Burmese chicken coconut noodle soup (ohn noht kauk swe)


There are two ‘great’ noodle soups in Burmese cuisine: ohn noht kauk swe (coconut noodle soup) and mohinga (fish noodle soup). When I was young, I didn’t like coconut noodle soup and preferred mohinga instead. My middle brother, on the other hand, loved coconut noodle soup. I also found out that my youngest brother also…

Kung pao chicken (432 calories per serve)


This dish has a pretty good kick to it so feel free to adjust to your tastebuds. Traditionally cooked with whole dried chillies, I have replaced it with chilli flakes which add more spice than whole chillies. The sichuan peppercorns also add that classic, tingly spice to the dish. Serves 4 Prep time 20 mins…

Burmese fried chicken (668 calories per serve)


What distinguishes a Burmese fried chicken from other varieties? At its most basic level, I would say it’s the combination of fish sauce and tumeric. The other ingredients simply round out the flavours. Serves 6 Prep time 10 mins + 2 hour marinade time Cook time 30 mins Ingredients 2kg chicken drumsticks 1 tbsp fish…

Chicken tikka masala (590 calories per serve)


I don’t cook much Indian food. When my middle brother used to live with me, he used to cook Indian curries all the time. I would smell all the spices in our little apartment for days after he cooked. I suppose that’s why I never cooked it myself. It was always a thing that he…

Cambodian grilled chicken (541 calories per serve)


I spent a good chunk of my childhood in Cambodia. Most of the time, my mom or our helper would cook. But sometimes, especially when my mom was time-poor, she would buy grilled chicken from local hawker stalls that used to set up in the evenings outside the Lucky Supermarket (back then there was only…

Thai chicken and vegetable stir fry (242 calories per serve)


This pairs very well with the Thai “street vendor” grilled pork (370 calories per serve) recipe and can form part of a Thai meal. We recently had some friends over for dinner and the kids got to play with each other. Unfortunately they decided they didn’t like this because it was cooked in a sauce base (my…

Basil pesto chicken pasta with a twist (588 calories per serve)


It’s drawing close to the end of summer but my herbs are still flourishing. My herbs usually grow into an uncontrollable bush in the summer before succumbing to the cold and dying. This year I had a particularly strong harvest of herbs, primarily because I moved them into pots indoors where the temperature is a…

One-pot chicken with shiitake mushrooms (599 calories per serve)


This is adapted from Annabel Langbein’s recipe. It is so easy to make, smells amazing and there is so little to clean up because it’s all in one pot. Serves 4 Prep time 15 mins Cook time 40 mins Ingredients 1kg chicken thigh fillets 5cm piece of ginger, finely sliced 3tbsp Chinese rice wine 3tbsp…