Seared Tuna with Chilli & Ginger

Seared tuna is a really quick and easy dish to make. The sesame seeds give a lovely flavour and crunch (not to mention the visual appeal) and it’s great as a main served with rice or as a fancy starter, with a few squares per individual side plate. Just make sure you have fresh, sashimi quality tuna, as…

Asian Grilled Salmon with Sesame Egg Noodles

Fresh salmon grilled to soft, flaky perfection is one of life’s greatest treats. I’m lucky to have a local shop right near my house that has a constant supply of fresh salmon fillets at a very reasonable price. Apparently the owner’s brother is a fisherman. Bless him. So any excuse has me rushing up to…

Sweet & Spicy Prawn Stir Fry

I knew I wouldn’t be able to resist using more ready-to-eat prawns. So. Easy. This is a quick stir-fry, something you can whip up after work, minimal effort. And delicious. The thing with Thai-type dishes is that the number of sauce ingredients is quite limited, it’s really all about the proportions. So this type of…

Hoisin-Glazed Pork Belly with Asian Salad

I think this slow-cooked pork belly might be my new favourite meal. Quite the honour. Which is surprising, considering that I loathe both the taste and texture of fat. Yes, its fat content is high, but because the pork is slow-cooked, a large amount of fat renders out of the pork into the pan below.…

Shredded Lamb Salad with Thai Dressing

One of the my biggest food gripes is having to take lunch to work. I work in what you might call The Middle of Nowhere, and while we do have a single coffee shop, there are only so many toasted sandwiches you can have before hemorrhaging money and ballooning from all the bread. But preparing…

Honey Chilli Chicken

  My mother used to make a lot of Asian food when we were growing up. Apparently there were next-to-no Asian restaurants in Cape Town (and I’m guessing South Africa) in the 80’s, so Asian ingredients and supplies were hard to come by. But after we returned from a year living in Hawaii, she was…