To prepare the platter of Chinese cold cuts, slice the beef shank and bean curd
into pieces about 1/8-inch thick.
Interesting starters include Hoi Jor, a mixture of crab and prawn with minced chicken wrapped in bean curd
, served with plum sauce (pounds 4.75).
Now, a study published in the July 1994 issue of Journal of The American Dietetic Association shows that tofu (bean curd
) and soy drinks contain a substantial amount of phytoestrogens.
The Honey and Tamarind Glazed Pork Belly was fully approved by our family, as was the Bean Curd
with Vegetables in Coconut Gravy and the Char Kwai Teow-the alternative to the popular Phad Thai, made of flat wok-fried noodles, air-dried Lup Cheong sausage, bean sprouts, fish cake and sambal balachan.
There must have been 16, or possibly more (I forgot to count) different offerings, from Thai green curry, bean curd
with braised vegetables, Pad Thai noodles and chicken in many forms, to sweet and sour pork and fried rice.
A vegetarian section has a selection of appetisers (crispy fried seaweed, pounds 3.30); soups (bean curd
and mixed veg, pounds 2.20) and mains (bamboo shoots and water chestnuts, pounds 5.50).
Choices included soft noodles with broccoli, stir fried chicken and mushrooms, beef and potato massaman curry, a spicy prawn dish, chicken in coconut milk, a green vegetable curry and an unusual 'mock duck' made from bean curd
TOFU: Also known as bean curd
, and made from compacted soya beans.
The dish of the evening for me was the spinach bean curd
with crispy mushroom.
Vegetarians are pretty well catered for with the likes of flash-fried bean curd
served with peanut and plum sauce and mushroom curry with coconut milk.
Or I'll eat takeaway chips, or Chinese bean curd
in black bean sauce, which is another favourite.
He asked us to try next the crispy bean curd
cone stuffed with mushrooms, apple, carrot 'and a little touch of truffle,' with a warning that 'the cone cannot be soaked (in the juice of the stuffing) for too long.' Again, temperature and timing.