North Korea: The Inside Story

Posted: December 18, 2014 in Uncategorized

Very interesting insight into North Korea

Gallery  —  Posted: December 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Thaikhun, Manchester

Posted: December 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Neil On Meals

According to the old proverb, ‘a Sunday well spent brings a week of content’. On this basis, when Nyssa and I were invited for lunch with friends in Manchester we obviously couldn’t refuse.

After finding out we would be dining at the relatively new Thai ‘street food’ restaurant in Spinningfields, Thaikhun, I had some reservations. I’d read mixed reviews about the restaurant and I’m not a massive fan of that particular area, but of course I wanted to give it a try for myself.


Thaikhun attempts to bring a taste of Thailand to Manchester, hence the name, which is supposed to be pronounced tycoon (in “celebration of the street food vendors who are the real foodie entrepreneurs on the streets of Bangkok”).

The interior is the most perfectly planned and expensive array of Thai ‘tat’ ever assembled, however it was interesting and on the whole reminded me of my travels, and I always appreciate a little…

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Crab Cake with An Asian Twist

Posted: December 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

Cooking with Kathy Man


200 g taro
50 g glutinous flour
100 g frozen crabmeat
100 g grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 tsp five-spice powder
3/4 tsp salt
dash of ground white pepper
1 egg, beaten
tapioca powder for coating


  1. Cook taro in water until tender. Mash taro and add five-spice powder, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Defrost crab meat. Wash and drain. Sprinkle with a little pepper.
  3. Add glutinous flour to mashed taro. Mix to form a dough. Cut into two halves.
  4. Shape each of the dough into one 0.5-cm thick rectangular sheets.
  5. Spread on layer of grated cheese on top of the taro sheet, followed by one layer of crabmeat and then another layer of cheese.
  6. Lay the second layer of the taro sheet on top and press firmly.
  7. Chill the cake in the fridge for 10 minutes.
  8. Brush egg over taro cake. Sprinkle some tapioca starch on top.
  9. Fry taro…

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Red Curry Meatballs

Posted: December 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

First Perspectives

After rebounding strongly in the morning, U.S. stocks reached their peak shortly before noon on Tuesday and spent the afternoon in retreat, eventually closing at their lowest levels of the day.

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