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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.

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."

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."

Fast and fresh summer recipes

Fish in a flash, speedy stir-fries, ripe and ready fruit – magic dishes in moments. Here's a preview of the recipes in our February 2016 issue.

Ippudo Sydney, Alfred and Constance, The People's Market, Xarcuteria

Alfred and Constance, Brisbane

Alfred and Constance, Brisbane

Our restaurant critics' picks of the latest and best eats around the country including Ippudo Sydney, Alfred and Constance, The People's Market, and Xarcuteria.

SYDNEY
Ippudo Sydney
Ramen made this Fukuoka-based chain's name. If the akamaru shinaji, a rich, porky tonkotsu broth leavened with red miso, black fungi and garlic oil, is any guide, this latest branch, opened last week at Westfield in the CBD, is likely to be as big a hit as those in Manhattan, Singapore, Seoul and Hong Kong. But for me, it's all about the pork-belly buns. They're of the same China-via-Japan genus that inspired the Momofuku signature, and, soft and juicy, they're the best four bucks you can spend on food in Sydney right now. The only downside? They're not sold at the takeaway counter. Ippudo Sydney, Level 5, Westfield Sydney, cnr Market & Pitt sts, Sydney, NSW, (02) 9573 0011. PAT NOURSE

BRISBANE
Alfred and Constance
There's a Jolly Roger aflutter above the smoking deck, a skeleton dangling in the private dining room, and a Tiki-savvy barman upstairs who takes style cues from a vintage Player's cigarette packet. Alfred and Constance (pictured, above) could easily be a case of too much fun, if not for the serious approach of chef Jocelyn Hancock and the team manning the woodfired oven and Josper charcoal grill at the Vanguard Beer Garden. There's plenty to discover in this rambling venue, ranged cleverly over two old Queenslanders, but don't go without tasting the juicy pork carved from the whole roast pig. It's sold by weight and comes with all the trimmings, including beautiful shattered tiles of crunchy crackling. Alfred and Constance, cnr Alfred and Constance sts, Fortitude Valley, Qld, (07) 3251 6500. FIONA DONNELLY

MELBOURNE
The People's Market
A pop-up outdoor village in one of the remaining parts of Collingwood with an industrial/warehouse vibe, The People's Market is serving impressive food and booze in a graffiti- and fairy light-bedecked shipping containers from Thursdays through Saturdays until April. The food on offer changes every month, being served up by the likes of MoVida Bakery, Hellenic Republic, and Taiwanese street food purveyors Ghost Kitchen. There's also the inevitable Mexican (Touché Hombre) and hot dogs (Phat Brats), plus several beers on tap from local brewers Thunder Road at the central bar. The site's other draws include shops, art, music, a Saturday market and workshops, but most of all there are plenty of good-natured fun times to be had. The People's Market, 64-68 Stanley St, Collingwood, Vic. MICHAEL HARDEN

PERTH
Xarcuteria
David Coomer is having another señor moment, only this time he has teamed up with former Star Anise offsiders Adam Willie and Anna Campos. Together, these three amigos have brought us Xarcuteria, a loving (not to mention totally rockin') homage to the delis of Spain. It's a paean sung in the key of porky smallgoods, exemplary bocadillos (Joselito Iberico and tomato bread!), and more homemade preserves and tinned anchovies than you can shake a house-baked sourdough baguette at. It's a logical extension of the earthy flavours at Pata Negra, but unlike Coomer's tapas stronghold, Xarcuteria is a strictly a take-away and enjoy-at-home prospect. Xarcuteria, Shop 1, Claremont Court, 1 Leura Ave, Claremont, WA, (08) 9385 4696. MAX VEENHUYZEN

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