This salad is bright, crunchy, substantial and packed full of flavour. The dressing can be made well in advance, however dress the salad right before serving to retain its crunch. You can find fried shallots at some supermarkets or at your local Asian supermarket. I use a medium-firm organic tofu from Tonzu.
Recipe Tag: lemongrass
I’ve long been a fan of pastéis de nata, the Portuguese custard tart with crisp pastry and sweet eggy filling, ever since I discovered Lisboa Patisserie on London’s Golborne Road. There is nothing better to have with a strong espresso. It’s pastry that has travelled the world courtesy of Portuguese colonisation or sailing routes, as popular in Hong Kong, Indonesia and Taiwan as it is in Portugal. It does vary though, sometimes the pastry is short crust rather than puff pastry, sometimes the egg has the dark caramelised exterior from the hot oven, at other times it is glossy and plain. I’ve used a bought butter puff pastry here, and have found that it is difficult to get that scorched top in my oven when using muffin tins, however they are still delectable without it, especially when the custard is infused with lemongrass. These are best eaten on the day they are made either warm or cold. However all the components can be prepared the day ahead.
Simple and superb (the mix can be made a day ahead), these are great to fry or even better to grill. I prefer them with pork, but chicken would also work well here. I like to serve with a simple hoisin and lime sauce, but they are also good with a nuoc cham or peanut sauce. I tend to use frozen stems for the skewers – the freezing softens the fibres and they are less likely to burn on the grill.
Who doesn’t love a layered ice block? These are refreshing and lots of fun too.
A twist on the old family favourite of sausage curry. We used to love the very basic combination of sliced sausage browned with curry powder and simmered with a few veggies. This version uses chicken sausages in a fragrant Vietnamese-style curry. If you can’t find Vietnamese curry paste, use Thai yellow or red curry paste and omit the chilli.