pop up food!

Author: Rene van Meeuwen

El Loco Hot Dogs – Pop Up Friday 3

This recipe is the best for feeding numbers quick and easy. The punters will tell you the results. Nobody left unhappy except the two punters who thought the pop up was at one rather than twelve. Ingredients play the biggest role in simple food. The […]

The Food of Vietnam

The Food of Vietnam

Wow! We have had this cookbook for a couple of weeks and it is truly flavour defining with a serious level of authenticity. Those willing to chase down the exact ingredients will be further rewarded. After spending the last twenty years relying on Charmaine Solomone’s […]

Cheats Wonton Noodle Soup – for One

Cheats Wonton Noodle Soup – for One


This style of soups has versions from every culture I can think of, from the Europeans to the Middle East and throughout Asia. Hell even our own Indigenous mob have their very own Kangaroo tail soup (I have not been able to source the origins, so I am guessing it was a traditional food). Anyhow this dish is great because I always keep the ingredients in the cupboard, fridge and freezer. Its comfort food you can enjoy in minutes during hot and cold weather. That said this is my very own super fast version for one. I have many versions which I will post into the future. A trip to an Asian grocer is a must for a month of comfort food. I go to the Asian Grocer in Melville Yee Seng Oriental Supermarket


1 pkt Cambpell’s Real Consomme
50ml Kombu Tsuyu
1 pkt Prawn dumplings1 bunch Fresh Egg noodles
2 birds Eye chillies
1 piece of Ginger roughly sliced
3 Spring Onions thinly sliced
Small handful of Thai basil
Soy sauce and chilli to serve


1. Boil a large pot of water. Place the consomme, ginger and on chilli in a saucepan on medium heat.

2. When water boils, tease the egg noodles in your hands until the separate and become loose. Cook in the boiling water until al dente (1 min). Drain and cool in fresh running cold water. Place in serving bowl with a splash of oil to loosen again.

3. Place dumplings in boiling water cook to instructions.

4. Assemble the dish and eat with a selection of condiments depending on your mood.

Ingredients for Cheats


Yes I know but it works!


Dan Hong discovery! Kombu Tsuyu


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Frozen Prawn Dumplings

Chilli Salt Squid – Luke Nguyen

Chilli Salt Squid – Luke Nguyen

Fresh squid is unbeatable in terms of flavour, texture and price. This dish from prominent and entrepreneurial Luke Nguyen from Sydney’s, Red Lantern fame, reimagines a local vietnamese dish from the Pho Quac province.  This dish is salty, chilli, tangy and lemony. Its a perfect […]

Chilli Mussels – super fast food

Chilli Mussels – super fast food

This dish is a staple in our household. It is delicious, fast and cheap. Sustainability in food is a progressive movement. Although most of my daily practices pertain to be sustainable it does not define it outright. I must say my carbon foot print has […]