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Hong Mui prawn crackers
These cook-at-home prawn crackers are not only reasonably priced, they’re also fun to cook – drop them into hot oil and watch them expand.
Choy sum, tatsoi and pak choi. Steam, simmer or throw into a stir-fry. These greens add a clean freshness to Chinese meals, balancing the aromatics and heat.
Perfect in marinades and sauces, these are packed with the numbing spice that plays on your taste buds. Be careful not to use too many – the prickly sensation lasts a while on the palate.
A bamboo steamer is invaluable but do buy one that is large enough to fit what you need into it. Alternatively, take your Chinese feast to the next level and steam some dumplings (you can either buy frozen ones or make your own, find recipes on bbcgoodfood.com).
Useful for creating thin strips of vegetables and ginger and much faster than using a knife.