Life All Travel Destinations Entertaining Food All Chefs Recipes Restaurants Wine Matching Wine All Wine 101 Wine News Wine Regions Wine Varietals Home > Selector Magazine > Food > Tetsuya Wakuda's Thai chilli spanner crab (without shell) Food Tetsuya Wakuda's Thai chilli spanner crab (without shell) Preparation time Cooking time Serves 4 INGREDIENTS Olive oil 1 clove garlic, sliced 200g Queensland CEAS spanner crab meat (raw) 1 tbsp ginger 1 tsp spring onion 1 coriander stalk, chopped 60ml Thai sweet chilli sauce 2 tbsp coconut milk 6 leaves of basil 1 tsp lime juice to taste 1 tsp fish sauce to taste 1 chilli, chopped 1 shallot, sliced METHOD Heat oil on high in pan with sliced garlic. Add crab meat, then toss, cooking quickly. Add ginger, spring onion, coriander stalk and sweet chilli sauce. Stir together. Add coconut milk and basil. Season with lime juice and fish sauce. Serve with sprinkle of fresh chopped chilli and shallot slices. Food Preparation time Cooking time Serves 4 SHARE You might also like Food Impress with: Giovanni Pilu Words by Mark Hughes on 1 Jul 2015 Sardinian-born chef Giovanni Pilu speaks proudly of 17 years of restauranting in Sydney. He has had great success, starting with Cala Luna at The Spit and now at one of the most beautiful venues in Australia, Pilu at Freshwater, on Sydney’s northern beaches. But more than that, he has personally educated Australians about the unique cuisine of Sardinia, and how it fits into the deliciously varied world of Italian food. “When I first came here Sardinian food was very unknown to Sydneysiders,” says Giovanni. “So when I started my first restaurant and cooked Sardinian food it was quite challenging. People had never seen it before, so to get them to trust what we did wasn’t easy. But they really enjoyed it. Now, people are demanding it, so it has turned a bit.” While there are major differences in food across the regions of Italy, the cuisine of Sardinia is perhaps the most distinct. “It is very different from say Lombardy, Lazio or Tuscany, where things can be similar because they are all attached to one another,” says Giovanni. “Being an island that was invaded by so many different cultures throughout history has resulted in a crazy diversity of food and culture and created a cuisine that is very unique.” At the heart of Sardinian food is seafood, game and pecorino (cheese). “If people say pecorino, they know it is from Sardinia. It is a big part of our menu at Pilu, to the point that our cheese plate is only made up of pecorino.” Watch our interview with Giovanni Pilu below: Check out the recipe for Giovanni's beautifully simple Pecorino broth with pumpkin & chestnuts as well as his delicious recipe for Malloreddus with chickpeas, vongole, chilli and parsley . Food The Sweet Life with Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh Words by Jackie Macdonald on 20 Nov 2017 When Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh met, it was a culinary match made in sweet-filled heaven. Yotam Ottolenghi wasn’t supposed to be a chef. He was supposed to be an academic like his father and grandfather before him. He certainly has the intellect, having written a masters thesis in philosophy and comparative literature. But Yotam’s take on creating ‘the good life’ was fed by his lifelong passion for food and eventually he couldn’t resist his kitchen calling. After training at Le Cordon Bleu in London in 1997 and working as a pastry chef at the Michelin-starred The Capital Restaurant, two years later he became head pastry chef at Chelsea’s Baker and Spice. Another three years after that, he opened the first Ottolenghi deli in Notting Hill. Today, there are three more Ottolenghi delis in London, as well as a restaurant, NOPi. He has a regular column in The Guardian, and has written six cookbooks. How sweet it is The most recent of his books, Sweet, a baking tome filled with biscuits, cakes, tarts, pies, desserts and confectionary, Yotam co-authored with Malaysian-born Australian-raised pastry chef, Helen Goh. While the book is a recent release, their culinary collaboration goes back over 10 years to when Helen moved to London. At the urging of a friend to check out the Ottolenghi deli, Helen fired off an email to Yotam, they met, and a wonderful partnership began. Helen became product developer and Yotam recalls how she would walk through his door on a Sunday afternoon, “like a gust of wind or, rather, an over-zealous dusting of icing sugar, carrying more brown carton boxes than humanly possible.” A slew of apologies would follow for how many of her cakes had failed (Helen is a perfectionist) before they would settle into a session of ‘Ottolenghifying’ her creations. This unique process involves taking a traditional product and giving it a taste twist. As Yotam explains, “We do a lot of stuff that some might consider irreverent, but it’s just adding our traditions, a little bit of Middle East from me and a little bit of South East Asia from Helen.” So, in Sweet, you’ll find halva and tahini in the brownies, spiced pineapple in the cheesecake and mixed spices in the pound cake. But that’s not to say the recipes veer too far from tradition. As Helen explains, “In baking, I think people still seek the comfortable and the familiar, but they want a little surprise and I think Yotam and I deliver that!” Aussie inspiration Another thing you’ll find in Sweet is a fair dose of Australia. Having done her training and enjoyed success as a pastry chef here, Helen has been inspired by some of our greats. There are cakes based on creations by Stephanie Alexander and Belinda Jeffrey, not to mention versions of yo-yo and Anzac biscuits. Yotam, too, owes a lot to baking Down Under. Known as the ‘king of meringue’, he says, “I’m indebted to Antipodean pavlova because it’s so easy to make and you can do whatever you like with it. It takes anything from chocolate and praline to fresh or dried fruit, the options are endless.” For a taste of Ottolenghifying, we’ve included Yotam’s take on pav to give your sweet tooth a taste of the good life. Cinnamon Pavlova, Praline Cream and Fresh Figs recipe Try Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh's cinnamon pavlova, praline cream and fresh figs recipe here . Recipes and images from Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi & Helen Goh ( Penguin Random House, $55 ) Food Tetsuya Wakuda’s Salmon carpaccio with wasabi recipe Words by Tetsuya Wakuda on 7 Sep 2017 This exquisitely delicate dish would pair nicely with a young zesty Riesling . The Pewsey Vale Eden Valley 2016 is the perfect foil with its alluring white floral notes over classic lime and green apple fruit characters and sublime acidity.