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Burmese Pork Curry Recipe, Mogok-style - Wet-thar Hnut

My mother is from Mogok, a chilly gem-mining town in the hilly north of Burma, where everyone adores pork (I mentioned before that they refer to wages as "pork funds"). 

This classic Mogok curry is more or less used to wean Burmese children - my nephews and nieces can eat bowls and bowls of the stuff, as it's sweet and mild, yet addictive. 

Before my youngest nephew could talk properly, whenever he visited his grandparents, he'd ask for "pork and yice" (pork and rice), and I'm pleased to say that my one year old daughter is now an equally big fan.

(Wet-thar Hnut)

Serves 4 to 6, freezes well

1 kg pork leg or shoulder, with some fat, diced into 2.5cm cubes 100ml malt vinegar4 medium white onions, peeled 4 cloves of garlic, peeled2cm piece of fresh root ginger, peeled4 tbsp groundnut oil 1 tbsp caster sugar1 tbsp light soy sauce1 tbsp dark soy sauce1 tsp mild chilli powder1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
Toss the pork thoroughly …

Lemongrass and Coconut Prawn Curry (Recipe)

I stockpile cans like there's no tomorrow. Chopped and plum tomatoes, baked beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, cannellini beans, sweetcorn, pilchards, sardines, corned beef, condensed milk, random meat products which I bought partly because of their amusing names, and even a forlorn tin of Libby's pumpkin, waiting, always waiting, to be turned into pumpkin pie some (Thanksgiving) day.

The other tin which stares at me reproachfully is one of coconut milk. "You only ever use me to make ohn-no khao swè", it says to me. "I am so versatile and exciting. DO SOMETHING WITH ME. LET ME LIVE".

So I made up this dish.

Coconut Prawn Curry Recipe
Serves 4
500g large raw prawns 3 tbsp oil1 large onion, chopped4 cloves garlic, chopped1 lemongrass stalk, trimmed of woody bits and finely chopped OR 1 tsp lemongrass paste1 tbsp Marigold bouillon1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes1 x 400g tin coconut milk1 tbsp fish sauceSmall handful of coriander leaves
De-vein the prawns, and slice into t…

Visit Viajante while you can ...

My favourite restaurant in London is Viajante, so I was absolutely gutted to discover that it's closing at the end of this month.

I have always had a brilliant (and sometimes surprising) meal there, and it's as far away from "fayn dayning" as I can think of.

(in fact, the last time we went, my husband and I rolled up after having been to Field Day in nearby Victoria Park and one of the festival acts was chatting up a lady on the front doorstep).

Nuno Mendes, the chef behind Viajante, is moving on to Chiltern Firehouse which Square Meal describes as:
"very different from that of Viajante, with no tasting menus and a more casual feel ... contemporary, ingredient-focused… with an underlying American accent and will showcase the diversity of modern American cooking".That's all well and good, but what makes Viajante so magnificent is that you turn up, you choose the number of courses you want and then you're left in their wizard-like hands.

It reminds me of o…