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Recipes that really bring the smells and tastes from across the pond, home.
on 15 October 2015
There's only one word for this book - Amazing (with a capital A). So far, I've tried two recipes from this book (which I'll review below and keep adding to as I make more and more) and they are so full of flavour and bursting with aroma that I've made them over and over again. This book has really converted me to the Hairy Bikers. Its important to know that though not a beginner, I'm not a confident cook and do really require recipes to help me along with my cooking.
I've tweaked the Pad Thai recipe slightly (emphasis on the word slightly) and this is more to do with personal preference. BUT be warned, some of these recipes are costly but to get the maximum flavour, I would suggest buying the authentic ingredients they recommend (for example Thai basil and Thai shallots). Because of this, I don't tend to make them that often and sometimes I refer to The Hairy Bikers' Great Curries book instead for cheaper versions (and not as tasty) of the recipe.
This is my FAVOURITE! Since making it, I've often gone into a restaurant and found that their Pad Thai is now lacking and have become one of those "I can make this so much better myself" type of people. The recipe is so full of flavour and aroma and so easy to make. I do prefer it a little sweeter than suggested and so I up the tamarind paste to 2tsps and add a small tsp of honey. Again really a personal preference. I cannot praise this recipe enough and can guarantee you that once you make it, Pad Thai will never be the same again for you.
Chicken Shichimi Katsu Curry
Now I'm not a fan of Katsu curry but my husband is and so I made this dish for him. But I am definitely converted. Such a yummy dish though the Japanese 7-spice seasoning was quite difficult to find (I would suggest New Loon Moon in China Town, London).
Egg Fried Rice
This is absolutely heavenly. I alter it slightly so it's less time consuming and healthier (I mix it up with another egg fried rice recipe from the Hair Dieters series).