Wonton Soup
Wonton Soup
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This is a basic broth based soup, feel free to make this as spicy as you want it with the crushed red pepper flakes (non Thailand) or the chili powder (Thailand).
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Wonton Soup
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This is a basic broth based soup, feel free to make this as spicy as you want it with the crushed red pepper flakes (non Thailand) or the chili powder (Thailand).
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Wontons
For the Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Wontons
  1. Combine the Wonton ingredients, except the wrappers and water in a mixing bowl until fully mixed.
  2. For the wrappers, there is two ways to do this, the simple, and the fancy. First thing, add some water to a small dish and keep near you, this is for sealing the wontons.
  3. For the simple way, place a wrapper on your palm, one corner towards you and the opposite corner pointed away from you. Place some pork filing in the center of the wrapper, 1/2 teaspoon to 1/2 tablespoon, you will get the feel for this as you make them. Now dip a finger into the water and wet the two edges that are farthest from you, then take the corner nearest you and fold over away from you to the opposite corner, to make a triangle, and use your fingers to seal the two edges. (I will have photos soon to show this). Set the wonton on a sheet of parchment paper. This completes the simple method, repeat until all the filling is used in each wrapper. OR, read the next step for the fancy method.
  4. For the fancy method, once you have the triangle shape, and the two edges sealed, take the two opposite corners and fold over each other and seal those. (I will have photos to show this soon as well). Set the wonton on parchment paper and repeat until all the filling is used in the wrappers.
For the Soup
  1. Add all of the Soup ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, lets the flavors blend. Remove the ginger and garlic.
  2. Bring back to a boil, then lower in the wontons, and cook for 10 minutes. Ladle into bowls and top with spring onion.
  3. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Vegetable Wontons
Vegetable Wontons
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These are the Chinese type of wantons that use a small square wrapper that is about 3 inches by 3 inches. These can be fried or just dropped into a broth and cooked that way, each method will be listed below. And these freeze well also.
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Vegetable Wontons
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These are the Chinese type of wantons that use a small square wrapper that is about 3 inches by 3 inches. These can be fried or just dropped into a broth and cooked that way, each method will be listed below. And these freeze well also.
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: wontons
Instructions
  1. The reason for the cabbage and carrot to be shredded then minced is any long pieces will tear the wonton wrapper, and no one likes a torn wonton 😉
  2. Once the vegetables are prepped, set a small bowl of water near the filling, and line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment.
  3. Pick up a wrapper, these are floured so they are much easier to work with than spring roll wrappers, and place on one hand with one corner pointing away from you, and one corner pointing towards you. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of filling in the center of the wrapper.
  4. Dip a finger in the water and run along a edge from the corner farthest from you to the next corner, dip your finger in water again and now run along the other edge farthest from you.
  5. Now take the corner closest to you and fold in half, that corner going to the corner farthest from you, to make a triangle, then use your fingers to seal the two edges. There, you just made a wonton 🙂
  6. Place the wonton on the parchment paper, and repeat the steps for the remaining wrappers. It goes fairly fast once you get the hang of how much filling, which is very small.
To Fry Wontons
  1. Heat about 1 inch of oil in a heavy pan, when the oil is hot, add wontons but do not overcrowd them. Cook for a minute or two on each side until golden and crispy, remove to paper towels to drain. Continue with more wontons as desired. Serve with a dipping sauce of choice if desired.
To use Wontons in a Broth
  1. Heat a broth of choice in a sauce pan, about 3 cups, chicken is a common broth used. Simmer a few fresh made wontons at a time, don't over crowd the pot, when they float to the top, they are done. Place some spinach leaves in a bowl, place wontons in the bowl, ladle some hot broth in which will cook the spinach and top with some chopped spring onion.
To Freeze Wontons
  1. Place a single layer of wontons on a sheet with parchment paper and place in the freezer for about 10 minutes, when good and firm, place wontons in a zip lock bag, use within 1 month.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken)
White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken)
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This is a Cantonese poached chicken that is served cold with a Spring Onion & Ginger Oil dipping sauce. The 'White' part of the name comes from meaning plain, as in minimal ingredients. The 'Cut' part comes from meaning the while chicken is simply cut into pieces with a cleaver, not separated at the joints like in the western part of the world. This sounds absolutely delicious for a lunch or light dinner.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
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This is a Cantonese poached chicken that is served cold with a Spring Onion & Ginger Oil dipping sauce. The 'White' part of the name comes from meaning plain, as in minimal ingredients. The 'Cut' part comes from meaning the while chicken is simply cut into pieces with a cleaver, not separated at the joints like in the western part of the world. This sounds absolutely delicious for a lunch or light dinner.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken
For the Spring Onion & Ginger Oil Dipping Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Remove the head and feet from the chicken, rinse it inside and out and place in a large pot. Add the spring onion, ginger, peppercorns, and cooking wine.
  2. Add water to the pot to just cover the chicken. Bring to a boil and hold that for 8 minutes (a few minutes longer if you have a larger chicken), then turn off heat, leave on the burner, and cover for 20 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl fill with cold water and ice, remove the chicken from the pot, set the pot and broth aside, and place in the ice water and soak for several minutes, turning it often to ensure the chicken is completely cooled. Remove and drain residual water, place on a cutting board and brush the skin with sesame oil.
  4. To cut the chicken, use of a large cleaver is highly recommended as the weight of the knife is helpful. The chicken has to be completely cooled in order to cut to get smooth edges. Basically remove the legs at the thigh joint, then cut each thigh from the leg, then cut each leg in half. Remove the wings and separate each wing at the joints. Cut the remaining chicken in half, cut each half into large pieces.
For the Spring Onion & Ginger Oil Dipping Sauce
  1. In a small heat proof bowl, mix together the ginger, chopped spring onion greens. and coriander.
  2. Heat the oil in a small saucepan or wok, and the spring onion whites when the oil is hot and saute until the whites are just starting to brown and they are aromatic.
  3. Pour the hot oil into the bowl with the other ingredients and mix. Add two tablespoons of broth from the pot the chicken was in. Season with a pinch of salt or to taste and mix well.
  4. Serve the dipping sauce as a side for the chicken, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I cannot really remember what a whole chicken in the market costs, I think 150 or 200 Baht. Going with 200 Baht, 2 servings is about $2.95 per serving, which I think may be on the high side. I will verify price and servings when I make this.

This recipe for White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken) is from China Sichuan Food.

Pork Liver Soup
Pork Liver Soup
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This is based on a Chinese recipe and I will tailor this when I make it to make it a heartier soup. I added the noodles and spinach. I will update the ingredient amounts when I make this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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This is based on a Chinese recipe and I will tailor this when I make it to make it a heartier soup. I added the noodles and spinach. I will update the ingredient amounts when I make this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Marinade
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix together the Marinade ingredients, place the slice liver in a shallow bowl, pour the marinade in and mix together with the liver, let marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. While the liver is marinating, prep the spinach. Squeeze or any water from the spinach. If in leaf form, frozen in balls, chop those. Set aside.
  3. Also while the liver is marinating, heat a small pot of water, when boiling, add the noodles and cook until tender, about 5-10 minutes, drain, and set aside the noodles.
  4. When the liver is marinated, now heat the 4 cups of water in a medium pot, when boiling, add the ginger and remove the liver from the marinade and add to the pot as well. Boil for 30 seconds then remove cover and remove the pot from the heat and let set for 15 minutes.
  5. At the 15 minute mark, place the pot back on a burner and set to high heat, add the noodles and spinach, just before boiling, remove from heat and cover for 2 more minutes to heat the noodles and spinach through.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 40 Baht for the liver. For 2 servings, this is about 60 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Chicken & Mushroom Stir Fry
Chicken & Mushroom Stir Fry
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This is Chinese in origin as they are the masters of stir frying. This sounds good, and uses my favorite mushroom, the Straw mushrooms. For those in the States, you can use a can of Straw mushrooms, canned whole and cut in half, for those in Asia, go with fresh and halved. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Chicken & Mushroom Stir Fry
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This is Chinese in origin as they are the masters of stir frying. This sounds good, and uses my favorite mushroom, the Straw mushrooms. For those in the States, you can use a can of Straw mushrooms, canned whole and cut in half, for those in Asia, go with fresh and halved. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Begin by slicing the chicken into thin strips, then mix in the 1 teaspoon of soy sauce and the corn flour. Let this sit for 5 to 10 minutes while you prepare the mushrooms.
  2. Prepare the mushroom, Straw mushrooms are unique in shape, cut them in half lengthwise only or they will just fall apart.
  3. Heat a wok or non stick wok-pan (what I will use) with the cooking oil. Add the chicken and stir fry and sear the chicken until no longer pink, do not over cook, as it will get cooked more later on. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  4. Same pan, add the onion and ginger. Stir fry until fragrant then add the mushrooms and stir fry for 1 minute. Return the chicken to the pan, season with the black pepper, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, and the oyster sauce. Cook on high heat and stir fry.
  5. Stir in the water and stir until well mixed. Let the water reduce to thicken it.
  6. Season with salt to taste, serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Egg Flower Soup with Oyster Mushrooms
Egg Flower Soup with Oyster Mushrooms
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Most of you will know this as egg drop soup, the Chinese name is 蛋(dàn) 花(huā) 汤(tāng), literally means 'egg flower soup'. There is your language lesson for the day. This is a basic soup that can be made with water or broth. The stirring speed determines the size of the 'egg flowers'. When I was in the Navy, egg drop soup meant a near clear broth with egg you could hardly see. This recipe is from a Chinese friend, so I will go with this as very accurate. This recipe calls for Oyster mushrooms, do not confuse them with King Oyster mushrooms, lot of difference.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Egg Flower Soup with Oyster Mushrooms
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Most of you will know this as egg drop soup, the Chinese name is 蛋(dàn) 花(huā) 汤(tāng), literally means 'egg flower soup'. There is your language lesson for the day. This is a basic soup that can be made with water or broth. The stirring speed determines the size of the 'egg flowers'. When I was in the Navy, egg drop soup meant a near clear broth with egg you could hardly see. This recipe is from a Chinese friend, so I will go with this as very accurate. This recipe calls for Oyster mushrooms, do not confuse them with King Oyster mushrooms, lot of difference.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. In a pot or wok, heat the oil, then cook the mushrooms for about 30 seconds or until soft and wilted, then pour in the stock and add the ginger slices, bring to a boil for about 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. At a near boil, stir the soup slow for larger 'flowers' or faster for smaller 'flowers', when the egg is in and formed, remove from heat and add the sesame oil and a pinch of salt and stir.
  3. Serve as a side dish by spooning the soup into 2 bowls, top with chopped spring onion.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. This recipe screams of white pepper powder, just a pinch. 2. Swap out the Oyster mushrooms with Straw mushrooms sliced in half lengthwise.

This recipe for Egg Flower Soup with Oyster Mushroom is from China Sichuan Food.

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
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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
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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.

Chinese Sweet & Sour Meatballs
Chinese Sweet & Sour Meatballs
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These sound excellent! This is a Chinese dish, serve on rice or with noodles.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
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These sound excellent! This is a Chinese dish, serve on rice or with noodles.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
For Pork Marinade
For the Ginger Water
For the Sweet & Sour Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the ground pork with a small pinch of salt, soy sauce and sesame oil set aside and let marinate.
  2. In another small bowl, add the Marinade ingredients and set aside to soak.
  3. In yet another bowl, mix together the Sweet & Sour ingredients and set that aside.
  4. Place the ground in a mixing bowl, add the ginger, garlic, and spring onion water in three batches. Use a large spoon and stir the pork in on direction only, stir to incorporate the water before adding the next batch of water. (You use the water with the garlic, clove, and spring onion in or, or strain and just use the water.)
  5. Once all the water is mixed in well into the meat, sprinkle the 3 teaspoons of corn starch onto the pork and mix that in, also in the same direction as you did with the water, stir for 2-3 minutes until the meat is sticky and paste like.
  6. Shape the pork mixture into balls about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Pat them well to just get them firm and dense. This should make about 13-14 meatballs.
  7. When all the meatballs are formed, heat about 1/4 cup of cooking oil in a wok or skillet, when the oil is hot, gently place the meatballs in the oil, cook, turning occasionally until golden brown, be gentle and not not break them. When the meatballs are cooked, remove to a plate and pour out the oil.
  8. Using the same pan or wok, pour in the sweet & sour sauce and heat until boiling, return the meatballs to the pan and continue cooking until the sauce is thickened and even coats all the meatballs. Remove the meatballs and serve with rice or noodles, garnish with chopped spring onion if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: For a firmer meatball, replace the water with a beaten egg and add the ginger, garlic, and spring onion to that.

This recipe for Chinese Sweet & Sour Meatballs is from China Sichuan Food.

Steamed Enoki Mushrooms
Steamed Enoki Mushrooms
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Sounds perfect, Enoki mushrooms are tasty and maintain their crunch very well and this is a quick dish to prepare. In the US, these may be known as Golden mushrooms. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
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Sounds perfect, Enoki mushrooms are tasty and maintain their crunch very well and this is a quick dish to prepare. In the US, these may be known as Golden mushrooms. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. lay the mushrooms on a plate that will fit in the steamer you are using.
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a small pan over medium heat, add the garlic and cook until aromatic, Remove from heat then stir in the sugar, soy sauce, pinch of salt and mix well. Pour this over the mushrooms.
  3. If using the chopped Thai chili (Bird's Eye Chili) sprinkle that on the mushrooms as well.
  4. Steam the plate for 6-7 minutes, drizzle the sesame oil over the top, sprinkle the chopped spring onion on top, serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Steamed Enoki Mushrooms is from China Sichuan Food.