When they’re in the kitchen, most chefs follow a set of rules or practice certain techniques. Many of them flavor their dishes with a selection of tried and tested powders and pastes. Some instinctively know how much to add to bring out varying depths of flavor.
Chef Fernando “Ferns” Aracama says that the most important thing when cooking is “bringing out the natural flavors of the ingredients.” He recently experimented with a new product that many international chefs are already using called Knorr Concentrated Chicken Liquid Seasoning from Unilever Food Solutions.
He discovered that while powders and pastes have their charm, seasonings in liquid format provide an inimitable and undeniable zing.
The liquid format is closest to the actual flavorful broths and concentrates chefs make from scratch by boiling bones and vegetable aromatics. This format removes the need for the drying process that turns flavors into dry powder or seasonings, so you’re getting the fullest flavor. Not only is it natural and authentic, it also gives dishes an appetizing sheen.
Chef Ferns cooked stir-fried chicken and vegetables with aromatics like onion and garlic. He finished it with a light seasoning of Knorr Concentrated Liquid Seasoning and was delighted with the result. “The most notable difference in my dishes is that I still tasted the cabbage and the broccoli. It lifted the flavors and guarantees consistency in all our dishes,” he said.
Unlike powders and pastes that need to be dissolved, the liquid is quickly incorporated in your dishes. Now there’s no more need to pre-dissolve bouillons in hot water. Chef Ferns appreciated how versatile the new product is because aside from stir fries, it can also be used for soups and sauces. At the test kitchens of Unilever Food Solutions, the liquid seasoning was used to prepare creamy Filipino-style seafood bouillabaise and even a hearty fusilli pasta with shrimps in tomato cream sauce. With Knorr Concentrated Liquid Seasoning, dosing is made easier because one teaspoon is exactly one teaspoon. There’s no risk of over or underseasoning a dish. “It has more meat, less salt and it completely enhances the flavors of the dish you use it in. Knorr Concentrated Chicken Liquid Seasoning brings out the flavor of my dishes allowing me to elevate the taste of my dishes,” Chef Ferns said.
Chef Ferns’ Stir-fried Chicken and Vegetables in Lettuce Cups
Canola oil 45 ml
White onion, chopped 80 g
Ground chicken 100 g
Blanched broccoli florets 80 g
Blanched asparagus spears 40 g
Blanched carrot, cut into small cubes 40 g
Garlic cloves, finely minced 30 g
Water 30 ml
Knorr Concentrated Chicken Liquid Seasoning 20 ml
Fresh cracked black pepper
Pre-portioned lettuce cups
Roasted peanuts, chopped for garnish 40 g
Preparation: 15 minutes
Heat the oil in a wok.
Add the onions and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
Add the chicken and cook for 2 minutes.
Add all the vegetables, stir fry for 1 minute.
Stir in the garlic.
Add a splash of water and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
Season with the Knorr Concentrated Chicken Liquid Seasoning and black pepper.
Portion onto lettuce cups and garnish with chopped peanuts.