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Bookish Recipe: Egg Foo Young
Welcome to Bookish Recipes, a feature on the blog where I cook or bake a recipe from a book I have loved and share the result with you. This time the recipe is inspired by the book How to Find Your (First) Husband by Rosie Blake. This story is completely bonkers and I couldn't have loved it more. It is everything a summer read should be and more. With an amazing setting, lovable character, an hilarious plot and turtles thrown into the mix, this is the book you cannot miss this summer. Laughs and good vibes guaranteed!
In the story, Isobel travels to Tioman Island, in Malaysia, following her first crush and there, she has quite a lot of adventures. She also enjoys the local cuisine, especially Egg Foo Young, similar to an omelette with lots of tasty things inside. So I decided to transport myself to Malaysia and try my hand at making Egg Foo Young. I followed more or less this recipe and the result was pretty good:
Half a chicken breast (cooked and shredded)
2 mushrooms, stemmed and thinly sliced
1/2 cup fresh bean sprouts
1/2 cup shredded baby bok choy
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced on an angle
1 small red pepper, very thinly sliced
One 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated
1 large clove garlic, grated or made into a paste
Salt and freshly ground pepper
For the sauce:
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 thin slice of ginger
1) Whisk the eggs in a large mixing bowl. Stir in the chicken, mushrooms, bean sprouts, bok choy, carrots, scallions, pepper, grated ginger and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
2) Drop about 1/2 cup of the mixture onto the griddle for each "pancake". Cook until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
3) Meanwhile, mix the cornstarch with a splash of chicken stock to dissolve. Combine the remaining stock, the cornstarch mixture, soy sauce, hot sauce and sliced ginger in a small saucepan. Boil until it thickens a bit, about 3 minutes. Discard the sliced ginger.
4) Put 2 pancakes on each plate, top with the gravy and enjoy!
About the book:
Title: How To Find Your (First) Husband
Author: Rosie Blake
Published: June 2nd by Corvus
Blurb: It's a beautiful day in 1994 and the turn-out in the school playground is fantastic. Isobel is eight years old and marrying Andrew Parker, the boy of her dreams. Life is perfect. Then the ceremony is over, and a week later so is the marriage. Twenty years on and Isobel is dressed as a prawn handing out promotional fliers outside an L.A. fish market. Her career is going nowhere and her love life leaves a lot to be desired. Nothing Isobel hoped for has gone to plan. Then, she catches sight of Andrew, her first husband, in the background of a TV news item and wonders: if she can track down Andrew, will she recapture the happiness that she felt all those years ago? Isobel travels the globe to find her first husband, via Cornwall, Devon and a remote Malaysian island, but is he really what she is looking for?