Oyster Mushroom Stir Fry
Oyster Mushroom Stir Fry
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Oyster mushrooms are excellent cooking mushrooms in Asia, and many restaurants prefer them over the even better Straw mushrooms because they last much longer. Keep in mind, cooking this type of mushroom, the goal is to remove the moisture and just soften the mushrooms. I made this on 13 May 2018, and this is excellent, very well liked by the family.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Oyster Mushroom Stir Fry
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Oyster mushrooms are excellent cooking mushrooms in Asia, and many restaurants prefer them over the even better Straw mushrooms because they last much longer. Keep in mind, cooking this type of mushroom, the goal is to remove the moisture and just soften the mushrooms. I made this on 13 May 2018, and this is excellent, very well liked by the family.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Cut off the root ends of the mushrooms, wash, shake dry and even gently squeeze out any water. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a non stick pan on medium heat, when hot, saute the white parts of the spring onion and when softened, sprinkle in the ginger powder.
  3. Add the mushrooms, oyster sauce, and dark soy sauce. Mix together then let the mushrooms cook with less stirring, think sauteing. This only takes 1-2 minutes. Reduce the liquid in the pan to almost gone.
  4. Season with black pepper as desired and mix in the green parts of the spring onions, give it a few stirs, then remove to a serving dish. Top with fresh chopped coriander.
  5. Serve as a side dish or over rice for a light meal. (For this photo, the liquid you see is chicken gravy, not liquid from the mushrooms, however, I will say the mushrooms with the gravy is very good as well.)
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. For a more authentic flavor, use ground Szechuan pepper. 2. Add shrimp and cook until they turn pink, then serve as a main dish over rice.

This recipe for Oyster Mushroom Stir Fry is from China Sichuan Food.

Clay Pot Chicken Rice (Rice Cooker)
Clay Pot Chicken Rice (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds really good. A basic Cook and Warm rice cooker is perfect for this recipe.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Clay Pot Chicken Rice (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds really good. A basic Cook and Warm rice cooker is perfect for this recipe.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Marinade
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare the marinade and pour over the chicken in a shallow bowl, turn the chicken often and marinate for about 15-20 minutes.
  2. With a wok or skillet, heat the oil then cook the garlic and ginger until fragrant then add the mushrooms, chicken and the marinating sauce, salt, sugar, and white pepper. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink on the outside, remember, it will get steamed. Now add the rice into the wok or skillet and stir until the oil is combined throughout the rice.
  3. Pour the skillet or wok contents into your rice cooker, add the water as needed by the manufacturer of your rice cooker (normally first knuckle up from your index finger tip). Drizzle in the sesame oil. Set the rice cooker to Cook.
  4. When the rice cooker switches to Warm, wait another 15 minutes before opening, then open, fluff with a plastic spoon, serve.
Recipe Notes

The chicken, maybe 35 Baht, everything else is very cheap and probably on hand. For 3 servings, this is about 35 cents per serving.

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
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.

Chinese Tea Eggs (Marbled Eggs)
Chinese Tea Eggs (Marbled Eggs)
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Tea eggs are a popular Chinese street snack. I have heard of these, never had one until today, 24 Oct 2017, and they are good! Wonderful flavor. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
5-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
5-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Chinese Tea Eggs (Marbled Eggs)
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Tea eggs are a popular Chinese street snack. I have heard of these, never had one until today, 24 Oct 2017, and they are good! Wonderful flavor. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
5-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
5-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the unpeeled hard boiled eggs in a pot and cover with about 1-2 inches of water, then remove the eggs and set aside. This step is just to get the right water level in the pot.
  2. Main ingredients measured out. Star anise and cinnamon, black peppercorns, and the tea.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the salt, to the water and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
  4. While waiting on the water to boil, use the back of a knife and tap all over each egg, this makes the cracks needed for the marble effect.
  5. When the water is turned down to a simmer, place the eggs into the water with a slotted spoon. Simmer for 1 hour, then remove from heat and leave the eggs in the liquid for 1-2 hours. At this point they are ready, and for a stronger flavor, refridgerate, in the liquid overnight.
  6. Serve as a snack or with a noodle or porridge dish.
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Scallion Oil Noodles
Scallion Oil Noodles
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A scallion is a green onion or known here where I live as a spring onion. This is a basic recipe and this is a common, with many street kitchens in China offering this. Normally alkaline noodles are used for this dish, but I will go with the standard Chinese egg noodles.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Scallion Oil Noodles
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A scallion is a green onion or known here where I live as a spring onion. This is a basic recipe and this is a common, with many street kitchens in China offering this. Normally alkaline noodles are used for this dish, but I will go with the standard Chinese egg noodles.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Drain the spring onions completely after rinsing, you will be placing hot oil so eliminate the chance of hot oil splatter.
  2. In a large pan, heat the oil (you can use vegetable oil or lard for this recipe), when hot, add the spring onion segments in. Turn the heat to the lowest setting and cook until the spring onions are deep brown and almost but not burnt. Remove to a bowl to cool.
  3. Bring a large pot of water to boil and then cook the noodles until tender, Chinese noodles are long! And I mean long! So either break the dried package in half or cut the noodles in half when cooked. Drain the noodles and place into a large bowl, add around 4 tablespoons of scallion oils and toss the noodles well to cool slightly.
  4. Mix together the sugar, dark and light soy sauces in a small bowl and then mix with the noodles before serving. Divide into two bowls, top with the browned scallions if desired, serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Scallion Oil Noodles is from China Sichuan Food.

Chinese Sausage & Chicken in Soy Sauce
Chinese Sausage & Chicken in Soy Sauce
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This is very good! I made this on 16 May 2017. We received some Chinese pork sausage from Issan, we can find it locally here as well. I started looking for recipes that used this as an ingredient. Chinese sausage is a sweet, cured pork sausage. Recipe slightly updated with my findings and pricing updated as well.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Chinese Sausage & Chicken in Soy Sauce
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This is very good! I made this on 16 May 2017. We received some Chinese pork sausage from Issan, we can find it locally here as well. I started looking for recipes that used this as an ingredient. Chinese sausage is a sweet, cured pork sausage. Recipe slightly updated with my findings and pricing updated 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 Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare a steamer and steam the Chinese sausages for 5 minutes. Remove from the steamer and cut into thin slices diagonally. The reason for the steaming is to soften the sausage as it is quite hard out of the package. Photo shows steaming complete before cutting them.
  2. While the sausage is steaming, in a measuring cup mix the sauce ingredients together and set aside.
  3. Heat oil in a frying pan or wok on medium heat and cook the garlic until fragrant. Add the sliced sausage and cook for a quick 30 seconds, then add the chicken.
  4. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink or very little pink, this is good right here.
  5. Pour the sauce in and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and the sauce has reduced a bit. Remove from heat, stir in the spring onion and basil, cover and let stand for 5-10 minutes.
  6. Ready to serve.
  7. Serve with rice on the side and some of the sauce spooned over the rice.
Recipe Notes

The thighs would be about a 1 kilo, so I will estimate this at 75 Baht. The sausages will cost about 75 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Boiled Chicken on Rice (Khao Mun Kai) (Rice Cooker)
Boiled Chicken on Rice (Khao Mun Kai) (Rice Cooker)
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Yep, sounds pretty boring, but this is actually quite good. This is one of the first meals I had in Thailand when I visited here my first time in 1986. This is a popular lunch dish served everywhere in Thailand, and it is inexpensive, commonly selling for 30-40 Baht a serving. There is more to this than the name implies.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Boiled Chicken on Rice (Khao Mun Kai) (Rice Cooker)
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Yep, sounds pretty boring, but this is actually quite good. This is one of the first meals I had in Thailand when I visited here my first time in 1986. This is a popular lunch dish served everywhere in Thailand, and it is inexpensive, commonly selling for 30-40 Baht a serving. There is more to this than the name implies.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
For the Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rinse the rice as is normally done then add the rice to your rice cooker. Set the rice cooker aside.
  2. Trim excess skin from the chicken and cut the trimmings into small pieces. Place the skin trimmings in a nonstick pan on medium heat.
  3. Stir often until the oil releases from the skin, cook until the skin is golden brown and crispy. Remove the skin from the pan and discard or as a treat for your dog, leaving the oil created in the pan, and add the garlic.
  4. When the garlic is lightly browned, pour the garlic and the oil into the rice cooker. Sprinkle the salt over the rice and add the sliced ginger. We'll get back to the rice cooker in about 20 minutes.
  5. In a large pot add 5 cups of water and the chicken thighs, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and simmer, while it is simmering, any of the fat from the chicken, spoon that off and put into the rice cooker. Simmer for about 10-20 minutes, continuing to spoon the fat into the rice cooker. You are making broth and flavoring the rice.
  6. After about 20 minutes, measure out 3 cups of broth and pour that into the rice cooker, stir the rice well and now you can proceed to cook the rice as usual.
  7. Add 2 more cups of water to the pot with the chicken and continue to simmer for about 45 minutes.
  8. While the chicken is simmering, time to make the sauce. Place all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly. Set that aside.
  9. Peel the cucumber and cut into 1/4 inch thick slices. Chop the cilantro.
  10. When the chicken and rice are both done, remove the chicken from the broth and pull out the bone from each thigh. For each serving, scoop some rice on a plate. Take a chicken thigh and slice into about 1/2 inch thick slices, use the edge of the knife and your hand and pick that up and place on rice. set some cucumber slices on the side of the rice and a small dish of the sauce. Spoon some broth into a bowl and sprinkle some cilantro onto the broth that is the side dish. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The chicken might cost 60 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about 45 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Thai Ginger, Prawns, and Glass Noodles
Thai Ginger, Prawns, and Glass Noodles
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This recipe comes from a friend in Singapore and is spot on as this is a Thai recipe. I have had many versions of this over the years and it is good. This can be served as is or with rice.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Thai Ginger, Prawns, and Glass Noodles
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This recipe comes from a friend in Singapore and is spot on as this is a Thai recipe. I have had many versions of this over the years and it is good. This can be served as is or with rice.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Glass noodles are also known as Vermicelli and as Bean Thread, these normally come in smaller packs of 40 or 80 grams per pack and sold in bundles of 10 packs, normally. This is a common brand here in this photo. Can also find individual packs of 80 grams as well. Photo courtesy Tesco Thailand.
  2. In a bowl of water at room temperature, soak the glass noodles for about 10 minutes to soften them.
  3. Using a small pair of pointy scissors, cut along the back of each prawn and remove the vein. Optional, I have had this dish with deveined prawn and vein in, personal preference really.
  4. Make the sauce by whisking together the Sauce ingredients, then place the glass noodles and prawn in the sauce and toss to coat well, marinate this for about 10 minutes, tossing every few minutes to make sure everything is coated.
  5. Using a mortar and pestle crush the peppercorns then add the garlic and coriander root pieces and smash those lightly, set aside.
  6. Add a splash of olive oil to a pot that has a lid and set to medium low heat, and add the mixture from the mortar and cook for about 30 seconds then add the ginger and cook for about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Take the prawn out of the bowl they are marinating in and place the noodles in the pot along will all the sauce they were marinating in, then place the prawn on top. Cover and cook until the sauce starts to boil, then turn the heat down to low and cook for about 3-4 more minutes.
  8. Then give everything in the pot a good stir, prawns can get mixed in now, cover and cook for another 3-4 minutes or until the prawns are cooked through. If the liquid is too low, ad a bit more water.
  9. Turn of the heat and add the spring onion to the top and cover and the heat in the pot will wilt the spring onion. Serve.
Recipe Notes

For 8-10 large prawn, I will estimate about 100 Baht, for 4 servings this is about 74 cents per serving.

Provided by The Domestic Goddess Wannabe and the link to this recipe is here.
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Shanghai Style Braised Pork Belly
Shanghai Style Braised Pork Belly
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Sounds tasty indeed! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Shanghai Style Braised Pork Belly
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Sounds tasty indeed! On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and blanch the pork pieces for a few minutes, this will start the cooking process, after a few minutes, remove the pork with a slotted spoon and set aside, discard the water.
  2. Using a non stick skillet (the slightly rounded one) add the oil and sugar on low heat. When the sugar is dissolved or melted into the oil, add the pork and increase the heat to medium and cook, turning the pieces often to get a light browning on them.
  3. Once browned, reduce heat to a low simmer and add the cooking wine, soy sauces, and the 1 cup of water and stir the pork around a bit then cover and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour until the pork is fork tender, stirring often to prevent burning. Add additional water if the skillet is too dry.
  4. When the pork is tender and if there is a lot of liquid in the skillet, uncover and increase the heat to medium to thicken and reduce the sauce. Then pour into a serving dish, sprinkle the spring onions on the top and serve with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

The pork belly will cost about 65 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 48 cents per serving.

Provided by The Domestic Goddess Wannabe and the link to this recipe is here.
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Jalan Alor Chicken Wings
Jalan Alor Chicken Wings
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This recipe is from a friend and this is a Malaysian dish and it sounds very tasty! On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 2 1/2 hours
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 2 1/2 hours
Cook Time
30 minutes
Jalan Alor Chicken Wings
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This recipe is from a friend and this is a Malaysian dish and it sounds very tasty! On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 2 1/2 hours
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 2 1/2 hours
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, add the wings or any other chicken parts as well as the garlic, shallots, ginger, light and dark soy sauces, sesame, white pepper, salt and sugar. Stir to coat the chicken. Cover with cling film and place in the fridge to marinate for 2 hours (minimum). Give the chicken an occasional stir while marinating. After 2 hours, place the chicken on the counter for about 30 minutes to get them up to room temp.
  2. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Foil line a baking dish and add a rack as well.
  3. Place the wings on the rack and if you have a oil sprayer, spray just a bit of oil on the wings and bake for 20 minutes, then flip them over, baste with the marinade and bake for another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and garnish with chives and chilies if desired. Serve with rice as a meal.
Recipe Notes

Chicken middle wing sections are 120 Baht/kilo, drumettes are 69 Baht/kilo. For 3 servings with drumettes, this is about 68 cents per serving, if using middle wing sections, for 3 servings, this is about $1.18 per serving. Overall, good value, serve with rice for a meal.

Provided by The Domestic Goddess Wannabe and the link to this recipe is here.
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