Monday, November 15, 2010


Another recipe that features Coconut Cream is Coconut Chocolate Mousse

1/2 cup Coconut Cream
75 g  dark chocolate pieces
½ vanilla pod, seeds only
2 tsp caster sugar
Strips of orange zest to decorate

   1. Melt the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water, Allow to cool.

   2. Whisk up the coconut cream in a large bowl then carefully fold in vanilla, sugar and chocolate into the cream until mixed.

   3. Pipe into glasses and serve chilled.

Okonomiyaki - Japanese Pancake Pizza

Every year in October my husband and I travel up to Sydney for the Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park. There is something magical about being surrounded by people in the middle of Hyde Park at night,. The red lanterns illuminating the people and white tents of the many food stalls. Sydney restaurants from famous restaurants such as Bungalo 8, Chat Thai, Zilver, Efendy and my personal favourite Night Noodle Market fare - Japancake - Okonomiyaki.

I love Okonomiyaki which means"whatever you like, grilled" in Japanese,  which is like a vegetable pizza made with cabbage and topped with a rich sauce similar to hoi sin and home made mayonnaise. Absolutely delicious!


Pancake batter
3-4 cups cabbage; finely chopped
2 ½ Gluten free flour (I used White Wings Gluten-Free Plain Flour)
¼ cup cassava flour and ¼ cup water (optional)*
½ cup water
4 eggs
½  tsp salt (
Toppings - any of the below

1 cup diced chicken, pork or seafood
1 cup grated carrots
1 cup spring onions, chopped
¼ cup sesame seeds
1 onion, grated finely
1 can tuna or salmon (in oil)
Okonomiyaki sauce:
1/2 cup Tomato Sauce
1 1/2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon Soy sauce (substitute with Braggs Liquid aminos to make it GF)
1 teaspoon Honey

Sweet Sticky Rice with Coconut Cream and Black Beans

After indulging at the Sydney Night Noodle Markets in Hyde Park (part of the Crave Sydney) my husband and I were walking past a Thai restaurant in Pitt Street, Haymarket and spotted this cute Thai taxi and a selection of Thai desserts in a cold bar.

Intrigued, I stepped closer and asked the patient waitress what each dessert was called and what the ingredients were.   Most of the desserts contained coconut cream, pandan or rice and were very tasty.

There were a few that I found a bit difficult to wrap my head around, including one which featured fried onion as a garnish. I will be sure to try it again next time I am feeling bold and daring a new taste sensation.  I am sure that given time I would acquire the taste for a savoury onion dessert.
There was one dessert which I was told is very easy to make and it was the tastiest. Sticky Rice with Coconut Cream and Black Beans. It's a little bit like Rice Cream we ate as kids but more grown up and garnished with Black Beans - a staple in Thai and Vietnamese desserts.  The first time I had tried this I was living on Campus at the University of Wollongong and sharing an apartment unit with a girl from Thailand, Taiwan, Canada and from Sydney. Patra Larpkatipanich (also known as 'Tip') would cook Sweet Sticky Rice for us and it was a great budget dessert for starving students with a sweet tooth :)

Read the recipe here

Thanon Khao San

413 Pitt St Map

Haymarket NSW 2000
(02) 9211 1194


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