A good chicken stock is the basis for most sauces and soups in Chinese cooking, including Chinese corn and chicken soup. At Wickedfood Cooking School, we save all the offcuts from chicken carcasses that we use, in the freezer, and then once a month make a large quantity of stock which we then freeze in 500ml quantities. It is important to boil the stock for a long time at very low heat, barely simmering.
±500g chicken carcasses/bones and/or necks
±500g pork spare ribs or meat bones
4 spring onions, each tied in a knot
12 slices ginger, crushed with a cleaver
1/3 cup (80ml) rice wine
- Remove any excess fat from the bones and discard. Chop bones into large pieces.
- Place bones into a stock pot with spring onions, ginger and water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat to a mere simmer and cook for 3-4 hours. Skim to remove any impurities.
- Strain through a fine strainer and discard the solids. Leave in the fridge overnight and then skim any remaining fat from the surface.
- Return the stock to a pot add the rice wine and salt to taste. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes.
- Store in the fridge for up to 3 days or freeze in small portions.
Makes ± 3L.
Wickedfood Cooking school runs cooking classes throughout the year at its purpose-built Johannesburg cooking studios. Cookery classes are run in the mornings and evenings 7 days a week (subject to a minimum of 12 people). The venue is also popular for corporate events and private functions – team building cooking classes, birthdays, kitchen teas, and dinner parties with a difference.
Our cooking lessons are hands-on, where every person gets to participate in the preparation of the dishes. They are also a lot of fun where you not only learn new skills, but get to meet people with similar interests. For corporate groups and teambuilding cooking classes these events are a novel way of creating staff interaction or entertaining clients.