Category: Eastern

Pickled mooli & carrot

Julienne 1 mooli and 4 carrots. In a pan, add 250ml water, 3 tbsp rice vinegar, 3 tbsp caster sugar and 2 tbsp salt, heat to dissolve. Mix together in a large kilner and add a couple of teaspoons of sesame seeds – white and black.

Char Siu (Chinese BBQ Pork)

Take a kilo plus of sliced pork shoulder and marinade with the below ingredients for a few hours to overnight. Reserved a cup of the marinade for glazing at the end of cooking or just before the BBQ. Goes great in bao buns with green papaya…

Gochujang Fennel (Korean Marinade)

Roast or steam 1 large fennel bulb, stems and dark green parts removed, then make and apply the sauce below 1 ½” piece ginger, grated 1 small garlic clove,minced 2 Tbsp. gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste) 1 Tbsp. plus 1½ tsp. unseasoned rice vinegar 1 Tbsp.…

Sweet and Sour Chicken/Pork Hong Kong Style

Make the sauce in a medium saucepan by combining, 1 Tbsp tomato puree, 1 Tbsp tomato ketchup, 240ml orange juice, 3 Tbsp white wine vinegar and 2 Tbsp sugar. Add a roughly chopped onion and red/orange pepper. Heat up and simmer for about 5 minutes. Thicken the sauce by stirring in…

Gochujang-Glazed Ham

Boil a 3kg gammon joint for 30 mins per 500g – or use a meat thermometer and take it out at around 65c – the temp will continue to rise well into the 70s after removal from the water. Allow to cool in the fridge before…

Papaya Salad

For the salad (you can make in advance but store in air tight bag) 1 green papaya, shredded into strips with a fine julienne peeler 1 carrot, also shredded Dressing (dress very close to serving) A thumbnail piece of shrimp paste 1 Tbsp fish sauce Juice…

Sweet soy dipping sauce

This is so delicious and moreish. It’s important to taste after making to finish balancing the flavours. Often I find I need to make it a little sweeter or add more chilli. A great use for this is to make summer rolls, bit off the end, then…

Black sesame dumplings…

Ingredients ½ cup|80 grams black sesame seeds, toasted ½ cup|80 grams crushed peanuts ¼ cup|40 grams powdered sugar ¼ cup|60 ml honey big pinch of salt 25 dumpling skins bowl of water Blend the black sesame to a paste then mix with the other ingredients. Put…

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…