Fish cake chop suey

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Chop Suey is ‘as you please’ so you can add whatever you like to this dish.  When I visit the Asian stores, I often buy a few packs each of fried fishcakes, five-spice tofu, beef balls & fish balls. When I get home, I throw them in the freezer until ready to use – goes wonderfully with noodles or a simple stir fry with vegetables.

fishcake chop suey

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Fried rice spiced with curry and my Aunty Wong (gluten free)

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I learned how to use curry powder to spice up fried rice from my best friend’s late mother whom I dearly called Aunty Wong.

Aunty Wong came to Australia from Malaysia in early 80s with 3 young daughters. She opened up a take away shop at Glebe, an inner suburb of Sydney selling Malaysian fast food. To supplement the income, she made spring rolls for catering companies at night. My friend, who is the youngest of the 3 daughters,  helped wrapping hundreds of spring rolls each night when she was still in primary school. After the 2 older daughters moved out from home, Aunty Wong and her youngest daughter bought a studio apartment in Glebe and lived there together for many years.

I often visited them when I was a student in university. In their tiny but always welcoming studio apartment, Aunty Wong cooked me many heart-warming soups and many yummy dishes. The smell of delicious food always filled the apartment and making it a wonderful place to be. My favorite soup was Aunty’s Singapore Meat and Bone soup.  I tried to cook it myself over the years, and never tasted as good as Aunty’s. She also taught me how to use Salmon XO sauce, and how to use curry to spice up fried rice.

The recipe below is my version of a fried rice spiced with curry, with fond memory of Aunty Wong’s kindness and love.

 fried rice

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Beef fried rice spiced with cumin (Low FODMAP, gluten free)

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 I had some free time today & decided to develop a few FODMAP friendly recipes. Asian food uses lots of low FODMAP ingredients so I found it quite easy to cook Asian style low FODMAP dishes.

To organise myself, I found some old business cards that were blank on one side. I wrote on each cards individual low FODMAP ingredients and serving sizes (some by groups) as recommended by the Monash university. Now I am feeling a lot more confidence.

And here is the my lunch…

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Soy bok choy and memories of my grandmother’s chicken coop (Low FODMAP, gluten free, vegan)

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Vegetables & melons are popular food in China – bok choy, choy sum & cabbage are some of the most common vegetables.

While I was a little child, we lived in a terrace house with my extended family including uncles & aunties. My grandmother was responsible for cooking dinners for the whole family. To supplement the food coupons, my grandmother raised a coop of chickens on the roof top terrace. Before I was old enough to go to school, every afternoon I went to the market with my grandmother to collect left over green vegetables. We brought the vegetables home, chopped them up on a huge wooden chopping board, and fed to the chickens. While she was chopping, grandmother told me stories, so many stories. One of the stories was about me – while I was still a crawling baby, I crawled up to the roof top terrace, helped myself to the egg storage urn, cracked every single egg and smeared the eggs on the stairs.

That was not the only time that I was naughty – I remember when I was little, bored and feeling mischievous, I put some rice behind the door to the roof top terrace. I peeked through the gaps, waited till the chickens started pecking on the grains, suddenly opened the door – chickens were flying everywhere!  The naughty little girl laughed and laughed.  My grandmother was always very kind to me and never punished me.

Some days we were lucky enough to collect some good vegetables, and grandma cooked them for dinner with a little oil, a dash of soy sauce and nothing else. Soy sauce was always cheap and no coupon needed.

Here is my version of a simple soy bok choy, with fond memory of my wonderful grandmother.

Simple sauteed bok choy with ginger (FODMAP diet, gluten free)
Simple sauteed bok choy

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Chicken lemongrass and chili (low FODMAP, gluten free)

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When I was in university, I worked on the weekends in an Asian restaurant in Surry Hills, an inner city suburb in Sydney. The wonderful Vietnamese couple that owned the restaurant, Ly and An, were kind and extremely hard working.  Ly had 3 young children,  she looked after them as well as working in the restaurant every night. An was a full time communication engineer who worked every night serving dishes and delivering food to houses near by. Ly’s eyes sparkled when they spoke about their old days in Vietnam, when Ly was known for her beauty and was lovingly famous as the ‘saigon rose’.

One of the cook was a Thai, and the other was a Vietnamese. I learned many wonderful dishes from them, including the ‘xa ot’ dishes. They often let me trying out the woks by cooking everyone dinners.

Chicken lemongrass, chili, kaffir lime (FODMAP friendly, Glutenfree option)

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