Char Siu

1 kg pork  1/2 cup soy sauce 1/3 cup honey 1/3 cup ketchup 1/3 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup Chinese rice wine 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce 2 tablespoons red food coloring 1 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder (optional) Mix all seasonings and marinate pork overnight. Reserve marinade and cook on the stove until thickened. Cook pork…

Veggie dumplings

Filling ingredients 1 tbsp minced ginger 1 small onion, chopped finely 4 shiitake mushrooms, chopped finely 1½ cups cabbage, chopped finely 1 large carrot, chopped finely 1 bunch chives, finely chopped 2 dashes of white pepper Sesame oil Shaoxing wine Soy sauce 1 tbsp Sugar Chop up everything, then cook in a bit of oil in a pan…

Dumpling Skin

Dumpling skin 2 cups  plain flour ½ cup water + 3 tbsp Mix flour with 1/2 cup water and stir. Once absorbed, start knead with your hands. add water a tablespoon at a time and knead until forms a ball. Cover with a damp towel and let rest for at least one hour, but preferably two…

Gyoza

I have guilt; inbred, catholic, you’re-never-good-enough guilt. And that guilt pierces through my soul every time I use a jarred sauce, box mix or ready mixed spice packet. But I console myself with the thought that if the Pioneer Woman uses them, why can’t I. But that pride/ street cred/ over-inflated sense of achievement is fantastic…

Lebanese Couscous & Green Beans

Lebanese couscous, or according to the internet, is also known as giant couscous or pearl couscous. This dish in particular, which is cooked in chicken broth and served with chicken, is known as Moghrabieh. And I served it with this Lebanese green bean dish, which although can be served warm, tastes better cold. I know…

Kibbeh

You might have more common sense than me, but apparently you’re not supposed to leave the blender running for longer than a minute. Oops. The smell of the burnt out motor and smoke is a good sign that your blender has met its end. 😅 For the stuffing 250g beef mince 3 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted…

Chickpea curry and coconut rice

I already have about six servings of lemony lentil soup in my freezer and I’ve just added four servings of chickpea curry to it. It just makes sense to cook in bulk and heat it up later but my freezer is starting to look like I’m preparing for an apocalypse. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Ingredients 1.5 cup dry chickpeas…