Sichuan Pork Ragu บะหมี่เสฉวน is something that I have never had or tried to make before this recipe. Well, let me restate, I did practice it once, and then turned on the camera to film it the second time. This Sichuan Pork Ragu recipe came from a friend of mine who had made a vegan version of it. I recreated her vegan recipe, but added a healthy dose of ground pork.
Asian Style Roasted Chicken ไก่อบเนื้อนุ่มหนังกรอบis packed full of delicious flavors that will make you want to eat the entire chicken yourself. The crispy skin and soft tender meat below will make your mouth water. In this Asian Style Roasted Chicken recipe, I used the Super Wave Oven by Sharper Image. We got it about four years ago as a home warming gift, but it never seems to be used as much as I would like to. I am going to have to start using it more. It is easy, fun, and cooks food perfectly .
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Chicken and Rice with Gravy ข้าวหน้าไก่is a rich and savory dish that is sure to make you want a second serving. The gravy ends up being the real hero of this recipe, so be sure to gibe extra attention to the gravy making process. But if the gravy is the hero, the supporting actor is without a doubt the sweet and delicious Chinese sausage.
Vietnamese Noodle Salad สลัดเวียดนาม(bún gà nướng) is one of those classic dishes that has made Vietnamese food popular around the world. I have been getting this dish at a local Vietnamese restaurant for a few years now and I finally decided to make it myself. I am really glad that I did, because this recipe is amazing. It's going to have a permanent place in my rotation. Since I am Thai, I tend to like my food a little spicy. The original restaurant version of this dish isn't spicy at all, so I was happy to add a Thai pepper and bring a little heat in the dressing. It was just enough to give a small hint of heat, without taking away from any of the fresh flavors.
Pineapple chicken is a classic Thai dish that will remind you of a "sweet and sour" chicken with a very nice pineapple flavor. Of course, the tomatoes that are added to the sauce give this recipe an even better flavor than just pineapple alone. Everything about this dish adds to the flavor in amazing ways.
Cutting a pineapple is not as easy as cutting other fruits or vegetables, but it's worth the effort. Canned pineapple simply can't compare to fresh pineapple, but still lots of people go for the canned stuff because it's pretty convenient. But with that convenience, you will sacrifice freshness. But don't worry, cutting a pineapple isn't as hard as you might think it is.
My Lemon Tofu recipe was inspired by Sweet and Sour Chicken. A while back I made a pretty tasty sweet and sour chicken recipe, and I was in the mood for that "sweet and sour" taste again. I opened the refrigerator to see what I had on hand and my creative juices started flowing. Luckily, I was able to pull enough ingredients together without having to make a trip to the grocery store to make this awesome Lemon Tofu recipe. Honestly, it is a fairly simple recipe, which is why I was surprised at how wonderful it turned out.
Salted Cod with Coconut Curry is a great tasting dish. This is the first time that I have cooked with salted cod so I wasn't sure what to expect in terms of taste, texture, and basically just how well it would cook. I am happy to say that Cristol Brand Salted Codfish was super easy to cook with, was not overly salty, and it had a great texture and taste. Since this recipe used salted cod, I wanted to add something to provide a balance to the salt. Deciding on coconut and curry to act as a balance was a great idea, it added a level of creaminess to this dish that was really unexpected.
This is one of my favorite breakfast smacks, although it can be dessert as well. Thai Coconut Pancakes are very small compared to what you might be used to. They are typically just a few inches in diameter and have a rounded bottom. You can top these little pancakes with your favorite fruit or veggie. I chose three of the most common toppings of my childhood, taro, corn, and green onions. I know what you're thinking, it's the same thinkg that I thought the very first time I ate this, "green onion on a pancake?" Well, yes, it goes together perfectly. You're going to have to trust me on this one.
You didn't think I was going to let all those eggs from my last recipe to go waste did you? Of course, I wouldn't do that. Thai Spicy Egg Salad is nothing like the egg salad that you might be familiar with. No mayonnaise or relish here. This Thai Spicy Egg Salad Recipe is something totally different, but totally awesome too. With runny yolks and fully cooked whites, these eggs are super creamy. I topped these eggs off with sour, sweet, and spicy minced pork. This recipe is fairly easy and quick to make. If you're an egg lover, then you will love this recipe. This egg dish is one of my Top-3 egg recipes.
Boiling Eggs seems like a pretty easy and straight forward thing to do. That is until someone asks you for something other than a hard boiled egg. For a long time, I never thought much about boiling eggs. For me, and probably for a lot of people, a boiled egg was nothing more than the classic hard boiled egg. It wasn't until I really started paying attention to recipes, and different cooking techniques that I realized that the classic hard boiled egg wasn't the only boiled egg game in town. Each of these eggs are different and add different properties to the broader art of cooking other recipes.
Pandan Pudding is a very delicious take on classic pudding. In the US, most pudding is served cold. But this pandan pudding recipe is served warm or at room temperature. You can use panden flavoring if you aren't able to find fresh or frozen panden leaves, but it probably wouldn't turn out the same. Making this panden pudding with fresh ingredients will give you the best results. The recipe is quick and easy, and it's a great take on pudding. Give it a try and you will love it.
Thai Hot Pot (or Suki) is a Thai version of a classic Asian Hot Pot. It is basically just a hodg-podg of various vegetables and meats that are boiled in a basic broth. While it sounds simple, the flavors that develop in the broth can become pretty complex and delicious as the meal draws out. As the vegetables and meats cook in the broth over time, the broth becomes a very unique soup for everyone to enjoy. The great thing about hot pot is that you don't really need to follow any set rules. You can use your favorite ingredients to ensure that you really get a meal that you will love. No two hot pots need ever be the same when you think about it this way. You can even do vegetarian version if want.
Thai Hot Pot Sauce is one of the key ingredients in Thai Hot Pot. Sounds pretty simple right? Well, the good news is that it is indeed very simple and quick to make. The even better news is that it tastes delicious. Hot Pot Sauce in general is any type of sauce that is used as a dipping sauce when eating Hot Pot. Thai Hot Pot Sauce, is just one of the many classic Thai takes on a simple Hot Pot Sauce. This is uniquely Thai due to the ingredients and flavor profile. Anyone who is a Thai food lover will know that most Thai cuisine typically has three primary flavors; spicy, sour, and sweet.
Tom Yum Fried Rice is a very special recipe. Most Thai food lovers are probably familiar with the famous sour and spicy soup known as Tom Yum Goong, which literally translated into "Boiled Salad Shrimp". My Tom Yum Fried Rice recipe takes the classic Tom Yum Soup flavors and puts them into a fried rice dish. You can really get a sense that you're eating Tom Yum Goong soup, but in a rice format. I did use my own homemade Thai Chili Paste in this recipe as well. That video can be found right here, Episode 64.
This Thai Chicken Cashew recipe is part of an International Chicken Collaboration with a bunch of other YouTube creators. I had such a great time working with the other YouTubers on this collaboration. The initial idea was to show different chicken recipes from our different regions around the world. And I have to say, we got a lot of great international recipes for you to watch. We have Italian, Thai, Japanese, Filipino, Indian, and American chicken recipes representing in this collaboration. I hope you will check them all out. All of the links to the other collaborators are below. Please go check out their chicken recipe videos, and give them a thumbs up.
Asparagus Peppercorn Shrimp is a great tasting stir fry. Simply put, there is possibly no better combination than asparagus and shrimp, or maybe I am just really excited about how great the flavors were in this dish. Aside from just flavor, the crunchiness of the asparagus and the firmness of the shrimp brought a great texture to my mouth. This Asparagus Peppercorn Shrimp recipe is all-around easy to make and taste wonderful. It is a great weekday meal.
Thai Style Chicken Biryani (or Biriani) is a classic South Asian dish. It is famous for the rich and flavorful rice which is cooked in a variety of herbs and spices. Just about any protein can be used for a Biryani recipe, but it is most commonly found with either mutton, chicken, or lamb as the protein. Chicken Biryani became popular in Thailand when North Indian traders brought the dish with them. Local Thai's put their own spin on this classic recipe by adding local herbs and spices, and cooking the chicken with the rice instead of cooking it separately and then adding it to the final dish.
Mint Dipping Sauce is a great all around sauce that can be used on anything from chicken to lamb. This versions of Mint Dipping Sauce is not creamy like you will find with most European recipes. My version of mint sauce is a classic Thai version, which is based on an Indian recipe that is commonly used with Chicken Biryani. In my experience, you can never have too many sauce recipes up your sleeve. Be it and Italian tomato sauce, a Chinese stir fry sauce, a spicy Thai dipping sauce, or a European butter sauce, the more sauces that you know how to make, the better off you will be in the kitchen.
Thai Style Chicken Wings are exactly what you would think they are, chicken wings done "Thai Style". Very similar to your typical chicken wing recipe, Thailand has always had these chicken wings since as far back as I can remember. It's the outstanding flavor of these wings that put a huge smile on my face when I eat them. Salty, sour, spicy, all of the traditional Thai flavors that you would expect are found in this amazing recipe. For some, the idea of cooking with fish sauce might be a little awkward, but when used properly in cooking, fish sauce adds an amazing level of savory flavor to any dish.
Thai Steamed Egg Bowl is my version of comfort food. On a rainy day or a lazy day, Thai Steamed Egg Bowl is sure to satisfy my hunger as well as my mind. This recipe is super easy to make and most of the ingredients are common grocery store items which makes things even easier. It's almost like a Western omelet but a little different., since the soy sauce, crispy garlic, and white pepper give it a distinctly Eastern flavor profile.
It's February and this Four Cheese Cauliflower is my first recipe since being back from my five week trip to Thailand. Cauliflower Cheese is a traditional English dish, but I figured I would break from the "Old World" tradition and do something that reflects my own style. What is that, you might be wondering. Well, if one cheese is good, then four cheese must be amazing. That's right, I turned a classic and proper English dish into a fun cheesy delight.
OK, so this is my last video of my trip to Bangkok. My grandfather passed away and I had to make an emergency trip to Bangkok on Christmas morning. It was both sad and joyous for me. This trip was full of ups, downs, and mixed emotions.
I wanted to show you the morning market next to my home in Thailand. There are a ton of food options, and the prices are very cheap. Life in a small village in Thailand can be pretty simple, slow, easy, and fun. But I won't be here much longer. I am heading back to my home in the US the day after tomorrow. And back to my own kitchen and making new cooking videos for you.
Today I had an opportunity to get out and spend a little time with a close friend of mine. We had hot pot for lunch at MK. The food was good and the time spent catching up with my friend was great. It has been several years since we had a chance to meet up, but it seemed like just a few days. I will be back in the US in a couple more weeks and new recipe videos will start then. I want to give all of you a big and heart felt "THANK YOU". I truly appreciate you coming by my website and watching my videos. I know there are a lot of places that you can spend your time, and I feel grateful and lucky that you choose to spend some of your time here, on my website. Thank you again!
I don't have much time right now to film videos or recipes for you, but I thought I would share this short clip. It is the local farmer's market around the corner from my house in Bang Tabun, Thailand. I will be back at my home in the US in a few more weeks and will start working on more recipes for you again.
On Christmas Eve I received a phone call from my family in Thailand. My grandfather has become very ill, Stage 3 lung cancer, and I needed to leave Christmas morning for Thailand. My father died when I was very young, and my grandparents raised me, so we are very close. I will return soon, at the end of January.
Fried Tofu with Tamarind Sauce makes a great appetizer. This simple, yet delicious recipe is vegetarian and vegan friendly. All of the ingredients are easy to find every-day items. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Coconut Noodle Soup is one of those "Wow" recipes. Coconut noodle soup gets its wow-factor from all of the great flavors and how well they go together. Coconut milk and curry really do go together like a hand in a glove. I used clove sprouts for this recipe, but you can use any kind of sprout that you have available. I also used chicken thighs as my protein. I trimmed them up a little to remove excess fat, and then cubed them into bite sized pieces. But if you're not a a fan of dark meat, of course you can substitute chicken breast, and if you're not a fan of meat at all, you can always use tofu or your favorite protein replacement. Give this great recipe a try, you won't be disappointing.
It is said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If that is a true statement, then why not give yourself the best breakfast imaginable. This delicious breakfast recipe was inspired by a common Vietnamese breakfast. It is easy to make, fairly quick to make, and super delicious. Of course, you don't need to stick to the exact ingredients when you make this. You can easily substitute the ground turkey for pork, beef, or anything that you like. Your creativity on this dish is unlimited.
Steamed Pork Rolls are a very popular ingredient in Asian sandwiches and other Asian recipes. Visually, it reminds most people of a type of bologna or lyoner. While there are some obvious similarities between Steamed Pork Rolls and Western Style Bologna or Lyoner, there are also some very significant differences between them. Most notably is the use of banana leaves in the steamed pork roll recipe. The banana leaves provide an automatic element to this recipe. Some other differences include pureeing or pounding the ground pork until it is a pasty texture.
Cabbage Rolls are one of those dishes that everyone can appreciate. Cabbage Rolls as a recipe are as versatile as it gets. I have had European style cabbage rolls, North African style cabbage rolls, and as you might have guessed, my favorite, Asian style cabbage rolls. This recipe is my take on a classic Asian Cabbage Roll. Not only is it healthy, but it is full of flavor, a combination that some people might think is hard to find when talking about veggies. I hope that you give this recipe a try and that you enjoy it as much as I did.
Lemongrass Pork Chops หมูย่างตะไคร้ are a great Asian take on a classic American dish. Pork Chops are pretty wonderful no matter how you cook them, but using a zesty herb like lemongrass results in an amazing flavor combination. Once you have finished marinading your pork chops, don't throw the left over marinade out. Save it, and boil it to cook any raw pork that is left inside, and use it for a topping at the end. Sort of an Asian play on a BBQ sauce. It's fun, creative, and delicious.
Tamarind Paste มะขามเปียก is a base ingredient for many recipes. Making your own Tamarind Paste at home is fresher and taste better. I use Tamarind Paste in many of my recipes right here on the Spoon Fork Heart cooking show, and always try to make it fresh whenever possible. It is easy and fast to make, and if you make extra it will save in the fridge for weeks.
Kabocha Stir Fry is a quick and tasty was to cook kabocha squash. This time of year it is really easy to find kabocha squash, but not too many people know what to do with it. Give this recipe a try and you will love it. Easy and yummy.
Pumpkin Cookies are a real treat this time of year. I always make a lot, but they go so quickly in my home. Luckily, this time of year fresh pumpkins can be found almost everywhere. If possible, make these great cookies using your own fresh pumpkin puree, the flavors will be much better. If you love pumpkin, and you love cookies, then you're going to love this.
Pork and Veggie Soup is a classic regardless of the region in which it is made. I have had some truly amazing pork and veggie soups made in the US and I am always a huge fan of how hearty soups in general in the US. So I decided to share a classic pork and veggie soup the way we do it in Thailand. This soup is loaded with delicious veggies and pork. In Thailand we like to use pork cuts that are a little on the fatty side so you get more flavor, but that's up to you.
Easy Salmon Recipe is a salmon lovers dream. This delicious meal is ready in just 15 minutes. Perfect weekday meal.
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes are perfect for breakfast this time of year. Pumpkin Spice Pancakes are an easy and delicious recipe for your whole family to enjoy. Growing up in Thailand, I didn't have the chance to eat pancakes for breakfast, it simply wasn't part of our normal cuisine. Learning how to make pancakes from scratch was one of the great joys in my home cooking journey. I like going out to breakfast and ordering pancakes, but I really love making them at home where I can put my own little spin on them. If you love pancakes as much as I do, then you should try this recipe.
Pumpkin Puree is the base ingredient for so many pumpkin recipes this time of year. Pumpkin Puree can be used in everything from pumpkin cookies to pumpkin pancakes. One of the biggest mistakes that you can make this time of year is to buy pumpkin puree in a can. Often times that canned puree has been sitting for months or even years in some cases. But making your own pumpkin puree can guarantee freshness and added flavor to your recipes. If you make too much pumpkin puree, you can save it in the refrigerator for at least a week, or in the freezer for much longer.
Stir Fry Shrimp with Curry is one of the best shrimp recipes I have ever had. I am so smitten by this recipe that I had to make my own. Shrimp and Curry seem to go together very well anyway, but when you add some onions and peppers then top it off with an egg, you really just create something magical. This recipe is sure to be one of your favorites too.
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Thai Style Pork Belly หมูสามชั้นทอดน้ำปลา is a very common street food recipe in Thailand. This version of Thai Style Pork Belly is delicious and easy to make. If you ever wondered what to do what pork belly, then you should save this recipe. Pork belly is one of those ingredients that of often passed over in the grocery store because not a lot of people know what to do with it. But you shouldn't pass it over. It is fairly inexpensive, taste great, and is easy to use once you get familiar with it. This pork belly recipe is easy to make and would be a great introduction recipe to pork belly as an ingredient. So next time you see pork belly at your local grocery store, don't pass it up. Instead, pick it up, and give this recipe a try. You're sure to find a new love and appreciation for a commonly overlooked ingredient. Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.
Mushrooms and Asparagus ผัดหน่อไม้ฝรั่ง go together like peas and carrots. Something magical happens when you stir fry mushrooms with asparagus, and the result is amazing. Both ingredients have incredible flavor profiles by themselves, but putting them together really adds a sense of complexity to this stir fry recipe. Of course adding a little bacon really enhances the flavor of the mushroom and asparagus as well. Many of you might already know that stir fry is one of my favorite ways to cook. There are very few rules to stir fry cooking and it is a great way to use up left over ingredients. Your stir fry recipes are really only limited by your creativity in the kitchen. If you like stir fry cooking, then you are sure to love this one.
Tempura is a great to eat a ton of veggies and not actually feel like you just ate a ton of veggies. Almost no one in my house, except me, likes onions. But when I dip onions in tempura batter, fry it, and add a little sweet chili sauce, everyone scarfs them down. Tempura not only taste great but it is super easy and fast to make. It is the perfect appetizer when Asian food is the main course. Well, actually it is the perfect appetizer just about anytime. Give it a try and enjoy veggies.
Thai Tamarind Soup is a recipe that I grew up with. My grandfather knew it was my favorite and would make Thai Tamarind Soup for me every time I went to visit him. Now all these years later, I can't eat Thai Tamarind Soup without childhood memories coming back. So for me this recipe isn't just a "good eat" it also takes me back to a time of great joy and happiness of my youth. The smile on my face when I eat Thai Tamarind Soup is really equal parts of deliciousness and fond memories.
Corn Salad is a light, healthy, and delicious meal. Corn salad might not be the type of salad that tops your list, but it probably should be. Once you try this corn salad recipe you will be hooked on it. The key to this highly flavorful corn salad is to use the pestle and mortar for your veggies. When you crush them using a pestle and mortar be sure to not overdue it. All you want to do is break the veggies apart and make them release their oils and juice. You DON'T want to overdue it and make a paste or mush out of your veggies. See the pictures below to get an idea of the texture and consistency that you want to have with your veggies. Make this corn salad right and you will be rewarded with a new favorite family recipe.
Thai Sour Curry แกงส้มผักรวม or also commonly called Kaeng Som Goong is a traditional Thai soup. It isn't very spicy like other Thai soups, but it does have the other common trait for most Thai cuisine, it is sour. The tamarind sauce, as well as lime make this soup sour, and it is absolutely delicious. Thai Sour Curry has many different variations, this is one of my favorites.
Thai Seafood Pancake หอยทอดรวมมิตร is a variation on of the traditional Hoi Tod version. This version is slightly different because I am using mixed seafood instead of just clams or muscles. Thai Seafood Pancake is delicious and easy to make. You can find all of the ingredients at your local grocery store with ease. If you like seafood so much that you're looking for a way to eat it for breakfast, then look no further, this is your solution. While, I like to eat it for breakfast, it is also makes for a great lunch or dinner meal as well. In addition to being tasty, and easy to make, it is also quick to make, perfect for when you don't have a lot of time. Give this recipe a try and you will not be disappointed with the amazing flavors.
Cold Noodle Salad is one of my favorite ways to eat fresh noodles. Your ingredient options are endless when making a Cold Noodle Salad, which means that there are endless variations of Cold Noodle Salad itself. I wanted to make something that was quick and easy for a weekday meal. But the best part of this quick and easy recipe, is knowing that you're not sacrificing the quality of your food, just because it is quick and easy. Fast food doesn't always have to be bad.
Massaman Curry มัสมั่น is a mild curry dish that come to Thailand by way of 17th century Persian merchant traders. While the dish has remained true to its Muslim roots, over time it has also been influenced by local Thai's to make it uniquely their own. This dish still remains popular in Thailand, and can even be found in most Thai restaurants worldwide. You can use different proteins instead if chicken for this dish, but to keep it Massaman (Muslim Man) Curry, it should not be made with pork. The deep and rich flavor of this dish comes from the myriad of roasted herbs and spices, so be sure to pay close attention to this step when making this dish. This dish is sure to be one of your favorites. Give it a try, you'll love it.
Thai Coconut Custard Dessert ขนมถ้วย is a classic Thai dessert that is commonly found throughout Thailand. It coconut on top of coconut, so if you are a big fan of coconut, then you are sure to be a big fan of this dessert. The taste is extraordinarily delicious, and they are very easy to make. The texture is somewhat like a firm jello, or like a flan, but the taste is nothing like either one of those. This dessert has a unique taste that isn't really found anywhere else. If you want something that is easy to make and tasty, then this is the perfect dessert recipe for you. Go ahead and give it a try.
How to Cut a Whole Chicken is probably one of the essential kitchen skills that everyone should know. Not only is is super fast, and super easy, it will also save you money, a lot of money. I bought this whole chicken at my local grocery store for $3.50 and cut it myself. What I got was 10 pieces of chicken and a large pot of chicken broth to save for a soup recipe later down the road. Buying 10 pieces of pre-cut chicken and 3 or 4 cans of broth would easily cost more than triple. Not only is it a great way to save money, but cutting a whole chicken only takes about five minutes, or less if you're good.
Spring Rolls are one of my absolute favorite appetizers to order when I visit my local Vietnamese restaurant. But they only give me three spring rolls per order, and I love them so much that I can easily eat five or six of them. So I figured I would be better off if I just learned how to make them myself, and I am s happy that I did. Now I can eat them any time I want, and I can even start experimenting with the ingredients and adding other things that I like. This recipe is simple, and straight forward, and best of all it is delicious. If you love fresh spring rolls, then you will love this recipe. Go ahead and give it a try.
Coffee Jelly วุ้นกาแฟ is a sort of like Coffee Jello. But Coffee Jelly uses agar-agar powder instead of gelatin as a thickening agent. Unlike gelatin, agar-agar powder is plant based, and the preferred thickening agent for vegetarians. Also, agar-agar powder sets within minutes as opposed to hours when cooled. Which means you can do cool things with agar-agar powder, like make layers fairly quickly. Agar-agar powder might not be well known, or very popular in the US, but you can find it fairly easy at your local Asian grocery store, or even online at Amazon. If you love coffee, then try this.
Stir Fried Curry Beef เนื้อผัดพริกแกง is one of those classic Thai recipes that will start a fire in your heart as well as your mouth. Stir Fried Curry Beef is a dish that I enjoy cooking and eating. The flavors of Thai red curry, and beef match well together, add to that a little Thai eggplant, and some chili peppers for heat, and you have one tasty meal. Another great thing about Stir Fried Curry Beef is that is is also easy and quick to make. Which means that you can eat good even in the middle of the week when you never seem to have enough time to cook. Since this recipe is a "under 30-minute meal" you can make it whenever you like. Turn those busy week night fast food dinners info a quick and easy, and delicious home cooked meal.
Mango Popsicles are great summer time snack. Mango Popsicles are also very easy to make. Not only are they better tasting than store bought popsicles, but when you hand make them, you know exactly what's going inside of them. I made three different kinds of mango popsicles for this recipe. The first one was mango and coconut milk, the second one was mango and vanilla yogurt, and the third one was mango with mint and lime. They all three tasted great, my favorite was the mango and coconut milk, and "The Cameraman's" favorite was the mango with mint and lime. All and all this is a great recipe, it is super easy to make, they taste great, and best of all there are no preservatives, food coloring, or any other artificial ingredients. Mango Popsicles is my new favorite summer time dessert. This easy summer time recipe is great.
Thai Style Burgers are a marriage of one of the most popular American dishes, and classic Thai flavors. Thai Style Burgers are amazing, and full of explosive flavor. If you like burgers, and you like Thai food, then you're going to love my Thai Style Burger. There are two things that make this burger a Thai Style Burger. One is the Thai BBQ Sauce, and the other is the Thai salad topping. Combined they deliver a super amazing Thai Style Burger. You're going to love this awesome burger.
Pad Thai ผัดไทย is my all time favorite Thai dish. Pad Thai is probably one of the most popular and well known Thai dishes of all time. It doubt that you could find any Thai restaurant in the world that doesn't serve Pad Thai. Pad Thai is super tasty, and super easy to make. It is great for lunch or for dinner, and is even a great weekday recipe, since you can make the whole thing in under 30 minutes. If you like Thai food, then you probably already know and love Pad Thai. And if you're not very familiar with Thai food, then Pad Thai is a great place to start. This dish exposes you to all of the classic Thai flavors, sweet, salty, sour, and spicy, all in one dish. Give this one a try, I promise that you're going to love it.
Pad Thai Sauce is the key to a great Pad Thai. Pad Thai Sauce is super easy to make, and you can save it in the refrigerator for a long time. Making your Pad Thai Sauce ahead of time makes cooking Pad Thai even faster and easier. And honestly, I sometimes even add a few spoons of Pad Thai Sauce in my stir fry just because I love the flavor so much.
Curry Puffs กะหรี่ปั๊บ can be easily found all over Southeast Asia, but I seem to have a hard time finding them in the US. The closest thing to a traditional Southeast Asian curry puff that I have been able to find is an empanada. Getting that classic curry puff swirl look in the pastry is a bit tricky. The key is to use two different kinds of dough, and then combine them, and then roll them out twice. I really like this recipe, and had a great time making the curry puffs. Of course, I had a better time eating them. The flavor of the filling was amazing, and luckily I had extra, which I ate with with a spoon. The pastry was crispy and flaky, and cooked just right. An under cooked pastry would allow for the filling to seep though and make your curry puff shell soggy. An over cooked pastry would to to hard or possibly even burnt, making your curry puff inedible. Getting all just right the first time can be a bit tricky if you're not comfortable in the kitchen. But that said, it isn't a super hard recipe. Just follow along with the video above, and feel free to contact me if you have questions.
Pineapple Fried Rice ข้าวผัดสับปะรด is perhaps one of the best fried rice recipes out there. Pineapple fried rice not only has pineapple, but it also has a hint of curry. The flavor profile of this Pineapple Fried Rice recipe is unlike other fried rice recipes that you might have had. Another really cool thing that you can do is use the pineapple itself as the serving bowl. Don't cut the pineapple in half, instead just cut off one face of it. Then use a small knife and spoon to cut out a bowl inside the pineapple. Serve your finished pineapple fried rice right inside of the pineapple. The recipe is easy to make, it tastes delicious, and it is a great way to get rid of that left over rice. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed in this one.
Fried chicken and rice (ข้าวมันไก่ทอด) is a quick and easy street food in Thailand. But fried chicken and rice can also be a quick and easy home meal here in the US. It is best to use chicken thighs for this fried chicken recipe. They are a little more tender, due to the thighs having a bit more fatty tissue. Be sure to cut away the excess fatty tissue when prepping, but feel free to leave a little. Since this chicken recipe is deep fried to a crisp, any leftover fat typically gets cooked away. The best dipping condiment for this type of fried chicken and rice is a nice sweet chili sauce. Lucky for you, I did a wonderful homemade sweet chili sauce in Episode 100 so be sure to check it out.
Sweet Chili Sauce is the perfect condiment for Asian foods. Specifically, Sweet Chili Sauce is most popularly used with tempura, prawn toast, egg rolls, spring rolls, lettuce wraps, and deep fried chicken. Buying pre-made sweet chili sauce at your local grocery store is easy and inexpensive. But if you want to avoid Xanthan Gum, food coloring, and similar ingredients, then you should make your own. The ingredients are easy to find at your local grocery store, and are inexpensive. If you have difficulty finding pickled garlic, you can use fresh garlic. Give this great recipe a try!
Pot Stickers are a great appetizer. I used to order them every time I went to an Asian restaurant. That is, until I learned how to make them. Now I never order them out, because I can make them much better than what I typically find outside. Pot Stickers are not hard to make, but they do take a little care to get right. Over stuff the wrapper and you will end up with busted pot stickers, under stuff the wrapper and you end up with a mouthful of wrapper dough. But if you get the balance just right, you will end up with a bite sized explosion of flavor in your mouth. I used ground pork in this recipe, but you should feel free to use your favorite protein. I also love pot stickers with ground shrimp and chicken. All and all, it's a very forgiving dish, so if it's your first time making pot stickers, then don't worry, chances are they will turn out great.
Pot Sticker Wrappers are so easy to make, I can't believe that I used to buy them. With only three simple ingredients, anyone can make pot sticker wrappers at home. It's fun and easy, and a great way to get kids interested in the kitchen. You're not going to believe how easy this recipe is. Next time I make it, I think I might add either garlic to the dough and make garlic pot sticker wrappers. I am going to use these pot sticker wrappers in the next episode to make pot stickers, so be sure to check back in a couple of days.
Crispy Ruby is a very typical Thai dessert. The first thing that you will notice about my version of Crispy Ruby is that it isn't as red as other recipes you might find online. But don't let that make you think that this recipe isn't as good. In fact, this recipe is better, and here is why. Those bright red Crispy Ruby recipes that look so great in the picture, are actually using red food coloring. Red No. 40 is something that I chose not to use, instead I got my red color naturally from cranberry juice. Sacrificing a little presentation for health is something that I would do every time. Other natural food dyes that you could use instead of Red No. 40 would include elderberry juice or beetroot juice. I hope you enjoy this recipe.
This version of Drunken Spaghetti Stir Fry is a popular dish found in pizza restaurants in Thailand. The original Drunken Spaghetti Stir Fry uses a flat rice noodle, but this version actually uses a spaghetti pasta noodle. This version of Drunken Noodles recipe undoubtedly takes its influence from Italian cuisine, blended the original Thai recipe. It tastes great, and is very easy to make. It is most often made with cooking wine, but since I am in America, I like to use American Whiskey. I used shrimp for this recipe, but it can actually be made with any type of protein that you want to use. Also, I couldn't find fresh finger root or fresh young pepper corns, so I had to use pickled versions which are easily found at your local Asian grocery store. However, I would recommend using fresh finger root and young pepper corn if you can find them.
Watermelon and Basil Seed Drink is a very flavorful and refreshing summertime drink. Since watermelon is in season now, I tend to load up on them when I go to the grocery store. I picked up four recently, and have already eaten two of them. This watermelon and basil seed drink is super easy to make, there are just a few common ingredients and you will be drinking a watermelon in no time. If you can't find basil seeds, then you can always use chia seeds as an equally healthy alternative.
Cutting a watermelon might seem like a no-brainier at first. But if cut wrong, you will have only a part of your watermelon with all of the flavor, and other cuts will have no sweetness or flavor. I am going to show you three different ways to cut a watermelon. The first way everyone will get a piece of the middle, the sweet spot. The second way is staggered and looks cute as a party tray. The third way provides a great handle for kids to eat without getting messy. Yeah watermelon!
Thai Red BBQ Pork is probably "The Cameraman's" very favorite Thai dish. When we went to Thailand last time, he ate Thai Red BBQ Pork at least half a dozen times. He really loves it this dish. Of course, if you have ever had Thai Red BBQ Pork, then you will understand why it is such a loved dish. Thai Red BBQ Pork is not the easiest Thai recipe to make, it's definitely not the first recipe that beginners should try. That said, it's not the most complicated Thai recipe either, so if you feel comfortable in the kitchen, then you should give this one a try. It's guaranteed to be a hit and will certainly find a place as one of your regular recipes.
Thai Sunshine Egg is a special recipe for Thai people because it was created by our King. If you understand Thai culture, you will know that the King is held in very high respect, and Thai people tend to love all things related to the King, his food, his music, his color (yellow), and well just about everything. Thai Sunshine Egg is a very simple recipe that puts the rice into the egg itself, instead of eating the egg and rice as two separate items. Another great thing about Thai Sunshine Egg is that this recipe can be made to your own liking. I have seen some people put everything from ground pork to shrimp in this dish. But it's not just the protein that you can change, you can also add your favorite veggies. I have seen this dish made with everything from diced carrots to cauliflower. So feel free to get creative with this quick and easy dish.
Thai Fish Cakes make a great appetizer since they are fairly easy to make and they taste great. I used halibut for my fish cakes, but I recommend using your favorite fish for your own fish cakes. Fillet your fish, and even spend a little extra time ensuring there are no bones left in it. Fish Cakes are a diverse recipe, and you are really only limited by your own creativity in the kitchen. I use red curry paste (from my previous episode) in this fish cake recipe, but I have seen other fish cake recipes use mayonnaise, horseradish, and mustard. Again, there is no wrong way to make fish cakes, only a bunch of different right ways. Since fish cake recipes tend to be regional, you can find a wide range of styles to make. My fish cake recipe is "Thai inspired" so you will find ingredients like kaffir lime, curry, and basil in it. I hope you enjoy these fish cakes.
Thai Red Curry Paste is a base for many different Thai recipes. Thai curries are a bit different than Indian curries since they use fresh herbs and aromatics. Easy to make, Thai Red Curry Paste can be stored for several weeks in the refrigerator, and even longer if you store it in the freezer. Like most curries, Thai Red Curry Paste can have a strong flavor for some people. If you are sensitive to curry, or find curries strong, then be sure use just a little. You could also substitute the shallots for red onions to help cut down the strength of the Thai Red Curry Paste.
Mango Ice Cream taste great, and making it at home, without the need for an ice cream maker makes it even better. With summer around the corner, mango ice cream makes a refreshing treat. Mango ice cream is an easy to make "under 30-minutes" dessert. Everyone in my family loves mango ice cream, probably because mango is a seasonal fruit. The other great upside of making your own mango ice cream is that you know exactly what's going into it. No preservatives, food coloring, or artificial flavorings. Take a look at the ingredients list below, only 4 simple items that are easily found.
Rice is one of those things that often gets overlooked. People usually just take it for granted, and don't think much about making it. But the truth is, rice is not always easy to make perfectly, even when you make it a lot. Being a huge fan of Asian food, I make rice at least a few times per week. Since I make it as often as I do, I bought a rice cooker to help make my life easier. But I know that not everyone eats rice as often as I do, and you might not have a rice cooker. So this recipe will show you how to make the perfect Jasmine rice, quick and easy. It won't be too wet, and it won't be too dry.
Sticky Rice with Mango is one of my favorite desserts, and since mango is a seasonal fruit, I get really excited this time of year. This recipe is very popular in Thailand, and can be found in the dessert section on the menu of most Thai restaurants around the world, when in season. This recipe is tasty and so easy to make, if you like to eat mango, and are wondering what to do with it, then give this recipe a try. You won't be disappointed.
As the seasons change and summer starts to set in, it is the perfect time to switch from coffee to iced coffee. My iced coffee recipe is inspired by Thai Iced Coffee. The main difference is who the iced coffee is sweetened. This recipe shows two difference ways to sweeten your iced coffee, one for those that like cream in their coffee, and one for those that like black coffee.
Use your favorite coffee brand, I use a local brand that I buy at the local farmer's market. Their coffee beans are great and makes the perfect flavor of coffee. For the creamed sweetener I use condensed milk, half-and-half, and evaporated milk. For the blacked sweetener I use coconut sugar and honey. Very simple, very quick, and very easy to make at home.
I brought back 45 bags of Thai Sea Salt from my hometown of Bang Tabun. I am going to give them all away to my fans and followers. But it is first come, first serve, so please hurry. To get your FREE bag of Thai Sea Salt, all you have to do is click this link: www.spoonforkheart.com/salt-giveaway
Not all salt is the same. Do you think that all salt taste like the table salt that you buy at the grocery store? If so, you would be wrong. In truth, the standard table salt that we all have in our kitchen has probably been processed so much that most of the natural minerals are gone from it, and you're left with pretty much pure sodium.
Today is my last full day in Thailand and I wanted to show you the sea salt farms in my home town. Ocean water is let in through a series of waterways and aqueducts. The sea water settles into shallow beds and as the sun evaporates the water, sea salt is left behind. The salt is raked into piles until it is dry, at which time it is moved into warehouses. The salt is cleaned, bagged, and sold.
Stay tuned for my next episode, I brought 40+ bags back with me and I plan on giving them all away for free. Try getting 40+ little bags of white powdery substance through customs, it wasn't easy, so I hope you get a bag and enjoy it.
Today was an emotional day, full of both joy and sadness. Our family plot at the local temple has become old and is in ruins. My uncle is the head monk at the temple, and has been serving this temple for over twenty years. He has advised my family that today is an auspicious day, and the right day to move our ancestors bones to the new plot. Joe went with my grandfather, brother, and cousin to retrieve the remains from the old plot, while I stayed at my grandfather's house with my mother and aunt to prepare food for the ceremony.
We traveled to the Kang Krachan district of Phetchaburi to spend a couple of days at Thanu River Resort. This resort was one of the most memorable places I have ever visited. The resort is nestled deep into the country side and right in the middle of a flowing river. The bungalows and rooms were made from wood and the resort itself had several fun amenities to it, including zip lines that dropped you into the river, rope bridges spanning the river, a water slide that dumped you right into the river, and river rafting. The food at the resort was very good, but slightly on the pricey side, as can be expected at most resorts. We had a great time and spent all day playing in the river.
Our trip to Kanchanaburi was amazing. Kanchanaburi is a quiet little riverside town with lots to do. There are many wonderful resorts and hotels all along the river. We stayed at the Felix River Resort, it was nice and the staff were friendly. On the first day we visited the famous Death Railway, made famous by the old movie, Bridge Over the River Kwai, which was based off of a novel by the same name.
Finally, after 4 days in Thailand, I finally made it to my home. It has been a busy trip so far, but now I can spend a few days relaxing, visiting with family, and catching up with old friends. My grandfather's house is our "family house", it is also where our family farm is located. My younger brother is now in charge of the farm and is running the day-to-day operations there. We raise and farm everything from clams, shrimp, to crabs, and oysters. We sell to local markets as well as to larger food traders.
KFC in Thailand is very similar to KCF in the US, with some minor differences. The most noticeable difference is that KFC in Thailand has some dishes that are local to Thai cuisine. For example, you can get Larb Gai, or Green Curry Chicken. Also, they have a type of sweet hot sauce in addition to ketchup. Also, the price is a little high when taking the typical budget of a local Thai person into consideration.
Today was a super busy day, packed full of fun and adventure. Editing the entire day down into a six minute video was hard to do. My uncle and aunt own a restaurant and specialize in a couple of Thai dishes. One of the camera man's favorites is kao mon gai (rice and chicken). But we didn't get a chance to see my uncle's restaurant open, since we were coming to visit him, he closed the restaurant in order to take us around and show us his town.
We woke up and went to the morning market, where they sell just about anything you could want, from fresh veggies and herbs to fresh seafood and meats. We bought some shrimp, a fish, and some other odds and ends, and then went back to my uncle's house where he and my aunt cooked several amazing dishes for lunch. They made tom yum goong soup, salted steamed fish... a dish I haven't had in about four or five years. I was so happy to have it again.
Today was an easy day and one that I enjoyed a lot. I hadn't seen my brother in over 4 years, and today I finally got to see him again. My brother and I have always been close, spending our lives taking care of each other. I also got a chance to meet his girlfriend, a very adorable, sweet, and cute lady that I hope he makes his wife. It was a big day for Joe too, as he finally got to meet my brother for the very first time. They hit it off very well, had a lot in common, found fun and laughter together, and even polished off an entire bottle of Black Label.
We spent the first two days in Bangkok in order to meet up with Dwight and the kids, but we were both really itching to get out of the city and into the country side. We started the day off at the airport where we picked up our rental car. After a quick 2 hour drive over to the town of Si Racha (of sriracha sauce fame), we finally met up with my brother. Si Racha is where my brother's girlfriend goes to university, and he was there waiting for her to finish up her finals.
Many of you might already know Dwight or Bangkok Fatty (BKKFatty) as he is known on YouTube. On Day 2 of our Thailand trip, we had a chance to meet up with him and the kids and families that he helps support through his "In Search of Sanuk" initiative, and his "Courageous Kitchen" project.
The urban refugees that Dwight helps support are Hmong people that have left Vietnam due to political and religious persecution. The Hmong refugee children are at particularly high risk because their culture, their language, and their skills are "different" than the local Thai population. Add the psychological trauma of having to flee their homeland, and attempt to make a new life and home all while living in the shadows waiting for help from the United Nations, and you only begin to see why these kids are at a high risk.
It has been one of those long and exhausting days, well two days actually. We woke up and went to work bright and early around 6:00 am. Got off of work about 3:00 pm and then immediately made the 6-hour drive from Phoenix, Arizona to Los Angeles, California. We had to drive to California to drop off Annie (our little dog) at Joe's mom's house, since she was going to take care of Annie for us while we were on vacation. We dropped off Annie and pushed on to LAX. We boarded our flight at 12:30 am and settled in for the 14-hour flight to Shanghai, China. At Shanghai we transferred to another plane to catch the last leg of our trip, the final 5-hours to Bangkok, Thailand.
We found a lot of fun within our exhaustion, although it was short lived. At the Pudong Airport in Shanghai, China we found an interesting snack and drink vending machine that was just as fun to look at as it was to use. But it wasn't all fun at the Pudong airport. The long and unorganized lines, delayed flight schedule, gate transfers, and the generally unfriendly attitude of airport staff were beginning to take a toll on us as well as other travelers.
We have been planning our trip to Thailand since November if 2015 when we bought the tickets. It's already April (2016) and we are ready to go! We will create a short video series, as well as share pictures of all of our experiences. After that, we will be back to our normal recipe videos.
We have a lot of super fun things planned, including a day with YouTube star and real life hero Dwight Turner (BKKFatty) and the refugee children that he supports through his "In Search of Sanuk" (ISOS) initiative, a day trip to Si Racha to meet up with Siri's brother and his girlfriend, a trip to Chonburi to meet up with Siri's uncle and aunt, a trip to Kanchanaburi to pay our respects to all those who paid the ultimate price on the Death Railway, and several days exploring Siri's hometown of Bang Tabun in Phetchaburi Province.
So check in every few days, and check out the newest Thailand Trip video and pictures.
Thai Green Curry Meatballs are one of my favorite green curry dishes. With the noodles and meatballs, it looks similar to a green spaghetti, but it taste nothing like spaghetti. The curry is mild, yet packed with flavor, the meatballs are firm and tasty, and the lemon and pepper pasta really took things to the next level. I made this Thai Green Curry Meatball recipe using the green curry paste that I made in the last episode, as well as used several of the fresh ingredients that I bought at the Phoenix Public Market, one of the best Farmer's Markets in Arizona. I found grass fed beef, handcrafted cheese, farm fresh eggs, organic basil and cilantro, and so much more. If you don't currently shop at your local Farmer's Market, then I would suggest that you stop by some time and check it out. In addition to all the great food I get, I also enjoy supporting local farmers, ranchers, and food creators.
Thai Green Curry Paste is fairly easy to make. It just takes a handful of easy to find ingredients, and a little time. You can use Thai Green Curry Paste for many different recipes. Add a little to your stir fry, or add to a soup base, or try adding it to your favorite noodle dish, or even get creative and make something totally unique. Kaffir limes can be a bit hard to find at your local grocery store. If you can't find them fresh, then try buying frozen kaffir limes online. If that is not an option either, then you can either leave the rind out or use normal lime rind in its place, but for best flavor try your best to find kaffir limes. Don't be afraid to make a lot of Thai Green Curry Paste, put the extra in zip lock bags and throw it in the freezer, it will last for up to a year.
I recently got an email from one of the larger Farmer's Markets in the area, and they asked me if I would be interested in coming out and taking some pictures of the market for them to use on their social media. Of course, I was both flattered and excited at the opportunity. So on Saturday morning, I grabbed my camera bag and headed over to the Phoenix Public Market. I have actually been to the Phoenix Public Market several times, and was a vendor there for a few years when I used to make and sell my own handcrafted sriracha sauce. It was great to get back to the market and spend a few hours talking to the vendors. If you have a local farmer's market in your area, I recommend that you to go and check it out. Your local farmer's market is a great place to get locally grown vegetables and fruits, as well as small batch artisan foods.
Butterflied Pork Chops are tasty and fun to make. If cut correctly, the shape of your pork chops will resemble a butterfly. Soaking the pork chops in buttermilk for at least four hours before cooking adds a nice flavor, but due to the higher levels of lactic acid, it also results in super tender pork chops. Additionally, uncooked buttermilk is a probiotic food and will deliver beneficial microbes to your digestive tract. So don't be scared to drink it or add it to other "uncooked" recipes. The roux gravy uses a few spoons of the same oil I that the pork chops were cooked in. It is a very simple gravy and one that has very little natural flavor, so be sure to add some herbs or spices to it. Or, like in my recipe, add some mushrooms. Overall, this is a fun and stylish take on the classic pork chop that is easy enough for everyone to try.
Thai Beef Salad is so delicious that I decided to make it twice. The Thai Beef Salad recipe in this episode is the classic Bangkok style beef salad. The previous episode was Isaan style beef salad. When cooking the meat for this dish, leave the fat untrimmed. The fat will add flavor and tenderness to the beef while it cooks. Only trim the fat from the beef after it has cooked and rested. There are some obvious variances, like carrot and tomatoes, and there is no dry roasted sticky rice in this version of beef salad. The general flavor profile is very similar between the two beef salad variations, but they are also noticeably different, if that makes sense. This dish is a little bit spicy, a little bit sour, and a whole lot delicious.
Thai Beef Salad is one of those dishes that everyone in my house loves. When I make it, I have to make a lot because it so delicious that no one stops eating it until it is gone. There are many different styles of Thai Beef Salad, and this version is a variation of the Northeastern Style. The northeastern part of Thailand, commonly known as the Isaan region has some of the best tasting food in Thailand. The reason I say that this is "my take" on the dish is because the original Isaan version is made with the neck meat of the cow, as well as liver and bits of intestine. I omitted the liver and intestine because "The Camera Man" can't handle it. I also used sirloin steak instead of neck meat. Thai Beef Salad is best served at room temperature, or even slightly chilled, in order to avoid your vegetables from wilting. It is also great with side of sticky rice, which is commonly used to soak up the juices at the bottom of the bowl when eaten.
Pineapple Curry with Shrimp is an all around great dish. The curry is very mild, and the flavors of the pineapple and shrimp really enhance this dish. The pineapple is meant to be the true hero of this dish, and I would recommend that you use fresh pineapple instead of canned pineapple. Back in Episode 32, I made a Red Curry and Shrimp recipe that was thick and delicious with strong and bold curry flavors. But this curry recipe is not thick, it is thin like a soup. It is also delicious, and it's typically eaten with rice, or sometime even with rice noodles. The contrast between the curry dish in Episode 32and this curry dish are great examples of how diverse curry is, and how it can be made to be strong and bold or mild and smooth. Pineapple Curry with Shrimp is really easy to make, and it can easily be a weekday dish or a weekend dish.
Sweet Potato Balls are a delicious snack or dessert that can be found throughout Thailand, and most of Southeast Asia. Sweet Potato Balls are easy to make since there is really only a handful of ingredients involved. Sweet potato is the hero of this recipe, but you could just as easily swap the sweet potatoes out with your favorite starchy vegetable. For example, taro, corn, parsnips, squash, or yams would all be great alternatives. These kind of remind my of eating a doughnut-hole, they are round, small, sweet, and you just can't get enough of them. Give this simple recipe a try, but be careful with the amount of flour you put it. At first it might not seem like enough, and you might be tempted to add more, but stick to the recipe. Too much flour will make these tasteless and hard.
Thai Chili Paste is a common cooking ingredient. It is fairly easy to find several different kinds of chili paste at your local grocery store. But if you really want a treat, make your own Thai Chili Paste. My recipe is traditional, and is take a little longer to smash everything into a paste in the pestle and mortar, but the results are amazing and well worth the effort. Of course, you don't to spend 30 minutes smashing everything into a paste with a pestle and mortar, you can us a food processor and still get great results. Most people get their first taste of Thai Chili Paste through Tom Yum Goong, a Thai Shrimp Soup that is hot and sour. But it goes great with anything you're cooking. I like to put a spoonful in with my stir fry, or other dishes that need a little spicy kick added. As a final thought, this recipe calls for both shrimp paste and dried shrimp, which might be overpowering for anyone that is not a fan of shrimp. You can cut the amounts or leave them out all together and still get a great tasting Thai Chilie Paste.
Thai Basil with Chicken, or Pad Krapow, is in my Top 5 all time favorite Thai dishes. This dish can be found on almost every street corner in Thailand, with food vendors happy and eager to serve up this classic Thai cuisine. Not only is it easy to make, but it is simply delicious. Thai Basil with Chicken is less common than Thai Basil with Pork, which really is the exact same recipe, just with pork instead of chicken. Both are great and I eat them whenever I get the chance. I like mine a little on the spicy side, so you might want to use a mild pepper or cut the pepper amount down if you don't do spicy very well.
Thai Toast with Ground Turkey is a great snack. It is fun to make and taste delicious. Although the most common version of this appetizer is actually made with ground pork, I chose to use ground turkey instead because I already had the turkey in my refrigerator. But you are not limited to making this recipe with only turkey or pork, you can also use beef, shrimp, or just about any other protein that you would like. This is a great appetizer for your next party or snack food for sleep overs.
Chicken Satay is a wonderful dish. Satay originated in Indonesia, but was influenced by the Indian kabob. Local Indonesian cooking ingredients and styles were used to transform the kabob in to a new dish, satay. Satay can be found throughout Asia, and is quickly becoming popular throughout the world due to its flexibility and potential variations. My Chicken Satay recipe is the Thai version of Satay, and it is traditionally served with two common condiments, Thai Cucumber Relish and Thai Peanut Dipping Sauce, both of which can be found if you watch the two episodes previous to this one.
Thai Peanut Sauce is amazing condiment that can be used with many different Thai dishes. It is most commonly used with Satay and Thai Toast, but it can be used with many other dishes as well. It is full of complex flavors that make it one of those items that you just can't stop eating. It The two key ingredients in this condiment are peanut butter and massaman curry. Of course, you can substitute the peanut butter for any type of nut butter if you like. It is also possible to substitute the massaman curry for red curry, if you find massaman curry to strong. This recipe is part two of a three part Chicken Satay series. Watch the next episode to see this recipe and the previous recipe come together.
Thai Cucumber Relish is a very popular condiment for several different Thai dishes, such as Satay, or Fish Cakes, or Yellow Curry. This relish is a spicy, refreshing, and cooling recipe that provides a balance when paired with stronger flavors like curry. Making this condiment is very quick and easy, and the ingredients are common enough to be found almost anywhere. I made it as part of a three video Chicken Satay series, so you can see this Thai Cucumber Relish again in Season 2, Episode 11.
Five Spice Pork and Eggs is a very common food in Thailand. As a kid growing up, I ate this almost every day at my school cafeteria. Of course, there were other options, but I love this dish so much that I really wanted to eat it every day. The flavors are amazing, and the combination of egg, tofu, and pork just seem to go together very well in a soup like this. I selected pork belly for the type of pork because that I what is traditionally used. But if you're not a big fan of pork belly, then any cut of pork will work just fine.
Banana Spring Rolls are very fun and easy to make. They are a great way to get friends or family involved in the kitchen to spend some quality time together. Banana Spring Roll is just banana rolled in a spring roll pastry and deep fried. They make a perfect dessert, and pair well with vanilla or coconut ice cream. When making the caramel sauce I like to use coconut milk instead of heavy cream, it adds a richer tropical flavor to the caramel. But a word of caution, be very careful when cooking the sugar into caramel, as hot sugar will act just like acid when it touches your skin. It will melt your skin right off if you spill it onto yourself. Do not let kids make the caramel unsupervised.
Mackerel and Red Curry is a very tasty fish dish. The flavors are bold and strong, jumping off of the spoon and right into your mouth. Mackerel is in the same family as tuna, and therefore a bit oilier than most other types of fish. But knowing that it is a bit oilier can be a huge benefit when cooking with mackerel. Knowing what herbs, spices, and ingredients go well with oily proteins can really increase the flavor profile. An additional benefit to keep in mind is that oily fish have 5 to 6 times more Omega-3 than white fish, meaning it helps keep your heart rhythm steady, your blood flowing, and your blood triglycerides down. Another health benefit of mackerel, they are rich in Vitamins A and D. Lastly, on a funny side note, mackerel are prolific spawners in the wild, with females typically laying between 300,000 and 1,500,000 eggs. Which means that they are one of the most sustainable fishes in the sea.
Thai Carrot Soup with Meatballs was a very fun recipe for me to make. I like it mostly because I get to put the meatball into the carrot itself. It is a great way to introduce kids to the joys of cooking. Another great thing about this Thai Carrot Soup with Meatballs recipe is that the meatballs are packed with flavor. If you have never made Asian style soup before, then this easy recipe would make a great start, and if you are an experienced chef, then I am sure you will still enjoy this simple and great tasting recipe.
Thai Seafood Dipping Sauce (Nam Jim Tha'lay) is a very popular and universal dipping sauce for seafood. It uses common ingredients, and is very easy to make. It also just happens to be ridiculously delicious. It is sweet, sour, and refreshing all at once, a perfect match for any type of seafood. Steamed fish, shrimp, scallops, crab, or any of your favorite seafood pairs perfectly with this Thai Seafood Dipping Sauce recipe. The seafood sauce itself is vegetarian, since I didn't use fish sauce in this version. Very much like Mexican salsa, there are many different ways to make this seafood sauce, and it is common for each family to do it slightly different. Next time you steam a fish or boil some shrimp, make this dipping sauce to go along with it. You won't be disappointed, and it is sure to be a hit with your family and friends. Take your seafood up to the next level with this amazingly delicious, and easy to make, seafood dipping sauce.
Bang Bang Shrimp is a popular appetizer in US restaurants right now. I discovered Bang Bang Shrimp through a YouTube video by Lyle over at No Hippie BBQ. I decided that his recipe looked so great that I had to try it myself. So this video is my take on Bang Bang Shrimp. I decided to do two different Bang Bang Shrimp sauces, one with sweet chili and sriracha, and the other with wasabi. Both turned out really great, the sriracha version was both sweet and spicy, and had just enough kick to keep you coming back from more. The wasabi version was mind blowing once the wasabi got into my mouth and made its way through my nose, the way that wasabi tends to do. It is easy to see why Bang Bang Shimp is a popular appetizer, like all things fun and delicious, I am pretty sure that Bang Bang Shrimp will be around for a long time to come. Please watch Lyle's Bang Bang Shrimp video by clicking here and subscribe to his YouTube channel, No Hippie BBQ by clicking here.
Taro Ball is a traditional Taiwanese dessert, but it has become a popular dessert in throughout Asia. Taro balls are made by mixing mashed taro with water and various types of flour. This dessert has become a common dessert Thailand, and we often compliment it with other balls as well. In this video I compliment it with squash balls, but you can make any sort of starchy vegetable to make the balls that you like. A few of my favorites include sweet potato balls, carrots, yams, mung bean balls, and radish balls. The Thai version of this popular dessert also commonly uses coconut milk, juice, and meat. The great thing about this dessert is that it is easy to make, it taste delicious, and you can make many different variations of it. Get creative and use your favorite starchy vegetable to make this dessert uniquely your own.
A lot of people love the refreshing taste of fresh coconut juice, but avoid buying coconuts because of the difficulty in opening them. In this video I show you how to quickly and easily open a coconut with only a cleaver. When buying a coconut for the juice inside, it is important to buy a "young coconut". You can identify a young coconut from an old coconut by the outer skin color. Young coconuts have a white outer skin that is soft, and mature coconuts have a dark outer skin that is hard. But those are not the only differences, a young coconut will usually be filled to the top with juice, and the juice will typically be much sweeter than a mature coconut. Additionally, the coconut meat inside of a young coconut taste great and can be easily taken out and eaten right away.