This recipe was inspired by a conversation between Assistant Professor of Health and Nutrition Science, Chris Masterjohn, and Max Lugavere of The Genius Life podcast. Max Lugavere is a citizen scientist and journalist who studied up on the medicinal properties of foods after his mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. The Genius Life podcast is focused on the latest health advice from some of the most insightful minds of our time. In this episode, Chris Masterjohn talks about how there are nutrients in animal products that are very important for mental health, especially vitamin B12. You can get your day's worth of vitamin B12 by drinking 3 glasses of milk, eating 3 servings of red meat a day or, a more efficient way, eating a couple of oysters a day. And yes, oyster sauce can substitute for fresh oysters, making it really easy to incorporate your vitamin B12 intake each day.
UTENSILS YOU WILL NEED:
- 2 pots
INGREDIENTS FOR TWO SERVINGS:
- 3 grams of high quality green tea with no stems
- 2 minced large cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 minced cubes of preserved ginger
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of laksa paste
- 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce
- 1 can of coconut milk
- 12 frozen prawn rice flour dumplings
- sliced Asian vegetables of your choice
- 3 sprigs of coriander chopped finely
- lime juice to taste
- monkfruit sugar to taste
- salt to taste
- extra water for thinning
- coconut oil or sesame oil for frying
1. In a pot, fry ginger, garlic and laksa paste over medium to high heat.
2. Stir in coconut milk and oyster sauce. Add lime juice, monkfruit sugar and salt to balance out flavours to your taste. Add water to thin out coconut milk to a consistency of your liking.
3. Bring to boil and add frozen dumplings and coriander. Turn off heat once dumplings all float to the top.
4. In the other pot, bring water to the boil and add green tea leaves and sliced vegetables to blanch. Strain out liquid and place vegetables in serving bowls. (It doesn't matter if tea leaves end up in the bowls, as this will enhance the flavour of the laksa.)
5. Place dumplings on top of vegetables and pour laksa soup on top.