Char Kway Teow (Vegetarian)

I’ve been cooking up a lot of Asian dishes of late – I can’t seem to get enough… and timely, considering our impending trip to Indonesia.

Today, I share with you, one of the most epic noodle dishes in the world… from the streets of Malaysia. Big smoky flavours, with contrasting textures – cooked over a high heat, and whipped up in next to no time.

This is my most favourite Asian dish (Pad Thai a close second), and it simply has to be made with fresh rice noodles.

ingredients

sesame oil
chilli paste *I used homemade
1/2 brown onion sliced
1 garlic clove finely diced
1 tsp grated ginger
4 pieces kai lan * cut stems into batons + leaves into halves
250g fried tofu *sliced into bite sized pieces
1 free range egg
1 pack fresh flat rice noodles *available from Asian supermarkets
4 tbsp organic tamari
white pepper
fresh chives
fresh sliced red chilli

method

Heat a generous amount of sesame oil in a wok over a medium – high heat. Add chilli paste to taste. Fry for 30 or so seconds.

Throw in the onion and sauté, then add the garlic and onion. Stir fry quickly.

Add the kai lan stems (reserve the leaves) and the fried tofu. Continue to fry for a couple of minutes. Push the vegetables to one side of the wok, and crack the egg on the other other side. Wait until the bottom of the egg is slightly cooked, then scramble. Incorporate into the vegetables.

Add the noodles, kai lan leaves a good sprinkle of white pepper, and the tamari and fry until the noodles have all become loose.

Serve in noodle bowls, scattering fresh chives + chilli all over.

 

Keema with peas + Kachumber Salad (Vegetarian)

A little spicy Indian inspired meal, this one. It’s probably not super traditional – but it’s my take on it!

Keema is ground or minced meat – with a curry flavour. Here, obviously my version is vegetarian – where I use a plant based mince. It can be made in one pan, in as little as 15 minutes.

You can get your Keema cooking, whilst you prepare the salad.

Perfect for four x

Keema

400g plant based mince
1 peeled brown onion
1 heaped tbsp ghee
1 inch long piece of ginger
4 garlic cloves
1 tsp red chilli powder
1 tsp garam masala
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 cup water
1/2 cup fresh peas

to serve

steamed white rice
natural yoghurt
fresh sliced chillies, or chilli flakes
fresh coriander leaves
lime wedges
gf flat breads

method

Place your onion, ginger and garlic cloves in a mini chopper. Pulse until very fine (this is so you don’t have large chunks of onion in your mince).

Heat the ghee in a deep based frypan over a medium – high heat. Add the onion mixture to the frypan. Sauté until translucent. Add your mince and cook until there is no moisture. Add the ground spices, stir and cook for a further minute. Add the water and stir. Turn down to low – medium heat, over and allow the mince to continue to cook until all the water is evaporated.

Add the peas and stir through.

Serve on steamed rice with a dollop of yoghurt, scatter with chilli and coriander leaves. Squeeze fresh lime on top.

KACHUMBER SALAD

Kachumber Salad

1 small cos lettuce
1/4 red onion sliced thinly
1 lebanese cucumber *cut into rounds
400g organic chickpeas *drained
3 tomatoes chopped
fresh coriander leaves
8 fresh mint leaves
1 lime juice
evoo
2 tsp toasted cumin seeds
sea salt
chill flakes

method

Wash + cut your lettuce into bit sized pieces. Add to a large bowl. Throw in the sliced onion, cucumber, chickpeas and tomatoes. Mix through.

Add the juice of a lime + a good drizzle of evoo. Season with sea salt and chilli flakes. Throw in the toasted cumin seeds.

Slice the mint finely and add to the salad. Add the coriander leaves. Mix through.

Serve alongside the keema, rice + flat bread.

Asian marinated king oyster mushrooms

The meat for vegetarians! King oysters have little taste themselves, so when marinated in this flavour packed sauce, they are taken to a whole new level! Alternatively, they are lovely with garlic and butter on toast. My stomach is rumbling as I think of them!

Here, I have teamed them up with turmeric fluffy rice and fresh broccolini from my garden, with a little melted butter. When it’s that fresh, there is nothing like simplicity – let the greens shine!

You can serve the mushies with any asian greens, or even some edamame.

ingredients 

4 large king oyster mushrooms

marinade
4 tbsp organic tamari
4 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp organic coconut sugar
2 small garlic cloves finely diced (or 1 large one)
1 tbsp sesame oil
pinch white pepper
green onion finely sliced
black sesame seeds
rice bran oil

to serve
steamed white rice *add 1/2 tsp turmeric whist cooking and a little sea salt
cooked broccolini *add a little nob of butter + course sea salt

method

Slice the king oyster mushrooms into 5 thin slices each (lengthways).

Add all of the marinade ingredients to a glass bowl. Stir well.

Add the slices of oyster mushrooms to the marinade, cover and pop in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Add a little rice bran oil to a large frypan over a medium heat. Add the mushrooms in two batches and cook until caramelised on both sides (approx 8 mins cooking time). Don’t overcook, as they tend to become rubbery in texture. Add the remaining marinade at the end of cooking and reduce slightly.

Serve in bowls with the turmeric rice and broccolini. Drizzle the marinade sauce over the mushrooms.

Scatter with black sesame + sliced green onions.

 


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Much love,

Kristy x