Cookbook Review: Asian After Work by Adam Liaw

My rating 5 stars!!

Asian After Work: Simple Food for Every Day

Click to buy at Fishpond: Asian After Work: Simple Food for Every Day

The only ‘easy’ Asian cookbook you’ll ever need. – AMAZE-BALLS!!

Read more after the jump!

I absolutely love this book.  Its more pan-regional than his first cookbook and is as the title suggests, an ‘after work’ cookbook. We are so lucky to have someone like Adam in our culinary lives.  As most of you know, the Masterchef champion is a Malay-Sing Chinese brought up in Australia who also lived in Japan.  He is uniquely qualified to recommend great Asian food that can be prepared simply in a regular Aussie home.  As someone with a similar background I can tell you that Adam has picked the yummiest and most moreish foods from Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Hong Kong, China and Japan and presents them in easy to follow recipes.  He also has suggestions in weekly menus and menus by theme eg “Izakaya bar” or “Phoenix banquet”.

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A lot of care has been put into this book and there is a little blurb of musings/cultural commentary prefacing each dish. There are also serving sizes, prep and cook times and tips with each recipe.

Adam also puts his own spin on favourites such as “brown rice congee”, and “Duck buns”.

Here’s a sample of what’s inside. I want to make all of these and I can get all the ingredients from my supermarket!!

Beef Korokke with miso mustard mayonnaise; Ocean trout with garlic and soy; Sweet and sour pork

Beef Korokke with miso mustard mayonnaise; Ocean trout with garlic and soy; Sweet and sour pork

 Pineapple fried rice; Pan Sushi; Siu Mai

Pineapple fried rice; Pan Sushi; Siu Mai
Brown rice congee; San choi bao; Japanese curry

Brown rice congee; San choi bao; Japanese curry

Spinach sesame salad; Coconut lychee granita; Chicken Kara age

Spinach sesame salad; Coconut lychee granita; Chicken Kara age

Liaw family xo sauce; soy garlic tofu; Miso roasted eggplant

Liaw family xo sauce; soy garlic tofu; Miso roasted eggplant

Asami's Japanese cheesecake, Banana fritters, Yum Cha style mango pancakes

Asami’s Japanese cheesecake, Banana fritters, Yum Cha style mango pancakes

Balinese roast pork belly with fresh sambal, Mille feuille with chilli ponzu; coconut and tamarind pork belly

Balinese roast pork belly with fresh sambal, Mille feuille with chilli ponzu; coconut and tamarind pork belly

 

But how does this book cook?

I made the Soy-Dressed Tofu

  • 1 Block (300g) silken tofu
  • 2 tsp peanut oil, or other vegetable oil
  • ½ brown onion, peeled and diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and roughly chopped
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of caster sugar
  • 1 tsp dark soy
  • 1 medium spring onion, white and light green parts, trimmed and thinly sliced to serve.

Turn the tofu out onto a double layer of kitchen paper (you may need to run a knife around the edge of the packet).  Wrap the tofu, put a plate on top and let it stand for about 20 mins to press out any excess water.  Transfer to a serving plate.

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In a small frypan, heat the oil and fry the onion first, adding the garlic and salt after about 30 seconds.  When the onions and garlic  are starting to brown, sprinkle over the sugar and continue to fry until the onion and garlic are caramelised in the sugar.  Remove the pan from the heat, stir through the dark soy sauce and pour everything over the tofu.  Scatter with the spring onion and serve immediately.

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My mother said Adam’s version tasted better than a restaurants! This is high praise from that tofu addict.

 

Adam Liaw Soy Dressed Tofu

Adam Liaw Soy Dressed Tofu

 

Buy this book today!
Asian After Work: Simple Food for Every Day

I received my copy gratis but you can click to buy at Fishpond: Asian After Work: Simple Food for Every Day

3 Comments

  • Clarissa T
    September 19, 2013 - 7:12 pm | Permalink

    The photos in the book look amazing. I should not be reading this when I am hungry, I want to eat it all!!!

    Also, did you see Adam’s new show starts on SBS tonight at 8pm?

  • admin
    September 19, 2013 - 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Ahh missed the debut of the show but will definitely watch it on demand. Thanks for the reminder!!

  • March 24, 2014 - 12:28 pm | Permalink

    My friend just bought the book and I just bought tofu. Perfect! Thanks for the recommendation! :)

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