5th February 2021
Chinese New Year at Blandy's
Chinese New Year is upon us and we can wait to celebrate. On the 12th of February, millions of people around the world will be enjoying great food, music and parades all over the world. If you’re going to be making some authentic Chinese dishes at home, these tips from our head chef might help:
• Always use fresh herbs and spices.
• Don’t try to overcomplicate the flavours. Simple is often best.
• Give yourself a little room for extra calories. Great Chinese food is not for the calorie counter.
• Invest in a good wok. It’s a foundational tool for great Chinese cooking.
• Also, invest in a great chef’s knife. There is a fair bit of chopping involved in Chinese cooking and a good knife can make this faster.
• Buy a rice cooker. You’ll get better results on your rice bases. Oh, and always wash the rice first.
• Cooked, cold long grain white rice makes for the best Egg Fried Rise base. Get any meat from your local butcher. If you let them know what recipe you’re making, they can help you select the best cut.
• Use good quality soy sauce. We like Kikkoman low sodium.
Now for our ultimate sweet and sour sauce for you to serve with your Chinese New Year dishes:
500ml tomato juice
300g demerara sugar
200ml orange juice
20ml soy sauce
Add the sugar, tomato juice, orange juice, soy and salt to a pan and simmer on a gentle heat until bubbling.
Mix the corn flour and water together and pour into the mix and whisk until combined with no lumps.
Simmer until syrup consistency and serve warm or chilled with your Chinese mains.