barbecued chicken satay for what might be our last barbecue of the year

For once, the weatherman’s report was spot on today because following a miserable morning of grey, grim and rainy weather, the sun suddenly broke free at about 4pm and it stayed sunny and bright until night set in. I’d been banking on this because I decided yesterday that I really, really, really wanted to make … Continue reading

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It’s another taste of home with thebigfatnoodle’s version of chicken rice

chicken rice paradise a la thebigfatnoodle lah!  One of the things Singapore is most famous for is its Hainanese chicken rice. You’ll find a chicken rice stall in almost every single hawker centre or coffee shop. Like most hawker dishes, every country and every hawker stall owner in the region has his or her own … Continue reading

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a salad that bites back – guilt-free thai sum Tom (with tempeh or chicken)

It’s been a happy, happy few days for the bigfatnoodle and the bigmonster. Our local Thai grocery store in Guildford has started selling fresh green papaya, yippeeee! The timing couldn’t be more perfect. I freely admit it; the last few weeks of thebigfatnoodle have been a teeny bit of food fest. Our livers, not to mention our … Continue reading

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

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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Ginger + boozy wings + a chinese sauna = finger licking goodness!

My ma’s deviled ginger wings Ma, or Ma Waung (pronounced wong), is what my husband calls my mum so that his mum, my mum and I know who he’s referring to, but my mum’s real name is actually Mary… She was born in Shanghai and grew up in Hong Kong (where she married and had … Continue reading

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thebigfatnoodle’s 30min special fried rice

thebigfatnoodle’s special fried rice In my constant quest to avoid the midweek slump and drudgery of cooking, especially when it’s all too easy to pick up a leaflet and order a curry or Thai from the takeaway, I’ve turned to an age-old Chinese favourite – the humble but indeed special fried rice. It’s easy to … Continue reading

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So here it is, my first recipe!

Recipe #1 – thebigfatnoodle’s home-made waung dumplings! I spent hours trying to decide what my first blog recipe would be but in all honesty, there really was no contest. It had to be my family’s own style of wanton – that’s chinese dumplings to the rest of you! I’ve posted step by step instructions on … Continue reading

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