Written by Jenna Wang
Now more than ever, people are finding inspiration in the kitchen. Pinoys have recently seen a spike of recipes trending online—from Korean coffees to hacks of our favorite restaurant dishes so you can enjoy them even at home. And because of this, more and more of us are experimenting in the kitchen, some of us for the very first time!
For those who are diving into this completely new, yet exciting, territory, let us tell you this—cooking is a great hobby and an invaluable skill that you will completely fall in love with. But sometimes, we all just need a little bit of help to get started. So if you’re looking to upgrade your home cooking skills, here are 5 useful tips for you!
5. Start small, and don’t be afraid to try.
Cooking may seem extremely intimidating when starting out, but there are so many great dishes out there that are actually quite simple to make! So don’t be afraid to try. Dishes that may seem overly fancy and intricate like pasta, noodles, pizza, or even a baked salmon and vegetable pairing can take 30 minutes or even less to create.
So get rid of that mentality that “easy” recipes don’t taste as good—in fact, there are lots of simple dishes out there that can impress your friends and family and make you look like a pro. Need some recipes to get you started? There are online resources like Knorr’s chatbot, Norie, to help you explore recipes. Plus, here are some simple dishes that we can recommend!
4. Go spice things up!
One of the most important things in making a good, impressive dish is the flavor. Investing in cooking essentials and stocking your kitchen with the basic ingredients, seasonings, and spices can improve any cooking practice. Essentials like salt, pepper, butter, good cooking oil (olive oil is recommended if you don’t mind spending a bit more!) and spices are all easily obtainable. Make sure you have the most commonly used spices in hand like nutmeg, paprika, cumin, cayenne, and herbs like thyme, rosemary, and oregano.
For making classic Pinoy favorites, Knorr Broth Cubes and Knorr Liquid Seasoning are pantry must-haves. They instantly add flavor to your dishes, bringing out that perfect linamnam each time! Adding spices and seasonings are those “small things that make a big difference” in cooking that will truly elevate your dishes.
3. Remember that you don’t have to make everything from scratch.
Cooking is best when you’re just having fun, so don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Keep in mind that home-cooking doesn’t mean you have to make everything from scratch! Don’t have garlic with you? It’s totally okay to use garlic powder. Or use tomato paste rather than fresh tomatoes.
Want to learn how to make your mom’s specialty sinigang? Knorr Sinigang Mix gives you that perfect asim each time. So nostalgic! And if you prefer other hot soups, Knorr also has ready-to-cook mixes like everyone’s favorite Crab and Corn Soup or Cream of Mushroom Soup.
Don’t be afraid of utilizing ready-made ingredients. You can always still personalize your dishes by adding twists and serving it how you want it. Remember to aim for progress, not perfection.
2. Practice makes perfect.
A cliche, but true. After all, nobody perfects their craft overnight! Especially when it comes to the mastery of cooking, patience is an absolute necessity. If a dish you cook doesn’t turn out like the picture in the recipe you followed, don’t be disappointed. Keep in mind that that dish was probably done by a pro! And that every time you try, every time you practice, you are getting there too.
The most important thing is to have fun while cooking. The rest will follow if you give it some time. In no time, you will be cooking a recipe by heart, even adding your own personal touches to the dish. You’ll get there. Just practice, practice, practice, and don’t give up.
1. Get inspiration from recipe experts.
Screenshot from Knorr Philippines Facebook Messenger
Perhaps nanay isn’t always available to answer your cooking-related questions? Don’t feel discouraged if you need a little help with recipes and have no one to ask. There are many online resources available right under your fingertips.
You can try Knorr Philippines’ online chatbot “Norie”, your new kumare in the kitchen. Norie is an online chatbot that can help Pinoys find new exciting recipes to cook at home and even assist you in meal-planning, making your kitchen adventures a breeze! Easy to use and happy to help, Norie is available to chat with you 24/7. All you have to do is send a message to Knorr Philippines on Facebook Messenger and Norie will immediately respond, ready to assist you with anything you need. With your new kitchen kumare, recipes that are resto-style sarap can now be prepared by you right in the comforts of your home.
As long as you have the cooking essentials, an open mind, and the passion, the world is your oyster. Especially with Knorr’s new online chatbot Norie, making simple dishes that you love is now easier than ever. Have fun cooking!