There is a famous tagline inspired by a budget airline, although I won’t mention its name. The tagline goes like this: “Now everyone can fly!” Of course, due to the present Covid-19 situation, flying is the last thing on our minds.
But thanks to Covid-19, people seem to have more family time together.
I’d like to think that Covid-19 has brought people closer to one another. And since most restaurants only provide takeaways, eating out is no longer fun. I hate takeaways or ‘tapau’ as we say in Chinese because by the time you get home, whatever you tapau-ed would be cold and needs to be reheated. So much work. I’d rather learn how to cook my favourite meals.
Last month, I discovered this cooking channel on YouTube dubbed ‘Spice n pans’. The chef, Roland, is the star of the channel, although once in a while, you’d see his dog moving around in the kitchen. I assume his wife is the videographer, but with the present technology, one can be the star and videographer at the same time. Just get a stand and set up your device, and walla, that’s it.
Anyway, this chef is amazing because he not only creates all the dishes that I often order when I bring my children out for dinner (this usually happens when I am overwhelmed with reports to write and I know I would make a mess to whatever meals I prepare), he also makes them look super easy. And the ingredients are easy to source. I may even have them in my small garden. So I was quite delighted to see this inspiring chef.
How easy is it to prepare a delicious Chinese meal?
With Chef Roland I can confidently say that he is the best online guru because even a person like me, who seldom cook anything but ginger chicken soup, could now churn something that could have come from one of the best Chinese restaurants in Kota Kinabalu.
For example, Chef Roland’s recent recipe share is Crispy Garlic Pork made with six basic ingredients: 220 grams of pork loin, grated garlic, light soya sauce, salt, water, crushed pepper and sweet potato or corn flour.
He made it all seem like a piece of cake, and the best part is, it is a piece of cake. That is his magic. With Chef Roland, I can confidently say that I can cook as well as him in my own kitchen just following his guidance on YouTube.
So, Chef Roland of Spice n Pans is now my source of inspiration for any Chinese dish I am pining for.
Since Covid-19 no longer allow me and my family to enjoy warm meals freshly prepared at kedai kopi and restaurants, I might as well churn something Chef Roland made.
To be able to cook a variety of meals other than maggi mee is a blessing, thanks to my online guru Chef Roland.
PS: check out his website too at this url http://www.spicenpans.com/