Wednesday, May 30, 2007

my kitchen: vietnamese spring rolls and chicken tikka masala



Courtesy of Carrefour supermarket and a little elbow grease in the kitchen- my first time making Vietnamese OR Indian food. It's been hard to find Vietnamese spring rolls like this in Taipei since the place I went to seems to have gone out of business. I found it very tricky to soak the rice paper just right.. I think the water was too hot and this particular rice paper had a grid on it, which made it tear easily. But we managed to salvage a few. This package of rice paper includes the noodles too, but I probably wouldn't buy it again! I made these before I read these tips on oishiieats, but I did manage to wrap it with the shrimp facing out. I will have to try grilling the shrimp because I can practically smell the flavor from her pictures. Also, I bought some new rice paper with the rose on it the other day to try out along with the special dipping sauce. We'll see how that goes!

lunch:



dinner:







As for curry out of a can, you definitely have to add water and the tip on the can to add plain yogurt- I thought gave it that extra creaminess and slight sweetness that took it from average to above average, since the curry already has a slightly tangy lemon flavor already in the Tikka Masala. I stirfried the onions first a little bit and then cooked the chicken, before I added the curry and simmered it for a bit. I wish I had had bought some basmati rice or naan to go with it. I would definitely try the other varieties from Patak's Original brand if I see it again at the supermarket. I'm all about the shortcuts.

5 comments:

:: jozjozjoz :: said...

I really am glad to have discovered your blog.

Of course now all I want to do is go to Taiwan and eat!

Chubbypanda said...

Lightly dip the rice sheets in the water in a staggered bunch, then lay them onto a plate to soften. Cover with a damp paper towel. Peel each one off when you're ready to use it.

joanh said...

jozjozjoz: thanks for visiting! let me know if you ever make it out here!

chubbypanda: yup.. check check check. though I found it better to lay them in the water one by one. I think the peel from this brand was just not working right for me- they were tearing in the water, peeling it off the towel and wraptime. oh well- made some decent ones!

fashionfoodculture-life said...

i'm very impressed with your cooking skills! people have asked me if i learned to cook any chinese food while i was there and now i really wish i had.

joanh said...

ffc: hahah. thanks! but you noticed, i used shortcuts! where would you have learned chinese cooking??

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