RACHEL KHOO

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Magazine - - Turkey With A Twist -

If you’re hav­ing friends round for Christ­mas and you want a fes­tive meal that doesn’t take too long to pre­pare, Chi­nese tur­key pan­cakes are the per­fect dish. Just slice up the cooked meat, toss it in the spices and put it un­der the grill, be­fore wrap­ping it all up in a pan­cake. Ev­ery­one thinks Brussels sprouts are aw­ful, but when you shred them finely with cu­cum­ber, spring onion and a bit of chopped-up red chilli, they’re de­li­cious. This recipe was in­spired by the pan­cakes my dad’s fam­ily make. He’s Chi­nese Malaysian, and al­though his rel­a­tives are more into Chi­nese New Year than Christ­mas, they served up a whole suck­ling pig on our first Christ­mas with them, which is a real lo­cal del­i­cacy. I was eight and it was as big as I was — I was hor­ri­fied. My mum is Aus­trian and my par­ents live there, so we’ve spent most Christ­mases near Lech. I’ve been spoilt with white Christ­mases and we go ski­ing on Christ­mas Eve. I don’t cook be­cause I be­come the kitchen porter at Christ­mas: I scrub pans, peel pota­toes and let my mum or­der me around. I’d rather that than go­ing shop­ping at Christ­mas, it’s too stress­ful. I used to stack shelves in Boots, and they had a seven-track CD that played Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want for Christ­mas is You’ 50 times a day. I’m still trau­ma­tised by the ex­pe­ri­ence.

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