Kombu and Carrot Quick Pickle

An Asian flavoured Quick Pickle

Quick pickles are the go when time is rushed and there are no pickles ready at hand. They can be made in a matter of minutes but do take an hour or three to pickle and develop their flavours. They are wonderful mixed in the morning and eaten for lunch or in the evening.

This pickle is unusual as it combines kombu, that salty seaweed from Japan, with crispy carrots. It is pickled in a mixture of sake and rice vinegar, sweetened with mirin and salted with soy sauce. It is allowed to pickle for a few hours before being ready to serve.

Are you after similar recipes? Try Celery Quick Pickle, Onion Quick Pickle, and Cucumber and Radish Quick Pickle Salad.

Have a look at our other Pickles, and our Chutneys too. You might like to browse our Asian recipes, and explore our Mid Spring recipes.

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Celery Quick Pickle with Chilli

I am always looking for celery recipes to fill that void that a lack of celery dishes creates. An unassertive vegetable – it always plays second fiddle to other vegetables rather than feature in its own right – it deserves much more prominence.

This is a quick pickle is a perfect accompaniment to meals (I like to have a pickle with each meal, it balances the other flavours), and a perfect ingredient in other salads or even sandwiches. It keeps well in the fridge, so make a double batch. I like to add chilli and spring onions to the mix.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Celery Yoghurt Salad, Spicy Celery Salad, and Simple Celery Salads.

Try also Carrot and Kombu Quick Pickle and Onion Strings Pickled Salad.

You might see our other Celery Dishes. Or browse all of our Salad recipes here. And explore our easy Mid Spring recipes.

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Spicy Celery Salad

Celery sort of misses out in the salad stakes. There are not so many salads that feature celery as its core ingredient. This salad changes that, it at least puts a stake in the Celery Salad map. Asian style in flavours with a little heat, it will be a classic at your place once you have tried it.

The original recipe was posted by The Back Yard Lemon Tree, and she credits Lottie and Doof as the inspiration.

Are you after Celery recipes? Try Quick Pickled Celery with Chilli, Celery Yoghurt Salad, Celery and Avocado Cold Soup, Nashi Pear and Celery Salad, and Simple Celery Salads.

Or try these Salads – Jicama and Green Mango Salad, Mediterranean Buckwheat Salad, and Sweet Red Pepper Salads.

You might see our other Celery Salads. Or browse all of our Salad recipes here and here. All Celery dishes are here. Or explore our easy Mid Spring recipes.

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Longan and Young Ginger Tea | Dragon Eye Tea

Longan Berries are warming, according to Chinese philosophy. So this tea is great for warming the toes on cold nights, or perfect for when a cold is coming on or you just feel cold. Enjoy this by the bowlful.

Longan are sold fresh and dried. For tea, it is much more convenient to use dried. They are loved by the Chinese and used commonly across China. They are used to flavour many dishes – winter sweets, sweet Chinese soups and congee. Great for snacks on their own if freshly dried, or mix with raisins and other dried fruits, and walnuts and other nuts.

It is easy to find them. Wander the aisles of your local Asian/Chinese shop until you find the dried fruit section. Sometimes you will find them sold in bulk. Choose ones that are soft, like raisins, and avoid the harder dried ones. Store them in a jar in your pantry, keep them in the fridge, or even freeze them to preserve them well.

In China this tea would be called a sweet soup. Serve it with the berries in the tea. You can strain them out if you prefer, but they are lovely left in and munched on as you sip. Longan are very relaxing and good for the memory as well.

Are you after other Teas? Try Fragrant Persian Rosebud and Borage Flower Tea, Cardamom, Coriander and Fennel Herbal Tea (Ayurvedic CCF Tea), and Balinese Ginger and Lemongrass Tea.

Explore all of our Teas, and our Chinese dishes. Or take some time to browse our warming Early Winter dishes.

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Tofu and Chilli Salad

Sichuan Pepper and chillies mix with tofu in this interesting salad.

This salad layers different chilli flavours with tofu that has been pressed, so it absorbs its dressing very well. It is a playful, delightful salad.

Would you like to browse other Tofu recipes? Try Peach Salsa with Marinated Tofu, Thai Deep Fried Fresh Beancurd with Sweet Nut Sauce, or Ottolenghi’s Black Pepper Tofu.

Or perhaps you are looking for a salad with a difference. Have a look at another Tofu salad – Asian Lightly Pickled Cucumber and Tofu Salad, or Orange and Olive Salad with Mint and Basil, or even Wombok  (Chinese Cabbage) and Red Radish Salad with Peanut Dressing.

Browse all of our Tofu recipes here and here, and our Salad recipes here and here. We have a collection of Bittman Salads here. Or be inspired by our Summer recipes here and here.

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Kimchi, Vegetarian Style

It is possible to make excellent vegetarian kimchi. Here is how.

I love subtle dishes as much as full flavoured ones. Not so subtle is Kim Chi, that Korean staple!

Kimchi is not traditionally vegetarian, but you can still make a great vegetarian version. It can be made at any time of the year, from a whole range of vegetables including cabbage, daikon radish, watermelon radish, turnip, carrot, fennel, cucumbers. Mix and match.

Grab some ko choo kah roo (Korean chilli flakes) for a more authentic taste and colour. It does make a difference.

You might also like to try this alternative Kim Chi for Vegetarians. Or browse the Pickle recipe collection here and here. We love an Indian Quince Pickle and Pickled Ginger. Explore our Korean recipes too.

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Black Pepper Tofu

With all of the SE Asian flavours that make great food, plus the tofu is deep fried, what is not to like?

Ever since I saw the Black Pepper Tofu in Ottolenghi’s Plenty, I have wanted to make it. It has all of the SE Asian flavours that make great food, plus the tofu is deep fried, what is not to like?

You might like to try Tofu, Spinach and Miso Napoleons or What to Do with Deep Fried Tofu. Or browse the tofu recipes here and here. Explore other Ottolenghi recipes. Or you might like other recipes from Asia here and here.

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Pawpaw Salsa

Enjoy this very simple but delicious summery salsa with the tropical flavours of pawpaw, ginger and a touch of chilli.

Enjoy this very simple but delicious summery salsa with the tropical flavours of pawpaw, ginger and a touch of chilli.

Are you looking for similar recipes? Try Green Guava Salsa, Roasted Sweetcorn and Avocado Salsa, and Pomegranate Salsa. You might also like to try Salsa Verde.

Browse all of our Salsas and explore our Dips and Salads. Our Late Summer collection of Recipes are here.

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Caramelised, Marinated King Oyster Mushrooms | With an Asian Twist

A wonderfully surprising dish.

How do you use King Oyster Mushrooms? Slice these giant beauties and marinate them before cooking  in a heavenly caramelisation of the marinade. The stems look amazing place on a plate on their own.

I have had a dish similar to this in Thailand, where the mushrooms are served on blocks of the softest tofu you can ever imagine. It was gorgeous.

King Oyster Mushrooms are also known as King Trumpet Mushrooms and Eryngii. 

Maybe you are looking for Caramelised dishes? Try Caramelised Sweet Potatoes, Caramelised Roast Pumpkin, and Caramelised Belgium Endive.

Are you after Mushroom Recipes? Try Risotto with Mushrooms, Pasta with Porcini Mushroom Sauce, Mushroom Curry, and Vic’s Mushrooms.

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Kimchi, my style | Vegetarian Kimchi

It is a special and easy thing to make Kimchi.

It is a special and easy thing to make Kimchi – soaking the vegetables in brine, then mixing them with chilli, garlic, ginger and onion, adding a sweetener to feed the fermentation and add complexity to the flavour.

The final result is a tart, salty, hot pickle with a hint of sweetness that can be eaten on its own, mixed in to dishes such as rice or soup, or cooked into a recipe. I mostly eat it as an accompaniment to a meal, although I have been known to stand at the fridge with a pair of chopsticks and have a mid night or mid afternoon snack.

Try our other kimchi recipe also. Browse all of our pickles here and here, and our Cabbage recipes here and here. Find inspiration in the Spring recipes here and here.

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Lemony Sago in Coconut Milk | Sabudana Coconut Payasam

Sago is back in fashion!

Sago is back in fashion! It is wonderful when it is paired with enough lemon juice that it is tangy, and enough jaggery that it is sweet, and swimming in coconut milk. A truly delicious and cooling dessert, just made for hot weather. It can be served hot, cold and at room temperature.

Are you after other Sago dishes? Try Sago Payasam, and Sago Pilaf.

There is a similar recipe from the Retro Recipe Series on this site’s sister site, Heat in The Kitchen, but it has  been updated here with changes in technique. It is a bit simpler, too. The recipe appears there as part of the Retro Recipes series.

You might like to browse all Sago recipe and explore all of our Dessert recipes. See the complete set of Indian recipes too.  Or be inspired by our Late Spring dishes.

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Tofu, Sesame and Spinach Napoleons | Tofu Stacks with Spinach and Sesame

A simple dish that delivers more than it promises.

This wonderful dish, full of the flavours of Japan without being Japanese, the flavours of SE Asia without being South East Asian, became an instant family success. We made it often, but somehow, as we no longer all live so close together, it has fallen from our menus. When I do make it again, I recall why we loved it so much, and give myself 2 helpings.

The first time this dish was served to the gathering family, all went silent as they ate, tasted, yet could not get the words from their tastebuds to their brain to their mouths. Silent eating, always the mark of a great dish.

It makes a great first course – or a light meal.

You might like to browse our tofu recipes here and here, or Spinach recipes here and here. Find inspiration in our Summer recipes here and here.

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Daikon Salad | Mooli | White Radish Salad

Daikon radish, often over looked, is the star of this salad. It can be made with red radishes too.

Daikon is great in freshly squeezed juices to add a touch of spiciness, but other than that it is often left sitting abandoned in the bottom drawer of the fridge. No longer. Here is a salad to make daikon shine! Summer goodness, oh yes.

You might also like Daikon and Pumpkin Curry. All of our Radish recipes are here and here. Or try our Salads here and here. Be inspired by our Spring recipes here and here.

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A Spicy Cucumber Salad with Herbs and Poppy Seeds

A marvellous cucumber salad, complete with poppy seeds and herbs. Join me for dinner?

A spicy cucumber salad, just in time for a wonderful, summer-on-the-balcony lunch.

This is a recipe from Ottolenghi, and you can see all of our Ottolenghi recipes here.

Are you after other Cucumber Salads? Try Cucumber and Tomato Sunday Salad, Cucumber and Red Onion Salad, and Cucumber and Mung Salad.

You also might like to browse our collection of Cucumber Salads. Or simply browse our Late Summer dishes.

This time in other years I was making Indian Cucumber Salad, Crispy Garlic and Sage, Asparagus in Pastry, Baked Peppers, Red Peppers in Olive Oil, and a Strawberry Frappe.

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Thai Steamed Eggplant with Sesame and Soy Dressing

And Nigel Slater said eggplants can’t be steamed!

A very simple and easy recipe for a lovely snack on its own, with rice or part of a larger Thai meal. Ottolenghi has published a Japanese recipe that is nearly identical (see  Ottolenhi’s version) some years after this one post appeared. It shows how wide spread dishes can be over Asia, retaining similar characteristics with regional variations.

You might also like to cook Kerala Eggplant in Coconut, Saffron and Rosewater Scented Eggplant, Eggplants, Sultanas and Pinenuts, or Steamed Thai Eggplants and Zucchini. Browse all of our Eggplant Recipes here and here, and all of our Asian recipes here and here.

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