Tag Archive for: Asian

Chicken & Quinoa Salad

19 Mar
March 19, 2014

Don’t you love my rice paper rolls?  I personally think my brainwork behind them was ingenious.  As you have probably figured out from the photo, sadly the rice paper rolls didn’t agree and I present to you a salad.

Lilydale sent me a gift hamper with some fresh produce, goodies for Salts Meats Cheese, and of course some lovely fat Lilydale chicken breast fillets.  My problem was that the hamper screamed quinoa salad at me, and I didn’t want to make a salad.  I wanted to stretch my imagination and come up with something a little left of centre.

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Japanese Rice Soup

19 Feb
February 19, 2014

I have the flu.  I feel terrible.  I want to curl up into a ball and sleep for 24 hours.  Sadly that isn’t going to happen.  I am way too busy right now.

I was going to share my kareage recipe with you, but I am feeling sookie and instead sharing this soup recipe.  This soup is a pure comfort soup, a soup that gives you a hug from the inside.

Rice Soup

Josh calls it gruel.  I am sure that Oliver would be quite happy if a bowl was served up to him and I’m sure those famous words would be uttered “please sir, may I have some more?”

He may be right in calling it gruel, but if gruel it is, then it is mighty tasty and satisfying.  It reminds me of Chinese congee. Read more →

Prawn Balls

13 Feb
February 13, 2014

You could say that this is an inside out prawn toast recipe.  I was about to make my regular prawn toast when an idea popped into my head.  Why not cube the bread and cover the mixture and make balls to fry?

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Matsu Sou, Ginza, Tokyo, Japan

23 Sep
September 23, 2013

Summer in Tokyo is hot. The humidity embraces you in an unshakable bear hug.  This is the Japan I know well, the stifling heat of her summer.  For some stupid reason each trip I make to Japan, and there have been many, this is the time of year I visit.

It was less than 12 hours ago that I landed at Narita Airport.  In less than 12 hours I would be fleeing Tokyo for the unhurried pace of the Japanese country side.  My short stay is purely to catch up with work colleague friends.  For once I am not here for work, this trip is entirely a holiday.  A holiday that coincides with Mr Fuji’s climbing season.

There is opportunity to have but one dinner in Tokyo this visit, and I knew exactly where I wanted to go, Matsu Sou.  Matsu Sou is an Izakaya underneath the elevated railway lines in Ginza.  I adore this place, it holds many fond memories.

I first came across Matsu Sou it by myself and my first meal there solo.  Copious amounts of grilled chicken on bamboo skewers, and cold dry sake served by a guy wearing an Australian flag bandana.  That first meal I just sat, drank, ate, took in the smells, sights and sounds of a hot Tokyo Summer evening.  People watching at its best. Read more →

My recipe for the new Oxfam Vegetarian Cookbook, Panko Crumbed Tofu & Mushies

29 Aug
August 29, 2013

I am thrilled to share the news that a recipe of mine appears in the latest edition of Oxfam’s Vegetarian Cookbook.  It’s such an honour to be included.  To see my recipe nestling in between Kylie Kwong’s Sun Choi Bao of Vegetables and Stephanie Alexander’s Spiced Cauliflower Masala is a complete buzz.

This year is a very special year for Oxfam Australia , they are celebrating their 60th anniversary.  Congratulations guys!  Oxfam works tirelessly around the world with communities providing people with skills and resources to create their own solutions to poverty.  Beside long-term development programs, campaigning for change and assisting in emergencies, there is the Oxfam Trading Division.  You may know this division better as the Oxfam Shop. Read more →

Fat Noodle, The Star, Sydney

22 Aug
August 22, 2013

Fat Noodle isn’t new on the scene, in fact I had heard that the food is pretty good.  I knew it was located somewhere inside  Sydney casino The Star, where, I wasn’t quite sure.  What I didn’t know was that Fat Noodle is one of Luke Nyugen’s restaurants.  Now, if I had known that bit of information before I may have sought it out earlier.

Fat Noodle is located on the casino floor.  This explains why I haven’t stumbled upon its location.  As even though I frequent the restaurants located at The Star, I don’t venture into the actual casino.  To be honest, I don’t have spare cash to throw away, and as we know, the house always wins in the end.   But I thank those gamblers, as without them we wouldn’t have Fat Noodle.

I have been invited on this occasion with a few others to have an intimate dinner with Luke.  What better way to try out Fat Noodle’s menu than with the man who is responsible for it.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAluke nyugen & head chef andy bing

Unlike Luke’s other restaurants, Red Lantern on Crown and Red Lantern on Riley, which are purely Vietnamese, Fat Noodle lets him play around a little.  A hawker style menu inspired by his travels around Asia and some of his favourite dishes.  The menu is MSG free using quality ingredients such as Angus reared beef and sustainably caught fish. Read more →

Kuro Neko Ramen Noodle Bar, Sutherland

14 Aug
August 14, 2013

Who would think that the opening of a ramen joint in Sutherland would bring me so much excitement and joy.  I am thanking the ramen gods for Kuro Neko. You see my dear readers, I now don’t need to travel ages for ramen, it is only 5 minutes away from home.  Slowly but surely good things are making their way south to The Shire.

Karu Neko 2Kuro Neko has popped up underneath a new residential development on the old Mitre 10 sight in Sutherland.  They have only been open since May, but every time I pass by they are doing a pretty good trade at lunch time.  They are also open for dinner, but I am yet to make my way there at night. Read more →

Passionfruit & Peanut Dipping Sauce

28 Jul
July 28, 2013

Passionfruit were a staple in my family growing up.  We had a couple of large vines growing at our family holiday house down the South Coast of NSW.  They were bountiful, they fed us well and our neighbours too we suspect.  Which is fair enough if we weren’t in residence.

Actually I can’t look at a passionfruit and not think of my parents, that is how significant they were in my childhood.  Like my dad, I love freshly scooped out passionfruit pulp over vanilla ice cream.  So simple but there is something magical about creamy cold ice cream being teamed with the sweet and tangy pulp.  Crunching away at the seeds for a little bit of texture.  Yes, definitely my favourite way to eat passionfruit.

passionfruitI do love passionfruit other ways too.  A jam and cream filled sponge cake is not complete without passionfruit icing.  Pineapple tarts topped with passionfruit icing?  You know the ones, they sit next to the neenish tarts at the bakery.  A fruit salad isn’t complete without passionfruit.  Even just cutting one in half, scooping that delectable pulp out with a teaspoon and eating it straight. Read more →

Spice I Am, Darlinghurst

19 Jul
July 19, 2013

I am a big fan of Sujet Saenkham’s food.  Sujet is the co-owner and Executive chef of the Spice I Am restaurants.   This may be my first visit to Spice I Am, but sister restaurant, House, is a favourite of mine.  I have enjoyed the North-Eastern Thai street food of House many times.  The original Spice I Am is located around the corner from House in Surry Hills, and then there are two other establishments of this expanding empire in Balmain and Darlinghurst.

It is the uber cool Darlinghurst establishment that I find myself at.  I love the decor, especially the wall of stone pots behind the bar, quite stunning.

The food philosophy at Spice I am  is ‘fabulous, innovative and authentic’.  They state their team spice up all their dishes with love and a craft of the culinary arts.  This is quite true, with emphasis on the ‘spice’.  All dishes are quite spiced up with a predominant heat kick.  I like the heat of chilli, but if you don’t, make sure to let them know. Read more →

Sushia Izakaya and Bar, Sydney

12 Jul
July 12, 2013

Sushia Izakaya and Bar is located on Bond St in Sydney’s financial district.  Hidden away at the back on the ground floor of number 20.  You do need to know it is there or be looking for it.  But apparently the suits that work in the area all know it is there, as at lunch time Sushia is packed to the rafters.

It is a different story on the cold and rainy Thursday night that I visit.  The suits have left the financial district to head home and the venue is a lot calmer and sedate.

Sushia 11

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