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Crisp Fried Rice Vermicelli (Mee Krob)

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Done properly, this is delightful, but for maximum enjoyment it should be eaten as soon as it is ready, on its own rather than as part of a menu.

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

Congee

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Makes 2 meal-sized portions, or 4 breakfast bowls.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons short or medium grain rice
1 litre/2 pints/4 cups water

Directions

Coconut Milk Soup (for Rice)

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Ingredients

2 teaspoons fenugreek seeds
1 onion, finely chopped
1 sprig fresh curry leaves
1 small stick cinnamon
2 fresh green chillies, slit
2 teaspoons pounded Maldive fish or dried prawns
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon salt
400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut milk
squeeze of lime juice

Directions

Chiu Chow–Style Pork Spring Moon

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Serves 4 as part of a multicourse meal.

Ingredients

One 1.76-ounce package cellophane noodles
1⁄2 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons Shao Hsing rice wine or dry sherry
1 teaspoon soy sauce
3⁄4 teaspoon salt
2 cups mung bean sprouts
2 large eggs
1⁄8 teaspoon ground white pepper
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon minced ginger
4 ounces ground pork (about 1⁄2 cup)

Directions

Chilled Buckwheat Noodles

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

300 g/10 oz buckwheat noodles
4 small fish cakes (chikuwa)
1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
3 spring onions (scallions), finely sliced

Dipping sauce
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups dashi
4 tablespoons Japanese soy sauce
4 tablespoons mirin or sherry

Directions

Burmese Egg Noodles with Curry

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Known as ono kaukswe if it has a lot of coconut milk gravy, while panthe kaukswe features a spicier, drier curry.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

Black Sticky Rice with Sesame Seeds

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

200 g/7 oz/1 cup black glutinous rice
sea salt
1 1/2 cups freshly grated coconut
3 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
jaggery or dark brown sugar

Directions

Black Rice Porridge (Pulot Hitam)

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Serves 6.

Ingredients

220 g/7 oz/1 cup black glutinous rice
1.5 litres/3 pints/16 cups water
60 g/2 oz palm sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 strips pandan leaf
6 dried longans
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup coconut cream
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Bibimbap

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Ingredients

1/4 pound of ground or chopped beef
1 cucumber
1/2 carrot
100 grams of doraji bellflower roots
50 grams of bean sprouts
1 lettuce leaf
3 shiitake mushrooms
1 sheet of vegetable jelly
Seasoned red pepper paste
1 egg per person

Directions

Bean Thread Vermicelli Fried with Chicken

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Serves 6-8.

Ingredients