Friday, October 2, 2015

Oodles of Chinese Noodles with Chef Florence Kwok...

I was delighted to be invited to a Chinese cooking class taught by reknown Toronto Chef Florence Kwok specializing in authentic Asian cuisines. Chef Kwok`s previous career with the airlines industry enabled her to experience the diversity of food in many cultures. Her passion for food led her to share her knowledge with others by teaching a variety of Asian cooking classes at Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstores, and Fortinos. She's been featured on Breakfast Television, Oh So Cosmo and cooking segments on Chinese TV channels. 

Contacted by the community room manager at a Fortinos location in Burlington, my visit was more of an observatory one, as she was interested in my services as a cooking instructor in the new year. The class setting is intimate with a maximum of 15 participants and there are two assistants on hand to help. As I contemplate the possible themes I want to share with my future audience, Chef Kwok had hers engaged in questions or chuckles with her witty antics. A natural entertainer!

I loved Florence`s easy-going instruction style peppered with substitution tips, Asian techniques and of course, humour. The ebb and flow of the four noodle dishes for the night was just perfect, with an enjoyable full plate tasting followed by each thorough recipe demonstration. She`s been known to make her dishes seem simple by breaking down the recipes. I am taking note :).

And believe me, we were heartily fed-- we had oodles of noodles coming out of our yinyang :)

From Top Left Clockwise: Spicy Noodles with Peanut Sauce, Shanghai-Style Fried Pork with Noodles,
Rice Noodles with Beef and Black Bean Sauce and Rice Vermicelli with Chicken Sate and Herbs 

Chef Kwok preparing Rice Noodles with Beef and Black Bean Sauce

Stay tuned for updates on adult cooking class(es) I look forward to teaching here in 2016!


  1. It can be very fun to create dinner in the China way because every friend can be involved into the process. Fresh made dinner are often known to in many dishes for China dinner. It is easy to understand to create China dinner freshly before you cook them.

  2. These meals are the Chinese noodles and also the noodle soup which are quite common in Chinese booths. Phoenix Chinese Restaurant