Friday is for fish: Steamed fish (hake) Chinese-style

Steamed fish (hake this time), Chinese-style. The best thing about this dish is once it's cooked, you can eat everything that's in the bowl - the fish, the softened ginger/spring onions, the sauce, EVERYTHING!

A fish dish fit for a king I haven’t done a Friday Is For Fish recipe in a really long time, so it’s really disappointing for me when the photos I take don’t come out as nice as I’d like them to. This week, I made some steamed fish, Chinese-style, which I was really looking … Continue reading

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My oriental brunch: chicken and egg congee (my way)

Chicken and egg congee. My kind of oriental breakfast.

It’ll be lonely meals for one for the next 10 days for me! As I post this on Sunday morning, my husband will be in France, driving off to the mountains for a week of skiing with friends. I will miss him and also miss seeing my friends but I opted not to go because … Continue reading

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Vegetarian delights: A savoury fried (white) carrot cake from South-east Asia (chai tow kway)

My savoury white carrot cake - fried with pink pickled ginger, eggs, garlic and spring onions. Do go to your Chinese grocery shop to try and find the traditional pickled turnips/radish though - it's really the traditional ingredients that you fry with the carrot cake.

South-east Asian street food at its best :) One of my earliest posts for thebigfatnoodle was about how I taught myself to make a local dish from South-east Asia called fried carrot cake. Traditionally, it uses mooli (also called daikon) – a white radish – but I can’t always get hold of this unless I … Continue reading

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Crispy chilli beef

A MUCH tastier and better version of the classic crispy chilli beef than what your take-away will ever offer.

Crispy chilli beef – home-made beats take-away – no contest! Crispy chilli beef has to be one of the most popular dishes people order at Chinese restaurants or from take-aways. More often than not though, the crunchy strips of beef are so tough and so over fried that all you can taste is the greasy … Continue reading

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An oriental twist on streaky slices – sweet, sour, spicy and sticky

Streaky slices oven-baked in a sweet, spicy and tangy sauce.

What do you think you smell of? My mum used to say that she could tell where people came from by how they smelt. She’s a bit bonkers is my mum, and I stopped trying to reason with her on matters like this a long time ago. The last time we had this discussion was … Continue reading

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Simple 30 minute suppers: Sweet and spicy minced pork noodles

This was gently warming so perfect for winter.

Another instant noodle dish, this time it’s home-made I am FINALLY starting to get over this nasty cold, hooray! Not quite 100% yet so I haven’t actually cooked much this week – good thing then that I made these noodles last week and had the sense to type this up before I got sick. It’s … Continue reading

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My favourite Chinese soup of all time: Spare rib and mustard green soup

You can also use duck instead of pork but I prefer using ribs - the bones provide extra flavour.

What do you eat when you’re ill? I have decided that I am impossible to cook for when ill because I become a very horrible patient. Colds are f–king annoying! One’s not sick enough to be confined to bed but the snot-filled, streaming-eyed person it turns one into means one isn’t fit for company either. … Continue reading

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A Chinese new year special: steamed shui mai, dumpling soup and spring rolls

Freshly steamed shui mai and freshly fried spring rolls. YUM YUM YUM!

Gong Hei Fat Choy everybody! Bam’s Kitchen just posted her dumpling recipe a couple of days ago, which made me laugh and smile with joy because my first post for thebigfatnoodle was a tribute to my Shanghainese mother, who taught me how to make Shanghainese dumplings (Click here for my very first bigfatnoodle recipe). Bam’s … Continue reading

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My 100th post, a noodle recipe and thebigfatnoodle’s first competition, called ‘I Slurp for Noodles 2012′

My kind of breakfast - when I want to put some fire into my belly to kickstart my day

I’ve actually made it to my 100th post. Wow. It wasn’t necessarily a target I’d even thought about when I started thebigfatnoodle but as the wordpress dashboard automatically tallies it for you after every post, I did start to wonder (I think around my 38th) if I would ever make it to a 100. I … Continue reading

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Who needs KFC when you can make a crispy ‘cheep cheep’ chicken at home?

Crispy cheep cheep chicken with a green papaya and carrot salad

Total abstinence is not only impossible, it’s downright silly. I’ve learnt that the more I try and abstain from certain foods, the more I crave them. If I really crave something, I’ve learnt that sometimes it’s good to give in a little, just to get it out of your system so you don’t obsess about … Continue reading

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