It’s curry time! Curry puff puffs, curry filo puffs and curry cups

thebigfatnoodle's curry puff puffs - stay away if you can't handle spicy food!

Curry in a hurry If there’s one type of food that the Brits have truly taken to their hearts and made their own, it is the curry. It’s Britain’s favourite take-away and I daresay the number of Indian restaurants could rival the number of pubs in the UK quite easily. Anyone know if that might … Continue reading

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For her Majesty… thebigfatnoodle’s Diamond Jubilee cake for the Queen

Our contribution to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee As I sit here typing, I’m watching the Queen’s floating pageant take place on our TV. The 1,000 ships that are taking part in the flotilla will actually end up right outside our flat in London at the end of the day. Unfortunately, we no longer live there so we are … 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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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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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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Squid and tilapia fish balls cooked two ways

Squid and tilapia fish balls

Eating humble pie Sigh. There are some times, and at my bloody age, when I really should know better… For a few weeks now, I’ve been obsessing about making fish balls. In Southeast Asia, we have fish balls with noodles, dry or in soup, fish balls fried (on a stick as snack food), basically fish … Continue reading

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A baked bean special: chinese-y pork and beans

My childhood on a plate - Chinese style pork and beans

Cooking with baked beans If you haven’t guessed from the title alone, my post today is all about cooking with baked beans. Everyone here normally eats baked beans on toast, or as part of an English breakfast. For me, a tin of baked beans evokes a completely different memory, and that’s because the only time … Continue reading

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For Jane: fried okra chinese style

Okra: a love or hate thing

Meal for one :) I met my friend Jane about 13 years ago. She was my client at the agency where I worked. I was her account director. I left the agency over six years ago, and while Jane and I have always lived in different countries, we became and have stayed friends ever since. … Continue reading

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