Category Asian

Prawn Toast | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Prawn Toast

Homemade prawn toast is easier than you think and tastes as good as your favourite Chinese restaurant’s. Great for parties or to serve as a starter with your favourite Chinese main. This is a scheduled post, as I’m currently travelling around Africa for ten weeks. Jealous much?! Anybody that knows me, knows I love prawns. I […]

Asian Pork Fillet/Tenderloin | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Asian Pork Fillet/Tenderloin

A juicy and tender pork fillet/tenderloin marinated in all the flavours you’d expect to find in your favourite Chinese restaurant.  And so our big adventure is about to begin. This is the last post I’m writing before we head on our 10 week African adventure. I have five posts lined up for while I’m away, one […]

Soba Noodles with Vegetables | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Soba Noodles with Stir-Fried Vegetables

Crunchy stir-fried vegetables mixed with soba noodles with a Chinese-flavoured sauce. A great vegetarian dish served hot or cold. So I have some news to share with everyone today! I’ve been sitting on it for a while, but it’s coming up fast, so I feel like it’s time to share. I won’t beat around the bush; Iain […]

Thai Chicken Meatballs | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Thai Chicken Meatballs

I always found it really weird when I saw bloggers using the word scarf to refer to eating their food really quickly. I thought scarf was just a case of American misinterpretation of the word scoff that had become the norm (because in a really nasal American accent a la Janice from Friends, scoff can sound kinda similar […]

Fried Rice | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Fried Rice

Ah, fried rice. You glorious side dish, you. You’ve got the perfect texture of rice that has stuck to the side of the wok and vegetables that are just tender enough. Your flavours are simple, yet varied. And you pair so well with any number of stir-fries, but also taste great on your own, reheated for […]

Chicken Pad See Ew | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Chicken Pad See Ew

Do you remember all the rules that existed when you were a teenager? And how the tiniest bit of freedom made you feel so cool? At my school, when you reached Year 12, there were a few privileges that came with being the eldest and wisest students in the school. For one, we had free periods where […]

Sesame Chicken Bites | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Sesame Chicken Bites

I was going to call these Asian Chicken Nuggets, but then I realised the only Asian thing about them is sesame seeds, and they aren’t even specific to Asian food, so I renamed them sesame chicken nuggets. Then I wasn’t sure what constituted a chicken nugget. Was it about their size? The batter used? The […]