Spring festival : here is the roll…

Spring chrysanthemum Spring rolls !

Still celebrating the Lunar New Year with food… Well this week is really busy, with also Carnival and Valentine. But this food is lighter and refreshing.

Let’s prepare the ingredients :

Rice paper.

Shungiku (young chrysanthemum greens), carrot, shrimps (boiled), onion (blanched).

Ground sesame.

Bean sprouts (blanched).

The dip : sweet chili sauce, rice vinegar and sesame.

It’s complete.

Let’s roll them…

Red crab curry

Today, a South-East Asia style crab curry. That’s very easy to make using bought Thai red curry paste.

Watarigani. Japanese small soft-shell crabs.


Mushrooms, okra, onion, red curry paste, coconut milk… then powdered curry spices.

The crabs.

Bloop bloop bloop bloop…

Then enjoy the delicacy with a little lemon juice, hot rice…

My gado gado

Let’s eat a gado gado, the Indonesian Malaysian salad meal. With fresh krupuk shrimp crackers.

You need a ton of ingredients, you have to run around town to find everything…
Well, no, I take what I have in stock. There is not one recipe, each family has one, so I’ve made mine. As long as you have peanuts and coconut, you can make something nice…
That said without krupuks, that would be sad.

I get the dry chips ready to fry and whenever I want some… I don’t fry. 90 seconds at 600 Watts in micro-onde. (check every 20 sec, as time and power may be different in yours)

Expanded !

Paste all that.

Mix with a cup of coconut milk, simmer till it thickens. Then it’s too thick ? Add water to make it creamy. I’ve also added yuzu lime juice.

Let’s gado gado… Mix match everything.
Here : boiled potato, eggs and snow peas, diced raw daikon and apple.
I like mixing different textures, some cooked, some raw, veggies and fruits.

Pour the sauce and place the krupuk crackers on top.
Enjoy !

Triple fruit coco-tapioca pudding, natural sweeteness of a South-Asian dessert without added sugar

When food brings tenderness. Tapioca, manioc is baby food. That was nice to be fed from a spoon by Mum, do you remember ? That’s also an Asian dessert basic.

The day before, I put goji berries to soak in water. I also boiled the tapioca, rinsed it with fresh water and covered with coconut milk… but the tapioca drunk the milk, and I got that pudding.

Fresh pinapple and frozen mango.

Goji berry like cherries on the cake. Ah, I’d eat some ! Well, I mean again as I ate it.

You never have enough coconut. Let snow some more…