Kow Piek Sen (ເຂົ້າ ປຽກ)

Kow Piek Sen (ເຂົ້າ ປຽກ)
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This is probably the most popular homemade soup in Laos, and this is a westernized version of. This is from my friend who is Lao, the only part to make it westernized is the use of macaroni instead of the rice noodles. This recipe to make it more available to those in the US, use macaroni unless you are familiar with making rice noodles, this recipe does not cover that. Servings, prep, cook times, and some quantities are approximate until I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Kow Piek Sen (ເຂົ້າ ປຽກ)
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This is probably the most popular homemade soup in Laos, and this is a westernized version of. This is from my friend who is Lao, the only part to make it westernized is the use of macaroni instead of the rice noodles. This recipe to make it more available to those in the US, use macaroni unless you are familiar with making rice noodles, this recipe does not cover that. Servings, prep, cook times, and some quantities are approximate until I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
For Seasonings
For Garnish
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. You can go with a whole chicken (in Asia, remove the head and feet first), in the US, remove the giblet pack, save those for a snack later. Now you can boil the chicken whole, or you can cut it into the standard pieces or I will just go with two breasts and two quarters (separated), no need for the wings or back.
  2. In a large pot, add the water, onion, lemongrass, and salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, carefully lower in the chicken, using pieces would be much easier than a whole chicken. Return to a gentle boil and cook the chicken through (you are making the broth).
  4. While the chicken is cooking, open and drain the drain the eggs if using canned, or hard boil them if using fresh, shortcut for hard boiled is Recipe Notes. Prep the pork balls by simply slicing each in half. And then measure out the dry macaroni.
  5. When the chicken is fully cooked, carefully remove the chicken and the lemongrass bundle from the pot. Then add the dry macaroni and let that cook.
  6. While the macaroni is cooking, use two forks and shred the chicken, removing skin, bones, and any gristle, good snack for your dog 😉
  7. When the macaroni is tender, add the chicken, eggs, and pork balls to the pot. reduce heat to a simmer and use the Seasonings as listed to taste. Let this cook to heat everything through.
  8. Ladle soup into bowls and use the Garnishes listed as you desire and to taste. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I gather up all the ingredients. I will say Low cost for now.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Variants: 1. Use 1-2 Cornish game hens in place of chicken. 2. Omit the eggs or the pork balls, or both.

Recipe inspired by good friend, Khanthary Singnhoth, and her recipe is here.
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Easy Taco Pie

Easy Taco Pie
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This comes from a friend and sounds very good, certainly on my to cook list! Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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This comes from a friend and sounds very good, certainly on my to cook list! Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Optional Toppings
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and grease glass pie dish with butter and set aside.
  2. Heat a large non stick pan and brown the beef until no longer any pink is visible. Break up the beef as it cooks with the spatula.
  3. Add the taco seasoning and water and reduce heat, cook for a few minutes to reduce the liquid and makes a thick sauce.
  4. Add the beef to the prepared pie dish and spread to make an even layer.
  5. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, cream, garlic, salt, and pepper, mix together then pour over the beef.
  6. Top with the cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the egg is set and the cheese starting to brown. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  8. Serve with toppings of sour cream, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado, or toppings of your choice. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 125 Baht for the beef and about 90 Baht for the cheese. For 6 servings, this is about $1.05 per serving.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning Mix, Sour Cream.

Variant: 1. Use ground pork in place of beef.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patty J. Fike, and the original recipe is here.
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Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes

Philly Cheese Steak Sloppy Joes
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These sound excellent! On my to cook list. I will verify prep and cook times when I prepare this.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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These sound excellent! On my to cook list. I will verify prep and cook times when I prepare this.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan on medium heat, brown the ground beef until almost cooked through, chopping it up with the spatula as it cooks. Drain off the fat.
  2. Add the onion, peppers, and garlic and cook until the onions and pepper is softened.
  3. Add the Worcestershire, beef broth, and sprinkle in the flour and stir. Cook to thicken the mixture.
  4. When thickened, stir in your favorite cheese.
  5. Serve on toasted rolls or bread of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 250 Baht for the beef. When I get some Provolone again I will be able to price this per serving. For now I will say fair cost.

Recipe provided by good friend, Rose Marie, and the original recipe is here.
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C. W. Steamed Shrimp

C. W. Steamed Shrimp
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This comes from a good friend, and sounds excellent! I can imagine the taste of the shrimp. On my to cook list. Remember the most important part is just pink shrimp, if over cooked result is tough shrimp, important if using large shrimp. I will list steps for fresh and frozen shrimp.
Servings Prep Time
3 hungry people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-18 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 hungry people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-18 minutes
C. W. Steamed Shrimp
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This comes from a good friend, and sounds excellent! I can imagine the taste of the shrimp. On my to cook list. Remember the most important part is just pink shrimp, if over cooked result is tough shrimp, important if using large shrimp. I will list steps for fresh and frozen shrimp.
Servings Prep Time
3 hungry people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-18 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 hungry people 10 minutes
Cook Time
10-18 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: hungry people
Instructions
  1. In a large steamer pot, add all of the ingredients as stated and mix together. Place a steamer rack or basket over the liquid.
  2. Add the shrimp to the steamer basket in layers, sprinkling with Old Bay and black pepper between the layers.
  3. Cover the steamer pot and bring to a boil.
For Frozen Shrimp
  1. Once the liquid is boiling, set a timer, 15 to 18 minutes is your target time, goal is all the shrimp pink. Mix the shrimp in the basket once in a while. Larger shrimp will be more time.
For Fresh Shrimp
  1. Once the liquid is boiling, set a timer, 10 minutes is your target time, goal is all the shrimp pink. Mix the shrimp in the bask once in a while. Larger shrimp will be more time.
When the Shrimp are Done
  1. Dump the shrimp to a large tray, serve with cocktail sauce, tartar sauce, an adult beverage (for adults), and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get shrimp again. I will say fair cost for now.

Recipe provided by good friend, C. W. Elliot, and the original recipe is here.
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Beef Taco Salad Pizza

Beef Taco Salad Pizza
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Sounds great. Tortillas are used as the crust. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 10 minutes
Cook Time
7-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 10 minutes
Cook Time
7-10 minutes
Beef Taco Salad Pizza
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Sounds great. Tortillas are used as the crust. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 10 minutes
Cook Time
7-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 12 inch pizza 10 minutes
Cook Time
7-10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 12 inch pizza
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 200 C (400 F). Oil a baking sheet with 1/2 tablespoon of olive olive oil or just lay a piece of parchment paper on the baking sheet.
  2. Heat a non stick pan on medium heat and add a splash of oil, when hot, add the ground beef, when cooked through, add the taco seasoning, and season with salt and pepper to taste. When cooked, drain oil.
  3. Place the tortilla on the baking sheet, sprinkle with 1/2 cut of cheese, top with beef, then top with another 1/2 cup cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 7 to 8 minutes.
  4. Remove and sprinkle on remaining cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and sour cream. Top with avocado if desired.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)

Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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I found this recipe yesterday, had everything on hand, tested out by the family, this is overwhelmingly tasty!!! This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Counting on the natural pressure release, you can have this on the table is under an hour. You can cook the beef and other prep while the pressure cooker is doing its thing. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew (Pressure Cooker)
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I found this recipe yesterday, had everything on hand, tested out by the family, this is overwhelmingly tasty!!! This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Counting on the natural pressure release, you can have this on the table is under an hour. You can cook the beef and other prep while the pressure cooker is doing its thing. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the rinsed and sorted beans to your pressure cooker, add the 4 cups of water, and 1 tablespoon of cooking oil, the oil is to prevent the beans from foaming. Depending on your size of pressure cooker, do not fill more than halfway.
  2. Place the lid on the cooker and lock closed. Place on high heat until the pressure cooker comes to full pressure, meaning the jiggler is moving and making some noise, this is when you start timing. Turn the heat to low but maintain full pressure. Time the beans for 22 to 27 minutes depending on if like them firm or softer. (I time for 25 minutes.)
  3. While the beans are cooking, heat a non stick skillet and cook the ground beef until cooked through, drain the beef well and set aside. Photo shows the beef cooking while the pressure cooker is working on the beans.
  4. Same pan, heat a splash of oil and cook the onion until starting to turn brown, then add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes,
  5. Then add the oregano, cumin, and dried cilantro and cook for about 2 minutes more. Set aside.
  6. I added a variant, I used a handful of Shiitake mushrooms, photo shows before I removed the stems and chopped them.
  7. Saute the chopped mushrooms until starting to brown up. Set aside.
  8. After the time is up on the pressure cooker, turn off the heat and move to another unused burned. Allow the cooker to release pressure normally, about 10-15 minutes.
  9. When the pressure is fully released, open and ladle out 1 cup of liquid, set that liquid aside, drain the beans in a colander and rinse well and return the beans and the 1 cup of liquid from the beans, tomato paste, and diced tomatoes with liquid, the cooked beef, onion mixture, and mushrooms if using, to the cooker.
  10. Close and lock the pressure cooker lid and bring to high pressure and cook for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let pressure release naturally, about 10-15 minutes.
  11. When it is safe to open, remove the lid and stir in the spring onion and most, not all, of the fresh cilantro, and lime juice. Return to heat without the cover and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  12. Serve and sprinkle the remaining cilantro on each bowl for garnish.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 120 Baht for 500 grams. For 6 servings, this is about 88 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Saute a handful of chopped mushrooms and add to the cooker after adding the beef and onion. 2. Use mushroom stock instead of chicken stock. 3. Replace the cilantro with chopped celery tops or parsley.

This recipe for Pressure Cooker Pinto Bean & Ground Beef Stew is courtesy of Kalyn's Kitchen.

Beef Stroganoff (Pressure Cooker)

Beef Stroganoff (Pressure Cooker)
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This is fast and delicious, this is an Americanized version of Stroganoff, very much like a stew really. I made this on 30 Dec 2017 for dinner, very well liked by the family as well. This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Follow all safety precautions for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Beef Stroganoff (Pressure Cooker)
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This is fast and delicious, this is an Americanized version of Stroganoff, very much like a stew really. I made this on 30 Dec 2017 for dinner, very well liked by the family as well. This is for a stove top pressure cooker. Follow all safety precautions for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Season the beef on all sides with salt and pepper to your liking. Heat a splash of olive oil in your pressure cooker on medium heat and add the beef and cook to brown on all sides.
  2. When the beef is mostly browned, add the onion and saute until softened and starting to brown, then add the wine, mustard, and flour. Simmer until reduced a bit, about 2 minutes. Add the mushrooms and carrot.
  3. Place the lid on the cooker (without the weight) and place to the locked position, then add the weight, and turn the heat to high.
  4. When the jiggler (the weight) starts moving, turn heat to low but maintain it hot enough to keep the jiggler moving. This is when you start timing, and for this dish, 18 minutes.
  5. My pressure cooker has a lid lock, meaning the lid cannot be opened when under pressure. The round pin in that circle in the lid is a gravity pin, when there is zero pressure in the pot, the pin is dropped and allows steam to escape while the pressure in increasing.
  6. When pressure builds inside the cooker, it forces the pin up and locks/prevents the lid from being removed, and is an indicator that vessel is pressurized at this point.
  7. At 18 minutes, turn the heat off and move the cooker to an unused burner and allow a natural release of pressure, meaning just let the pot sit and cool, takes about 10 to 15 minutes. If you have a lid lock, that will drop when the pressure is zero inside the pot.
  8. When it is safe to open the pot, remove the lid and stir in the cream cheese. Place the lid back on and lock it in place, return to high heat to bring the pot up to full pressure again, this goes much fast now since the contents are hot. When the jiggler starts to move indication full pressure, reduce the heat to low to maintain high pressure for 4 minutes.
  9. When 4 minutes have passed, turn the heat off and move the cooker to an unused burn and allow a natural release of pressure, about 10 to 15 minutes.
  10. When safe to open, remove the lid and give the stroganoff a stir.
  11. Serve with mashed potatoes, pasta, or rice.
Recipe Notes

The beef will cost about 200 Baht for 750 grams. For 4 servings, this is about $1.47 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Curried Egg Frittata

Curried Egg Frittata
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Sounds very good. And for your educational tip for today, Indian Curry Powder is not Indian, that is a British mix of spices. True Indian curries uses curry leaves, totally different flavor. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Curried Egg Frittata
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Sounds very good. And for your educational tip for today, Indian Curry Powder is not Indian, that is a British mix of spices. True Indian curries uses curry leaves, totally different flavor. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, cilantro, curry powder, paprika, and salt and pepper as desired. Mix together and set aside.
  2. Heat your cast iron pan with the bacon fat or oil of choice on medium heat, when hot, add the onion and chilies and a pinch of salt, saute until the onion is soft then add the tomatoes.
  3. Cook for about 10 minutes until the tomatoes are soft. Now give the egg mixture another stir and pour that into the pan and give another quick stir in the pan. Reduce heat to low.
  4. Let the mixture cook for about 5 minutes undisturbed, then cover the pan with a large lid and let the eggs cook for another 5-6 minutes, then check to see if the top of the egg mixture is cooked.
  5. When the top is cooked, let rest for a few minutes, then cut like a pie and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Add diced bell pepper, chopped spring onion, chopped mushrooms, etc. 2. Top with shredded cheese.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Bacon, Egg & Swiss Salad

Bacon, Egg & Swiss Salad
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This sounds very good, and even has a warm bacon dressing. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Bacon, Egg & Swiss Salad
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This sounds very good, and even has a warm bacon dressing. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the 7 slices of bacon on the parchment, bake until crispy, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and chop into bite size pieces, set aside.
  2. While the first seven slices of bacon are baking, heat a medium size pan on medium heat and fry the 1 piece of bacon to start making the dressing. Cook until crisp, then add the garlic and shallot. cook until the shallot is soft, about 2 minutes or so. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the salt, mustard, vinegar, and olive oil.
  3. On a large platter, or using 4 serving bowls, add the lettuce, then bacon, then eggs.
  4. Return the dressing to low heat just to warm it then drizzle over the salad. Garnish with the chives and some black pepper as desired.
  5. Serve as a lunch or light dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs, Perfect Hard Boiled Duck Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Blackened Salmon on Tangerine Carrot Salad with Jumbo Prawn & Jalapeno Black Eyed Peas

Blackened Salmon on Apple Carrot Salad with Jumbo Prawn & Jalapeno Black Eyed Peas
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This is from a good friend, and is probably the longest recipe name I have listed. Sounds absolutely delicious, salmon, large prawn, black eyed peas, nice salad, what is not to love here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Blackened Salmon on Apple Carrot Salad with Jumbo Prawn & Jalapeno Black Eyed Peas
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This is from a good friend, and is probably the longest recipe name I have listed. Sounds absolutely delicious, salmon, large prawn, black eyed peas, nice salad, what is not to love here. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Black Eyed Peas
For the Salmon Fillets & Prawn
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Salad
  1. Mix together the Salad ingredients, cover and chill in the fridge for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
For the Black Eyed Peas
  1. Cook the peas with the ingredients listed for the Black Eyed Peas.
For the Salmon Fillets & Prawn
  1. Generously rub all sides of the fillets with the rub. Cover and place in the fridge for a 30 minutes.
  2. Lightly coat the prawn, head removed, shell on with the rub, place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
To Prepare
  1. Grill or oven roast the salmon and prawn to just cooked through.
  2. Plate some salad and place a salmon fillet on top, add some black eyed peas on the side and arrange 4 prawn on top, garnish with some fresh chopped basil if desired.
Recipe Notes

I will hold off on the pricing until I get some jumbo prawn, easily high cost per serving but sounds oh so good!

Shortcut: Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Fish Seasoning.

Recipe and photo provided courtesy of good friend, Drew Padilla.
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