Spicy Mapo Tofu

Spicy mapo tofu recipe by Yummy Calories

I hadn't made spicy mapo tofu in a while so when I made it again (with a few tweaks), it really got me hooked all over again. When I was a young graduate living in Melbourne, I would walk home from my office on Collins Street to my apartment in North Melbourne. It was a … Continue reading Spicy Mapo Tofu

Chinese egg noodle stir fry (lo mein)

Chinese egg noodle stir fry recipe by Yummy Calories

Making an egg noodle stir fry is easier than you think. I find them easier than rice noodles befcause they are a little bit sturdier when frying so they don't end up into a blended mess as easily. My favourite egg noodle stir fry is saucy with a lot of crunchy vegetables. I prefer a … Continue reading Chinese egg noodle stir fry (lo mein)

Bougie Fennel Sausage Rolls

Bougie Fennel Sausage Rolls by Yummycalories

Fennel sausage rolls are basically Italianised sausage rolls. Traditionally, Italian sausages have fennel in them. You don't need a lot of it to really elevate this from a humble pasty to a really bougie sausage roll. The thyme in there helps to round out the fennel so it doesn't become overpowering. You want that subtle … Continue reading Bougie Fennel Sausage Rolls

Kimchi Stew with Spam

Kimchi stew with spam recipe by Yummy Calories

I think that kimchi stew is better with spam, although it is traditionally only with pork belly. Other ingredients like mushrooms (shiitake, enoki, etc.) are also a great addition. The first time I had kimchi stew with spam was at a friend's house and she served it with instant noodles in an army stew style. … Continue reading Kimchi Stew with Spam

Sichuan green beans

Sichuan green beans recipe by Yummy Calories

Sichuan green beans are one of my favourite sides when I eat at a Sichuan restaurant. Frying the beans in a hot wok gives it that quitessential wrinkly skin. The dish is then brought together with the spicy heat of the Sichuan pepper, pickled mustard and minced pork. My husband didn't realise that the pickled … Continue reading Sichuan green beans

Sweet chilli pork meatball tacos

Sweet chilli pork meatball tacos by Yummy Calories

I recently discovered sweet chilli pork meatball tacos. When I was growing up, the only tacos I knew were the hard shell kind. It was only much later that I realised that tacos also came in a soft shell and I got hooked. It tasted just as delicious but so much lighter and fresher. It … Continue reading Sweet chilli pork meatball tacos

Tangzhong Chinese sausage rolls

Tangzhong Chinese Sausage Rolls by Yummy Calories

I discovered these delightful Chinese sausage rolls at an Asian bakery when I was in university. They always had the fluffiest breads. They were so pillowy because of a technique called tangzhong which uses a 1:5 ratio of flour to liquid (water or milk) and cooks it into a slurry. This is then added to … Continue reading Tangzhong Chinese sausage rolls