Vegetarian Chu Chee Curry Paste

I chopped stem lemon grass (white part only). 50 g (I Vt oz) peeled red Asian shallots. 2 closes garlic, 2 tablespoons grated fresh galangal, I tablespoon lime juice. I tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander stem and root, I tablespoon ground coriander. I teaspoon black peppercorns, I teaspoon ground cumin and ' teaspoon ground tunncric in a food processor or spice gnnder and gnnd until smooth. Makes ' 2 cup. MAKE YOUR OWN COCONUT MILK It is easy to make your...

Prawn Laksa

Preparation time 30 minutes Total cookjng time 3S rrnnutes Serves 4-6 I ' 2 tablespoons coriander seeds I tablespoon cumin seeds I teaspoon ground turmeric 2 teaspoons roughly chopped fresh ginger 3 stems lemon grass, white part only, sliced 6 candlenuts or macadamias. roughly chopped 4-6 small fresh red chillies, roughly chopped 2-3 teaspoons shrimp paste 1 litre (32 fl oz) good-quality chicken stock ' cup (60 ml 2 fl oz) vegetable oil 3 cups (750 ml 24 fl oz) coconut milk 4 fresh kaffir lime...

Yum

The Chinese tradition of ytun Jut, also known as Jim sum, has become a leisurely weekend social occasion, not just in southern China where it originated, but also in Chinatowns across the world. Enjoyed tor the diversity or small dishes offered, it a visual and gastronomic tease that is enjoyed without a single menu in sight. Yum cha literally means 'drink tea' in Cantonese and it brings together two of the great Chinese traditions drinking tea and canng. The origins of yum cha are that in die...

Curried Chicken Noodle Soup

Preparation time 15 minutes Total cooking time 50 minutes Serves 4 175 g (6 oz) dried thin egg noodles ' cup (60 ml 2 fl oz) peanut oil 2 x 250 g (8 oz) chicken breast fillets I onion, sliced I small fresh red chilli, seeded and finely choppcd 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh ginger 2 tablespoons Indian curry powder 3 cups (750 ml 24 fl oz) good-quality chicken stock 300 g (10 oz) baby bok choy, cut into long strips 1 Cook the egg noodles in a large saucepan of boiling water for 3 minutes....

Mussels With Black Beans And Coriander

Preparation time 20 minutes Total cooking time 10 minutes Serves' 2 tablespoons black beans, rinsed and mashed 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger 2 long fresh red chillies, seeded and finely chopped I teaspoon finely chopped fresh coriander leaves 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh coriander root ' 4 cup (60 ml 2 fl ox) Chinese rice wine 2 tablespoons lime juice 2 teaspoons sugar ' j cup (15 g ' j oz) fresh coriander leaves, roughly chopped, extra 1 Scnib the...

Noodles And Rice

(bean thread vcrmicclli, mung bean vermicelli or glass noodles) Made front niung bean and tapioca starch. Deep-fry from the packct or soak in boiling water for 3-4 minutes, then rinse and drain. Dried rice vermicelli (above left) is used m stir-fries and soups or deep-fried. Deep-fry from the packct until crispy, or soak in boiling water for (*-l minutes. Dried ricc stick noodles (above right) are broader and thicker than ricc vermicelli. Soak in warm water for 15-20 minutes. Drain and add to...

How To Stirfry

With a searing hot wok, a drizzle of oil and some fresh, colourful ingredients all chopped up and ready to go, you're well on your way to the perfect stir-fry. WHAT IS STIR-FRYING Stir-frying involves the quick cooking of small pieces of food over high heat using minimal oil. The characteristic action of stir-frying is to tews the food constantly with a shovel-like utensil called a 'wok eham The aim of stir-frying is lor fi> s> d to rcuin its flavour, colour, texture and nutritive value....

Chinese Combination Short Soup

2 hours refrigeration Total cooking lime 2 hours 20 minutes Serves 4-6 ' 4 cup (60 ml 2 fl oz) Chinese rice wine 8 spring onions, chopped 2 leafy celery tops ' 2 teaspoon white peppercorns 4 doves garlic, bruised 2 x 10 cm (J 4 x 4 inch) piece fresh ginger, thinly sliced 12 raw medium prawns, peeled and deveined 200 g (6' 2 oz) Chinese barbecued pork, thinly sliced ' J cup (60 g 2 oz) Chinese straw mushrooms 70 g (2' 4 oz) sliced bamboo shoots 500 g (I lb) baby bok choy, thinly sliced 2 spring...

How To Deepfry

While not necessarily something you'd do every day, deep-frying is easier than you think, and it's a great way to cook food for yum cha or a party. I )eep-frying is a popular cooking method in Asian cuisines bccausc of the crisp texture and succulent interior it produces. In Western societies, deep-frying has acquired something of a had reputation in recent years, bsit really, there's no need to be scared of it. It is true that a lot of oil is used in the cooking process, but when deep-frying...

Coconut Prawn Soup

20 minutes soaking Total cooking time 45 minutes Seives 4 Curry Paste 6 long dried red chillies 2 teaspoons coriander seeds I teaspoon cumin seeds I teaspoon ground turmcric ' j teaspoon paprika ' l teaspoon black peppercorns 4 red Asian shallots, chopped 4 cloves garlic roughly chopped 1 tablespoon sliccd fresh ginger 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander stems 2 stems lemon grass, white part only, sliced (reserve the stems for the stock) 2 fresh kaffir lime leaves, thinly shredded 700 g (I lb...

Crab And Corn Eggflower Noodle Broth

Preparation time 15 minutes Total cooking time 15 minutes Serves 4 75 g 2' oz dried thin egg noodles I tablespoon peanut oil I teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger 3 spring onions, thinly sliced, white and green parts separated 1.5 litres 48 fl oz good-quality chicken stock ' j cup 80 ml 2J 4 fl oz mirin 250 g 8 oz fresh baby corn, sliccd on the diagonal into I cm ' inch slices 175 g 6 oz fresh crab meat 1 tablespoon cornflour mixed with I tablespoon water 3 tablespoons torn fresh coriander...