Steamed Aubergine with Smoky Lime and Fish Sauce

Steamed Aubergine with Smoky Lime and Fish Sauce

Like Tim, we are a huge fan of Thai salads including yum makhua yao (a grilled aubergine salad). Tim’s clever microwave version from his latest cookbook, Microwave Meals is simple to make, fragrant with herbs and dressed in a deliciously bright and punchy sauce. Instead of charring the aubergine to achieve the dish’s characteristic smoky ... Read more »

Bowlful: Fresh and vibrant dishes from Southeast Asia by Norman Musa

Bowlful: Fresh and vibrant dishes from Southeast Asia by Norman Musa

Often I choose books that focus on a single cuisine but in the case of Bowlful by Norman Musa, I was drawn in by the promise of fresh and vibrant dishes from across Southeast Asia. Born in Penang,  Malaysia, experienced chef and author Musa has spent much of his life exploring the cultures and cuisines ... Read more »

Thai ‘Red Fire’ Greens with Yellow Soybean Sauce

‘Red Fire’ Greens with Yellow Soybean Sauce

This umami-rich stir-fried vegetable dish of ‘red fire’ greens with yellow soybean sauce is often made with water spinach (also known as morning glory) but works very well with a wide range of seasonal green vegetables, local or Asian. Fai daeng, which literally translates as ‘red fire’, isn’t a warning about the chilli heat level ... Read more »

Phuket Town Black Pepper Pork

Phuket Town Black Pepper Pork (mu hong) with ‘Red Fire’ Greens with Yellow Soybean Sauce (pak kheo fai daeng)

This Black Pepper Pork (mu hong) dish hails from Phuket Town in Southern Thailand, and delivers a steaming bowlful of tender pork and wibbling belly fat in a rich, caramelised sauce with warming black pepper permeating every mouthful. It’s perfect with plain rice, but is also great with a bowl of stir-fried green vegetables or ... Read more »

Thai Grilled Beef Ribeye with ‘Waterfall’ Salad

Grilled Beef Ribeye with ‘Waterfall’ Salad (neua yang nahm tok) from Kin Thai: Modern Thai Recipes To Cook At Home by John Chantarasak

Grilled Beef Ribeye with ‘Waterfall’ Salad (neua yang nahm tok), an Isaan dish from Northeastern Thailand, is perfect for the summer weather, and will wake up your taste buds with its spicy, herbal, sour and salty flavours. It’s a great way to lift a good quality steak even higher, and is straightforward to make. The ... Read more »

Brother Thai | Cardiff

A range of dishes at Brother Thai restaurant

Starting out as a Thai street food vendor – and a very successful one at that – Brother Thai opened the doors of their first permanent restaurant in July 2021, and it’s been an instant hit with old and new fans alike ever since. Described as a Thai roti bar, the snappy menu includes their ... Read more »

Top Twelve Dishes at Bang Bang Oriental

Chinese dumplings, from Xi Home restaurant in Bang Bang Oriental Food Court, Colindale, North West London

Bang Bang Oriental is a shiny, bold South East Asian food court in Colindale, North West London a successor to Oriental City, which closed down almost a decade before. With over 20 vendors to choose from, it can be hard to make a choice so we’re here to help with our top twelve dishes, and more. ... Read more »

Travelling By Way Of My Belly | Favourite Recipes From East and South East Asia

Korean Pork & Tofu Kimchi Jjigae

2020 is definitely not the year of international travel. That passtime has pretty much ground to a halt, as many of us around the world hunker down at home in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Travel lovers like me, who would usually be booking the next trip, focus instead on dreams of past travels, ... Read more »