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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A trip to a French market in Saint-Cloud (western suburbs of Paris)

It's so pretty you almost don't want to eat it.

Happy anniversary to me :) As you read this on a Sunday morning, my husband and I will be driving to Bray in Berkshire to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. I originally never wanted to show pictures of what I or my husband looked like but it seems silly not to since I keep writing … Continue reading

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Friday means… chilli prawns

Yummy yummy chilli prawns

Finger lickin’ chilli prawns We made this dish specifically so that we could eat man tou, the Chinese steamed white bread that I’ve only just taught myself to make (recipe here). I guess some people might say that we have a slightly twisted way of thinking up recipes because you don’t normally think of the … Continue reading

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Friday is for fish (and speedy cooking): sweet and sour prawns in under 30 minutes

My 30 minute quick and easy, Friday is for fish dish :) Sweet and sour prawns

Friday is for fish (and speedy cooking): sweet and sour prawns in under 20 minutes Whenever my friends and I talk about food, nothing divides the group more than when we discuss what goes into a ‘sweet and sour’. I’m firmly in the anti-pineapple camp but that’s because my husband makes a wicked pineapple dipping … Continue reading

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It’s noodle time: crispy mah mee with chicken and prawns

Crispy mah mee with chicken and prawns

It’s noodle time: Crispy mah mee with prawns and chicken Ok, it has been waaaaaayyy too long since thebigfatnoodle posted anything with noodles in it. This time, I haven’t taken my inspiration from the hawker stalls from home but from the classic Chinese restaurant. Crispy fried mah mee is one of my mum’s favourite noodle … Continue reading

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friday is for fish dish: prawn and avocado salad (amuse bouche)

Prawn and avocado salad amuse bouche

I don’t know about you but I am a BIG fan of the humble but very 80’s prawn cocktail salad. I’m also a very big fan of prawn and avocado, whether that’s in a sandwich or when you dress half an avocado with prawns in a marie-rose sauce. So for my Friday is for Fish dish, … Continue reading

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Friday is for fish: monkfish bomba

Monkfish Bomba

Scanning for new Ideas My great uncle used to be the Harbour Master at Padstow, so I have happy memories of holidaying there as a child, eating ice cream and trying to catch crabs on fishing lines at the harbor. It’s also where I remember wanting desperately to sneak into the local cinema, which was … Continue reading

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A meal of mixed emotions

It looks quite plain but this Singaporean hokkien mee is to die for!!!

A meal of mixed emotions I was meant to post this yesterday as part of a happy occasion, a celebration of my Singaporean roots as today is Singapore’s National Day. Unfortunately, I’m distracted and saddened by the riots still taking place here in the UK. It’s hard to explain how I feel on days like today. I effectively … Continue reading

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When the weather turns cold, it’s time to ratchet up the heat in the kitchen

Nothing beats home-made :)

After five days of blazing warmth and sunshine, a return to the normal wet and windy English weather was inevitable. It never ceases to amaze me that the temperature in Europe can plummet so rapidly, from 30 odd degrees yesterday to barely 21 degrees today! But just because I’m back to feeling cold on the … Continue reading

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