Posts labelled with "cooking"

Mr Hau's tofu

By stephenhau

6th Dec 2010

Category: Food and cookery

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    Red chilli
    For colour and a kick. If you can't take the heat, remove the seeds (or get out of the kitchen). These are just hot enough. Cut it into pieces about 3mm thick.
  2. 2
    Spring onion
    Also known as salad onions. Cut 2 of them into pieces about 5mm thick.
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    Choi sum
    Mmmm, choi sum. Of course, this is for illustration only. You'll need more than this. Buy a bag of it at any Chinese supermarket.
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    Finely chopped. I used about 3 cloves with choi sum for 2 people. Vary according to how antisocial you're feeling.
  5. 5
    Finely cut ginger.
  6. 6
    Inspired by...
    I'm a freak for grids. This is inspired by Ikea & Carl Kleiner's "Hembakat är Bäst" book. Finn (thanks!) brought me one from Sweden. Ikea really need to release this elsewhere.
    Click here for's tear down...
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    Firm tofu. Cut the block down into small slabs using a very sharp wet knife. It's a good test of your knife and handling skills. Fail, and you'll end up with broken tofu.
    Any Chinese/Asian supermarket. I got this at Lai Loi in Deptford.
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    Oil and soya sauce
    Just vegetable oil and light soya sauce. I swear by Pearl River Bridge gold label - avoid the cheaper ones, they're just salt. You need about 2 parts oil, 1 part soya. Quantities? I don't know. Enough to be about 3-5mm deep in a milk pan.
    PRB gold label: getting harder to find. SeeWoo is my trusty supplier.
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    3 parts American long grain, 1 part Thai fragrant.
    SeeWoo - in 20kg sacks.

December, month of excess! Occasionally, you need a break to detox – look! no meat! – so here's an easy recipe that makes a good healthy meal for two: tofu, choi sum, and rice. I'll assume you know how to cook rice (what? you don't?).

This is what it will look like...

The tofu will look like this.

I didn't get a photo of the choi sum, but it will look much like this (minus the chillies).


  1. Firstly, get the sauce going: Oil and soya sauce as described in the tag. Put it on the lowest heat, and make sure it doesn't bubble.
  2. Cut tofu into slabs, and leave to sit on a plate for about 15 minutes, draining off excess water regularly.
  3. Put some vegetable oil in a frying pan, and bring to full heat.
  4. Slide the tofu slabs into the pan, and gently keep them moving to avoid them burning to the pan.
  5. When lightly browned, flip the slabs then lightly brown the other side.
  6. Place the cooked slabs in a bowl, and now we'll finish the sauce.
  7. The oil and soya sauce should be hot (not bubbling!) by now – simply add the chopped chilli and spring onion, swirl around, then pour the lot over the tofu.

Choi sum

  1. Cut the choi sum – stems and all – into pieces approximately 8cm long, wash them in a collander, and leave sitting in water.
  2. Finely chop garlic, and cut some ginger into shreds.
  3. Get your wok (of course you've got one), add a splash of vegetable oil, and turn the heat up to full power.
  4. When it's hot, add the garlic and ginger.
  5. Just before the garlic or ginger starts browning, tip the choi sum from the collander into the wok.
  6. Add a generous splash of soya sauce, cover the wok, and leave to cook for about a minute.
  7. Then add a few drops of pure sesame oil and stir.
  8. Check occasionally whether it's cooked to your liking (just take a piece out and try it...).
  9. Optionally, stir a teaspoon of cornstarch into  2-3 tablespoons of cold water, then stir the mixture in to the choi sum to thicken the sauce.
  10. Pour into a bowl, and serve.


Choi sum photo by FotoosVanRobin.

Recipe courtesy of Dad and a billion Chinese people.

Removal box #2 Books

By fritzthecat

9th Nov 2010

Category: Moving house

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    Flash website
    It was only 2 quid
  2. 2
    The comics are more similar to Krazy Kat than the cartoon
  3. 3
    Thai Vegetarian cookery
    It's got three nice recipes
  4. 4
    Agile development with scrum
    Well, it had to be done
  5. 5
    The medium is the massage
    You can't go wrong with McLuhan
    [Editor: Amazon]
  6. 6
    The R Crumb handbook
    Nice stuff, but too small, not worth it
  7. 7
    Kafka by R. Crumb
  8. 8
    Non Italians are missing out on this mythical comic
  9. 9
    Spare Brompton clip
    Because this clip snaps very often
  10. 10
    African Fritz and Ana
    Our own voodoo dolls
  11. 11
    Starts well, becomes boring by the end
  12. 12
    Lone wolf and cub
  13. 13
    Immediate French
    Some French course
  14. 14
    Topolino Noir
    From the Italian branch of Disney, now the main branch
  15. 15
    English usage
    From the sunday paper
  16. 16
    World Comics
  17. 17
    Gon 4
    The mighty Gon
  18. 18
    The man who mistook his wife for a hat
    Great book
  19. 19
    Sweet French graphic novel, won Angouleme
  20. 20
    Italian version
  21. 21
    Best American Comics
    Nice present
    [Editor: Amazon]
  22. 22
    Disney's goofy, in Italian
  23. 23
    The hippie comics
  24. 24
    Grow Your Own Drugs
    I have no fucking idea why I bought this.
  25. 25
    The Saffron Shores
    Jewish vegetarian cooking
  26. 26
    A Taste of Punjab
    Run of the mill Indian cookery book
  27. 27
    One of those infovisual books, quite interesting
  28. 28
    Pro PHP Security
    Good book, hasn't dated
    [Editor: Amazon]

A box of books

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