Khun Ocha's Cookbook

It used to be, many years ago, that Friday was fish and chips night, so for all the home cooks, here is the perfect chip recipe. Chips are a European staple; however, there are many different styles of chip, ranging…

Kai Yat Sai (Stuffed Thai Omelet)

Thursday, 25 June 2015 10:20
This is a very common Thai dish, available at the side of the road. It is, however, a very tasty and satisfying meal in itself. Cooking Method Heat half of the oil in a wok high heat and stir-fry the…

Durian Ice Cream?

Wednesday, 17 June 2015 14:27
It is Durian time again. At the side of the roads are pick-ups with the spiky fruit that you can smell from 20 meters away, and the signs are brought out for the hotel foyers which state no Durian to…

Cucumber and Lemon Sauce Chicken

Thursday, 11 June 2015 09:46
This recipe is a variation on the Chinese Chicken in Lemon sauce.  There are no difficult items to obtain and your supermarket shelves should provide all the ingredients. Cooking Method Place cucumbers in colander.  Sprinkle with salt, and drain for…

Ginger and garlic prawns

Thursday, 04 June 2015 10:57
This recipe is for the Chinese version, rather than the Thai ginger and garlic prawns. It is a quick and easy wok dish, though you must be careful not to overcook the prawns which will go rubbery or the garlic…
For students of language, as opposed to cooking, today’s recipe has an Italian heritage. The dish itself is an Italian dessert, and the recipe was given to me by Italian chef, Luigi Fadda. You have to admit that the Italian…

Contra Filetto di Manzo sul Letto

Thursday, 21 May 2015 10:36
As you might have guessed, this is an Italian recipe. It was actually given to me by Luigi Fadda when the Amari had the La Gritta restaurant, where the Mantra is today. It is an easy recipe to cook, with…

Load your potato skins!

Thursday, 14 May 2015 11:16
I was reminded of this recipe while making mashed potatoes and looking at the unwanted potato skins.  Loaded potato skins is a great snack, and you seemingly whip it up in a couple of minutes.  The secret here is pre-cooking…

Jamaican pork fillets

Thursday, 07 May 2015 10:48
This is an easy recipe to produce a very tasty way to present pork fillets. The herbs and spices are all readily available here. Cooking method Pound the pork fillets to around 1 cm thick. Heat cooking oil in the…

Cold soup? Yes - Gazpacho!

Thursday, 30 April 2015 11:53
The hot season is here again - with a vengeance, and time to think again about cooling, refreshing soups. Gazpacho is a famous Spanish soup which is served cold. The use of your blender makes this a very easy soup…
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