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We eat with our 5 senses, so let’s cook with our 5 senses.

Cooking by sight, smell, taste, sound, and touch allows you to cook the food to just the way you like it.

  • Time estimates specified in the recipes may not always be the best guide. They do not necessarily apply to all situations since cooking conditions will vary depending on the type and materials of utensils and stoves.
  • Cooking by sight: vegetables turning a vibrant, brighter green; vegetables and meat browning when caramelized; fish flakes with a fork; rapid, large bubbles mean boiling, whereas small, slow bubbles mean simmering.
  • Cooking by smell: cooking is also about bringing out the aromas from the ingredients - smell the aromatics, herbs, and spices as they cook.
  • Cooking by sound: the sizzling of the food tells you the pan is hot enough to vaporize the moisture rapidly, using ingredients with crunch adds to your eating experience, etc.
  • Cooking by touch: vegetables turn soft, proteins firm up when cooked. Control your preferred doneness by feeling the food with your spatula or chopstick, and if you prefer, with a clean finger. This will take practice and you will get better at it over time.

Last updated February 15, 2024