Entries tagged spring onion

September 2nd, 2012

Overly elaborate chicken pie

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The most complicated pie I’ve ever made. I knew I wanted a chicken pie, and I kind-of made this up as I went along. It was fun to make, and tasted great. First up: the pastry. I made some quick puff pastry using roughly combined flour, water and butter — rolled and folded 4 times […]

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July 29th, 2012

Chicken and garlic noodle soup

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A cheat’s home-made faux Phõ. I made this soup by using my poached chicken stock recipe, and adding 4 whole heads (that’s heads, not cloves) of garlic to the pot. Once the stock was done, I fished the garlic out, squeezed out the poached garlic, and cooked up a very quick noodle soup with the […]

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June 2nd, 2012

Stir fry with home-made ramen noodles

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This one was a while ago again, and another Lucky Peach special: my first attempt at home-made ramen noodles. A fascinating thing: alkaline salt. You make it by slowly baking baking soda (crazy I know): it transforms sodium-bicarbonate to sodium-carbonate, an essential ingredient in those yellow noodles which aren’t egg noodles, but look and taste […]

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January 29th, 2012

Leek and gorgonzola pizza

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I used to always make my own pizza bases when making pizza. Now I rarely do. Mostly it’s a time thing — we tend to eat pizza on a tired weeknight when we can’t think of what else to have. Luckily, our nearby gourmet supermarket sells some good quality, pre-made wood fired pizza bases. Not […]

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January 22nd, 2012

Gyoza

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More Japanese food! Gyoza are the Japanese take on Chinese ‘potsticker’ dumplings: usually pork, cabbage, spring onions, and other flavourings; crispy on the bottom and soft and chewy on the top. I didn’t have any cabbage, but I used some Chinese spinach. The key to authentically “Japanese” tasting gyoza is garlic and ginger (or, in […]

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January 22nd, 2012

Udon soup with greens and garlic

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On a bit of a Japanese food roll at the moment. We made udon the other night, I’d forgotten how easy it is. You can serve udon noodle soup with just about any flavouring you like. I used some chinese broccoli, spring onions and garlic. I just quickly stir fried the greens to char them […]

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January 17th, 2012

Green tofu curry

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A tasty vegetarian curry. Well, “vegetarian” to a point: it does contain fish sauce. The main ingredients: coriander, spring onions, carrot, tofu (use a hard kind so it doesn’t disintegrate), pak choi, bamboo shoots, tomato. First fry up the spring onions with green curry paste. I used a paste by “Turban Chopsticks” (it was a […]

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January 21st, 2011

Chilli? Burritos? Tacos? I never know what to call Mexican food…

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I’ve been getting in to Mexican food lately (especially after eating at the excellent Los Amates), but having never been to Mexico, I don’t have any real conception of what makes “authentic” Mexican food or even what you are supposed to call things. Our local gourmet supermaket now stocks these delicious tinned chiptole chillies in […]

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December 28th, 2010

Fish sauce chicken, soba salad

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Inspired somewhat by reading this recipe for “fish sauce wings”, tonight I tried making my own fish sauce marinade for grilled chicken. The marinade: some sugar syrup, a lot of fish sauce (about equal amount with the syrup), a tiny bit of belachan (chilli shrimp paste), a squeeze of lime, finely chopped spring onion and […]

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November 13th, 2010

Poh’s dong do pork

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We saw Poh’s dong do pork recipe on TV the other night, and I just had to try it. I’d never cooked with rock-sugar before, but I realise now it was the missing ingredient whenever I’ve tried to cook pork this way. The slow cooking process makes the pork melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The flavour actually reminded […]

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