10 January 2018

Vegan Pad Prik Gaeng (ผัดพริกแกงเจ)

Pad Prik Gaeng (Vegan)

Since moving to Thailand I've hardly cooked partly because I don't have a proper kitchen in my apartment and partly because it's just so easy and cheap to eat out most of the time here, but this year I have vowed to make more of an effort to cook for myself and focus on my health. This dish is a simple yet flavourful curry stir-fry that is super simple, quick to make and a favourite amongst Thai people so I hope you enjoy it.

Pad Prik Gaeng (Vegan)

  • 50g Thai red curry paste*
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Cup water
  • 1 Tbsp finely sliced kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 Cup chopped green beans
  • 1 Block of diced tofu
  • 1/4 Cup pea aubergine (optional)
*If you want to make it vegan make sure the red curry paste doesn't contain shrimp paste

 Add the curry paste and half the kaffir lime leaves to a wok on medium heat and cook for a few minutes until fragrant

♥ Add water, green beans and pea aubergine to the wok, you want the vegetables to be cooked but still have a slight crunch to them.

♥ Add the Tofu and soy sauce to the wok and cook until most of the moisture has been cooked off, if you find it's too spicy then add more soy sauce.

♥ Remove the dish from the wok and sprinkle the rest of the kaffir lime leaves on top as garnish.

♥ Serve with rice and enjoy!

Good Luck

04 January 2018

The Lama Temple (Yonghe) - Beijing - China

Yonghe Lama Temple

When I travel abroad I'm always interested to see different places of worship as they can be quite peaceful and beautiful. I remember briefly visiting Yonghe seven years ago but not having much time to explore as we arrived near to closing time, so as my mum is a Buddhist I thought it would be an interesting place to take her so she could see what a temple in China is like compared to the ones we visit in Thailand.

Yonghe Lama Temple

The temple was extremely busy on the day we visited, there were cars lining up down the road waiting to get in and the halls of worship were so full of people it was a struggle to get through. I like to visit temples as an escape so I can meditate and enjoy a little peace but it was pretty much impossible to find any sort of peace at The Lama Temple that day, the smell of incense smoke, which I normally find calming, was so strong that day it was choking.

Yonghe Lama Temple

One of the things you must see is the 26 meter tall Maitreya Buddha which is not only impressive because of its huge size but because of the fact it was carved from a single piece of Tibetan white sandalwood, and because of its vast size it took over three years to ship to Beijing. It's one of the temples most prize possessions and once you see it you'll know exactly why, it's an absolutely beautiful sight and it's amazing to think of all the hard work and love that was put into creating it.

Yonghe Lama Temple

Despite the crowds it was a really beautiful day and definitely a place I would recommend you visit if you're in Beijing, the area surrounding the temple is great to visit to as there are many souvenir shops and restaurants as well as a Confucius Temple which I would love to visit if I ever go back to Beijing.

What places do you like to visit when you travel abroad?
Love & Incense

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