Chef behind Mr Wong shares his recipe for the perfect grilled cheese – and how to take it to the next level
The chef behind Sydney’s famous Mr Wong restaurant Dan Hong shared his recipe for the perfect cheese sandwich.
Dan, from Sydney, said the cheese toastie is one of the most comforting dishes you can make while stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic.
To make his grilled cheese, Dan said you only need a few different types of cheese, bread, butter and an assortment of spices.
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The chef behind Sydney’s famous Mr Wong restaurant Dan Hong shared his recipe for the perfect grilled cheese (Dan pictured with his grilled cheese)
Dan said that to take the grilled cheese (photo) to the next level you really need to focus on the cheese – he chose cheddar for flavor and mozzarella for stretchability
What do you need for Dan Hong’s cheese toastie?
* Sourdough Bread
* Candied garlic
* Salt and pepper
* Japanese mayonnaise
“I have this sourdough in my fridge, which is a few days old and a little hard, but it doesn’t matter,” Dan said in a Instagram video on his recipe.
Dan used mozzarella cheese in his toastie, as well as cheddar – because these offer both flavor and stretch.
“First cut your bread until you have two nice slices about an inch thick,” he said.
“Next, cover the outside of each glass of bread with a very generous serving of butter.”
Dan said you should absolutely cover the bread on the sides as this will form the base of your cheesy buttery bread.
Dan’s (pictured) simple trick to elevate the toastie is to caramelize some extra cheese at the end and coat the finished toastie in it
Then he told you to turn it over, add three cloves of his candied garlic on the inside and spread over the bread.
“After the candied garlic, I add some Japanese mayo in a twist to make the toastie a bit creamier,” Dan explained.
He adds some extra flavor with a few sprigs of thyme, but said rosemary would work just as well here.
On one side of the bread, you need candied garlic, Japanese mayo, butter, and you need two different types of cheese (photo). You can also add rosemary or thyme for extra flavor
Cook the toastie in butter in a pan for three or four minutes on one side, turn it over and do the other side (see picture)
How to make candied garlic from Dan Hong
* Peel some garlic so that you only have the cloves.
* Put them in a pan with some vegetable oil and thyme.
* Keep it at a low temperature and let it hiss for 20-25 minutes.
“I use two different kinds of cheese: grated mozzarella and a British cheddar,” said Dan.
“The cheddar is for the taste, while the mozzarella is good for stretch.”
He also added some pepper, a little salt and spread some harissa paste on the other side of the bread that the cheese is not on.
“Put it on it, use your knife to press it down and we’re ready to cook it,” he said.
The goal is to make it crispy golden brown before putting the toastie in the oven (cooking shown)
The 37-year-old chef went on to say that once you preheat the oven to 200 degrees, you should put the grilled cheese in a pan, where you’ve melted some butter.
“Let it brown on one side for two to three minutes, then turn it over,” he said.
“You’re looking for that golden brown color.”
Once you’ve accomplished that, put it in the oven for another three to four minutes – maybe flip it over once or twice.
“Take it out and put it on some paper to drain the excess butter,” Dan said.
Dan (photo) said the secret to making the ‘next level’ is that the bread feels cheesy so you get those ‘crunchy cheesy bits of bread that come out of the side when you bite into it’
While many would stop there and have a perfectly good grilled cheese, Dan said the secret to making the ‘next level’ is that the bread feels cheesy so you get those ‘crunchy cheesy pieces of bread that come out the side like bite you in ‘.
‘Pour some more of the same cheeses you used into the pan, let them melt and caramelize, then add the sandwich in the last 20 seconds, turn it over and the whole should top the sandwich as a large layer crunchy cheese, “said Dan.
“That’s how you get next-level grilled cheese.”
The chef’s Instagram followers were incredibly impressed with his creation, saying it looked ‘amazing’ and ‘absolutely incredible’ (Dan in the picture with Mr Wong)
The chef’s Instagram followers were incredibly impressed with his creation, saying it looked ‘amazing’ and ‘absolutely incredible’.
“He needs his own show,” said one person.
“I like the videos and keep busy. And hunger, “added another.