Thursday, November 29, 2007
Style File: Wok Star
So, admit it, you made a mess last time you tried to make Asian food. Well, that doesn't mean you can't master Asian cooking. In today's Style File, Seven's Belkys Nerey shows us how to "wok" it out.
WSVN -- So you want to be a rock star? Sorry, can't help you there, but if you want to be a wok star we've got just the person.
Eleanor Hoh is a wok master, and she wants to teach you, grasshopper, how to make a mean stir-fry.
Eleanor Hoh: "I teach using my no-recipe, no-measuring, no-calorie-counting technique."
Hoh offers three-hour Wok Star classes where she teaches her students how to make 30-minute, one dish meals in the wok.
Eleanor Hoh: "The three most important things are a good wok, high heat and fresh ingredients."
Babette Herschberger: "I am a certified wok star. I've cooked about 10 times."
To keep things sizzling, the classes are held at unique spaces, like art galleries and furniture show rooms.
Lindsay Panzek: "This space is gorgeous. This is one of the places I would want in my home."
It's not all wok and no play. The class is interactive, so you might get to cook and, if not, there's plenty of food and drinks to go around.
Miryam Rojas: "The eating, the drinking, the socializing!"
Yajaira Acevedo: "I actually took the class with my boyfriend. It was good. We were able to spend some time together and also learn something that we can do together."
If you don't want to do all the cooking, head over to Wok Nights at the Mandarin Oriental on Wednesday and Thursday nights.
Fion Wong: "We have our award-winning wok chef prepare special dishes every week."
For just $8, you can sample wok dishes like kobe beef or soft shell crab and down a specially-paired cocktail like a raspberry margarita for $10.
Katherine Wald: "Everything in Miami is pricey and to have this kind of meal for this price is a steal."
It's not wok 'n' roll, but a harpist plays while you enjoy your food and soak-in the Asian atmosphere.
Matthew Lieberman: "The food is excellent, and the drinks are always great, and you can't beat the beautiful hotel."
A fun way to stir up trouble during the week.
Belkys Nerey: "Wok Nights at the Mandarin go from 5 to 8 p.m. As for Eleanor, in addition to her classes, she also sells her Wok Star kits and has DVDs, so you can learn at home."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
500 Brickell Key Drive
Miami, FL 33131