Let Petits Chefs in the Asian kitchen with Chef Vanessa Yeung

Les Petits Chefs are lucky guys. First, that so many Toronto chefs and foodies are willing to donate their time (and often ingredients) to come and work with them in our science lab, but also that so many of them want to come back and work with them again and again. Case in point – Chef Vanessa Yeung (owner/ partner of Aphrodite Cooks) – she’s made dumplings, more dumplings, and yes, more dumplings with the guys on her previous visits – she’s the dumpling queen!  So this visit she wanted to try something different, something to rival the dumplings in terms of keeping little hands busy.  She chose cold rolls and BBQ pork and chicken crisps – ambitious, for sure with just an hour to work in!

The boys got to work right away, chopping the ingredients for the cold rolls. I’m always super impressed with their knife skills!

They worked with some hard-to-cut ingredients this week including mangoes and avocados. They did a great job.

And check out the even slivers of cucumber and peppers below… And the neat pile of well shredded lettuce and mint and coriander carefully separated from the stalks.

Now the fun part – filling the rice papers.  I was actually on the other side of the lab working with “Team BBQ Crisps” so by the time I ventured over to “Team Cold Rolls” it was a frenzy of activity. And, err, some “interesting” looking rolls.

(It’s not what they look like, it’s what they taste like, right? 😉 )

Over on Team BBQ Crisps, the boys got to work dicing the meat – BBQ pork and chicken from Fiesta Farms.

Then they got to work filling little squares of puff pastry, egg washing them and sprinkling with sesame seeds… Again – nice job guys!

I’ll definitely be making these again myself – so easy but so impressive – I mean can’t you see these at some fancy cocktail party?

Thanks again Chef Vanessa for taking the time to come and work with the boys – they love your classes (and so do their parents!).

If you live in Toronto, you should definitely check out Vanessa’s cooking class schedule at the studio. And hey, you might just recognise the instructor of the macaron class there … 😉

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10 Responses to Let Petits Chefs in the Asian kitchen with Chef Vanessa Yeung

  1. Paula October 4, 2012 at 08:16 #

    Yes, I’d definitely serve these puff pastries at a cocktail party and you are correct, it’s not what it looks like but how it tastes that matters. Boys did a great job slicing everything for the cold rolls.

  2. Ann Mah October 4, 2012 at 12:14 #

    What a cute post! And the photo of the summer rolls made me laugh — though they sound delicious. Mango, avocado, cilantro — yum!

  3. Geoff October 5, 2012 at 00:23 #

    Do they eat the food they prepare on the spot or do they take it home?
    I was hungry just looking at the photographs this week.
    Good work LPCs.

    • Mardi (eat. live. travel. write.) October 5, 2012 at 05:58 #

      They are SUPPOSED to wait until they get home but it’s not always the case 😉

      • Teresa October 6, 2012 at 17:35 #

        Liam’s pastry was enjoyed by me before it made home! It was so much better than the commercial bakery version. Thanks, Mardi and Vanessa!

  4. Your pictures are so colorful and delicious that I’d like to eat like straight away 🙂

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