Pasta with Francis Lam’s Let-My-Eggplant-Go-Free! Sauce
No oven / Recipes / Savoury / Two pot pasta / Vegan / vegetarian

Pasta with Francis Lam’s Let-My-Eggplant-Go-Free! Sauce

This is wonderfully ugly. Garlicky, herby, glossy with oil. I don’t think beauty should be always required of food because beauty is not a reliable indicator of flavour. I am all for appreciating the simplicity of fresh, whole vegetables, but if we take that too far then everything would be eaten raw and unseasoned, a still life, not … Continue reading

Thai-style rice congee with garlic & ginger oil (ข้าวต้ม Khao tom)
For two / meat / No oven / Recipes / Savoury / Thai

Thai-style rice congee with garlic & ginger oil (ข้าวต้ม Khao tom)

A soothing, simple bowl of well-flavoured rice and stock topped with fresh herbs and maybe some cooked shredded meat. This is a savoury yet light dish with lots of bright leafy herbs, but listen: sharing this dish at this time of year, for me, is about a change of palate and a hint of nostalgia. I … Continue reading

Homemade chilli oil with cumin, coriander, and sesame
No oven / Recipes / Savoury / Small batch / vegetarian

Homemade chilli oil with cumin, coriander, and sesame

A deep, dark, fragrant chilli oil which goes with everything. Perfect for any weather: easily adds zing to cold food and brings toasty fragrance and welcome heat on days when you want something warm to warm you up. It’s just what I need right now. English autumns in cities are subdued, which is to say everything is grey … Continue reading

Fresh egg noodles with chilli-garlic oil + everything you like (บะหมี่แห้ง bamee haeng)
For one / No oven / Recipes / Savoury / Thai

Fresh egg noodles with chilli-garlic oil + everything you like (บะหมี่แห้ง bamee haeng)

Springy egg noodles slicked with hot, savoury Chiu Chow chilli oil, topped with everything you like. Fast and satisfying. It is deeply remiss that I have been keeping this recipe from you. I suppose it’s not so much a recipe as an arrangement, a friendly suggestion, one of those things which makes people say, ‘Huh, … Continue reading

Rich, simple chicken stock for Thai food + How to use it (น้ำซุบไก่)
meat / No oven / Recipes / Savoury / Thai

Rich, simple chicken stock for Thai food + How to use it (น้ำซุบไก่)

Let me be clear about what this isn’t: crystal clear chicken stock. This isn’t classic French cooking, alright? That’s not how we do things around here. What this is: a very basic unsalted chicken stock which much more flavourful than any fresh stock you can buy. The catch, of course, is the time–at least 3 hours. … Continue reading

Spicy Thai-style fried noodles with pork and sweet basil
For two / meat / No oven / Recipes / Savoury / Thai

Spicy Thai-style fried noodles with pork and sweet basil

More noodles–and the first stir-fried noodle dish on this blog! These are spicy noodles perfumed with basil, improvised by Leela at SheSimmers. Leela writes that she cooked up this dish on the fly, calling it kuay tiao phat niraman, or nameless (anonymous) fried noodles. It’s a little bit like phat kee mao and a bit like … Continue reading

Khao na kai for one (chicken in brown gravy on rice ข้าวหน้าไก่)
For one / meat / No oven / Recipes / Savoury / Thai

Khao na kai for one (chicken in brown gravy on rice ข้าวหน้าไก่)

Another solid recipe from Leela’s Simple Thai Food: a very simple, comforting, and old-fashioned Chinese-Thai one dish meal. I didn’t grow up eating this, but instead I had a similar dish called rad na, smoky-sweet wide rice noodles topped with a smooth, deeply flavourful brown gravy. My Pearents made it with chicken, broccoli, and scrambled egg. … Continue reading

Lady & Pups’ perfectly baked sauna eggs with brown butter shoyu mushrooms
For one / Recipes / Savoury / vegetarian

Lady & Pups’ perfectly baked sauna eggs with brown butter shoyu mushrooms

These beautiful eggs are the result of serendipity. A friend was coming to London and happened to want delicious noodles of some sort; since this ramen place was the only one in the desired location which had a decent vegetarian section, we went there. I wondered about the huge soup spoons, which occupied a place in scale … Continue reading