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The key to cooking simple Asian dishes at home comes down to garlic and ginger. Fresh is always better than the pre-prepared jars. Also, if you do all the chopping and prep before you begin, you’ll find that most Asian recipes like stir fries only take around 10-15 minutes to cook, so you actually spend very little time by the stove.
Other ingredients I couldn’t live without include soy sauce, chilli oil, and Kewpie Mayo. Soy sauce is a staple in Asian cooking and works in so many dishes without being too salty. Chilli oil is also a must because I love adding a bit of spice to everything, and the Kewpie Mayo adds the perfect amount of creaminess. I’m addicted!
After a long day, I like to make a warm bowl of noodles or dumplings. I usually have homemade dumplings in the freezer from a leftover batch, so I like to fry them up then devour them while my tongue burns from the hot juices.
If I’m not hosting a dumpling party, I always make Hainanese chicken rice for a girls’ night. It couldn’t be easier as you poach the chicken, then make the rice with the stock. You can entertain and chat to your guests while you’re prepping the sauces, and it’s always a hit because who doesn’t like chicken and rice? There’s no complicated cooking involved but the flavours are amazing – it’s also perfect for leftovers the next day.
I love going to Chinatown in London and meandering through the Chinese supermarkets. When I was younger my family and I always went to Seewoo which has multiple locations, including a big branch in Greenwich. It has a great butcher and seafood selection. I also love Loon Fung for harder-to-find ingredients, as well as Korean supermarkets which have the best selection of snacks. Japan Centre is also amazing and serves delicious sushi, sashimi, noodles and karaage (Japanese fried chicken).
It’s impossible to pick a favourite dish from my new book, but I love the crispy sea bass recipe.
It’s my take on the classic dish with a ginger and spring onion sauce, except I’ve made it crispy with fish fillets that are readily available in supermarkets. I coat the fish with a light layer of corn flour before pan frying to get it extra crispy. The sauce is excellent served over the fish, too. I could eat it every day.
My most popular videos are all egg related. My egg drop soup video has over 30m views across TikTok and Insta. I recently made scrambled eggs with chilli oil and that has a total of 20m views. I’m not sure why it’s always the eggs that get people going, but I’m here for it – I love them.