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

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

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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Squid and tilapia fish balls cooked two ways

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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You know winter’s on its way when the soups come out to play: curried squash and red lentil soup

An Autumn/Winter Warmer I originally planned to make this with roasted pumpkin to present to my father-in-law for his Fright Night Halloween event in Ferndown this month but I have to admit that I’m not the world’s biggest fan of pumpkin. It’s not that I don’t like it, it’s just that I’d much rather choose … 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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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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