My Kitchen Rules – The Tassie Girls Are Out
Seriously how freaking lucky are Kane and Lee in this show. Last week when they were surely on their last legs Kel and Ash had to withdraw from the competition, and this week it was a Chinese cooking challenge. Lee was in her cooking comfort zone.
Another gripe I had about tonight was early on in the episode you could tell who the bottom two were going to be, and the team who was eliminated. Esther looked so downcast in her to camera pieces it was a no brainer the Tassie team was gone. Also at the beginning of the episode they made a comment about how they thought they were one of the stronger teams remaining, always a clear sign you about to go belly up.
Tonight the challenge was to cook in one of Sydney’s leading Chinese restaurants for some of Chinatowns leading restanteurs. It would have been good if they had introduced who they were to the camera and which restaurants they were from. I get the feeling if they were the usual white anglos we would have known which restaurants they were from.
The first part was a bit like the Amazing Race where the first three teams back with their ingredients got to cook first. They had an hour to cook their dish.
Bill and Alex’s dish was Coral Trout with Black Bean Sauce with Lotus Root and Cucumber Salad. They kept on saying they were not comfortable cooking chinese food, so I could not work out why you would cook lotus roots. It is not the easiest to cook to make it palatable.
The judges thought the fish was quite well cooked. Pete thought it was not appealing to the eye. one of the restanteurs thought cucumber does not go with fish, and the lotus roots were to sweet. While another one quite liked it.
Nick and Ann-Marie – Cantonese Lobster and pork stir fry with black bean sauce. Nick’s role was to deal with the lobster and then he left it in the steamer. Again there was tension in the kitchen between them, and Lee confirmed my theory that “babe” was used as a passive-aggressive missive rather than an endearment.
The judges did not think the dishes went together but the flavours was there.
Kane and Lee – Steamed Oysters with XO Sauce & Vermicelli and vegetables. It could not be faulted by the judges. Pretty impressive considering they made their own XO sauce.
After the first three finished it was Esther and Ali, and Daniela and Stefania’s turn to cook.
Daniela cleared up something for me when she said it is very difficult to remember quantities when you don’t have a book in front of you. So they don’t have the recipe secreted under the kitchen bench.
Esther and Ali made Mu Shu Pork Pancakes – The meat was cut too thick, but the judges liked it. However their salt and pepper tofu was too salty.
Daniela and Stefania made dumplings with stirfry prawns. They were having a disaster, the dumpling wrappers they made were cracking up. They could not get the sauce serving with it right. The judges did not like the dumpling as it was not cooked. The prawns were unevenly cooked. Pete thought it was all a disaster.
The bottom two were going in a cook off. Daniela and Stefania and Esther and Ali were the two teams fighting for survival. I actually thought Bill and Alex should have been in the bottom two, as the only component of their dish they got right was the fish. Whereas Ali and Esther had done the pork, pancakes and their vegetable dish well.
The two teams had to make their signature dish.
WA’s team was braised rabbit on mashed potato and vegetables. Pete loved the flavour combination of the olives and chillis. But they did not like the rabbit livers as they were overcooked.
Esther and Ali were making Slow Cooked Chicken on saurkraut. The judges liked it but hey said the beans and potato let it down. Manu thought the saurkraut was too sour.
In the end the Tassie girls were eliminated.