Basic Shrimp Stock
Basic Shrimp Stock
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Taking only a few minutes on the stove, this is a great stock to use in recipes calling for clam juice or to and more depth of flavor to seafood soups and stews. The amount of stock is based on how many shrimp heads, shells, and tail you have on hand.
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
15 minutes
Basic Shrimp Stock
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Taking only a few minutes on the stove, this is a great stock to use in recipes calling for clam juice or to and more depth of flavor to seafood soups and stews. The amount of stock is based on how many shrimp heads, shells, and tail you have on hand.
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
15 minutes
Prep Time
1 minute
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Place everything in a pot and add water to just cover the shrimp parts.
  2. Simmer for about 15 minutes, you are looking for a light orange color.
  3. Pour the stock through a fine mesh strainer and it is ready to use, or you can freeze for later use.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Toast the shells in the oven prior to putting in the pot of water. 2. Lobster and crab shells also make a nice stock, with or without the shrimp shells.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

How to Roast Green Chilies
How to Roast Green Chilies
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I have a friend in New Mexico, and lives and breaths green chilies, in particular, the Hatch variety. Now here in Thailand, we don't have the hatch varieties, but we can take advantage of the green chilies and peppers that are plentiful here. I actually had to look up how to roast chilies (you can tell I am not from Texas or New Mexico). This is a roast and freeze recipe for use in recipes that call for these, just thaw them out and ready to use.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
6-10 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
6-10 minutes
How to Roast Green Chilies
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I have a friend in New Mexico, and lives and breaths green chilies, in particular, the Hatch variety. Now here in Thailand, we don't have the hatch varieties, but we can take advantage of the green chilies and peppers that are plentiful here. I actually had to look up how to roast chilies (you can tell I am not from Texas or New Mexico). This is a roast and freeze recipe for use in recipes that call for these, just thaw them out and ready to use.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
6-10 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
6-10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In Tesco-Lotus, these are named simply "Green Peppers" and they are delicious as well, but they have a skin that needs to be removed, and the roasting makes that easy and gives a great flavor the the peppers/chilies.
  2. In Tesco-Lotus, these are named simply "Long Green Peppers" and they are also delicious. These are the two types I am going prepare by roasting. There is also a red version of this aptly named "Large Red Pepper."
  3. Preheat your broiler to 200 C (400 F), for those with counter top ovens, use the top coil only. Position the rack 4 to 6 inches from the heating coil/burner. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  4. Wash the chilies and dry with paper towels. Place the chilies on the baking sheet in a single layer.
  5. Place the baking sheet in the broiler or oven and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, you are looking for about 75% charred and blistered skins on the chilies.
  6. Using tongs, turn each chili over and cook again for 3-5 minutes, also looking for 75% charred and blistered skins.
  7. Remove the baking sheet from the oven, and quickly place the chilies in a food safe zip lock bag, then seal the bag and let them sit for 15 minutes. This steams the chilies which will help in peeling them.
  8. Trim of the stem end of the chilies and pull the skin off. Slice in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and inner membranes with a spoon.
  9. Slice in piece in half lengthwise, then chop or dice.
  10. Allow to cool to room temperature, then place in small freezer bags or in small freezer containers, or in an average size ice cube tray, and when they are frozen, transfer the 'cubes' to a freezer bag.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. You can roast the chilies over an open flame on your stove, using tongs to hold the chilies.

Adapted from an internet recipe. Photos courtesy of Tesco-Lotus Thailand.

Fried Cabbage & Egg Noodles
Fried Cabbage & Egg Noodles
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This is German in origin, and is probably the reason fried cabbage is prevalent in the US, migrants bring their common dishes with them, then prepare them using ingredients from the local region. This is a simple dish with only four ingredients. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Fried Cabbage & Egg Noodles
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This is German in origin, and is probably the reason fried cabbage is prevalent in the US, migrants bring their common dishes with them, then prepare them using ingredients from the local region. This is a simple dish with only four ingredients. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water until just tender, drain.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, melt the butter in a large non stick pan on low heat then add the cabbage and season with salt and pepper to taste, cover and cook the cabbage, turning often, until it starts to just turn brown.
  3. Add the pasta to the pan and toss with the cabbage to mix. Cook until the pasta starts to turn brown, maybe 5 minutes, turning and mixing often.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pork Chops (Pressure Cooker)
Pork Chops (Pressure Cooker)
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This is a base recipe for tender pork chops using your pressure cooker. The time stated for at pressure is based on a stove top pressure cooker, if using an electric, add a minute or two to the time due to electric pressure cookers operate at a lower pressure. Follow you pressure cooker safety instructions at all times.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Pork Chops (Pressure Cooker)
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This is a base recipe for tender pork chops using your pressure cooker. The time stated for at pressure is based on a stove top pressure cooker, if using an electric, add a minute or two to the time due to electric pressure cookers operate at a lower pressure. Follow you pressure cooker safety instructions at all times.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the butter to your pressure cooker, keeping lid off for this part, and heat. when melted, add two pork chops to the cooker and season with salt and pepper as desired and brown the chops for about 2 minutes. (I was snap happy with the camera and took the photo before the salt and pepper.)
  2. Turn the chops over and brown the other side, season with salt and pepper as desired. Remove to a bowl and add more butter if needed. repeat with the two remaining chops.
  3. Add the vegetable stock and the first two chops to the cooker, place the lid on, add the weight (the jiggler) and turn heat to high. When the jiggler starts to vent pressure and starts moving, set your timer for 10 minutes and reduce heat to low or medium to keep the jiggler moving and venting pressure.
  4. When 10 minutes have passed, turn off heat and move the cooker to an unused burn and allow the cooker to release pressure naturally.
  5. When you have indication that the pressure cooker had no pressure inside, open the pressure cooker.
  6. Ready to plate. While the pressure cooking is working, or cooling down, make your side dishes. The 3 pots on the counter, left to right, chicken gravy, daikon, and mashed potatoes, which I cooked the potatoes in the pressure cooker right before making the chops, and mashed while the cooker was working.
  7. Served.
Recipe Notes

And like an idiot, I forget to get the price on the pork chops at Tesco, will update this once I go back up to the city.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Dill Thai Omelet
Dill Thai Omelet
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Thai omelets are generally airy and fluffy cooked eggs, not folded over. This is quick and easy, served with rice on the side, a simple and filling meal for 3-4 people. Fresh dill is mixed into the eggs before going into the pan, and is a brilliant flavor. I seen my wife make this a few weeks ago, and she learned this from her sister, but I did not get any photos, next time for sure.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
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Thai omelets are generally airy and fluffy cooked eggs, not folded over. This is quick and easy, served with rice on the side, a simple and filling meal for 3-4 people. Fresh dill is mixed into the eggs before going into the pan, and is a brilliant flavor. I seen my wife make this a few weeks ago, and she learned this from her sister, but I did not get any photos, next time for sure.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 people 5 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Put a wok or non stick pan on high heat and add about 1/2 cup of cooking oil. For a non stick with the rounded sides, a 10 inch pan is perfect and you want about 1/4 inch of oil on the bottom of the pan.
  2. While the pan is heating, break eggs into a bowl. Add the fish sauce to the eggs, and beat with a fork until frothy. Add the dill and mix that in.
  3. When the oil just starts to smoke, turn the heat to low and quickly pour in the beaten eggs, it will fluff before your eyes.
  4. Using a spatula, spread the dill out if it is clumped in the center, then lift the edges to get the liquid part of the eggs onto the pan, do this several times.
  5. Keep checking the bottom and when getting nice and browned and set well (remember, from pouring into the pan to flipping takes only 45 seconds to a minute) flip the omelet over, 20-30 seconds later, the bottom should be browning nicely.
  6. Remove from the pan to a plate and serve with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Add a few drops of lime juice or vinegar for a even more fluffier omelette.

Recipe provided by my wife's sister.
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Quail Egg Wontons
Quail Egg Wontons
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This is a common street food in Bangkok sold as a snack. This is going to be written as 5 eggs per skewer, and one to two skewers would be an appetizer or snack. If you do not have fresh quail eggs, in the states you can buy these canned in most Asian markets. I made these on 3 Jun 2018, nothing hard about this but it does time if making a lot, I used about 42 eggs for this. If you do not know how to hard boil fresh quail eggs, a link to that is in the Recipe Notes. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 skewer 2 minutes
Cook Time
2-3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 skewer 2 minutes
Cook Time
2-3 minutes
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This is a common street food in Bangkok sold as a snack. This is going to be written as 5 eggs per skewer, and one to two skewers would be an appetizer or snack. If you do not have fresh quail eggs, in the states you can buy these canned in most Asian markets. I made these on 3 Jun 2018, nothing hard about this but it does time if making a lot, I used about 42 eggs for this. If you do not know how to hard boil fresh quail eggs, a link to that is in the Recipe Notes. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 skewer 2 minutes
Cook Time
2-3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 skewer 2 minutes
Cook Time
2-3 minutes
Ingredients
For Each Skewer
To Fry
  • lard or cooking oil, as needed, OR make from a shortcut
Servings: skewer
Instructions
  1. Place a wonton wrapper on your work surface with a corner pointed towards you. Dip your finger in a small bowl of water and all 4 edges of the wrapper, place a quail egg on the wrapper.
  2. Fold the corner closest to you over the egg away from you, then roll the egg away from until you see the corners overlapped.
  3. Take the left and right corners and fold them one at a time over the egg as well, so they overlap. Place on a skewer, running the skewer through the corners overlapped, as seen in this photo. I folded the left corner first, then right corner, gives a nice uniform appearance.
  4. Repeat with the remaining eggs and wrappers. Using as many skewers, eggs, and wrappers as desired.
  5. Heat a pan with about 1/2 inch of lard or oil (I used homemade lard for this), when hot, add a few skewers at a time, fry to golden brown.
  6. Turn and fry the other side to golden brown. Frying both sides, called a shallow deep fry, takes just 10-20 seconds per side.
  7. Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs. Rendering Lard.

Common street food in Thailand.

Cornmeal Whitefish II (Simplicity)
Cornmeal Whitefish II (Simplicity)
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This a change from Cornmeal Fish I, basically as the result of me taking a nap, and we'll just say that was an extended nap, so I was running late to prepare dinner and this is a delicious result of that error. My wife, and I, actually enjoyed this over the Cornmeal Fish I recipe. When cooking fish, minimum ingredients are need in order not to over power the flavor of the fish. No serving size, times, or quantities are given, this is totally what amount you want to make. And if you want a great fried fish, use lard to fry it in. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Cornmeal Whitefish II (Simplicity)
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This a change from Cornmeal Fish I, basically as the result of me taking a nap, and we'll just say that was an extended nap, so I was running late to prepare dinner and this is a delicious result of that error. My wife, and I, actually enjoyed this over the Cornmeal Fish I recipe. When cooking fish, minimum ingredients are need in order not to over power the flavor of the fish. No serving size, times, or quantities are given, this is totally what amount you want to make. And if you want a great fried fish, use lard to fry it in. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Cut your whitefish fillets in half if you like, easier to manage that way.
  2. Place some cornmeal in a shallow dish, season the cornmeal with lemon pepper as desired.
  3. Heat a large non stick pan with 2-3 tablespoons of lard. When the oil is hot, dredge each fillet in cornmeal, coating it well. place fillets in the hot lard. cook until golden brown on the bottom then turn fillets over with tongs and cook until golden brown, remove to paper towels.
  4. When all the fillets are cooked, serve with a vegetable or a salad for a nice meal.
Recipe Notes

For the fish, go with about 130 Baht/1 kilo of Pangasius fillets. For 4 servings, this is about 96 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Rendering Lard.

Inspired by over sleeping my nap, Lee Thayer.
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Fried Oyster Mushrooms
Fried Oyster Mushrooms
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This comes from a good friend, and this recipe is Chinese in origin, and my friend is Chinese as well, so I will take her word on this, and it not only sounds very good, it is delicious! Using Oyster mushrooms as the base and adding to this, this is wide open to adapt to your liking. Lot of photos here as I used 3 types and want to show how to prep these if you have not used these before. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Fried Oyster Mushrooms
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This comes from a good friend, and this recipe is Chinese in origin, and my friend is Chinese as well, so I will take her word on this, and it not only sounds very good, it is delicious! Using Oyster mushrooms as the base and adding to this, this is wide open to adapt to your liking. Lot of photos here as I used 3 types and want to show how to prep these if you have not used these before. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Remove the root end of the mushrooms, rinse the mushrooms and squeeze dry. Using your hands, pull apart the mushrooms into 2 or 3 pieces and place in a mixing bowl.
  2. I misjudged the amount of Oyster mushrooms I had so I used two more types of mushrooms, first I used a package of white Shimeji mushrooms, 150 grams (5-6 oz). These are in clumps in the package. This photo is I just took them out of the package.
  3. To prep these, cut off about 1 inch of the root ends of the clumps as shown, rinse, squeeze dry, add to the bowl with the Oyster mushrooms.
  4. Next mushroom used was a package of Enoki mushrooms, 200 grams (7 oz), in the states, these are also known as Golden mushrooms, and can be found canned as well in the Asian markets there. This photo is the mushrooms taken out of the package, these grow in a large clump and are long slender stems.
  5. To prep these, cut off about 1 1/2 to two inches from the root end, and cut the mushrooms in half as shown, rinse, squeeze dry and to the bowl with the other mushrooms.
  6. Use your hands and toss the mushrooms together. This photo really shows how slender the Enoki mushrooms are.
  7. Sprinkle the corn starch onto the mushrooms and gently mix together to coat the mushrooms.
  8. Then add the egg, salt and pepper to taste, heavy handed with the pepper works well, and mix together to coat the mushrooms fully.
  9. Heat the lard or oil in a large non stick pan, when hot but not smoking, carefully slide or place (using tongs) the mushroom in the oil.
  10. Fry until golden brown, turning them often as you fry them.
  11. Remove from the pan and drain on paper towels.
  12. Place on a serving tray or large plate, serve with additional salt and pepper as desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Rendering Lard.

Variant: 1. Reduce the amount of Oyster mushrooms and add in other types of mushrooms.

This recipe for Fried Oyster Mushrooms is from China Sichuan Food.

Easy Spring Roll Wrappers
Easy Spring Roll Wrappers
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This comes from a good friend in China to make an easy spring roll wrapper without kneading and fast. This is a non traditional way but seems to work perfect, and is vegan as well, bonus for my vegan friends. Just three ingredients, and read the steps fully as you need to have some patience here and follow the steps.
Servings Prep Time
25 spring roll wrappers 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes, total
Servings Prep Time
25 spring roll wrappers 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes, total
Easy Spring Roll Wrappers
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This comes from a good friend in China to make an easy spring roll wrapper without kneading and fast. This is a non traditional way but seems to work perfect, and is vegan as well, bonus for my vegan friends. Just three ingredients, and read the steps fully as you need to have some patience here and follow the steps.
Servings Prep Time
25 spring roll wrappers 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes, total
Servings Prep Time
25 spring roll wrappers 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes, total
Ingredients
Servings: spring roll wrappers
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together the flour and salt, then stir in the water, stir until well mixed.
  2. Place a strainer on another bowl, pour the mixture through the strainer to remove any lumps. Now your mixture is perfect.
  3. Now you need a non stick pan with a flat bottom, and a brush. Heat the pan on low heat, then quickly brush the flour mixture into the pan to make a round skin. Increase the heat and the skin will turn white and will lift from the pan. Cooking takes about 10 seconds.
  4. Flip the skin over and cook for another few seconds and it will lift from the pan. Turn heat to low.
  5. Place skin on a plate to cool before stacking them to prevent the skins from sticking to each other.
  6. Wipe out any crumbs in the pan, and repeat the steps until all the batter is used, about 20 wrappers.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Easy Spring Roll Wrapper is from China Sichuan Food.

Easy Pasta Sauce
Easy Pasta Sauce
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Very easy for a base sauce but feel free to tailor this at will, like adding meatballs. Only 4 ingredients and 45 minutes of your time. On my to cook list to verify this. Now I am in Thailand, our can sizes are not that of the states for some items, and canned tomatoes fall into the category. I will clarify this in the procedures. If you are in Thailand or Southeast Asia (or the US), please read the step completely. There is a lot of variants to this as you will read in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Easy Pasta Sauce
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Very easy for a base sauce but feel free to tailor this at will, like adding meatballs. Only 4 ingredients and 45 minutes of your time. On my to cook list to verify this. Now I am in Thailand, our can sizes are not that of the states for some items, and canned tomatoes fall into the category. I will clarify this in the procedures. If you are in Thailand or Southeast Asia (or the US), please read the step completely. There is a lot of variants to this as you will read in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. For the US, use a 28 oz can of whole peeled tomatoes with juice. For Asia, the average can I have seen is 565 grams or about 20 oz, for Asia, use 2 cans, you make more sauce for use in other recipes but keep to the onion, butter, and salt measurements.
  2. Open tomatoes and pour the tomatoes and juice, into a medium size pot.
  3. For the onion, trim both ends, peel, and cut in half, add that to the pot.
  4. Add the butter to the pot along with a pinch or two of salt as you desire.
  5. Bring the pot up to a simmer and break up the tomatoes with a spoon as they cook. Stir often just don't let the tomatoes or juice burn.
  6. Cook the sauce for 45 minutes, add seasoning of your choice (Italian seasoning comes to mind).
  7. Remove and discard the onion. Add to pasta and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Obvious is to use fresh, peeled tomatoes but you will need to add tomato juice as well. 2. Add some crushed garlic cloves while this is simmering. 3. Feel free to add cooked meatballs. Feel free to add ground meat of your choosing, cooked of course, at the end of the cooking. 4. Feel free to use a seasoning during cooking, remember, make this your own sauce, my Italian seasoning is listed as a shortcut.

Adapted from an internet recipe.