Learning to cook Filipino food

FILIPINO cuisine was the theme of the Naracoorte Diversity Hub's latest cooking master class.

On the menu this time was chicken spring rolls, pork and chicken adobo, a noodle dish and a dessert called maja blanca.

Over a dozen people attended the session at Sunrise Christian School's activity room on August 26 to learn more about the culture in a relaxed and social environment.

Principal Anne Dolan welcomed everyone and introduced the ladies who would be putting on the step-by-step demonstrations.

Amy Garcia and children Kimberly, Gavin and Max prepared the spring rolls and main adobo dish, while Marjory Apor cooked the dessert and Nelly Castro the noodles.

Guests enjoyed tasting the different flavours and textures.

To complement the evening, a display of all things Filipino was set up around the room.

Tables and pin boards were adorned with bamboo, coconuts, banana leaves, pepper corns, bay leaves, photos and traditional costumes.

Sunrise Christian School students helped by colouring in pictures of buffalos - the unofficial animal of the Philippines.

Mrs Dolan said the Naracoorte Diversity Hub formed about three years ago.

"We noticed there were a lot of people living in Naracoorte from other countries so we wanted to make it easier for them...a more comfortable and friendly place," she said.

"The classes have been well supported by the community.

"Filipino families are a growing group in Naracoorte."

She said it was a successful night and a great opportunity to taste some other foods.

Last year there were two cooking master classes - one focussed on Thai food with Fon Jones and the other was Bangladeshi cuisine with Dr Pulak and Shilpi Sarker.

The hub has plans to host another cooking master class in 2015.