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This Issue : Chicken Satay, Thai Mango Salad and Dumplings = TOTAL 17.25CHF .

* in Zurich, most of the produce was purchased at New Asian Market (Feldstrasse 24, Tel. 044 241 80 00) and Barkat (Birmensdorferstrasse 143, 8003 Zürich, phone 043 811 54 90. And when you cook asian food it's always good to invest in a good small wok and bamboo steamer.


  • 1 mango, thinly sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 tsp lemon grass syrup
  • black pepper
  • 1 spring onion, chopped
  • 1/2 tsp of ginger, thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • cilantro, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • soya sprouts
  • 1 wedge of lime

  1. 1. Put mango, red onion, spring onion & sprouts in bowl and mix together.
  2. 2. Pour the liquid ingredients in a seperate bowl and mix together.
  3. 3. Then pour the liquid over the mango mix and lightly toss the salad together.
  4. 4. Garnish with lime juice, pepper & cilantro and serve.

VINI VERGANI recommends: Bianco Toscana IGT, 2005 La Solatia
Producer: TENIMENTI RUFFINO, Pontassieve, 90% Chardonnay, 10% Viognier
Degustation notes: Golden yellow color with scents of apricot, mango and banana. Tasty, mellow, rich and fresh on the palate. Roasted flavours well integrated, beautiful wine with character.


For the peanut sauce
  • 2 tbsp peanuts, crushed
  • 1/4 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 2tbsp coconut milk
  • peanut oil
  • 1/2 soya sauce

1. Blend together until smooth.

Chicken Satay
  • 100gr boneless chicken breast
  • 1tsp curry powder
  • 1/4tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 small clove garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 tsp cracked pepper
  • 1tsp soya sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp peanut or cooking oil
  • bamboo skewers

  1. 1. Cut the chicken into 2.5 cm (w) x 1.5 cm (thick) strips and skewer with bamboo sticks.
  2. 2. Then mix curry, chili powder, garlic, pepper, soya sauce and oils together. Spread paste onto both sides of the chicken skewers.
  3. 3. Bake in the oven at 220 degrees for 10-12mins (flipping over on to other side after 7mins). Serve with peanut sauce.

VINI VERGANI recommends: Rosso Piceno DOC, 2006
Producer: BOCCADIGABBIA, Civitanova, 50% Montepulciano, 50% Sangiovese
Degustation notes: Beautiful ruby red color, vigorous opening. Sweet flavors of blackberries with a hint of indigenous minerals. Juicy fruit with peppery notes on the palate and a flattering tannin with the finish.


These pre-made dumplings come in an assortment of flavours and are quick to cook. In bamboo steamer, steam dim sum mix dumplings in batches of 6-8 (depending on the size of steamer) for 5mins . Serve in steamer with plum sauce and soya sauce