Dot Com Pho – Cook Like A Chef Edition

We didn’t order a lot of food for this edition of Dot Com Pho because we had a cooking class with Chef Philippe Thomelin of Olivar Restaurant. The class was held at the Bargreen Ellingson test kitchen, which is only 10 minutes away from Pho Thanh Vi.

Olivar Restaurant combines Chef Philippe’s deep roots from growing up in the Loire Valley of France, the influence of his Catalan grandmother and his love of all things Spanish to create dishes that reflect his philosophy of using the freshest, most seasonal seafood, meat and produce to create high quality food.

For our class, Chef Philippe showed us how to create two dishes featured at his restaurant. Like all fine dining chefs, he made it look easy and taste great. I get the feeling my results won’t be anywhere near as good when I try it. In addition to cooking like a chef, we tried a few new dishes at Thanh Vi and talked about the rapture that wasn’t.

Chef Philippe Thomelin

Chef Philippe Thomelin and John Chow

Prawns, Avocado & Orange Salad

Prawns, avocado & orange salad

  • 24 prawns
  • 4 avocado
  • 2 oranges
  • Juice of I orange
  • I carrot
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 clove
  • Juice of 2 lemons + zest
  • 1 garlic clove, finely diced
  • 1 shallot, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Bring a saucepan with 1 quart of water, the white wine, onion, carrot, bay leaf and clove to a boil and simmer for about 30 minutes. Let cool down.

Clean the prawns, bring the stock to a boil, add the prawns and cook for about 4 minutes. Take out of the liquid and let it cool off in the fridge.

For the dressing, combine the lemon zest, lemon juice, orange juice, shallot and garlic together. Wisk in the olive oil until it emulsifies.

Slice the avocado and mix with prawns and oranges, season with salt and pepper and add the dressing.

Albondigas de Cordero

Albondigas de Cordero

  • I lb ground lamb
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp poivron rouge
  • 1 tbsp pimenton dulce
  • 2 lemon juice
  • salt & pepper

Mix all the ingredients with the ground meat together and roll into small balls, making sure the meat is packed tight.

Cook in a frying pan in olive oil over medium heat, turning the meatballs often. Reduce the heat to low to finish to cook for about 10 to 15 minutes or until the meat is cooked.

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37 thoughts on “Dot Com Pho – Cook Like A Chef Edition”

  1. fazal mayar says:

    nice meals and learning cooking can be fun!

    1. Yes I always ask John to add one video where he will cook …

      John come on … it can be only noodles … but we would love to see …

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        Well, now he’s got the training. Let’s see it John!

      2. You boil noodles, that would be pretty simple.

    2. Looks like an expensive Dot Com Pho.

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        The food usually looks so good, I think they’re all probably expensive, heheh.

        1. Yea, this was probably one of the more expensive Dot Com Pho’s

    3. Handbags says:

      I agree with you Fazal 🙂 The food looks amazing. I would not have mind being there as well. The Prawns, Avocado & Orange Salad looks very tasty! What was your favorite meal John?

  2. David Hodge says:

    I like the lamb meat balls

  3. Another great meal, Vancouver sure has lots of great restaurants.

    1. He is in seatle not in Vancouver.

      1. Kevin Kimes says:

        For some reason I had the impression that He was Vancouver based. Hmm, now I wonder how I got that misconception.

      2. And there is still a lot of great restaurants in Vancouver.

  4. David Ledoux says:

    John, I’d like to see you do a followup video to this post. In 30 days I’d like to see you attempt to recreate one of these recipes from memory at home. It might lead to a regular gig on The Cooking Channel, who knows? You could give income boosting tips while you made your version od the prawn salad.

    1. Don’t think John would want a gig on the Cooking Channel with all that he has to do.

    2. Handbags says:

      I agree with you David, John it would be awesome seeing you cook one of these meals or even better, making one up your self. And have a couple of your friends taste the foods. Do you like cooking John? Do you think you would be into that?

  5. There is something really inspiring about watching a chef create a meal. I never had catfish stew before.

    John, my understanding was that Saturday was the beginning of the end of the world but not the “official end.”

    That kitchen was clean and spotless the way a restaurants kitchen should be. The food looks awesome.

    1. John Chow says:

      Well, it looks like the end didn’t even begin. 🙂

      1. Thank God because my blog is finally starting to take off. There wasn’t any hot waitresses in this video. Next time I guess.

      2. Handbags says:

        I know it would not happen. I trusted in Gods word and not man’s.

        1. would love to know God’s word …. Please share with us ….

          1. Have a look at an online Bible, that’s God’s Word.

      3. So you were expecting …

  6. fas says:

    So John is now learning to cook 🙂

    1. Yeah and we would love to see John to cook ….

      John what you can make without anyone’s help ?

  7. The first dish looks really….ugh interesting, but the second one looks really good! lol Maybe next time try to make a bigger portion.

  8. Wow man that looks delicious making me hungry 🙂

    1. so no food from pho this weekend … john hows waitress … Any reply from her.

    2. Kevin Kimes says:

      Well, the dessert and that funky salad sure looked good.

  9. LOL @ the “I’m John Chow” shirt! I also like the idea of getting desert first. Poundcake for the win! (Of course I probably would’ve been too full to eat the rest of the meal but hey that poundcake looks worth it)

  10. Congratulation John you are still alive and posting …

    1. so that we are able to see more interesting post

  11. Kevin Kimes says:

    I can’t figure out how to pronounce “Pho”. As a fluent speaker of Americanese, it seems Pho Thanh Vi would be pronounced almost like Photon Vee. Obviously I am wrong, though. Sounds like John is pronouncing it more like “Fur”, but not exactly.

  12. Louie Sison says:

    How do you suggest this to a starting online business?

  13. Prawn and avocado is weird but it looks yummy. 🙂

  14. flash game says:

    good try john.you can be a good chef.

  15. Dish looks so yummy love to eat

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