Saturday, May 11, 2013

Jap Chae

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Whilst talking to a friend about things I like to cook, I've realised that I haven't been cooking much as of late. Actually, I haven't really cooked much this year at all!! My weekend lunch breaks have been rather boring, as I now prefer to microwave leftovers or cook something 'instant' rather than spending hours experimenting with funky foods as I used to. And when I do have the time, I'd much rather spend it baking than cooking.

Much of my prior experimenting with cooking is unblogged simply because it didn't quite turn out as I'd expected and it I was usually too lazy to photograph my creations after spending too much time in making it in the first place. The following recipe doesn't quite fit in this category however, as it turned out even more amazing than I'd expected, and I've actually photographed it many times........I've just never quite gotten around to blogging about it!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Thai Elements, Liverpool

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BBQ Calamari

Yet another group buy voucher takes us to Thai Elements, a small restaurant and take-away joint in Liverpool, which seems to be popular with the locals....of which we are not, having traveled 45 minutes to get here. The restaurant doubles up as an Indian restaurant, with two separate menus- one with Thai options and the other with Indian, though we notice the Thai food is much more popular.

Our voucher entitles us to the Thai options only, which we're fine with, as there's plenty of enticing options. We start off with the BBQ calamari, a small serving of grilled calamari rings which seemed quite an interesting option for a Thai restaurant as the flavours reminded us of marinated meats at Korean BBQs. They were tasty though, even if the calamari was a little on the chewy side, and we had no problem finishing the whole dish, sauce and everything.

Shrimp and Crab Net Spring Roll

The spring rolls are easily our favourite of the night and we're glad that unlike the other fried options, these come in a serving of 6. The net wrapper gives these spring rolls a light and crisp shatter as you bite into these, a unique texture quite different to the usual harder crunch of spring rolls. The filling is also a far cry from 'normal' spring rolls, with the shrimp and crab giving a pleasantly sweet taste- I could easily finish off a couple plates of these- they're that good!

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