Steph’s Chicken and Sweetcorn Soup

There’s a movie called Julie & Julia that is based on the real life blogger Julie Powell’s attempt to cook every recipe in Julia Child’s first cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking. I don’t know how normal it is for people to try to cook EVERYTHING in a cookbook, but given at least one other […]

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Chinese Home-Style Eggs in Tomatoes

If there was one thing I’d recommend everyone learn to cook when they first move out of home, it would be Chinese eggs and tomatoes. This is cheap, easy, home-style cooking, and one that has probably kept many a poor uni student from starving. It is what you cook when you can’t be bothered cooking, and […]

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Savoury Turnip Cake – Banh Bot – Lo Bak Gao

I bet when you guys think of caaaaaaaaake, the first thing that comes to mind is a mouth watering savoury turnip cake!  That crispy pan fried skin with a gooey center that is flavoured with white turnip, Chinese sausage and dried shrimp.  Combine with a salty chilli or soy sauce and you will have a […]

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Vietnamese Chicken Soup with Rice Noodles – Pho Ga

The smell of this chicken pho simmering on the stove top will waft through your home and tempt even the fullest of stomachs. It is made with an aromatic broth enriched with chicken bones, root vegetables and spices. Bowls of steaming broth are filled fresh rice noodles and tender chicken pieces, topped with fresh herbs and […]

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Fried Bread Sticks – Dau Chao Quay – You Tiao

These fried bread sticks are a delicious and versatile treat that everyone must give a go at least once. It is similar to a doughnut but lighter, chewier and has a crispy skin when fresh. Many Asian people have them as a savoury accompaniment / snack with their congee or cup of coffee in the morning. I […]

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Spring Roll Noodle Bowls – Bun Cha Gio

One of the harsh realities one faces when leaving the family home is that food no longer magically appears on the dinner table. Some days when my will power is at absolute zero, like all good children I make the trip back home for dinner! However, I know nothing is ever free. My payment comes […]

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Vietnamese Pickled Carrots and Daikon – Do Chua

I have always held out on making this on my own because it just looked like so much work. For years, I believed that making do chua was a long and tedious process of chopping up carrots and daikon. The thought of it always made me shudder with fear and then the very familiar general […]

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Vietnamese Fish Cakes with Dill – Cha Ca Thi La

My mother’s fish cake recipe is something that has made her quite popular with her friends. She has always been complimented on her fish cakes and it was a struggle to get this recipe. I had to go down the road of pointing that if anything ever happened to her, then all these fantastic recipes […]

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Vietnamese Chicken Soup with Glass Noodles – Mien Ga

Chicken soup with glass noodles is a Vietnamese dish that is guaranteed to comfort on any miserable day! There are times in Canberra that are so cold I believe the only ones roaming outside are the white walkers (Game of Thrones characters that are frozen and weird). On these days, I generally avoid leaving the […]

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