Turnip Cake – Banh Bot Chien (cheat version)

Close up of a stack of 3 pieces of turnip cake on a blue tea towel.

This turnip cake / banh bot chien is an absolute hit in my household. It has a crispy pan fried skin with a gooey center that is flavoured with Chinese sausage, spring onions and dried shrimp.  This recipe is my mum’s cheat version, which is much simpler and quicker then traditional methods. All you will […]

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Sweetcorn and Chickpea Fritters

Up until a few months ago I never, ever thought either of us could go vegetarian. In fact  I’m pretty sure a 17-year old Scruff once told me that if we ever got married and I made him dinner without meat he would leave me! Fast forward 15 or so years and it turns out […]

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Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls – Cha Gio

Vietnamese Spring Rolls - Cha Gio

All my life I have never came across a person who didn’t enjoy munching on a few spring rolls from time to time. These little morsels of goodness are probably the most popular dish to come out of Vietnam. Each one is filled with pork, prawns and a variety vegetables which are seasoned with traditional Vietnamese […]

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Traditional Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls – Goi Cuon

Traditional Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls with 3 Sauces

The first dinner party Steph and I ever hosted was a rice paper roll night! I remember Steph being very relaxed while I was the complete opposite. It was the first time we had ever done something like this, so I was naturally a train wreck. Rather than make the rolls ourselves, we chose to […]

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Prawn and Sweet Potato Fritters – Banh Tom

Prawn and Sweet Potato Fritters - Banh Tom

These amazing prawn and sweet potato fritters called banh tom (translates to prawn cake) are one of my favourite Vietnamese appetizers! These little bad boys are basically a prawn nestled in a basket of golden sweet potato strips and then deep fried until crispy. It is traditionally served with fresh lettuce, herbs and a traditional Vietnamese […]

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Cherry Tomato Bruschetta with Fresh Mozzarella

I was first introduced to bruschetta many years ago when I was still in uni. Steph and I were at an Italian restaurant for dinner one night. We usually just ordered mains to keep costs down, since I  was a typical student with no money and Steph was saving for a car. However, on this occasion we both decided to live a little […]

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