Category Archives: SE Asian

July 28

FISH SCENTED FRIED TOFU WITH CELERY

There can’t be many ingredients less loved than tofu and celery. I don’t share the loathing. Celery is one of those long lasting veggies that can survive the singleton’s fridge. Ready fried tofu I buy at my local Thai supermarket and keep it in a zip loc for a couple of weeks. I really like […]

June 11

INDONESIAN RECIPES – Part 4 – Beef Rendang

Bali is a Hindu island, and while they don’t hold the cow in quite such high esteem as their Indian cousins, you won’t find many Balinese eating it regularly. The Sumatrans and Javanese however, love a bit of buffalo, which is the meat you should use to make this dish if you can get a […]

June 10

INDONESIAN RECIPES Part 3 – Martabak (Padang Stuffed Pastry)

I’m sure most cultures have their equivalent of the late night kebab crave that many people experience. I have to say, I’m not one of the many in this regard. I can put hand on heart and say I’ve never had a takeaway pitta pocket of mystery meat, chili and raw onion after a night […]

June 10

INDONESIAN RECIPES Part 2 – Crab Noodle Soup

There are few more evocative sounds in Bali than the sound of spoon on china as the Bakso Boy alerts his customers to his approaching handcart. These homemade contraptions are death traps of gas bottle, open flame and bicycle wheels that valiantly traverse the increasingly congested roads of the island. They stare down lorries and […]

June 07

INDONESIAN RECIPES Part 1 CARAMELISED PORK BELLY

My love affair with Indonesia began the moment I stepped out of a car and into the calm and almost spiritual beauty of The Serai, now known as the Alila Manggis, on the east coast of Bali. The Island of the gods is a unique part of Indonesia, ┬ámade up of a speckling of islands […]

July 14

A departure from theme

So these two young Germans showed up at my house. Not any Germans. Special ones. The son and daughter of love of my life. We hadn’t been together as a trio for a very long time and it was lovely. All this goes a little way to explain why I haven’t written for a while. […]