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5 Uniquely Korean Desserts

5 Uniquely Korean Desserts
When you think of Korean food, your mind probably immediately conjures up images of Korean BBQ, kimchi or spicy red chilli sauce. While Korea is certainly famous for its spicy savoury foods, there are also a delicious range of uniquely Korean sweet treats that are definitely worth a try. 

Ice Cream Filled Waffles
Yep, this is as simple and delicious as it sounds. Freshly cooked waffles filled with a couple of scoops of ice cream and topped with some chocolate sauce and sprinkles makes for a convenient, sandwich-like dessert. For an even more fuss-free, portable dessert, swap out the ice cream for whipped cream. 

Sweet Pancake
Hotteok is a sweet dough pancake filled with brown sugar, fried in a thin layer of oil and eaten either plain, or filled with your choice of seeds and nuts. Crunchy and sweet, these pancakes make a delicious afternoon treat.

Goldfish Bread
Bungeoppang, or goldfish bread is a warm, fish shaped bread with a sweet red bean filling. The effect is crispy, fluffy and satisfying. There is also a popular variation of this which involves filling the fish's mouth with ice cream.
Shaved Ice with Red Beans and Fruit

Patbingsu is one of the most iconic Korean desserts. It consists of sweetened red beans, shaved ice and chopped fruits with condensed milk poured over the top. The end result is a sweet and refreshing bowl of yumminess. The bowl is also often topped with whipped cream or ice cream. 

Sweet Red Bean Soup 
Clearly, red beans are a popular element of Korean desserts, and this soup uses them as the main ingredient. The Danpatjuk dish consists of a red bean soup flavoured with sugar and cinnamon, with sweet rice balls mixed into the soup.

These delicious desserts are the perfect way to finish off an authentic Korean meal. To make your own Korean dishes at home, make sure you grab one of our Korean Spice Pastes or Marinades. Check out our range here


5 Ways to Make Your Curry Diet-Friendly

5 Ways to Make Your Curry Diet-Friendly
While curries can certainly be very healthy, when they're eaten with all the accompaniments, they can sometimes be relatively high in calories. If you're watching your weight there's no need to cut curry out of your diet, instead try these simple tips to reduce the calorie content of your favourite dish without compromising on flavour. 

1. Enhance your rice
Instead of eating white or pilau rice (with added oil), try boiled brown rice instead. The flavour and texture of the brown rice can actually enhance the meal, but if you're missing some of the flavour from the pilau, try adding a few smashed cardamom pods. 

2. Swap the naan for poppadoms
Yes, we all get cravings for a piece of warm buttery naan every now and again, but a poppadom can also serve as a satisfying side. Try dipping it in a cucumber raita instead of a sugary chutney. 

3. Try Tandoori
If you're craving curry but want to eat a light meal like a salad, try baking some chicken tandoori and adding this to your salad or sandwich in place of regular chicken. This will satisfy your cravings and will be more satisfying than plain chicken. Our delicious Tandoori spice paste makes it easy to incorporate tandoori chicken into your meals.

4. Go Vego
You can cut calories from your favourite curry by simply swapping the meat base for vegetables and tofu, chickpeas or lentils. This will also boost the nutritional value of the meal, loading you with vitamins and minerals while still ensuring you get a good hit of protein. 

5. Add extra spice
While sometimes it can feel like diets make us cut out all flavour, the good news is spices are actually beneficial to health and weight regulation. Recent research has shown that cumin powder can help kick-start weight loss and improve cholesterol levels. Black pepper, ginger and cardamom are also great weight loss spices. This means an extra spicy curry can be an excellent way to stimulate weight loss.

Making your own curry is the only way to ensure you know the health value and calorie count of what you're eating. Our range of Indian spice pastes make it easy to create your own healthy curries at home. 


A Guide to Thai Curries

A Guide to Thai Curries

Thailand is a tourist hotspot for adventure seekers from all over the world. Located between Myanmar and Cambodia, this exotic destination offers a diverse range of scenery; including stunning beaches, rainforests, valleys and mountain ranges, as well as a rich culinary heritage encompassing seafood, street food and a broad variety of fruit. As a country with multicultural influences, the culinary traditions of Thailand share many similarities with those of India, Malaysia and China, resulting in a diverse range of colourful and aromatic local curries. Here are our top five picks for the most popular Thai curries.

Panang Curry

A thick, warming and versatile curry, Panang can be made with chicken, beef, seafood or duck. Although the recipe has multiple variations, the traditional Panang incorporates shredded Kaffir lime leaves, fish sauce, creamy coconut milk and roasted peanuts to elevate its texture and flavour. 


Red Curry

Red curry paste is traditionally made from fragrant yet mild red spur chillies with galangal and lemongrass. This dish can be cooked with pork, beef, chicken and scallops and is best served on steaming plate of jasmine rice.


Green Curry

One of the milder curries, green curry has a slightly sweet flavour. In addition to the base spice mix, shrimp paste, basil and palm sugar are added to the dish to balance the flavours. This curry is made with beef, chicken, pork or fish and is a favourite amongst both locals and tourists.  


Massaman Curry

A Southern Thai Curry well known for its spiciness and rich full bodied flavour. Roasted peanuts and tamarind are added to the spice paste along with potatoes to enhance texture and sweetness. The rich flavours of the dish make it well suited for beef and chicken rather than fish.


Fish Curry

An authentic Thai classic, Fish curry is often made using seafood and tofu as well as fish. With a unique blend of fish and shrimp paste, this curry has a distinctive, strong flavour. The addition of coconut cream and kaffir limes complement the savoury core with hints of sweet and sour. This dish is best served on a bed of jasmine rice or soft rice noodles.


To get enjoy some of these authentic flavours without travelling to Thailand, be sure to check out our range of Thai spice pastes and try out our Thai Red Curry and Thai Green Curry


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Magic in a wok

Magic in a wok

When it comes to food culture, the Chinese are renowned for treating their dishes as works of art. Striving for diverse colours, aromatic aromas and excellent taste, there is a spectacular variety of cuisines throughout the country, from flaming-hot, tongue-numbing dishes in the West, to Cantonese stir-fries in the South. Among these cuisines, Yang Chow Fried Rice is one of the nation's most legendary and popular dishes.

Although the recipe originally came from the city of Yangzhou in the Jiangsu province, it is now enjoyed all over the world. Chinese restaurants often devote a specific focus to this recipe due a very high customer demand for a well-cooked Yang Chow Fried Rice. It is also a popular meal for home chefs as it is great for making use of leftover meats, vegetables or rice.

This Asian classic is made simply by stir frying cooked rice with egg, meats and vegetables. It is believed that using drained, leftover rice from the fridge makes for a better taste and texture.

Not only is this classic Chinese stir fry tasty and filling, but it is also easy to make, using bits and pieces in the fridge that might have otherwise gone to waste. If you want to try this at home the easiest way is to use our Yang Chow Fried Rice spice paste. 

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5 Uniquely Korean Desserts

5 Uniquely Korean Desserts

When you think of Korean food, your mind probably immediately conjures up images of Korean BBQ, kimchi or spicy red chilli sauce. While Korea is certainly famous for its spicy savoury foods, there are also a delicious range of uniquely Korean sweet treats that are definitely worth a try.

» Read more

5 Ways to Make Your Curry Diet-Friendly

5 Ways to Make Your Curry Diet-Friendly

While curries can certainly be very healthy, when they're eaten with all the accompaniments, they can sometimes be relatively high in calories. If you're watching your weight there's no need to cut curry out of your diet, instead try these simple tips to reduce the calorie content of your favourite dish without compromising on flavour.

» Read more

A Guide to Thai Curries

A Guide to Thai Curries

Thailand is a tourist hotspot for adventure seekers from all over the world. Located between Myanmar and Cambodia, this exotic destination offers a diverse range of scenery; including stunning beaches, rainforests, valleys and mountain ranges, as well as a rich culinary heritage encompassing seafood, street food and a broad variety of fruit. As a country with multicultural influences, the culinary traditions of Thailand share many similarities with those of India, Malaysia and China, resulting in a diverse range of colourful and aromatic local curries. Here are our top five picks for the most popular Thai curries.

» Read more

Magic in a wok

Magic in a wok

When it comes to food culture, the Chinese are renowned for treating their dishes as works of art. Striving for diverse colours, aromatic aromas and excellent taste, there is a spectacular variety of cuisines throughout the country, from flaming-hot, tongue-numbing dishes in the West, to Cantonese stir-fries in the South. Among these cuisines, Yang Chow Fried Rice is one of the nation's most legendary and popular dishes.

» Read more