Indonesian Style Prawn & Quail Egg Curry

Indonesian Style Prawn & Quail Egg Curry
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This sounds really good, I like a good curry, prawn, and quail eggs, sounds like a win win to me. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Indonesian Style Prawn & Quail Egg Curry
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This sounds really good, I like a good curry, prawn, and quail eggs, sounds like a win win to me. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large non stick pan on medium heat a splash of olive oil, then add the onion, garlic, and ginger, cook until onion is soft but not brown, then add the chili, fish sauce, and lemongrass, cook, stirring for a minute or two, then add the coconut milk, stock, sugar, and stir.
  2. Bring the mixture to a gentle boil and reduce to medium heat, let mixture reduce by about 40%. Once reduced, stir in the prawn and Bok Choi.
  3. Stir gently until the prawn is cooked through and pink, and the Bok Choi is wilted. Maybe 2-3 minutes. Taste the sauce and adjust seasoning to taste.
  4. Stir in the quail eggs, allow to warm for a minute or two, then pour into a serving bowl, garnish with spring onion, with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I buy some large prawn here in the village. This is probably Fair priced.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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

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

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

Provided by Vietnamese Food and the link to this recipe is here.
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Braised Shrimp & Quail Eggs (Tôm Kho Trứng Cút)

Braised Shrimp & Quail Eggs (Tôm Kho Trứng Cút)
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This is a Vietnamese dish and sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Braised Shrimp & Quail Eggs (Tôm Kho Trứng Cút)
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This is a Vietnamese dish and sounds delicious. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 40 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare the cleaned shrimp by placing in a bowl and sprinkling on the salt and pepper, mix together and let sit for 30 minutes in the fridge.
  2. Now for this step, annatto seed oil (provides the red/orange color and mild taste) was stated, I have never seen that here, so improvising this: heat 2-3 tablespoons of cooking oil in a pan (wok preferred or a wok-pan, which is my preference) and to the oil add just a tiny pinch of turmeric and paprika, that should provide the color but not change the flavor of the dish.
  3. When the oil is hot, add the onion and stir fry until it is fragrant, then add the shrimp and stir fry 3-4 minutes, season with the fish sauce, sugar, and coconut water, stir well to combine. Cook until it reaches a boil then reduce the heat to a low simmer and continue for 5 more minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add the quail eggs and gently stir those in and continue to cook to heat those through, stir often. Watch the liquid level, if nearly dry, add just a bit more hot water, maybe a tablespoon or two. If you would like a little spiciness, add a bit of chili powder and stir that in.
  5. Continue cooking until the sauce is thick, stirring often, remove from heat.
  6. Plate with cooked rice on the side and garnish with chopped spring onion and coriander.
Recipe Notes

Go with about 75 Baht for the shrimp, the quail eggs are local bough so about 15 Baht for those, for 2 servings, this is about $1.33 per serving.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Provided by Vietnamese Food and the link to this recipe is here.
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Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken

Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken
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Sounds really good, a must try for me.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Vietnamese Lemongrass Chicken
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Sounds really good, a must try for me.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the fish sauce, garlic, curry powder, salt, and 1 1/2 teaspoons of sugar, mix together. Add the chicken and mix to coat the chicken.
  2. In a skillet, mix together the 2 tablespoons of sugar and 1 tablespoon of water over high heat, stirring until the sugar is dissolved, then cook without stirring until the mixture develops a deep amber color, remove from heat and stir in the remaining 2 tablespoons of water, pour this into a small, you just made a simple form of caramel.
  3. Now heat a wok or wok pan on medium high heat, add the oil until just before smoking hot, add the lemongrass, shallot, and chilies and stir fry until fragrant, then add the chicken and caramel you made and stir fry until the the chicken is cooked through, just a matter of minutes, and the sauce is slightly thickened.
  4. Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with spring onion if desired. Serve with hot cooked rice.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 45 Baht for the chicken. For 4 servings, this is about 34 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Saffron Rice (Rice Cooker)

Saffron Rice (Rice Cooker)
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This is Indian in nature, if you have never used saffron, understand it is the most expensive spice in the world, this is not cheap, and top dollar is paid for this spice. I will use my small rice cooker for this.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Saffron Rice (Rice Cooker)
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This is Indian in nature, if you have never used saffron, understand it is the most expensive spice in the world, this is not cheap, and top dollar is paid for this spice. I will use my small rice cooker for this.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings as a side 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. Add the stock into a small pot and place over high heat and bring to a boil and remove from heat.
  2. To the hot stock add the saffron, turmeric, cumin, garlic, chili, and fish sauce and mix well.
  3. Add the dry rice to the rice cooker pot then pour in the stock mixture. Stir, cover, and set to Cook mode.
  4. When the rice cooker switches to Warm, fluff the rice with a fork. Taste for saltiness, add fish sauce to adjust, and if too salty, add a squeeze or two of lemon or lime juice.
  5. Serve as a side dish with any Asian or Indian dish.
Recipe Notes

Saffron is the pricey item but just a small bit is used, this is an expensive spice regardless of your location. Overall, this is still a low cost dish.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Steamed Salmon in Lime Sauce (Rice Cooker)

Steamed Salmon in Lime Sauce (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds very good, when I make this I will use my steamer basket in my rice cooker.
Servings Prep Time
1 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Steamed Salmon in Lime Sauce (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds very good, when I make this I will use my steamer basket in my rice cooker.
Servings Prep Time
1 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salmon
For the Lime Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat your steamer, rice cooker or pot with a steamer insert.
  2. Rinse the salmon steaks, pat dry, and sprinkle salt on both sides. Divide the prepared vegetables for the Salmon into two parts. On a heat proof plate that will fit in your steamer, add one part of the veggies, place the salmon on top, place the second part of the veggies on top of the salmon. Top with the 3 remaining lime slices.
  3. When your steamer is hot, quickly, but carefully plate the plate in the steamer, a pair of steamer handles to lift the plate would be ideal. Cover and let steam for 5-10 minutes or until the salmon is just cooked through and flakes with a fork.
  4. While the salmon is steaming, prepare the lime sauce by mixing all the Sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  5. When the salmon is cooked, quickly open the steamer and lift out the plate, pour out the water that collected on the plate, then pour the sauce over the salmon and place the plate back in the steamer for 5 more minutes.
  6. Remove from the steamer and serve.
Recipe Notes

For 69 Baht per fillet, this is about $2.03 per serving. High cost but I think ok for a once in a while, healthy meal.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Panang Curry with Beef or Chicken

Panang Curry with Beef or Chicken
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Panang Curry is thick red curry that is popular throughout Thailand and South East Asia. This recipe is based on a store bought curry paste, and the brand of choice for me is Lobo. Lobo also exports this to the US so you should be able to find this in most Asia grocery stores.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Panang Curry with Beef or Chicken
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Panang Curry is thick red curry that is popular throughout Thailand and South East Asia. This recipe is based on a store bought curry paste, and the brand of choice for me is Lobo. Lobo also exports this to the US so you should be able to find this in most Asia grocery stores.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. This is the packet you need, widely available in the US and is at nearly every grocery store in Thailand.
  2. Heat a skillet on medium heat and add the coconut milk and the contents of the packet and stir to mix together.
  3. Add the beef or chicken. Stir fry and cook until cooked through. Add 1 cup of water and bring to a boil.
  4. Add kaffir lime leaves and chilies as desired and cook until meat is tender. Taste and season with fish sauce as desired.
  5. Serve with hot cooked rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Recipe from a curry paste packet.

Homemade Vietnamese Sausage

Homemade Vietnamese Sausage
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This is a recipe to make Cha Lua, or Vietnamese Sausage. so for viewers that may not have this product available, now you can make it. This recipe does require a food processor as well.
Servings
4-6 servings
Servings
4-6 servings
Homemade Vietnamese Sausage
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This is a recipe to make Cha Lua, or Vietnamese Sausage. so for viewers that may not have this product available, now you can make it. This recipe does require a food processor as well.
Servings
4-6 servings
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place meat in food processor and add the fish sauce, salt, sugar, pepper, garlic and onion powders. Pulse until fully incorporated and is pasty in texture.
  2. Add the baking powder and flour to the warm water (do not prep this mixture until just before you are ready to add it to the meat mixture).
  3. Pour the wet mixture into the meat mixture, and process for 30 seconds. Place the meat mixture in a medium bowl, cover, and place in fridge for overnight.
  4. The next day, remove the meat from the fridge, and divide into two loaves.
  5. Wrap each loaf tightly with foil, repeat with another layer of foil. Twist the ends tightly and tie with kitchen string.
  6. Steam the loaves for 30-45 minutes.
  7. Remove the foil, slice, and enjoy. Mashed potatoes and gravy and a vegetable would be good sides.
Recipe Notes

For pork, this will run about 110 to 140 Baht/kilo for lean pork. For 1 1/4 kilo I will figure this as 175 Baht, for 4 servings, this is about $1.30 per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Papaya, Orange, and Cha Lua Salad

Papaya, Orange, and Cha Lua Salad
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This can be spicy or non spicy depending on your preference. No quantities stated as this is a make what you need type salad.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Papaya, Orange, and Cha Lua Salad
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This can be spicy or non spicy depending on your preference. No quantities stated as this is a make what you need type salad.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Mix everything in a large bowl, serve. How easy was that?
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Secret Ingredient Burgers

Secret Ingredient Burgers
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Not sure how I found this recipe, but it makes sense. Fish sauce is the secret ingredient. I will certainly try this one. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings
4 servings
Servings
4 servings
Secret Ingredient Burgers
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Not sure how I found this recipe, but it makes sense. Fish sauce is the secret ingredient. I will certainly try this one. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings
4 servings
Servings
4 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, add the beef, fish sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Using a fork or your hands, mix gently until just combined, do not over mix or you get a tougher burger.
  2. Divide the mixture into 4 sections and using your hands, form into patties and place them on a baking sheet lined with foil. Do not pack the beef too tightly or compact it as this will result in tough burgers. Using your thumb, form a slight indent into the center of each patty. Cover the tray with plastic and refrigerate for at least half an hour, or up to a day.
  3. When ready to cook, remove the burgers from the fridge. Heat a heavy bottomed skillet over high heat until quite hot, cast iron would be perfect. Add the butter or oil. Season the burgers with a sprinkle of salt (this helps form a nice crust) and place gently in the pan. They should sizzle violently if the pan is hot enough.
  4. Cook, flipping every couple of minutes until desired doneness. 10-12 minutes for well done, less if you prefer medium/rare. Do not overcook or the burgers will dry out. Also, do not press down on the burgers while cooking or poke them or pierce them in any way, just let them cook in peace until nicely browned all over.
  5. If using cheese, add on the top a minute before you remove from the pan.
  6. Remove the patties from the pan to a plate to rest just for a couple of minutes, meanwhile return the pan to the heat and place your sliced buns in (cut side down) to toast for a bit and soak up all the lovely juices left in the pan from the burgers.
  7. Assemble the burgers with toppings of your choice. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for 750 grams of good beef. For 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving.

Shortcut: Hamburger Buns.

Adapted from an internet recipe.