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Lebanese-style snapper

"This dish is Lebanese-peasant done fancy with all the peasant-style flavours you'll find in Lebanese cooking, but with a beautiful piece of fish added," says Bacash. "The trick to not overcooking fish is to be aware that it cooks from the outside inwards and the centre should only cook until it's warm, not hot. If it gets hot in the middle, it will become overcooked from the residual heat. It takes a little practise getting to know this - be conscious of the inside of the fish and not the outside. Until you get it right, you can always get a little paring knife and peek inside the flesh when you think it's ready; it won't damage it too much."

Prego rolls

"This is a Mozambican specialty and one of the foods that changed my life in terms of African cuisine," says Duncan Welgemoed. "The best spot to get a prego roll in South Africa is the Radium Beerhall. It's run by my godfather, Manny, and is the oldest pub in Jo'burg. The meats are grilled out the back by Mozambican staff and are still done the same way today as they were 30 years ago." Start this recipe a day ahead to marinate the beef.

Green salad with vinaigrette

"Our seven-year-old, Arwen, has been making this vinaigrette since she was five - she tastes it as she goes," says Levy Redzepi. "It's fresh and acidic and as good as the leaves. Frillice lettuce is crunchy but it's thin so it's like a perfect mix of cos and iceberg."

Fast Chinese Recipes

If you’re looking for quick and spicy dishes to celebrate Chinese New Year, we have the likes of kung pao chicken, ma po beancurd, XO pipis with Chinese broccoli and plenty more fire and crunch here.

Curried young coconut salad with sorrel

"This subtle salad acts like a palate-cleanser alongside the more intensely spiced meats and vegetables at an African barbecue," says Welgemoed.

Oyster dipping sauce

"To me, eating raw things is integral to any good meal, especially during a barbecue in summer," says Rene Redzepi. "You can do it with oysters on the half-shell with a bit of lemon juice, or something like this sauce. It's a perfect start - rich, fresh, creamy, with the crunch from the raw vegetables and a lot of acidity from the parsley, vinegar, and all these things that give brightness."

Corn salad with prawn salt

"Corn, or mielies, is an essential part of African eating," says Welgemoed. "It's a staple across the continent and is used in different forms as an accompaniment for the majority of meals."

Bean sprout salad


You'll need

250 gm bean sprouts (see note) 1 tbsp white rice vinegar 1 tsp sugar 1 tbsp light soy sauce 1 tbsp sesame oil 2 green onions, thinly sliced 2 tbsp finely chopped coriander

Method

  • 01
  • Trim the roots of the bean sprouts and rinse in cold water. Discard any stray husks. Blanch sprouts in boiling water for 10-15 seconds and drain in a colander. Refresh immediately in cold water, then drain well.
  • 02
  • Transfer to a serving bowl and add vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and sesame oil. Toss lightly before adding the green onions. Season to taste with sea salt, toss again and top with coriander.

Note More often than not, mung bean sprouts are used in this recipe instead of soya bean sprouts. This salad is delicious served with chilled tossed noodles.


This is an extremely easy home-style salad using the freshest bean sprouts you can find. They are blanched briefly before being mixed with finely shredded green onions, sometimes coriander and chilli, and tossed with a dressing of white rice vinegar, soy, sugar and sesame oil.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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Sep 2007

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