Although tofu skin, also known as ‘bean curd skin’ can be a little daunting to use for the first time (and, if you don’t know where to look, tricky to find) it is a joy to cook with and eat. I have a great love for bean curd skin and rolls because they’re gluten free and starch free- things I struggle to eat! Dishes using bean curd skin are always on the menu at dim sum restaurants and are a reliable, tummy-friendly option for me when eating there with family and friends.
Another excellent thing about tofu skin is that it can be steamed to create an unctuous looseness that just about holds in delicious flavours OR it can be fried to wonderful crispness! Trust me, when you haven’t been able to eat anything with batter or even crisps for over a decade, anything crispy that is not celery is heaven.
For this recipe we’ll be frying them to crispness and wrapping them around a delicious prawn mix. Watch the video to see how we made them and an exciting announcement…
Oh yes, we’re going travelling in Malaysia! I absolutely cannot wait. It means the world to me that I am now able to manage my disabilities in a way that allows me to leave the country and move freely. It’s all thanks to my wonderful wife who takes such excellent care of me. I also have her to thank for introducing me to the wonder of Malaysian food and these lovely rolls in particular.
They’re a dainty little Cantonese snack but can be rather large when served in English dim sum restaurants. Personally, I prefer the small, Malaysian version- much more crunch! Interestingly in Malaysia they are also often served with mayonnaise. I’m not such a fan of that though and prefer to serve them with worcestershire sauce or soy sauce with chilli oil.
They’re absolutely delicious! I hope you enjoy making them at home. You can buy tofu skin either via online Asian shops or in your local Chinese shop.
450g raw shelled prawns
2 finely chopped spring onions
½ chicken stock cube
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp rice wine vinegar
½ tsp sesame oil
1 heaped tbsp rice flour
1 egg white
10 pieces tofu skin cut to 6×6 inches
Oil for frying
- Divide prawns in half. Roughly chop one half and mince the other.
- Mix all of the prawns, spring onions and seasonings together. If the mixture is loose and not holding together then add a little more rice flour.
- Place a piece of tofu skin on a flat surface, rub with water on both sides and leave to soften. Do this with three pieces and by that time the first will be ready to use.
- Scoop 1 tablespoon of the filling onto the tofu skin. Fold like a parcel and rub water around the edges to ensure sealing.
- Heat enough oil for frying in a wok. When the oil is fully heated, turn down to medium and gently drop the shrimp rolls into the oil. Keep turning and fry until they are golden brown.
- Dish out onto a plate lined with paper towels to absorb excess oil.
- Serve with Worcestershire Sauce or soy sauce (also excellent with chilli oil!)
Remember that it takes slightly longer for rice flour to soak up liquid than you might expect so be careful of adding too much when it first seems the mixture isn’t sticking together properly. A mistake I repeated over and over when I first started using it!
This tutorial is for a very easy everyday vintage make up look and uses just drugstore products!
The first thing I do is moisturise my face and put Vaseline on my lips. I tend to put both of these on quite thickly and go do something else to give it time to sink in before wiping off and starting my make up. Ta dah! Hello vaguely shiny face.
Step number one has to be primer: I have very sensitive, eczema prone skin so primer is vital to avoid allergic reactions. It also creates a great, smooth, pore-less base. My primer of choice is Maybelline’s Baby Skin, I’ve used it for yonks and it’s excellent. Don’t forget your neck!
For skin coverage we use two products: a liquid foundation that’s slightly lighter than your natural tone (for me that’s Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in Fair) and a powder foundation that more closely matches you (The Max Factor Facefinity Compact in Porcelain). Pale, glowing skin is vital for a vintage look but please don’t think having skin that isn’t naturally white as a sheet excludes you! Using a lighter colour with maximum coverage underneath will help you glow but powder over the top ensures you stay matte- vital for a vintage aesthetic! Definitely no sparkly highlighter here.
… but there is a cute pomapoo puppy! Hi, Tilly.
Depending on how full I want my coverage to be I use either a foundation brush or a damp sponge. The sponge is best for day looks so that’s what we’re using today.
I squeeze the liquid foundation onto the back of your hand then dab away with the sponge and… it’s time to make myself look like a ghost! It will look very pale to start with but we do add a little colour so don’t worry.
I cover my lips (or at least the edges) since vintage lips require a very crisp outline. Make sure to also go outside of the edges of your face and down your neck as we don’t want a foundation line.
Moving on to this beautiful foundation compact. Its colour, despite being the lightest in the range, can be a little too dark for me in winter, since without sun I am a ridiculously pale human being. Dab your powder on so you don’t create drag lines on your face. I also put a little light powder on my chest so the skin colours blend nicely.
If you’re looking for an excellent but cheap foundation sponge that handily stops your fingers getting covered in make up then I highly recommend this handled sponge as it was only a pound from the pound shop!
For a vintage look work your blusher along the cheek bone, first from the outside. Smile to pronounce the apples of your cheeks and give a light swoop underneath. Do remember to keep your blusher only on the parts of your face that actually blush however!
This eyebrow is a soft and natural 1940s look but still very groomed. Many powders are (I think) a little too difficult to use and tend to travel rather terribly across my face by the end of the day… actually more likely across my wife’s face every time I get close to her! Pencils on the other hand can be too harsh, sharp and obviously unnatural. Fine if that’s the look you’re going for but this is a soft look.
The Maybelline BrowSatin pencil in Red Mahogany gives me a very natural look and does an incredible of turning my black eyebrows amber (as a child I had bright blonde hair and the same black brows… it was slightly odd). One end is a precise pen and the other a filling powder. It’s excellent stuff.
Start with the thin pen end, draw a slightly rounded line at the bottom of the brow then work upwards off it, using quick little strokes to emulate hairs. You can stop here if you’re after a very vintage thin eyebrow look or you can use the other end of the pen which is a tiny sponge with finishing powder which is great for darkening and thickening your brows.
Primer is very important not only if you have monolids as I do but also just to create a great base for your eyeshadow: (A) it won’t move and (B) the colours will really pop! I use the L’Oreal Colour Riche Eye Primer which is fab and easy to apply.
For eyeshadow I use four shades from this Sleek V2 Ultra Mattes Palette, which you may recognise from my January Favourites video.
The colours I use are Flesh combined with Pillow Talk for the light shade over my lids, Paperbag for the crease and then Maple as a transition shade.
My skin is too pale for the flesh tone by itself so I mix it with the bright white. Fortunately these colours are so pigmented they left you mix on top of each other. Ease of use is always the most important thing with beauty I find!
Once you have thoroughly coated your eyelids in the light, flesh tone take an angled brush and draw a line ever so slightly above your eyelid crease using the transition shade. If you too have a monolid then start with your eyes open and draw the line ever so slightly above. The great problem with monolid eyes is that you can spend hours and hours doing a gorgeous eyeshadow job but the second you open your eyes, boom, it’s gone. Blend out the transition shade then add a little more to the crease before moving on to our darker shade. Add mainly to the outside corners of your eyes and a little to crease then again… blend, blend, blend! Because that’s all eyeshadow is. Blending.
The No 7 Stay Precise Liquid Liner has been my favourite for many years, it has a gorgeous little brush applicator inside a long paint pot of liquid, it’s easy to use and has great coverage. But… like all good things, it had to some to an end! Why, Boots, Why?!
I had a little stockpile going but now I’ve used that up, so I’m searching for a new favourite. I’m currently using the No 7 replacement: Stay Perfect Liquid Liner. It has a foam tip rather than a brush, which is meant to create a precise look but instead I’ve found the tip point just wipes away product as you put it on. Which seems pointless.
I know; ‘bad joke’.
The best replacement I’ve found is the Max Factor Colour X-Pert Waterproof Eyeliner. It’s not the same but it will do. Sob. Let me know in the comments if you have any suggestions for me.
Let’s get precise! Normally when you hear ‘vintage’ you think ‘big eyeliner flicks’ but the 1940s look is a lot more natural.
Now, for those of you wondering, yes I do only wear one brand of lipstick! Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Lip Colour. It sticks on your lips no matter what! It will even stay when you make out with someone else who is wearing a different colour of the Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Lip Colour. Tried and tested.
For very vintage looks I go for number 542, Cherry Pie.
And look, it’s cute with my eyeshadow! I do use lipliner but only for evening looks so not today. Personally I think the applicator is precise enough. I naturally have very pointed tips to my upper lip but for a good 40s or 50s look a rounded shape suits better.
Once your lips are dry to the touch pop on your setting gloss. In a very… careful… way.
Most people think the lips are the most important thing with a vintage look but I think your lashes are equally important.
… Although mine are slightly crazy and go in different directions so false lashes are my friends.
I can’t recommend any lashes for this look because I chop up all lashes I buy to make the shape I feel best suits my face. I CAN recommend the brand these lashes come from though: Eye Candy make beautiful, soft lashes that take very well to being chopped up!
But Eylure make the best glue!
Done! Watch the video below for further instructions, and let me know if you try it on the comments!
Primer: Maybelline New York Baby Skin – https://goo.gl/qjD8uz
Foundation: Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation (Fair) – https://goo.gl/W26Aqg
Powder: Max Factor Facefinity Compact (Porcelain) – https://goo.gl/6gajI1
Blusher: No. 7 Powder Blusher (Apricot Blossom) – https://goo.gl/0iqSNr
Eyebrows: Maybelline BrowSatin pencil (Red Mahogany) – https://goo.gl/fEtFcQ
Eyeshadow Primer: L’Oreal Colour Riche Eye Primer – https://goo.gl/MsXS5n
Eyeshadow Palette: Sleek V2 Ultra Mattes Palette -https://goo.gl/W19nde
Eyeliner: Max Factor Colour X-Pert Waterproof Eyeliner – https://goo.gl/sfAK0C
Lipstick: Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Lip Colour (542 Cherry Pie) – https://goo.gl/TWVj2h
Eyelashes: EyeCandy (shaped by me…) – https://goo.gl/EDhzzT
Eyelash Glue: Eylure – https://goo.gl/ErFyf5