Thursday, September 18, 2014

Lucky Cat Supper Club

My husband and I are hosting a Lucky Cat Supper Club at the lovely Windy Corner Stores cafe in Whitstable, Kent.  There are only a few places left if you want to book! 

My husband is a talented chef and we designed the menu together.  I will be helping in the kitchen and then playing records and serving the delicious food for guests. We hope this will be the first of many Lucky Cat Supper Clubs!

Ganbei!



Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Lazy Prawn & Butternut Squash Curry

I couldn't be bothered to make a curry paste so I knocked up this lazy curry last night.  It was pretty good and I was impressed with the tamarind stock cubes which were a new find in my local Thai emporium.

Ingredients:

  • 2 handfuls of king prawns
  • Half a butternut squash, chopped into 1inch wedges/squares
  • 1 large onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1.5 teaspoons of tumeric powder
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 dried chilli (I used facing heaven chilli)
  • 1 teaspoon shrimp paste
  • 1 tamarind stock cube dissolved in 400ml boiling water
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • Fish sauce to taste
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Top up with water if nec (i.e. sauce becoming too thick)
  • Ground nut oil for frying
  • Chopped spring onion for garnish


Method:

Heat the oil in a large wok, add the onions, turn down heat and let them soften.  Whilst softening sprinkle in turmeric powder and add chilli and cinnamon stick.  Then after some minutes stir in the shrimp paste and the garlic.  Careful, don't burn it!  Pour in coconut milk.  Keep the can so you can use it to top up with water later if needed.  Add in the tamarind stock.
Bring to the boil and add butternut squash.  Cook for 20 mins on a simmer.  Add fish sauce and some black pepper.
Chop a spring onion for the garnish while you are waiting.
Add prawns and cook for further 5mins (longer if raw).

Serve on rice or quinoa in a bowl and garnish with spring onion.  Extra chilli dip on side if you like.

Monday, September 01, 2014

DJing @ Dislocating Asia Thursday 2nd October


I'm pleased to announce that I will be DJing at the event Dislocating Asia on Thursday 2nd October at the Forge in Camden.  This is part of the Camden Migration Festival which explores the migration of birds and people through the arts, celebrating cultural expansion.  

The event has been organised by senior lecturer in Sociology at the University of Winchester; Diana Yeh.  


  • Orwell Prize shortlisted blogger Anna Chen reads from her ‘brilliant and dangerous’ poetry collection, Reaching for my Gnu (Aaaargh! Press), and tries out some new poems. 
Live music from:
  • Semi-acoustic Hapa trio Wondermare 
  • British Chinese musician/composer Liz Chi Yen Liew (her latest album is  Snapshots), with Dennis Lee on the xiao (flute) and guzheng (zither).
  • My DJ set of Chinese golden oldies and fresh new sounds from Shanghai and Beijing.

Tickets are available now from:
https://uk.patronbase.com/_Forge/Productions/EY/Performances
Hope to see you at this fantastic event!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Some Summer Movies

I've made it to the BFI to see a couple of films in their season of Chinese cinema.  Sadly time, money and distance mean I haven't been able to see more.  However I was pleased to see that Fei Mu's 1948 film Spring in a Small Town is available to rent via the BFI Player and I hope to get to that soon.

Films Watched @BFI:

Drunken Master 1978 Dir. Yuen Wo Ping, starring Jackie Chan and Hiu Siu Tien
Shame it was dubbed and we were only notified of this on the day.  Still, great to see on the big screen.  I'll never tire of that film, I must have watched it 20 times at least.  Best training scenes.  Stone cold classic.


Nice PJs Fong Fong

The Spooky Bunch 1980 Dir. Ann Hui, starring Josephine Siao Fong Fong and Kenny Bee
A Fong Fong movie on the big screen?!  How could I resist?!  Great, strange little film with a docu-feel that ticks Hong Kong nostalgia box and ghostbusting with a gourd box.  YES!  Phantom laugher in the cinema again.  Why is the mere mention of congee funny?
See www.easternkicks.com/reviews/the-spooky-bunch
Not to be confused with Sammo Hung's Encounters of the Spooky Kind, also 1980.

Other notable films:
The Yellow Sea (watched on Mubi.com).  Korean film from Director of The Chaser Hong Jin-Na.  Brutal artery slashing fun.  Badass.

Must see soon: The Raid 2

Can't wait for: Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 2 with Donnie and Michelle directed by Yuen Wo Ping. Waiting for the wuxia....

Will I ever get to see on the big screen?: Wong Kar Wai's The Grand Master.  Tony 'He's so fine doo lang doo lang' Leung as Ip Man.



Friday, July 04, 2014

DJing in Manchester - Vintage Reggae Style!

I'm really excited about DJing in Manchester tomorrow night with the Copesetic crew!  They have had a vintage style sound system built and play a Reggae from the golden era of Jamaican music (the 60s).  I'll be taking a little box of treasures to play on the sound, all on 7" original vinyl.  Report to follow!

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Tibetan Dumplings


A while back I decided to try making Tibetan Momo dumplings from scratch!  I'd never made dumpling dough before and it turned out to be very difficult to work with.  The air was blue!  It was quite a hard and frustrating process as the consistency was tricky to get right - rolling out sticky dough and trying to clean the work top after was fun.  I swore I'd never make them again.   When it came to the eating though they really were quite marvellous and it was satisfying in the end. The taste was very authentic and the flavours were lovely.  I have to admit that I've since stocked up on frozen pre-made dumpling skins though!
This is the recipe I used:
After making 20 or so dumplings I got tired out and there was plenty of mixture left, which I friend up with rice the next day - yum.
I also made a cucumber salad on the side - the recipe was from the Ken Hom and Ching-He Huang book Exploring China (see the BBC TV series of the same name).  The coolness of the cucumber perfectly matched the fiery chilli and sesame oil dressing.





Friday, May 23, 2014

Lucky Cat S8 Ep7 - Film Festivals & Farewell


Here's last Saturday's show which is the last episode of Lucky Cat series 8.

Until we meet again................



Playlist:

  • Cho Cho Train - The Stylers (Stylers compilation Lp on Panda Records)
  • Sukiyaki - Teresa Teng (from a Cantopop compilation LP)
  • Sukiyaki  - Kong Ling & The Fabulous Echoes (Greatest Hits Vol.2, Daimond Records LP)
  • Ces Gens-La - Jaques Brel (vinyl LP)
  • The Willow Plays Like a Zither - Lau Yiu Kam (vinyl LP)
  • Honemade Aishite - Carrie Koo Mei (Rita and Sakura, Talk of the Town EMI LP)
  • Boat Song of Ko-Je Island - Arrirang (Korean Song and Dance Specatular, Monitor LP)
  • I Enjoy Being a Girl - Linda Low and Orchestra (Flower Drum Song, OST LP)
  • Gee Baby Gee - The Dixie Cups (Crying in the Chapel, Red Bird label LP)
  • Tipitina - Dr John (vinyl LP)
  • The Four Seasons of Heartache pt 1 - Zhou Hsuan (Pathe 100 CD)
  • Don't Let Me Down - Marcia Griffiths (PAMA label 7", produced by Harry J, pictured above - big money tune!)