San choy cabbage (409 calories per serve)


I had some green cabbage in the fridge that I had bought when it was on sale at the supermarket but I had no idea what to do with it. It wasn’t wombok but it might as well be. Here’s a Chinese style san choy cabbage. Serves 4 Prep time 20 mins Cook time 20…

Red Spice Road pork belly (adapted version)


I have deliberately not included a calorie count for this recipe because it got really depressing. It was also hard to calculate because although there are a lot of calories in the ingredients, you don’t end up consuming it all so it was a bit pointless estimating. But let’s just say it could be about…

Chinese steamed pork meatloaf (212 calories per serve)


It has been many years since I’ve had this but it’s one of my favourite homemade past times. It’s so easy to make and it’s also pretty healthy. I love it because it’s a bit like eating pork dumplings without the carb-filled skins. Serves 6 Prep time 10 mins Cook time 30mins Ingredients 500g lean…

Thai “street vendor” grilled pork (370 calories per serve)


It has been nearly a year since I’ve been to Bangkok, Thailand. What I love most about the place is the food, especially the grilled pork sold on skewers by street vendors. They are also incredibly cheap – about 10 baht per stick or roughly about A$0.30 (maybe A$0.35 now that the dollar has fallen). There…

Creamy Cauliflower Soup (371 calories per serve)


Cauliflower would be the last ingredient I would think of using in a soup. I don’t even eat cauliflower that often to be honest. And it’s not even a flower! But I did have a large, whole cauliflower in the fridge that was starting to get brown spots so I thought I might as well…

Chinese BBQ Pork Spare Ribs (310 calories per piece)


Serves 12 pieces (allow 1.5-2 pieces per person) Prep time 15 minutes + 3 hours (or marinade overnight) Cook time 40 minutes This was originally adapted from a Donna Hay recipe for Chinese barbecue pork. I made a few adjustments based on the fact that I accidentally bought pork spare ribs instead of pork necks…