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Syrian Mutabal (Syrian eggplant dip)

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Difficulty Level : Easy

Serves: 4 people

Cooking Time : 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants (about 900 g)
  • 60 ml (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced, sea salt flakes
  • 2-3 tbsp tahini
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1lemon, juice
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • warm pita bread, to serve

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°C. Cut the eggplants in half lengthwise, then prick the skin all over with a fork. Place on a baking paper – lined baking tray and brush all over with a little olive oil. Roast for 35–40 minutes or until very tender. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  2. Scoop the eggplant flesh into a large bowl and mash very well with a fork. Place the garlic and a good pinch of salt in a mortar and pound into a paste. Add the garlic paste, olive oil, tahini, cumin and lemon juice to the eggplants and stir until smooth and well combined.
  3. Serve the mutabal scattered with parsley and a drizzle of oil, with pita bread for scooping

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Singaporean Oyster Omelette

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Difficulty Level : Easy

Serves: 2 people

Cooking Time : 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 10 large fresh oysters
  • 2 Tbs cornflour
  • 1 Tbs rice flour
  • 8 Tbs water
  • 1 Tbs oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 Tbs soy sauce
  • 1 Tbs sake rice wine
  • 1 pinch white pepper
  • 5 sprigs coriander, to garnish
  • 1 spring onion, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Wash the oysters in cold water and drain well.
  2. Mix both cornflour and rice flour together with the water to make a fairly thin batter.
  3. Heat a large heavy frying pan until very hot and add oil. Pour in the batter and cook for about 15 seconds until batter is half set before adding in the eggs.
  4. When the eggs are almost set, make a hole in the centre by pushing the egg and batter mixture to the side of the pan. Pour in a little more oil and fry the garlic for a few seconds.
  5. Mix, then season with soy sauce, sake and pepper. Add oysters and cook just long enough to heat through.
  6. Garnish and serve immediately with fresh coriander leaves and spring onions.

 

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German Trout Meunière with potatoes

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Difficulty Level : Easy

Serves: 2 people

Cooking Time : 20 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 trouts
  • 50 g flour
  • 25 g lard
  • 20 g butter
  • fresh herbs
  • salt & pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees.
  2. Season trouts with salt and pepper from outside and inside.
  3. Place fresh herbs inside the fishes.
  4. Dab the fishes dry, roll them in flour and place them directly on the frying pan with hot lard.
  5. Fry the trouts for 2-3 min on each side until brown.
  6. Place the butter on the top of every fish and cover them with foil.
  7. Allow the fish to rest in the oven for about 10 minutes.
  8. Serve with cooked potatoes.

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Cambodian Meat Sour Soup (Somlor Machu Kreung)

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Difficulty Level : Easy

Serves: 4 people

Cooking Time : 40 mins

Ingredients

For the meatballs (youvarlakia)
  • 500g lean minced beef (18 ounces)
  • ¼ of a cup long-grain rice (not boiled)
  • ½ cup parsley, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Pound the prohok until it is a minced paste
  2. In a pot, add in the pork ribs, kreung, prohok, fish sauce, 1/1 of the tamarind, sugar, salt, mix it and let it rest for 5 mins
  3. On high heat, stir the meat and cover for about 10 minutes
  4. Check on the meat and stir to avoid burning
  5. After 10 mins, you can add in the stock then cover for 20 minutes
  6. After 20 mins, add in the stems and the other 1/2 of tamarind powder
  7. Then add in the leaves and mix well

 

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