Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Playlist Tuesday 24th February 2009

  • Rose are Red - Kong Ling & The Fabulous Echoes (Hits Vol II LP on the Diamond label)
  • Jimmy Come Lately - Kong Ling & The Fabulous Echoes (as above)
  • Here Come the Heartaches - Delroy Wilson (Straighten Up Volume 4 PAMA)
  • Aaj Ki Raat - Mohd. Rafi (An Evening with Mohd. Rafi EMI Angel)
  • The Crow Flies Back To The Forest - Guangzhou Cantonese Opera Troupe (Victrola Favorites - Artifacts From Bygone Days Dust to Digital)
  • The Structure of Javanese Gamelan - (The Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive Music)
  • We're Going Rollin' - Alton Ellis & Eddy Parkins (Mark Lamarr Presents - Duke Reid's Nuclear Weapon Trojan)
  • Kowloon Hong Kong - The Reynettes (EP of the same name)
  • Courting The Woman From Chiang Mai - Sri Ma Keow (Victrola Favorites)
  • Soulful Proclamation - Messengers Incorporated (Midwest Funk: Funk 45s From Tornado Alley Now Again)
  • Yasukibushi (Tale Of Yasuki) - Komachiyo Okada (Victrola Favorites)
  • Satan Is Busy In Knoxville - Leola Manning (Barrelhouse Mamas Yazoo)
  • Story Of Tang On (Part Two) - Sa Ma Nang Noi (Victrola Favorites)
  • Chanting The Ten Vows - Chinese Buddhist Nuns (Victrola Favorites)

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Tea Exhibition

A cup of Tea Solves Everything is a forthcoming exhibition curated by other Asias (a collective of international artists, and artists of the Asian Diaspora based in London)
A diverse range of artists were invited to interpret the statement "A Cup of Tea Solves Everything" for this multi-media exhibition.
There are plenty of events and film screenings and best of all it's all free.
20th Feb - 14th March
DEPARTURE, 649 Commercial Road, Limehouse, London E14 7LW

See the Other Asias web site:
Or their Facebook page.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Playlist Tuesday 10th Feb 2009

Anna Chen took over the show and discussed Anna May Wong and the 5th year anniversary of the Morecambe Bay disaster with film expert Jasper Sharp and Liberal Democrat candidate for Hammersmith and Morecambe Bay disaster committee member Merlene Emerson.
I drove the desk and really enjoyed listening to the discussion. Anna has put some photos up on her blog:
Merlene Emerson's site:
Midnight Eye, Japanese film site co-created by Jasper Sharp:

There was not much music on the show:

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Anna Chen on Lucky Cat Tuesday 10th Feb

I am pleased to announce that writer, broadcaster and performer Anna Chen will be taking over an episode of Lucky Cat this Tuesday 10th February. Anna will be joined by East Asian film expert and writer Jasper Sharp and Liberal Democrat Merlene Emerson who is a member of the Morecambe Bay disaster committee.
Anna and guests will discuss the life and career of Chinese American film star Anna May Wong. Then there will be information on the 5 year anniversary of the Morecambe Bay disaster and unauthorised worker's rights in the UK.
If you wish to donate to the Morecambe Bay Victim's Fund please visit this web site:

Red Curry Paste

You can use this paste for the Thai Roast Dinner recipe I did, as well as for Chiang Mai noodles, red curries and stir fries. Once you have made the paste you can keep it in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.

  • 6-12 red bird's eye chillies, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 stem lemon grass, crushed and chopped
  • 2-3 medium shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh stem ginger, grated
  • 2 teaspoons fresh coriander stems and roots, chopped
  • large pinch cumin
  • 2 teaspoons shrimp paste
  • 2 tablespoons veg oil
  • dash of fish sauce

Pound the chillies, garlic, onion, ginger and lemon grass in a pestle and mortar until mushy and juicy then add the rest of the ingredients except the oil. I like to then transfer to a little blender and whizz to a smoothish paste and then add the oil.

Playlist 3rd February 2009

  • Good Luck - Tsui Ping & Friends (Chinese New Year Songs EP, EMI)
  • Django Shoots First - Sir Lord Comic & Lee Perry(The Big Gun Down CD, Trojan)
  • Return of Django - Upsetters(Tighten Up Vol. 2 LP, Trojan)
    Simon's Asia Beat Mix:
  • Enjoy Yourself - The Stylers (Teen Dance Music from China & Malaysia, Companion Records)
  • My Boy Lollipop - Sakura & The Quests (Puppet on A String)
  • For a Few Dollars More - Man Chau Po Orchestra (The A-Go-Go From River Kwai CD)
  • Rescue Me - The Reynettes (Kowloon Hong Kong CD)
  • 4/4 For Guitar - He 6(Go Go Sound '71 Vol. 1 CD)
  • Boom Boom - Sakura & The Quests (Sakura Goes Boom Boom)
  • - 70s Thai Orchestra (previously credited as Siamese Temple Ball)
    Thanks Simon

  • Always Together - Stephen Cheng (7" 45)
  • Rain In London - Miyagi Michio (Masterpieces of Koto LP)

The Takashi Miike film Sukiyaki Western Django was released on DVD here in the UK on 2nd February.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Thai Style Roast Dinner

Can't decide between a curry and a roast dinner? Then why not have both...

You will need:
  • 4 teaspoons of Thai red curry paste (make your own or buy a ready made pot)
  • 2 pork steaks
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • a little veg oil
  • half a tin of coconut milk
  • a few dashes of fish sauce

Serves 2
Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Get a large roasting dish and rub a little of the oil onto the bottom. Peel and slice the sweet potatoes into rounds. Peel the onion and chop into 6 chunks. Peel the garlic cloves ans cut in halves. Place all of these in the dish and add a few dashes of oil and mix in, then add and mix 2 teaspoons of the red curry paste. Get the pork steaks and rub a teaspoon of the curry past on to each (coat both sides). Lie the steaks in the middle of the dish surrounded by the veg. Cook in the oven for about 20 mins then turn over the steaks and turn veg. Pour in around the steaks (not over) half a tin of coconut milk. Add a few dashes of fish sauce and return to the oven for 15 mins.
Chow down. Roast dinner cooked with a red curry gravy, yum.