Category: Asian

Fire and Ice Beef

A tub of gochujang, the Korean sweet-spicy fermented chilli paste, has been sitting in my fridge for years, silently mocking me every time I peered in. I had bullied a friend into buying a box, believing that I’d use it regularly. But I didn’t. And it sat there. Waiting. […]


Kewa Datshi My Way: A Spicy Potato and Cheese Soup

Last month, I was in Bhutan at the invitation of the Le Meridien, which has opened two new hotels in the country. The hotel in the capital, Thimphu, was opened in early 2014; the one in Paro, an hour away, is only about two months old. Landlocked Bhutan […]

Kaffir lime dressed prawns with a spicy, Amarula dressing

Kaffir Lime Prawns with a Spicy Amarula Coconut Shot

  I first tasted Amarula a few years ago. While I did enjoy it tremendously, my loyalty lay with another crème liqueur: Bailey’s Irish Cream. Bailey’s was a ‘soft’ liqueur; after a party when the liqueurs were being served this was the one that was offered to those […]

Egg Foo Young

Mixed Seafood Foo Young Sandwich

I have an unhappy history with foo young. In my younger, wilder days when I thought I knew more than I did, I tried to make foo young. How difficult could it be I thought? I could cook Chinese pretty well and an omelet is not the trickiest thing […]


Bibimbap-style Rice

It’s easy to fall in love with Dolsot Bibimbap. A beautiful, sunny egg yolk crowns the centre of thinly sliced beef and assorted lightly cooked vegetables arranged on a mound of sticky rice, in a heated stone bowl. You quickly mix the egg with the rice and vegetables […]