Friday, December 24, 2010

I Love You Cantonese Cuisine

Lemon Curd, Tart, Shortbread ... reading this blog you would never suspect my favourite cuisine is actually Cantonese Cuisine. Cantonese cuisine comprises of classic dishes such as fish steamed in soy sauce, dressed with ginger and shallot, summer melon in clear broth and mountains of snowy white rice. It is a clean cuisine full of balanced sweet and savoury flavours and I often describe this experience as akin to a sour cream and onion chip. I also love how it strives to use all parts of the animal. Prince Philip famously commented, "if it has got four legs and is not a chair, if it has two wings and it flies but is not an aeroplane, and if it swims and is not a submarine, the Cantonese will eat it."

Ah Prince Philip, you saucy old fart, you make me laugh and my heart swell with pride. But I've veered off on a tangent and point of this story was to inform you all (a) how much I LOVE Cantonese cuisine and (b) due to the majority of my family specialising in this type of cuisine, I've never had a need to cook it and as a result I've gone a bit wild in the land of dessert. However there comes a time when you do crave that lightness and balance and this where Bill Granger comes and answers my prayers. Bill Granger's 'Simply Bill' features the most divine Chicken Noodle Soup recipe. Though you can purchase great stock these days I recommend you go through the process of making the stock yourself. Behold the result of my craving:

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