Thai barbecued butterfly chicken.

Pad-Thai-BBQ-Butterfly-Chicken

Make roti bread

Sure, you could take Option 1 and buy frozen roti for this roti canai and dhal curry recipe, but then you’d be missing half the fun! Instead, give Option 2 a go and marvel at your own roti-making skills.

Roti Canai and Dhal Curry Recipe

Roll your own sushi

Sushi has become a lunchtime staple in Australia. Skip the queues during your next lunch break by taking your own Japanese California rolls. Hint: slice them into rounds for crowd-pleasing canapes.

Japanese california rolls

Steam some buns

Everybody loves the fluffy char siu bao at yum cha, but very few would consider making them at home. Become one of the Asian cooking elite by trying your hand at these Chinese steamed buns with char siu pork filling.

Chinese Steamed Buns with Char Siu Pork Filling (Char Siu Bao)

Plate like a pro

Now that you’ve mastered these professional Asian recipes, learn how to plate like a pro, too. For a modern take on a Thai curry, consider the presentation of this Thai red curry duck, which looks like it’s been plucked straight from the pages of a glossy food magazine.

Thai Red Curry Duck Recipe

And don’t forget to share your results with us on Instagram! Simply tag @AsianInspirations.com.au for more foodie fun.

For more professional Asian recipes, learn about Korean kitchen skills with Heather Jeong or read Pearly Kee’s tips on Peranakan cooking.

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