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.

Baked Coconut Shrimp

Baked Coconut Shrimp
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Sounds good, and the dipping sauce sounds wonderful as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Baked Coconut Shrimp
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Sounds good, and the dipping sauce sounds wonderful as well.
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 Sriracha Dipping Sauce
For the Shrimp
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Make the sauce by mixing all the sauce ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Place is the fridge until use.
  2. Preheat your oven to 200 C, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Line up three bowls, to the first one add the corn starch, onion and garlic powders and mix together. Second bowl add the egg and beat that lightly. Third bowl add the coconut and sea salt and mix those.
  4. Dredge a shrimp in the corn starch, then the egg, the the coconut mixture. Place shrimp on the parchment paper, repeat for the rest of the shrimp.
  5. Place in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the shrimp and bake 10 more minutes.
  6. Serve with the dipping sauce.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get some good sized shrimp, for now I will say Fair priced.

Provided by What Great Grandma Ate and the link to this recipe is here.
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Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup

Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup
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I have never seen this variety of condensed soup in Thailand, at least where I live, so here is a shortcut, you know what goes in it exactly. This makes basically 1 can of Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup.
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup
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I have never seen this variety of condensed soup in Thailand, at least where I live, so here is a shortcut, you know what goes in it exactly. This makes basically 1 can of Condensed Cream of Asparagus Soup.
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: can
Instructions
  1. Place chopped and blanched asparagus and oil into a 2 quart microwave safe bowl. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  3. Microwave for 2 minutes, stopping to whisk after 1 minute and again when finished, if not thick or to your desired consistency, microwave for another minute and whisk again, continue until thickened.
Recipe Notes

Most recipes will just call for a can of condensed soup, some recipes (or if you just want to make the soup by itself) call for plus 1 can of water. One can equals 1 1/4 cups of water. But as a healthier alternative to using water, try using whey if you recently made cottage cheese, or water used to boil potatoes. Milk can also be used in place of water to make a creamier soup.

Used in Recipes Listed on this Site:
Crab Bisque.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sipo Egg I

Sipo Egg I
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Sipo Egg is a Filipino quail egg and shrimp recipe that originated in Pampanga, Philippines. This is the quick non creamy version, and it does sound good. On my to cook list for sure, and soon. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
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Sipo Egg is a Filipino quail egg and shrimp recipe that originated in Pampanga, Philippines. This is the quick non creamy version, and it does sound good. On my to cook list for sure, and soon. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a measuring cup add the cold stock and mix in the corn starch, set aside.
  2. In a large non stick pan, melt the butter then cook the garlic and onion until the onion is soft, add the mixed vegetables and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes.
  3. Pour in the stock, add the cashews, shrimp, and quail eggs. Bring to a low simmer and cook, also stirring once in a while, for 3 minutes.
  4. Mix in the sesame oil and season with salt and white pepper powder, serve as a side dish with any meal.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 20 Baht for the quail eggs, and about 75 Baht for the shrimp, both locally obtained in local markets. For 6 servings, this is about 44 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Condensed Cream of Onion Soup

Condensed Cream of Onion Soup
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This is a new one for me, I never heard of it, but seems to be a popular ingredient in many recipes. Here is a shortcut, you know what goes in it exactly. This makes basically 1 can of Condensed Cream of Onion Soup.
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Condensed Cream of Onion Soup
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This is a new one for me, I never heard of it, but seems to be a popular ingredient in many recipes. Here is a shortcut, you know what goes in it exactly. This makes basically 1 can of Condensed Cream of Onion Soup.
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 can 5 minutes
Cook Time
7 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: can
Instructions
  1. Place diced onion and oil into a 2 quart microwave safe bowl. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 minutes.
  2. Add remaining ingredients and whisk until smooth.
  3. Microwave for 2 minutes, stopping to whisk after 1 minute and again when finished, if not thick or to your desired consistency, microwave for another minute and whisk again, continue until thickened.
Recipe Notes

Most recipes will just call for a can of condensed soup, some recipes (or if you just want to make the soup by itself) call for plus 1 can of water. One can equals 1 1/4 cups of water. But as a healthier alternative to using water, try using whey if you recently made cottage cheese, or water used to boil potatoes. Milk can also be used in place of water to make a creamier soup.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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
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.

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.

Chinese Tomato Fish

Chinese Tomato Fish
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This sounds really good. This tailored version of a popular Sichuan water boiled fish soup dish and this is the non spicy version. Now unless you can get your hands on a 1 kilo Grass Carp (you have to clean yourself), go with any 750 grams of boneless and skinless whitefish fillets, which is my plan. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Chinese Tomato Fish
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This sounds really good. This tailored version of a popular Sichuan water boiled fish soup dish and this is the non spicy version. Now unless you can get your hands on a 1 kilo Grass Carp (you have to clean yourself), go with any 750 grams of boneless and skinless whitefish fillets, which is my plan. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Fish & Marinade
For the Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In large bowl, whisk together the corn starch, cooking wine, spring onion, ginger, salt and pepper, and egg white. Add the fish slices and marinate for 1 hour.
  2. When the fish is ready, peel the tomatoes and dice. In a large pot on medium heat 2 tablespoons of oil and add the spring onion and garlic until aromatic, add the diced tomatoes and reduce the heat to low and cook for about 7 to 10 minutes until the tomatoes are soft and lots of juice is released. Add 8 cups of hot water and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Add the celery, red onion, and mushrooms and cook for another 10 minutes, season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Turn up the heat to medium and add the fish slices and marinade and stir, cook for about 30 seconds to 1 minute or until the fish slices turn white, remove from heat and carefully pour into a large serving bowl.
  5. Optional, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a small pan or wok until slightly smoking and pour into the soup.
  6. Sprinkle coriander and and spring onion on the top and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: For a spicy version, add 2-4 chopped red Thai Bird's Eye Chilies, stems removed, to the oil in Step 5, then mix into the soup after pouring on top.

This recipe for Chinese Tomato Fish is from China Sichuan Food.

Shrimp Egg Foo Young (鲜虾芙蓉蛋)

Shrimp Egg Foo Young (鲜虾芙蓉蛋)
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This is an adaption of the classic Cantonese dish, Egg Foo Young. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Shrimp Egg Foo Young (鲜虾芙蓉蛋)
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This is an adaption of the classic Cantonese dish, Egg Foo Young. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Gravy
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut the cleaned shrimp into 3/4 inch pieces and place in a small bowl, sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper over the shrimp and mix in, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or large measuring cup, add the eggs, a pinch of salt, and the Chinese 5 Spice powder and whisk the eggs. Add the mushrooms, bean sprouts, spring onion, and shrimp. Mix well.
  3. In a small pot add the gravy mixture and simmer over low heat for about 5 minutes until bubbly and thickened.
  4. In a small pan, 8-9 inches, heat 2-3 tablespoons of oil on medium heat. When the oil is hot, pour in 1/3 of the egg mixture. Cook for about 4-5 minutes or until the bottom is gold brown, flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes more or until golden brown. Remove to a plate. Repeat two more times.
  5. Spoon over the gravy and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: Replace the Chinese 5 Spice powder with White Pepper powder.

This recipe for Shrimp Egg Foo Young is from China Sichuan Food.