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Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls

25/09/2018 (Last Updated: 06/08/2019)

Vietnamese Rice Paper Rolls are super quick to prepare! Pack them with juicy prawns, vermicelli noodles, crispy lettuce and fresh mint. They’re totally addictive snacks or perfect as a light and healthy lunch. Pair them with our Peanut Hoisin Dipping Sauce – you won’t want to stop at one!

Vietnamese rice paper rolls on a chopping board next to a bowl of dipping sauce.

Why We Love This Recipe

We love rolling our own cold rolls with family – it’s so light and refreshing to enjoy on a warm summer night. It’s fun to lay out the table with platters of rice paper sheets, sliced prawns, vegetables and herbs, and get creative with our own rice paper rolls combinations. There’ll be hands flying everywhere to grab all their favourite ingredients, pop them onto rice paper sheets, and quickly roll them up to start eating!

In Vietnam, we found that rice paper rolls were usually sold by street vendors or at dedicated restaurants like our favourite in Nha Trang – Nem Nuong Dang Van Quyen. We especially loved the rice paper rolls filled with nem nuong (grilled pork sausage) and mountains of fresh herbs all ready to wrap into glorious rolls, then washed down with a beer or two.

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Recipes/ Side Dish

Yudofu Simple Hot Tofu Recipe

11/05/2017 (Last Updated: 02/10/2019)

Learn how to cook Japanese hot tofu with this delicious yudofu recipe. Served with a subtle blend of organic tamari, dashi stock and sweet mirin, yudofu is a nourishing comforting hot tofu recipe that’s quick and easy to prepare, low in calories, and packed with nutritious flavour!

Pouring tamari onto boiled tofu (yudofu).

Why We Love This Recipe

If it’s cold outside, or you just need a bowl of something to warm you up from the inside out, Yudofu is for you! We love preparing this popular Japanese winter-time dish for a few awesome reasons:

  • It’s super simple to prepare (always yay!)
  • It’s low in calories/carbohydrates (which, we won’t lie, is always a good thing for food addicted bloggers…)
  • It’s full of healthy goodness! Tofu is literally packed with protein, vitamins and minerals.

Serve it beside fluffy rice, a simple shredded cabbage slaw, and a nourishing bowl of miso soup and you’ll be feeling happy and healthy in no time!

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Recipes/ Side Dish

Simple Sambal Telur – Eggs in Spicy Sambal Sauce

04/05/2017 (Last Updated: 26/02/2020)

If you’ve never tried Sambal Telur (Boiled Eggs in Spicy Sambal Sauce) before, this South East Asian side dish is going to blow your tastebuds out of the water. Think the satisfying goodness of hardboiled eggs paired with the fiery heat of spicy Indonesian sambal sauce.  It’s time to get cooking so let’s crank up the heat!

Simple Sambal Telur (Eggs in Spicy Sambal Sauce) Recipe - The satisfying goodness of hard-boiled eggs paired with the fiery heat of spicy Indonesian sambal sauce. |

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Do you love spicy South East Asian cuisine?

Addicted to that hot chilli burn?

Then this recipe for Indonesian style eggs in spicy chilli sauce (sambal telur) is for you, my friend!

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Breakfast/ Recipes

Dan Bing Recipe – Taiwanese Egg Pancakes (蛋餅)

23/03/2017 (Last Updated: 19/09/2019)

Bursting with flavour, this Dan Bing Recipe with tuna and egg makes the perfect savoury breakfast crepe or quick snack. A light batter made with cornflour (cornstarch) ensures these Taiwanese egg pancakes are crispy and fluffy, yet light and totally delicious!

Slices of tuna and egg dan bing crepe on a plate, drizzled with soy sauce and sweet chilli sauce.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • This Dan Bing recipe makes delicious savoury pancakes with the perfect blend of crispy outside + soft and chewy inside. 
  • These rolled Taiwanese pancakes are super easy to whip up – you can prep and cook them in around 10 minutes with simple and inexpensive ingredients (that you probably already have at home).
  • Slice and slather with sauce, or eat them by hand straight out of the pan. Just like a quick and easy no-fuss breakfast burrito or tasty snack on the go!

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Recipes/ Side Dish/ Snack

Oysters Three Ways

22/12/2016 (Last Updated: 11/05/2018)

Oysters Three Ways is our go-to for a quick 5 minute party starter – Kilpatrick, Ponzu with Lemon Thyme and Soy with Ginger. Entertaining done, and just in time for Christmas!

Oysters Three Ways - These are our go to 5 minute party starters - Kilpatrick, Ponzu with Lemon Thyme and Soy with Ginger. Entertaining done. |

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Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it’s three days til Christmas already…???? But it’s actually perfect timing, since today we’re sharing our Oysters Three Ways!

Every Christmas for as long as I can remember, my parents have celebrated Christmas with a seafood and sparkling wine brunch, which is just what you need before a massive roast feast.

(P.S. If you’re looking for Christmas deliciousness, check out our list of Edible Christmas Presents!)

Alongside Wanderdad’s beloved king prawns mum would serve up her piece de resistance – smoky Oysters Kilpatrick straight from the oven. The smell of that heady mix of Worcestershire sauce, barbecue sauce and bacon always evokes those special mornings; torn wrapping paper strewn around the room, laugher and cheers and fun.

Since then our wandering adventures have led us experiment with the humble oyster, so today without further ado, let us present three of our favourite oyster recipes from our trip!

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Flaming Charcoal Fish in Banana Leaves

04/01/2016 (Last Updated: 05/03/2020)

Get ready to have some fiery fun in the kitchen with this Flaming Charcoal Fish in Banana Leaves. Chunky fish steak + unbelievably delicious tomato-based sauce + banana leaves + FIRE. Lots and lots of fire. You might want to get that extinguisher ready.

Flaming Charcoal Fish in Banana Leaves - A little bit sweet, a slight bit of salt and a lot of flaming charcoal goodness. Melt-in-your-mouth fish has never tasted so good. Pescatarian. |

This hearty banana-leaf-wrapped deliciousness comes to you all the way from Hoi An, Vietnam, but what sets it apart from other recipes (like this light and creamy Lao Steamed Fish), is that you get to set this one ON FIRE.

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