It’s the perfect recipe for a great day out- the chance to enjoy a cooking class with 2009 MasterChef finalist Poh Ling Yeow, as well as get up close and personal with a character from hit movie Kung Fu Panda 3! North Shore Mum Rachel Potter took her son Reef along to the extra-special event celebrating the release of the film on DVD. Plus, see below to try a recipe for yourself at home!
How excited would your young child be if they were going to meet Po the Panda from Kung Fu Panda fame (in real life – not pretend!) and cook and eat their own delicious dinner?
For my 5 year old boy, who adores Panda Po and is an eating machine, it was all his dreams come true in one afternoon! That I had one very excited little boy was an understatement.
I might add that I was rather excited myself as the event included the opportunity to cook with Masterchef series 1 finalist, Poh Ling Yeow. And she is one of the nicest people you will meet! Having seen her on TV and following her story on SBS cooking show Poh&Co, I was humbled to be learning some cooking tips from her. Even my young son Reef was enamoured with her infectious giggle and enthusiasm for the dish we would be cooking.
On the menu was the delicious dish, Mr Ping’s noodles, and Reef outright told me he didn’t need or want my help! Poh was definitely his favourite cook. Happily, the noodle dish is super easy, delicious, and a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen. Reef even pulled out his most serious kung fu moves to try to impress Po (though I’m not sure how impressive they were) and we both managed to sneak a cuddle with the real-life Panda Po, the beloved character from the film.
If you don’t know the movie series, Kung Fu Panda 3 was one of the best reviewed films of the year, and one of the top five grossing films of 2016 worldwide. The film follows Po who, after reuniting with his long-lost father, travels to a secret village and meets tons of hilarious new panda friends and family members. But when the supernatural villain Kai challenges all the Kung Fu masters across China, Po must discover the teacher within himself and train his clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!
The second dish on the menu was Master Shifu’s Chicken Dumplings, also a fantastic meal that is a great way to encourage your children to be hands-on in the preparation of food. I always find that if my boys are involved in meal prep they have a great sense of ownership and always eat what’s on their plate. In this case, Reef was so excited by the whole experience, he asked if he could cook dinner for the family the following night! His fondness of Panda Po, having seen Kung Fu Panda 3 at the cinema, really encouraged him to be interested in cooking the noodles and making a connection with what he was cooking and eating.
Mr Ping’s Pork Noodles
- 2-3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
- 2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 250g pork neck, finely sliced
- 10 small prawns
- 1/2 medium cabbage, shredded 1cm width OR equivalent amount of Chinese cabbage, choy sum or bok choy, sliced into 4cm pieces
- 3 tablespoons of thick soy (sometimes called caramel soy but is NOT Kecap manis or dark soy)
- 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon of light soy
- 500g of Hokkien noodles
- 2 cups of chicken stock or water
- Heat oil in a medium sized wok and sauté garlic until slightly golden
- Combine pork and prawns in wok and stir fry until cooked through and then add cabbage. Stir fry for a further 2 mins.*
- Add caramel soy, oyster sauce, light soy, noodles and chicken stock or water. Simmer until cabbage and noodles are just tender and stock has reduced a little. Serve immediately.
*If using other Asian greens (which are a more watery vegetable), add at the end while noodles are simmering, so as not to overcook the vegetables. You want them to retain a nice crunch.
DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda 3 Awesome Edition includes 2 All-New Kung Fu Panda Animated Shorts, Everybody Loves a Panda Party Karaoke and much more fun making it perfect for family movie night! Kung Fu Panda 3 is out now on Blu-ray, DVD and digital.