From Noodles to Nuoc Cham – Delicious Dishes from Southeast Asian Ingredients
Mitchell Beazley: Octopus Publishing Group
Southeast Asian food is more popular than ever before, but what ARE all those mysterious ingredients in the southeastern section of the supermarket – or, even more so, in your nearest Southeast Asian market? Lizzie Mabbott identifies key ingredients, explains the differences between the 77 types of noodles (not counting “Pot”) and tells you how to use them. AND she provides all the recipes you’ll need to cook your own delicious meals at home using the tastiest ingredients from China, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, Korea, Japan and all across the region. So tuck in to the authentic (from Grilled Aubergines with Nuoc Cham to Chinese Chive Breads and Korean Summertime Noodles) or the inventive and absolutely delicious (Kimchi Toasted Cheese Sandwich, Tempura Soft-Shell Crab Burgers and Chinese Spag Bol), and cook your way around the Asian supermarket.
This is a fantastic book suitable for all to use, with some beautiful photos that will have your mouth watering in anticipation of the delights you will be able to create. You do not need to be a kitchen guru or master chef – this book is about fresh ingredients, fragrant sauces and spices. Lizzie Mabbott devotes sections of the book to introducing the key ingredients, sauces and condiments, noodles, rices, spices, pickles and preserves, fruits and vegetables; the basic ingredients that will bring your South East Asian cooking alive. Read through, pick out of a few recipes you might like to try and then start with a shopping list. Most of the sauces and species are available in your local supermarket, some may need to be purchased from speciality Asian cooking stores.
I think we will try the Udon Cabonarara or Salt and Pepper Tofu, the Xinjian Lamb Skewers look perfect for the BBQ and the Chinese Pork Belly Roast looks divine. And then there are old favourites like Chicken Katsu Curry or Rice Paper Rolls (with a step by step pictorial guide on how to roll these family favourites) or how about making your own Kimchi? A toasted cheese and kimchi sandwich sounds perfect! I am sure you will find many recipes here to enjoy.