Category: Eastern

Thai Fried Chicken Bites

In a large saucepan, combine 300 grams salt, 160 grams granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, 10 hot Thai chilies, 6 bruised sticks of lemongrass, 2 handfuls of kaffir lime leaves, 1 handful of chopped galangal, 1 handful of cleaned cilantro root, 1 handful of garlic, 1…

Bulgar and freekah with green beans

Makes 3 decent sized lunches. Saute 175g chopped green beans with half a finely chopped red onion for 2-3 minutes. Next add more olive oil and a clove of garlic and cook for a minute. Stir in 175 g course bulgar and 125 g (half a…

Pide – Turkish pasties / pizzas

Ideas Caramelised onion and butternut squash Lahmacun Roast peppers and crumbled peynir cheese Spinach and cheddar Prawn bhuna!

Crispy Chilli Beef

The secrets to crispy chilli beef are twofold; Firstly, it is important to cut the beef up into small relatively fine strips, cutting with the grain rather than across it. Secondly, the beef must be cooked (deep fried) until there is almost no moisture left i.e. it goes crispy. The…

Vegetable Tempura

Serves 4 people as a starter. Mix 150g plain flour with water, little by little, until the consistency of thickish double cream. Season with salt. In a separate bowl whisk two egg whites until stiff. Combine the two by folding the eggs into the batter. Place the vegetables into…

Hurricane’s Puréed beetroot with yoghurt & za’atar (Ottolenghi)

Main Ingredients 900g medium beetroots (500g in total after cooking and peeling) 2 garlic cloves, crushed 1 small red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped 250g Greek yoghurt 1 1/2 tbsp date molasses 3 tbsp olive oil, plus extra to finish the dish 1 tbsp za’atar salt…

Spring Rolls

For around 10 medium spring rolls Julienne and quickly wok 1 large carrot (julienne), 5 spring onions (julienne), 1 cup of bean sprouts, 2 cloves of garlic, 10 rehydrated shiitake mushrooms (stalks discarded) and 10g of grated ginger in sesame oil. After a couple of minutes…

Vietnamese Pho

This is far from perfection but am just working on a recipe…. Start with a nice stock, beef or vegetable is most normal, 500ml between 2 people is fine. Add a tablespoon of grated garlic and ginger cook for a couple of minutes and then strain…

Mae Ploy Curry Paste Recipes

These were originally sent to me by Tephparit who sells the Mae Ploy brand on ebay (where I buy mine). You can view his shop here: http://myworld.ebay.co.uk/chiangmai_products. I have made changes after I have cooked them but they remain basically the same. Mae Ploy Panang Curry…

Asian-flavoured beef shin with papaya salad – Raymond Blanc

An inexpensive cut of beef becomes meltingly tender with nearly five hours of cooking in a sweet and savoury sauce. Ingredients For the beef 3kg/6lb 8oz beef shin, on the bone 4 tbsp sunflower oil salt and freshly ground black pepper 600g/1lb 5oz chopped white onions…

Thai Green Curry

This is adapted from Felicity Cloake Serves 4 people Ingredients 30-40 green bird’s eye chillies 2 tbsp chopped galangal 3 six” lemongrass stalks Zest of half a lime 2 tsp chopped coriander root, or 20 tsp pounded coriander stems 2 tsp chopped red turmeric 2 largeish chopped shallots A small head…

Laksa Fried Rice With Shrimps

Adapted from: http://sugareverythingnice.blogspot.com/2012/02/laksa-fried-rice-with-shrimps.html Serves 3-4 Ingredients 2 Tbsp vegetable oil 4 Tbsp laksa paste, see recipe on this site 300g medium prawns, shelled and deveined 1 small onion, finely chopped 4 handfulls of frozen peas 3 eggs, lightly whisked 600g (4 cups) pre-cooked long-grain white rice,…

Fried Rice #1

For 2 people This is quite mild so goes great as an accompaniment, double up the final marinade for a stronger rice. Add a tablespoon of sesame oil and a tablespoon of sunflower oil Add 3 eggs to a hot wok and stir fry until just cooked…

Laksa Spice Paste

Taken From: http://sugareverythingnice.blogspot.com/2012/02/laksa-fried-rice-with-shrimps.html Ingredients: 3 small shallots 2 cloves garlic 1 Tbsp crushed blanched candle nuts (or blanched plain almonds) 2 Tbsp soaked dried shrimp 2 fresh lemongrass. white part only, finely chopped 2 Tbsp chopped fresh galangal 1 tsp shrimp paste 3 fresh chillies, seeds…

Chinese Hot Satay Marinade

Ingredients 2 tbsp crunchy peanut butter 1 tbsp sesame oil or 1 tbsp of Tahini, either will do 2 tbsp hoisin sauce 2 tbsp siracha hot sauce 1 tsp of tobasco sauce (or more to taste but this recipe is enough for a kick) 3 tbsp of light…

Lamb Korai – Rick Stein

This is the only curry I have ever made which stands up to scrutiny. It tastes amazing – better than anything I have eaten in a restaurant. I would say this serves 4 people comfortably but could easily feed 5 or 6 less greedy people. The…