Easy peasy Vietnamese

Freshen up this week without compromising flavour.

Prawn on the barbie, Vietnamese-style. Expect your pork and prawn mixture to have a similar bouncy texture to that of a fish cake before wrapping it around your...
These tacos were a revelation to me when I went to Vietnam and totally delicious. Use the freshest rice sheets you can find. 
There are a lot of varieties of pho on the table and this recipe brings together all the elements of a comforting bowl in a juicy rice noodle wrap. 
This light salad gets a zing of citrus from pomelo, and every bite is packed with flavour from fresh Vietnamese herbs. 

Citrus in disguise

Sumac, the vibrant purple spice that provides a sour, citrusy twang.

Half the world loves a kebab, and the other half just hasn’t got around to knowing them yet. The secret to a delicious Azeri chicken skewer is the souring agent, such...
Roasting whole cauliflower in the oven releases the most incredible natural nutty flavours. The hazlenuts complement this while the pickled grapes offer a lovely...
I love sumac for its tangy, lemony flavour and the powerful kick it gives when paired with chicken. For contrast, I also add sweetness from grape molasses and...
Sweet, tangy and spicy: this Egyptian recipe for grilled mango uses chilli and sumac for a burst of surprisingly delicious flavour. Perfect served with ice cream...
These are perhaps a little indulgent, but they’re a perfect way to use up any leftover prawns on Boxing Day, and a hamper of these at the beach will make the...

Sweets of the East

What's your favourite Asian dessert?

The subcontinent’s favourite ice cream, kulfi is cleansing, cooling and invigorating. 
It is flavoured with beautiful spices from its Persian origins, and can also...
Pandan extract is available from Asian grocery stores. The strength can vary between brands, so add it gradually. You can prepare the crèmes the day before...
Based on the classic Cantonese mango sago pudding, this is a fine dessert. In this variation, I've paired mango with coconut cream and milk-soaked sago, plus a...
As is the case in many countries, honey in Korea is regarded as a highly nutritious food that cures various ailments. It’s no surprise then that these fried...
At work, my mother was affectionately known as the Cassava Queen. She made cassava cake countless times over the years for colleagues who repeatedly requested the...
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