Monday, April 30, 2012

Lemongrass and Ginger Cookbook Giveaway (Closed)

I got to know Leemei through her blog My Cooking Hut . I was very excited when she told me last year that she will be publishing her very own cookbook. As a fellow Malaysian I am super proud of her. She sent me a copy of her cookbook and I am amazed with all the wonderful recipes she created for the cookbook. In order to support her I purchased another copy from so that I can give it away to one of my lucky readers.

About Lemongrass and Ginger Cookbook: Vibrant Asian Recipes

Asian cooking is one of the fastest-growing cookery trends in the world – and from Chinese to Thai, Indian to Malaysian, the diverse tastes, textures and aromas of Asia can be sampled in this beautiful new cookbook. Rich in aromatic spices, herbs, and flavorings, Asian food explodes deliciously in your mouth. Now, thanks to Leemei Tan, home cooks can easily master the art of preparing this delectable cuisine. She explains how to make perfect sushi, creamy curries, spicy stir-fries, and crisp tempura, and work with noodles, kaffir lime leaves, or wasabi.

From Korean Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup and Japanese Pork Dumplings to Thai Green Papaya Salad and Indian Aubergine Curry, these imaginative recipes will inspire and delight, whether you have in mind a quick weekday meal or a feast for friends and family.

There are 7 chapters in the book that cover more than 100 recipes from all over Asia – Japan and Korea, China, Philippines and Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam and India and Sri Lanka. There are 3 sections in the book that will come in handy. They are ‘Basic Recipes’, ‘Basic Techniques’ and ‘Glossary’. ‘Basic Recipes’ section tells you how to make stock, how to make perfect steamed rice, making spice pastes, and etc that are used in the recipes. ‘Basic Techniques’ section will guide you how to debone chicken, prepare fresh coconut, prawns and etc. ‘Glossary’ section contains a list of ingredients with explanations that you may not be familiar with. Lemongrass and Ginger can now be purchased at all major bookstores and online stores such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Book Depository and etc. Take a sneak preview of the book here:

About the Author.

Leemei Tan is a freelance recipe writer, food stylist and photographer. Born in Malaysia, she is now based in London and travels extensively. She has been authoring the ever popular and well-known food blog My Cooking Hut since 2007, with the aim of sharing recipes of her childhood and dishes that have inspired her throughout her years of travelling. Her blog has won her an award as one of the best female bloggers around the world. Leemei started her years in the kitchen at a very tender age, learning all the important ingredients and different techniques in the kitchen. Food for her is important and part of her upbringing.

Here is one of the recipes from the cookbook to share it with you.

Photo provided by My Cooking Hut

Thai Green Chicken Curry
Serves 4 Preparation
Time 30 minutes
Cooking Time 40 minutes

500g/1lb 2oz chicken drumsticks or skinless chicken thighs
2 tsp sunflower oil
1 recipe quantity Thai Green paste (recipe below)
3 kaffir lime leaves

200ml/7fl oz/scant 1 cup thick coconut milk

100g/3 ½ oz pea aubergines/eggplants
6 apple aubergines/eggplants cut in half
2 tbsp fish sauce
50g/1¾ oz of Thai basil leaves

Green curry spice paste:

7 green chilies, deseeded and roughly chopped
2 red bird’s eye chilies, deseeded and roughly chopped
5 shallots, roughly chopped
3 garlic cloves, roughly chopped
3cm/1¼ in piece of galangal, peeled and roughly chopped

1 lemongrass stalk, outer leaves and stalk end removed and roughly chopped
3 kaffir lime leaves, roughly chopped
1 tsp roasted shrimp paste
3 coriander roots with stalks and leaves, roughly chopped
5mm/¼ in piece of fresh turmeric, peeled and roughly chopped, or ¼ tsp ground turmeric

1.  Put all the ingredients of the spice paste, except the ground turmeric, if using, in a food processor and blend to a smooth paste. Add the ground turmeric and mix well.
2.   If using chicken drumsticks, rinse them under running cold water and pat dry with kitchen paper. Remove the skin and then, using a sharp cleaver or large chef’s knife, cut each drumstick into 2 pieces through the bone. Remove the knuckles with a pair of kitchen scissors.
3.  Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium-high heat. Add the spice paste and cook gently, stirring occasionally, for 10–15 minutes, until fragrant and the oil starts to rise to the surface. Add the kaffir lime leaves and chicken pieces and toss the chicken until well coated with the paste, then cook, stirring occasionally, for 5–6 minutes until starting to turn golden brown.
4.  Add the coconut milk to the pan and bring to the boil, then add 
the pea and apple aubergines and fish sauce. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20–25 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken, the chicken is cooked through and the aubergines are soft. Carefully scoop off any oil as it forms on the surface. Stir in the Thai basil and serve warm with boiled rice, if you like.

How to enter:
1. To Enter: Post your comment here and tell me what your most favorite Asian Dish is?
2. For additional entries: Post about this giveaway at your blog, linking back to this post. Come back and leave me a comment with the link to your post.

This giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world. Winner will be selected by Remember to leave your email address in your comment so that I have some way of contacting you if you win. If the winner does not respond to email request for their address within one week, I reserve the right to choose another winner. Dateline for this Giveaway will be on 6th May 2012 at 6.00 pm (Eastern Time) Good Luck. Giveaway provided by My Kitchen Snippets.


Rona Y said...

I'd love this book--it would remind me of the places I've lived and traveled in! And that cover is beautiful!

prasantrin at gmail dot com

Rona Y said...

Oops. I forgot to mention my favourite Asian dish! There's a Thai fish dish that's similar to pad grapow, but more saucy and it has a lot more chile in it! I also love yum pladook foo!

prasantrin at gmail dot com

mina said...

lovely book and recipe. i think i could eat hainanese chicken rice as my last meal. seems so simple but is really delicious. and with all the sauces and ginger that comes with it, you can adjust to taste so it is always right. (:

FiSh said...

my favourite Asian dish is the Thai Style Green Papaya and Duck Salad :) that's the best combination of Thai salad which I've ever tasted. So unique and flavourful, this dish is mouthwatering enough to give me a memorable experience


Nana said...

waaa,,i really want those cookbook, all my cookbook just about malay recipes,chinese and also thai..
I love to eat sushi,sometimes i made it simple with only rices,nori and the fry eggs.

Debs @ The Spanish Wok said...

Oh yes, I desparately want to win this amazing looking cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway.

My favourite asian food would have to be Char Siu Pork

I'll do a blog post about this giveaway and give you a link.

email is

Nana said...

Here the links!!

Anonymous said...

Dear Gertrude,
Great idea with the giveaway ... and I would love to own this cookbook.
My favourite Asian dish is beef satay.
My e-mail is tomnjeannie(at)

Anonymous said...

This book looks gorgeous, beautiful cover! Let's hope I am the winner :)
Hm difficult to pick only one dish but I guess I will have to say the spicy Korean beef stew- yukkejang. I make it often but could eat it every day and not get tired of it..good stuff!
My email is:

。A 。b 。b 。y 。 said...

First of all l love your blog! Amazing and always inspire me on cooking.
Since l live away from home, l miss all my mom´s cooking especially her dumpling(粽子). l love to cook. Unfortunately l don´t have the skill from her.

Keep on the great job!!! xx

Anonymous said...

Hello Gertrude! Hope I'm lucky enough to win this wonderful book. My favourite Asian dish is Chee Cheong Fun!

hermione_grace89 at yahoo dot com

Foong said...

My fav dish is the Vietnamese Lotus Root Salad, it is so refreshing and the lotus is so crunchy.

Email :

Janice said...

I love bao :)
JaniceDLCruz at gmail : )

Anonymous said...

Hi hi!!

My favourite asian dish is definitely the chilli crab! Spicy with a tinge of sweetness complements the crab meat so so well! The sauce can then be used to dip with Mantous ~ slurps~

Joyce @ Chunky Cooky said...

I want to win the Cookbook.. Heheh.. Favourite asian food ...Chilli crab ?? :))))

Anonymous said...

HI Gertrude

thks for the giveaway. being an asian , i love asian food so it is pretty hard to choose a favorite one. but if i have to choose, i will go for hokkien popiah, esp the ones that r prepared by my mum!

NedLi Sakurai said...

waaa.. i want to win the cookbook too!! (^-^).. erm.. my favourite asian foods are Kapitan Curry Chicken; Chicken Rice and Nasi lemak with spicy sambal tumis sotong (^_^)

Anonymous said...

I would like to take this opportunity to try n win this cookbook.
I am always missing home cooked food especially Asian dish after moving to the us of a.
Favorite Asian dish would be Penang Chee Cheong Fun.
Thanks Gertrude, :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Gertrude

Love the cover of the book and also the title ! Two of my favourite to use in cooking - Lemongrass & Ginger !

My favourite Asian dish would be Ayam Buah Keluak ( a nonya dish with a black nut found in Indonesia )

Thank you for the giveaway... Hope I win = )

Christine Teo

Anonymous said...

My fav Asian dish is hainanese chicken rice!

thank you!

WendyinKK said...

My favourite Asian dish is Rice!
I can't live w/o rice.

Hody Loh said...

My favourite Asian dish is rendang chicken....and satay...and chicken rice....and wanton mee....hahaha...

QembarDelites said...

ANd my absolute favorite is the ever popular Malaysian Assam Laksa! Oh with a very cold bowl of ice kacang on the side would be so perfect!:D

CaThY said...

My favourite is chicken rice & laska :)

Cynful Pleasure said...

My favourite dish is lemak masak chili padi.. yummy!

Anonymous said...

by looking at the beautiful cover of this book i already want to own it :-) ... my favourite asia dish is Korean Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup

Unknown said...

The book looks beautiful. It's gonna be great if i can have this book. My favourite asian dish is Thai Green Papaya Salad.I ordered that anytime I ate at Thai restaurant.

My email is :

Mandy said...

My favourite is the spicy green papaya salad with extra peanuts, I love it, its so fresh and wakes me up with its fresh chilli's and sour notes.

Anonymous said...

My favourite dish is pan fried dumplings. Pair it with black vinegar or freshly chopped red chilli with some soy and I'm happy. Love it!

Joan said...

I love Asian food and it would be hard to pick just one favorite dish. I know kimchee, almost anything Korean and sushi would be right up near the top though.

SookPeng said...

Any type of curry always leave me satisfied.

Anonymous said...

sushi is mine

Melissa C. said...

Pan fried pot stickers!

lyly said...

I love Thai food and hope I have the chance to read this book. My email is

lee bee lan said...

I love to eat sweet and sour pork.
My email is

Ng Sui San said...

I like indian mutton curry with thick gravy. Slurp! I can eat three bowls of rice with it.


Anonymous said...

Nothing beats a good Singaporean crab dish with a few bread rolls to suck up all the Beautiful sauce ...YUM


Anonymous said...

My favourite food is laksa...assam & lemak.

My email address is
plee5122 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Hi Gertrude,

Thanks for the generous giveaway and I really love the cover of the book.

My favourite dish is chilli crab.

catherine lee said...

My favourite dish is bak kut teh.
My email address is

catherine lee said...

Oops! Sorry, I typed my email wrongly.
My favourite dish is bak kut teh.
My email is

MeRy said...

My favo asian dishes : mee siam.
My email :

Love this cookbook...

Chooi said...

I love stewed mushroom and chicken feet.

Christine Kowandi said...

Hi Gert!

My fav Asian dish is rendang.
Hope I win this book :)


ykristen said...

There are just too many favourite food when it comes to asian food but the food i yearn most when i am away from home is nasilemak and hokkien mee :)

Hope i win the book......

SS said...

Fav Asian dish hmmm ... it has always been my mom's signature's dish - Hakka Salty Chicken.

Sonia ~ Nasi Lemak Lover said...

Malaysia Boleh, hehehe.. You know what dish I like, sure Nasi Lemak.

The Sweetylicious said...

My fav dish would be laksa (without beansprout) .. (;

Reese Darragh said...

Without question, my all time favorite choice will be Nasi Lemak. Perfection on a plate.

Yat Maria said...

Hi Gert

Mine shall be that Vietnamese popiah in rice paper roll. Love the sauce made with peanut butter too. One of my tenant made me once many years back. But till now I couldn't find the recipe.

Beachlover said...

that is so nice of you!! I also like the book leemei send me but yet to try our her recipe. btw,when are u going to publish your own cookbook? cepat-cepat!!

mui mui said...

Hi, this cook book is so awesome. My favorite choice is Penang Prawn Mee.

Sem said...

Hi, my all time favourite is chow kuey teow and Hokkien noodle(the noodles fried with dark soy sauce, not the Penang styled.)
Also love anything cooked with lemongrass, especially grilled lemongrass chicken wings.
My email is


Tim Wong said...

Hi, my favourite dish is nasi lemak. Hope I win this book,thanks!

My email:

Chiu Yin said...

Thanks for this giveaway! This cook book is awesome!

My favourite Asian dish is indian cuisine, especially thosai, naan and various chutney and dhal curry!

My email address is

My Little Space said...

Oh what a lovely giveaway! I've tried the green curry before but wasn't very satisfying. Hopefully I'll get a better recipe. And yours look really tempting.
My fav asian dish should be satay. It's also my kids fav. :o)

Lay Bee said...

Hi, my favourite dish is Hokkien Mee. Hope I win this lovely book,thanks !

My email address is

Barbara Palermo said...

Oh what a lovely giveaway, thanks so much! To me any type of curry!

Debs @ The Spanish Wok said...

Here's a link to my blog post


Katrina said...

I am a pad thai girl but my husband loves anything with rice in it!

ykatrina at hotmail dot com

Sue said...

tom yam kung!! hot n spicy :D

my email:balletrulez @

hanushi said...

My fav dish is satay! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

Chewie said...

Hi, my favourite dish is nasi lemak! Thanks for this giveaway !

My email address is

hhanni said...

Dear Gert,

My most favorite Asian Dish is Pad Thai


SS said...

My fav is Hakka Salty Chicken.

Colin said...

My favourite dish is bak kut teh.Hope I win this wonderful book, thanks!

My email add. is

Teslaca said...

I love all sorts of different Asian dishes, but most like Japanese foods. One of my favorites is shabu-shabu.

Doreen Tan said...

My favourite dish is Hokkien mee.Thanks for the giveaway ! Hope I am the winner !

my email add :

Christelle said...

I am very proud for My cooking hut, and she is incredibly talented (I expect the photos to be hers too!)
My favourite dish? I am going to say pad thai, but do I really I love so many that it is to difficult to pick one.
Good luck to my cooking hut, I'm sure the book will do really well:-)

lena said...

oh, still got time! i want! i want! LOL!

Jessie said...

I love a lot of Asian dishes! One of my all time favorites is chicken curry. Thanks for a chance to win, lovely giveaway!


Dumpling Love said...

Argh nearly reaching 6pm deadline! I have way too many Asian favourite dishes, but one thing I could eat everyday without getting sick of it is dumplings! Of all shapes and fillings! hehe. Good luck everyone =)

Anonymous said...

Woohoo .. so many to choose from. Curry chicken with glutinuous rice, slurp.

TrucVy said...

My favorite dish is Vietnamese Summer Rolls dish.


Anonymous said...

Hi Gert,
Though I am a regular at your blog this is the first time I post something hope of winning this great looking book.

My all time favouvite is Penang Hokkien Noodles....nobody does them better that the Penangites!!