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Taiwanese Cold Sesame Noodles (涼麵, Liang Mian)

Cold Sesame Noodles

A simple noodle dish garnished with egg, cucumbers, and carrots with a sesame sauce, Liang Mian is a popular dish sold from casual eateries, street food stalls and convenience stores across Taiwan. This recipe is from Made in Taiwan by Clariss Wei, published by Simon and Schuster. Read our detailed book review of Made In Taiwan. ... Read more »

Taiwanese Three-Cup Chicken (三杯雞, Sān Bēi Jī)

Three Cup Chicken

Three-Cup Chicken is a quick, easy and delicious dish to make, perfect for a midweek meal or part of a weekend feast. Originating in the Jiangxi Province of China, it came to Taiwan with the Hakka people. The Taiwanese version adds a big handful of basil and is a staple of both home cooking and ... Read more »

Taiwanese Scallion Pancake | 蔥油餅, Cōng You Bˇıng

Scallion Pancake

Crispy, soft and flaky scallion (spring onion) pancakes are a popular street food in Taiwan. Made from a wet, unleavened dough rather than a batter, they are often eaten for breakfast, but can be enjoyed at any time of the day, with or without an egg. Fried fresh for each customer, vendors usually roll them ... Read more »

Slow Cooker Beef Joint in Pedro Ximinez and Red Wine (Two Ways)

Slow Cooker Beef Joint in Pedro Ximinez and Red Wine

A joint of beef cooked slowly in a braising liquid of beef stock, red wine and Pedro Ximinez sherry with whole shallots, sliced onions and carrots makes a perfect winter warmer and also fits the bill whenever you’re seeking comfort. This recipe can be served two ways: cook the beef joint until it’s tender but ... Read more »

Vietnamese Lime Soda with Strawberries

Lime Soda with Strawberries

This refreshing lime soda with strawberries is a perfect summer drink featuring fresh strawberries, lime juice, brown sugar or maple syrup, and an unexpected pinch of black pepper. It’s from food writer and photographer Uyen Luu’s latest book, Vietnamese: Simple Vietnamese Food to Cook at Home In the recipe’s introduction Luu remembers her first taste ... Read more »

Vietnamese Quick and Lazy Drenched Cold Noodles

Quick and Lazy Drenched Cold Noodles

This quick and simple cold noodle recipe is immensely satisfying and perfect for a quick lunch or dinner when you’re short on time but craving great flavours. It’s also a handy way to use up ingredients from your fridge or store cupboard. Read our full review of Vietnamese Vegetarian by Uyen Luu. This is a ... Read more »

Vietnamese Black Bean Aubergines

Vietnamese Black Bean Aubergines

This beautiful black bean aubergine recipe from Uyen Luu’s Vietnamese Vegetarian cookery book delivers maximum flavour for very little effort, taking only 10 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook. If you like, you can also make the sauce ahead of time and reheat when ready to serve Read our full review of Vietnamese ... Read more »

Vietnamese Vegetarian: Simple Vegetarian Recipes from a Vietnamese Home Kitchen by Uyen Luu

Cover of Vietnamese Vegetarian by Uyen Luu

Vietnamese Vegetarian by Uyen Luu follows on from her two previous books Vietnamese: Simple Vietnamese Food to Cook at Home and My Vietnamese Kitchen. I looked through both of these very beautiful books when they first came out but as a vegetarian, I found that even those recipes that looked as though they might be ... Read more »

Chetna Makan’s Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

A British curry house favourite, chicken tikka masala is a delicious dish of marinated and grilled (or oven-baked) chicken in a rich, creamy, spicy sauce. As well as following the recipe in full to make the popular restaurant classic, you can enjoy the chicken tikka pieces on their own (great for a barbecue) or jazzed ... Read more »