Spring Rolls aka Lumpia

Spring Rolls aka Lumpia
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These sound delicious and I just picked up several packages of spring roll sheets last week. These are Spring Rolls or Lumpia that have a very thin pastry, not Egg Rolls which have a thicker pastry. And these are outstanding! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Spring Rolls aka Lumpia
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These sound delicious and I just picked up several packages of spring roll sheets last week. These are Spring Rolls or Lumpia that have a very thin pastry, not Egg Rolls which have a thicker pastry. And these are outstanding! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Filling
For the Spring Rolls
Servings: spring rolls
Instructions
For the Filling
  1. In a pot of boiling water, add the vermicelli cook for 2-4 minutes or until soft, drain, lightly chop, you want about 1 1/2 cups, an 80 gram packet is fine. It is ok if they are a bit underdone as the rolls get fried later. Set aside.
  2. A lot of the prep time is the shredding and chopping. Use a box shredder for the cabbage and carrots, Chop the mushrooms on a board. I doubled the recipe that is why there is so much.
  3. Fresh ground pork (I used pork loin for this which is lean, the mushrooms add the juiciness). I also had some shrimp we added, the shrimp were cleaned, deveined, and chopped. The shrimp is NOT cooked with the pork, add the shrimp at the very end if using.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large non stick pan (big pot if doubling the recipe), when hot, add the garlic and saute for a minute until fragrant then add the pork and break up the pork as it cooks until it just turns white, as it will get cooked again.
  5. To the pork, add the carrot, cabbage, and mushrooms and saute for several minutes until the veggies are good and wilted. Now mix in the cornstarch, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. Saute for about a minute or until the liquid is steamed off. You want the filling sticky, not watery. Taste and season with oyster sauce as needed.
  6. Add the cooked noodles and remove the pan or pot from the heat.
  7. Mix in the noodles and cool the filling, a hot filling means your spring rolls may burst (no one likes a sloppy spring roll). So just let the pan or pot cool, or spread the filling on a baking sheet and let cool, or even place in the fridge for 5 minutes.
To Assemble the Spring Rolls
  1. First thing is to make the 'glue' so in a small bowl or cup, mix together the cornstarch and water, set this aside but keep it handy, this is used to seal the rolls.
  2. Open the package of spring roll sheets. Carefully pull off one sheet and place smooth side down on a clean counter with one corner of the sheet facing you. Very important, place a damp towel on the unused sheets, if the sheets dry out they are hard to pull apart and will tear.
  3. Place a tablespoon or so of filling near the corner closest to you.
  4. Fold the bottom up over the filling
  5. Tightly roll, the filling will spread some, that is fine. When the roll is in the widest part of the pastry (left and right corners will be on the sides of the roll) fold each side towards the center. The roll should be about 5 inches long , and should look like an envelope.
  6. Continue to roll, and when there is just a pointy section at the end away from you, use your finger and apply some of the cornstarch slurry you made just a few minutes ago to the edges of the pointy section (just like sealing and envelope), continue to roll and seal the edge, and just pat that seam down with your fingers. There, you just made a spring roll.
  7. Repeat until you have either used all the filling or all the pastry sheets. 13 more to go.
  8. To fry these, heat about 1 inch of oil in a pot. When hot, add 4-5 spring rolls at a time and fry, turn often, until golden brown, These cook fast so keep an eye on them. Remove to paper towels to drain and fry the remaining rolls. Perfect color.
  9. Let cool for a few minutes then serve hot as is or serve with a dipping sauce of your choice. My Sweet & Sour Sauce is listed as a shortcut in the Recipe Notes section.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for the pork. I will wing about 3 servings from this (I like spring rolls), for 3 servings this is about 50 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce.

Variants: 1. Bake instead of fry, place on a rack on a baking sheet, spray with oil all sides, bake in a 200 C (400 F) oven until golden brown. 2. For the filling, use cooked and chopped bacon, cooked hash browns, and Cheddar mixed in. 3. Place 3 or 4 raisins in each spring roll if using the original ingredients listed.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Meatballs & Gravy II

Meatballs & Gravy II
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Sounds very nice, and tasty. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Meatballs & Gravy II
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Sounds very nice, and tasty. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the 11 ingredients, mix well. Shape into 1 1/2 inch meatballs. Place meatballs in a container, cover, and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  2. When ready to cook, heat the oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the meatballs, work in batches if needed, brown the meatballs all over, turning gently until they are firmed up.
  3. Once browned, add the stock, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 40 minutes or until cooked through, turning occasionally.
  4. When cooked through, remove the meatballs with a slotted spoon to a platter. Mix the cornstarch and water, slowly whisk into to the pan and cook and whisk until thickened to make a gravy.
  5. Serve meatballs with pasta, mashed potatoes, or rice, with the gravy spooned over the top.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the beef and 30 Baht for the pork. For 6 servings, this is about 88 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Bread Crumbs.

Variants: 1. Make the gravy from a package, Lobo Brand is very good. 2. Add chopped fresh mushrooms to the gravy.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Pork Ragu

Pork Ragu
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Pork Ragu
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
For the Ragu
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Ragu
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot. While the pot is heating, in a large bowl, season the pork with the salt and pepper. Sear the pork on all sides, about a minute per side, remove from the pot and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pot and then add the sausage, break up the sausage with a spatula and cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. To the pot, add the onion and carrot and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper as desired and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the white wine, tomato paste, brown sugar, tomatoes, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, and cheese rind if you have that. Mix together then add the meat back to the pot and stir in. Season with additional salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours, the meat should be fall apart tender and the sauce slightly thickened. Use two forks and shred the pork and stir into the sauce.
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
  1. In a large non stick pan on medium heat, add the butter, when melted, stir in the garlic and parsley and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. Turn off the heat and add your cooked pasta and toss to evenly coat the pasta.'
  2. Serve the ragu over the pasta and garnish with Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

Figure 85 Baht for the pork shoulder and 50 Baht for the sausage, if you make the sausage yourself from pork shoulder, the cost would be much less. For 6 servings, this is about 67 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Sausage.

Variant: 1. This screams of using a slow cooker to simmer the ragu.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Portobello Mushroom Pizzas

Portobello Mushroom Pizzas
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These sound really good, now I will have to look for large Portobello mushrooms to try this out. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Portobello Mushroom Pizzas
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These sound really good, now I will have to look for large Portobello mushrooms to try this out. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to broil, if using a counter top oven, heat the top coil. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the mushroom caps on the paper with the top of the caps upwards.
  2. Mix together in a bowl, the oil, garlic, and Italian seasoning. Brush the mushroom caps with the oil mixture, then turn the caps over so the underside is facing upwards.
  3. Spoon on the pasta sauce, divided among the 4 mushrooms, onto the mushrooms, sprinkle on the cheese also divided between the mushrooms, then top the cheese with some cooked sausage, then some pepperoni slices.
  4. Broil for about 8 minutes or until the cheese is starting to brown.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost really but I cannot say for sure until I source the mushrooms. I will say Low cost for now but that may change once I make these.

Shortcuts: Italian Seasoning, Pasta Sauce, Sausage.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Basic Baked Pork Chops

Basic Baked Pork Chops
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This is a base recipe and is straight forward. For this you want thick cut chops, 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. Bone in gives more flavor but you can use boneless. This is a two step cooking process, stove top then oven.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Basic Baked Pork Chops
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This is a base recipe and is straight forward. For this you want thick cut chops, 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. Bone in gives more flavor but you can use boneless. This is a two step cooking process, stove top then oven.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Heat a large pan on medium heat with a splash of olive oil. When the oil is hot, sear the chops for two minutes on each side.
  3. Transfer the chops to the baking sheet and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 3 minutes.
  4. Serve with your choice of sides.
Recipe Notes

I can base this in very thick cut boneless loin chops, you will need two, and cut each one in half to make 4 chops. Figure about 110 Baht for the chops. For 4 servings, this is about 81 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Simple Thick Cut Pork Chops

Simple Thick Cut Pork Chops
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Four ingredients and very simple instructions makes for tasty thick cut pork chops. This is for 1 1/2 to 2 inch thick chops, bone in or bone out.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Simple Thick Cut Pork Chops
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Four ingredients and very simple instructions makes for tasty thick cut pork chops. This is for 1 1/2 to 2 inch thick chops, bone in or bone out.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C.
  2. Rub olive oil over all sides of the pork chops, about a tablespoon or so. Generously salt both sides and pat that in well and the same with the pepper. Let the chops sit out.
  3. Preheat your oven to 200 C. Once the oven is hot, heat a oven proof pan, cast iron would be ideal, over high heat.
  4. When the pan is almost smoking, add the chops and sear for 2 minutes on each side.
  5. Place the pan in the oven and figure about 15 minutes for a 1 1/2 inch thick chop, 20 minutes for 2 inch thick. Internal temp should be 63 C / 145 F. Remove from oven and let rest for for 5 minutes.
  6. Serve with mashed potatoes and a vegetable for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

I will price this the next time I pick up boneless pork chops. This is low cost however.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Citrus Marinated Pork Chops

Citrus Marinated Pork Chops
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This sounds really good and I have some thick pork chops I am going to try this with.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 6-8 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 6-8 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Citrus Marinated Pork Chops
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This sounds really good and I have some thick pork chops I am going to try this with.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 6-8 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 6-8 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large baking dish (glass, do not use metal), add the pork chops in a single layer, mix together the first 8 ingredients to make the marinade, pour over the pork chops and and flip them to make sure they are coated well. Place in the fridge for 6 to 8 hours, turning them once in a while.
  2. When you are ready to cook, heat a heavy pan on medium heat for two minutes, while the pan is heating, remove the pork chops from the marinade, set the marinade aside.
  3. Brush the pan with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, cook pork chops for 5 minutes on each side, pour in the marinade and reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and cook for 7 minutes, turning them once.
  4. Remove the pork chops and set aside. Turn the heat to medium and reduce the marinade until thickened then stir in the butter. Strain the sauce and pour over the pork chops.
  5. Serve with mashed potatoes and a vegetable.
Recipe Notes

I will have to price the pork chops next time I go to the store. This probably low cost.

Variant: Double the marinade for more sauce and to cover the chops better when marinating.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Stir Fried Pork Heart with Sweet & Sour Sauce (Tim Heo Xào Chua Ngọt)

Stir Fried Pork Heart with Sweet & Sour Sauce (Tim Heo Xào Chua Ngọt)
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Sounds very nice. On my to cook list for sure. This may not be a main item to use for cooking, but heart is a great meat to use.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Stir Fried Pork Heart with Sweet & Sour Sauce (Tim Heo Xào Chua Ngọt)
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Sounds very nice. On my to cook list for sure. This may not be a main item to use for cooking, but heart is a great meat to use.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. First thing, need to clean the heart, cut in half lengthwise, remove the string parts and cut off the tubes on the top end and discard those. Wash the heart and remove any blood. Slice the heart lengthwise into strips. Add the pieces to a bowl and add salt and pepper as desired, mix well and let sit for 15 minutes.
  2. For the cucumber, cut in half lengthwise scoop out seeds, then cut each piece into thin slices. Prep the rest of the vegetables and fruit as stated.
  3. Heat a non stick pan with a splash of cooking oil, when heated, add the 1/2 the onion and stir fry until soft, then add the heart and stir fry until the heart is cooked through, remove the heart and onion and set aside.
  4. Same pan, add the remaining onion and stir fry for 2 minutes. Add the tomato, pineapple, cucumber and stir fry. Add the fish sauce, Maggi sauce, and salt as desired. Continue to stir fry to soften the cucumber and tomato.
  5. Add the heart back to the pan, mix, adjust seasoning to taste with fish sauce or salt, and pepper. When the heart is warmed through, remove from heat.
  6. Garnish with chopped spring onion, serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I buy a pork heart, they do sell them in town once in a while. I think this is low cost overall.

Provided by Vietnamese Food and the link to this recipe is here.
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Lion’s Head (Chinese Meatballs)

Lion's Head (Chinese Meatballs)
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Also known as Four-Joy Meatballs, these are popular during holidays in China. These are typically larger meatballs that are deep fried, and this is a braised version, but these can be steamed or added in soups.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Lion's Head (Chinese Meatballs)
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Also known as Four-Joy Meatballs, these are popular during holidays in China. These are typically larger meatballs that are deep fried, and this is a braised version, but these can be steamed or added in soups.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Braising Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the salt, eggs, corn starch, ginger, and spring onion. Add the pork and using a large sturdy spoon, stir the pork in one direction until it absorbs the liquids and is sticky. This takes several minutes of stirring. Then add the water chestnut if using and mix that in as well.
  2. Pour about 4 cups of cooking oil into a medium sized deep pot and heat it to just before smoking then reduce heat to medium.
  3. While the oil is heating, form the meatballs, about 8 meatballs is the goal to achieve, form each ball about 2 or so inches in diameter. Squeeze together for a firm meatball.
  4. When the oil is hot, carefully using a slotted spoon, lower one meatball into the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the meatballs are just starting to get browned, remove and set aside, continue cooking all remaining meatballs.
  5. Prepare another pot and add the Braising ingredients then add the meatballs and heat on a simmer for 20 minutes, if the liquid does cover the meatballs, use a spoon and scoop and pour the liquid from time to time over the meatballs.
  6. Lay some lettuce leaves in two serving bowls and divide the meatballs between the bowls, serve.
Recipe Notes

The pork is about 35 Baht/500 grams, for 2 servings, this is about 50 cents per serving.

Variant: You can fry the meatballs instead of deep frying but you will need to increase the cooking time.

This recipe for Lion's Head (Chinese Meatballs) is from China Sichuan Food.

Easy Chinese Meatballs

Easy Chinese Meatballs
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These sound really good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Easy Chinese Meatballs
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These sound really good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
For Seasoning the Pork
For the Dipping Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl and the ground pork and mix with 1 tablespoon of water. With a large spoon, stir in one direction only until the water is well absorbed. Add the spring onion, ginger, corn starch, soy sauce, five spice powder, sesame oil, and salt as desired. Stir in the same direction for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is sticky and paste like. Let rest for 5 minutes, then stir again for 2 minutes.
  2. Shape into meatballs about 1 to 1 1/2 inch diameter, pat together well to make them firm. This will make 12 to 14 meatballs.
  3. Once all the meatballs are formed, heat a large pot, half full with water or chicken stock, to boiling. Gently lower the meatballs in using a slotted spoon and bring the water back to a boil then quickly reduce to a simmer, gently move the meatballs around. When the meatballs are cooked through, takes just a few minutes (you might have to sacrifice one and cut one in half to check), remove them from the pot to two serving bowls.
  4. While the meatballs are simmering, combine all the dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl and 2 tablespoons of water from the pot.
  5. Serve the meatballs with the dipping sauce for a light lunch, or with rice and a vegetable for a nice dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: Replace the 2 tablespoons of corn starch with 1 beaten egg for firmer meatballs.

This recipe for Easy Chinese Meatballs is from China Sichuan Food.