Victoria Street is predominantly Vietnamese but there is also a Thai zone at the western end and there's a huge pan-Asian supermarket opposite the Woolworths and Aldi centre. It's pretty good to have such an authentic destination so close by, but this is one of the only times I have done my full shop here. It won't be the last.
The recipes that I've used this weekend are all from Neil's cookbook "Balance & Harmony", which he released around the time that Spice Temple was launched. This is my go-to Asian cookbook as even though it's written by a non-Asian the flavours seem authentic, the food is creative but not fussy and Neil's recipes are easy to follow. I also like the way that most recipes have a story behind them.
I've made steamed cod with black beans and served that with stir-fried zucchini, as well as black pepper beef. I served the beef with the most beautiful little bok choy shoots, each about the size of one of my fingers. I felt like a gastronomic, role reversed Crocodile Dundee when I saw them in a bag next to the regular bok choy and baby bok choy ("You call that a baby bok choy? Now this is a baby bok choy").
|Black pepper beef with bok choy shoots|
I cooked the rice in the pressure cooker on a low pressure and was so pleased with the result that I took my Panasonic rice cooker to the Red Cross Shop this afternoon, together with some more fat clothes. Buying the Breville Fast Slow Cooker was such a good decision. I use it constantly in pressure cooker mode, and I've now been able to replace two other dedicated appliances (slow cooker and rice cooker).
Dinner tonight is chicken with snow peas and sichuan pepper, so I'd better get back to the kitchen as I'm getting hungry.