A look back in time: thebigfatnoodle spring clean

Nothing beats a good spring cleaning It was long overdue but it really needed to be done, and what better way to make sure I stayed off my broken foot then to finally finish the blog clean up I started a few weeks ago. It’s taken me almost a month to do so, not just … Continue reading

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

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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Crispy chilli beef

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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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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Man tou (chinese white bread) – steamed or fried – you pick :)

Man tou buns (chinese steamed white bread) Something you definitely cannot find in the UK, even in some of the best Chinese restaurants, is man tou – a Chinese white bread which is steamed instead of baked. Of course you can find ready made ones in the freezer cabinets in Chinese shops but it’s just … Continue reading

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It’s noodle time: 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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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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auntie mona’s seriously awesome noodles… typical cantonese-style home cooking

Auntie Mona is my father’s oldest sister and immigrated to Edinburgh well before I took the form of a soy bean in my mummy’s tummy. Though I’d met her as a child when she used to visited us in Singapore, I really remembered her as the mysterious auntie who lived abroad but very kindly always … Continue reading

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