Thai Green Curry Fried Rice

My pack of Thai green curry paste was left untouched after I bought it months ago when I made a Thai Green curry. Thai green curry paste is actually a very useful ingredients. Apart from making Thai Green curry, it can be used to make many other dishes, including marinating chicken, etc. Today, I am going to show you how to make a Thai green curry fried rice using the green curry paste. It is very simple and delicious. You may use any different sorts of vegetables, including baby corn, aubergine, etc. This time, I used okra and carrot which works very well together!

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White Turnip Cake

When I was small, my grandma used to make a lot of Chinese traditional snacks and sweets during Chinese New Year. Fried dumplings and fried Chinese sweets balls are the most popular in our family.

There are many snacks that are only available during Chinese New Year. When I was a kid, I would eat until I could not eat anymore. And all of my family members would gather to have a big dinner filled with our favourite food. My memories of Chinese New Year have always been very sweet: Something that I would cherish forever. Now that Chinese New Year is approaching even though I am not in Hong Kong, I am trying to make some of these snacks to recreate the festive atmosphere.

Since I don’t have a sweet tooth, I tend to make savoury snacks. White Turnip Cake is a popular choice. I started to make my own Turnip Cake since last Chinese New Year. Before that, I helped my mum and grandma to make the Turnip Cake for the family. We would always make extra and give it to other family members, especially to the elderly to show our love and respect. I decided to carry on this beautiful tradition and made extra cakes and sent them to some of my friends and aunties here in London.

We use loads of the preserved ingredients to add the flavour to the cake, this includes: dried scallop, shittake mushroom, black fungus, shrimp, sausage and duck. It is not necessary to include every single one of them, but more the merrier. As it is extremely difficult to get halal preserved sausage and duck. So I am using minced lamb or beef as replacement.

Try to get fatter parts of the meat which brings a richer taste to the cake. The water content in the turnips varies so the amount of water you need to add to the cake will be different each time. I suggest you to start with adding a small amount of water and gradually adding more into it when needed. The same goes with the flour. The ratio that I use for turnip to flour is 5:1 but you can certainly add more flour if the result is too watery. Different turnip to flour ratio creates different consistencies and textures of the cake so it is worth experimenting it. Most people use 6:1, 5:1 or 4:1. I prefer 5:1 but of course it depends on how you like it.

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Hajj Journey – Part 5

On the last day, we walked the streets of Madinah and bought some souvenirs for our friends and family. After praying in the mosque and sending our peace on the prophet, we headed back to the UK. Madinah was indeed a very beautiful city where the people were relatively friendly, and there was also a […]

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Burger

Everybody loves their burger. This is my take on a home-made burger. It is simple and delicious, and makes for a nice comfort meal. This recipe has been inspired by a Japanese chef/blogger and I have modified his recipe a little bit. You may find his blog here:http://www.masa.tw/
The golden proportion of lean and fat meat that I have been told is 7:3. This ratio will result in the most perfect, juicy and succulent burger. I use lamb mince as the fat cut because it has a high fat content. You may also substitute it with another fat cut. I put a small piece of mozzarella cheese inside the burger to create a secret surprise when they are bitten into! I love cheese in almost any food! My choices of veggie toppings are just the classic: tomato, lettuce, onion, cheese and most importantly, a sunny sided up with a melted yolk on top of the burger! A melted yolk with a burger is absolutely divine!

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Hajj Journey – Part 4

During the last two days, we went to Madinah. The travel took us 6 hours by coach and it may take longer depending on road condition. We stayed right next to the Al Haram Mosque which was very convenient. We arrived at mid night when it coincided with one of the few slots when women […]

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Pear and White Fungus Sweet Soup

The weather is becoming colder and drier. I have been making Chinese soup remedy to balance the dry weather but haven’t been writing recipes. As this is my first Chinese soup recipe, I decided to make a simple one. Chinese make soup with ingredients which serve as remedy for different weather and sickness. For example this recipe is for dry weather which is good for skin and throat and have a moisturising effect. You can find all the ingredients in Chinese supermarkets. Traditionally, we use rock sugar to sweeten the soup. But I have a lot of dark muscovado sugar at home, so I decided to use that instead.

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Hajj Journey – Part 3

After praying Maghrib, we took the bus towards Muztalifah where we spent the night. The plain of Muztalifah is just a plain land in the middle of nowhere. We had to bring our own sleeping bags and find an empty space to sleep. The vast land of Muztalifah was filled with pilgrims as far as […]

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Braised Seafood and Vegetables with Rice

I love dishes with a rich, thick sauce packed with flavour from the ingredients after you stew them. For me, this is a perfect combination with plain boiled rice. Unlike some other cultures, which prefers flavoured rice, we usually have plain boiled rice. Therefore, the sauce is a very important element in our dishes. We can mix this sauce with plain rice. My favourite braised dish is sliced beef and egg with rice, the beef and egg are so tender but full of flavour. Yesterday, I wanted to have a similar dish and found some frozen mixed seafood in the freezer, so I quickly went the Tesco nearby and grabbed some mixed vegetables, the Braised Seafood and Vegetables with Rice is quick and easy to make! The rich and thick sauce from the dish is from the large amount of water-corn starch mixture. I made it at the ratio of 2:1 which gives the right consistency. Feel free to use any other ingredients you may like. This is super simple and easy dish to make.

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Hajj Journey (Part 2)

A few days later, the Hajj lasting for 5 days has finally begun. On the first day, at around midnight, we waited for the coach that the Saudi Hajj Ministry has arranged for us to go to Mina. In Mina, the tent city, we stayed in a tent on tatami-like mattress with around 60 other […]

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BBC Good Food Show ticket Giveaway

I happen to have a spare pair of BBC Good Food Show ticket for Birmingham on Sunday 27th November, 2016. To enter the giveaway, simply follow the steps below: 1. Like my Facebook page CamelMirror or Instagram page. 2. Comment on this post. The giveaway will be closed tomorrow 23rd November 2016 9pm UK time. […]

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