Archive for February 14, 2011

Arrowhead, My favorite Chinese New Year Snacks

Arrowhead Sagittaria sagittifolia, is a tuberous bulb that is a delicacy usually eaten during the Chinese New Year season. THEY are crunchy, tasty and addictive. Once you start crunching on arrowhead, it’s hard to stop. It grows wild in marshlands in  Asia, and is cultivated in china and japan, Arrowhead is harvested for its bulbous tubers, which is called “chee ku”, which means “good mushroom”. Arrowheads are usually deep fried or stir fried. the starchy arrowhead is crunchy and makes a delightful snack for Chinese New Year.

Also known as Chinese potato or swamp potato because it grows in water, the ngaku is only available during the Chinese New Year celebration as it is a seasonal vegetable.

You’ll need

Corn oil for frying

Peel the arrowhead bulbs, then cut into thin slices using a mandolin.Heat oil in a deep fryer or a wok medium heat or about 180C.

Add arrowhead one by one in fryer, until lightly golden brown,They will crisp up very quickly and it only takes a few seconds to cook, then sieve out and place on kitchen towel or newspaper to drain off the oil.

When it is cool, store it in an air-tight container.

Perfectly Sour, Spicy, Prawns, Salmon and Herb Soup (Tom Yam Goong)

Tom yam goong or thai spicy seafood soup is the most popular thai dish! it’s very delicious and super easy to make, I just love the spiciness and tanginess of this one-dish,thai food is known for its balance of the five fundamental taste senses in each dish or the overall meal hot (spicy), sour, sweet and salty.

The basic broth is made of stock and fresh ingredients such as lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves,galangal , lime juice, fish sauce and crushed birds-eye chillies, tom yam is best served as it is or you can eat it with either steamed thai jasmine  rice or noodles.




You’ll need!

Ingredients (Make 4 bowls)

100gm tiger prawns
250gm salmon fillet
3 cups chicken stock
2 coriander roots and stems
1 stalks lemon grass, bruised
1 kaffir lime leaves
2 teaspoon fish sauce
Small fresh galangal, sliced and bruised
2 fresh birds-eye chillies
1 yellow onions (chopped)
1 teaspoon tom yam paste (can be obtained from supermarkets)
Salt and palm sugar to taste
Lime juice to taste


Shell and devein prawns. Bring to boil 2 cups chicken stock. Add the galangal, yellow onion, coriander roots and stem, lemon grass, tom yam paste and birds-eye chillies and simmer for 2 minute
Add prawns and salmon and simmer for 10 minutes, or just until prawns and salmon are cooked.
Stir in fish sauce lime juice  and palm sugar to taste, making it nicely piquant.
Serve sprinkled with thai basil leaves.