Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Daikon and Carrot Salad

I did a post last week on How To Prepare Daikon and this salad is one of my favourite ways eat daikon. The daikon and carrots are pickled overnight in a vinegar and sugar mixture, other ingredients such as sesame oil or ginger can be added depending what flavours you like and which country its served in. This salad is often found in China, Japan, and Vietnam, in China and Japan it is usually served as a side dish in Vietnam it is traditionally served on Bánh mì sandwiches.

Monday, 20 April 2015

Sheperd's Pie Mooncake

Recently I entered the Foodie Simplot Mooncake Challenge where you had to use 40% Simplot products in a mooncake (mashed potato powder and potato starch). To start I went to the foodie office where I was given the most gigantic can of instant mashed potatoes I have ever seen and a few bags of potato starch, after managing to carry it home, I proceed to try and open the can and cover myself and most of the counter in instant mashed potato powder! After getting the potato under control I decided to make a western version inspired by the Sheperd's pie with a layer of mash potato and a layer of meat, pork because its more common in Hong Kong and a quail egg in the centre to represent the salted egg yolk the is in the centre of most mooncakes.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

How To: Prepare Daikon

whole daikon
Whats that large white carrot thing in the market you ask? Well its Daikon or also called white radish 白蘿蔔. Daikon is often used in salads, turnip cakes, soups or pickled. It has a flavour similar to a radish but not as pungent.

Monday, 6 April 2015

Tang Yuan 湯圓 Black Sesame Maple Syrup Dumplings

Tang Yuan, warm glutinous rice balls with sweet black sesame paste centre which are quite my favourite Chinese dessert. Tang Yuan are served traditionally during the lantern festival, winter solstice and Chinese weddings but can be found all year around at dim sum restaurants in Hong Kong.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Tom Yum Soup Cashews

I had a version of these nuts at a friends barbecue recently, spicy sweet cashews with hints of lemongrass and tangy crispy Kaffir lime leaf pieces. I thought she had made the cashews but when I asked for the recipe but it turned out she had bought them on a recent trip to Thailand. I googled to see if I could find a recipes but didn't come across many except one using a store bought tom yum soup paste and the only tom yum soup paste I could find was full of msg.

Tuesday, 24 March 2015

How to: Peel a prawn

How to peel a prawn a continuation to my guide on preparation of food items from the Hong Kong wet markets. Making a seafood dish? Check out the post from last week on how to prepare a squid!

Thursday, 19 March 2015

Roasted Red Pepper Dip

Roasted Red Pepper Dip on the chopcookdine stripe tea towel available soon on Etsy!
I decided to make red pepper dip last night, so I started roasting the veggies. Then I came home this afternoon and noticed something in the oven....