Thai Fish Cakes
Thai Fish Cakes
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious. You can prepare the fish two ways, 1. with a food processor, or 2. with a meat grinder and your hands, I will use the second way. On my to cook list.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
Thai Fish Cakes
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This comes from a good friend and sounds delicious. You can prepare the fish two ways, 1. with a food processor, or 2. with a meat grinder and your hands, I will use the second way. On my to cook list.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
6 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
For Food Processor Use
  1. Put the fish in your food processor and process until coarsely chopped, then add the curry paste, egg, sugar, salt, and corn starch and process until well blended. Stir in the beans, cilantro, and kaffir lime leaves (if using those).
For Meat Grinder & Hands Use
  1. Run the fish through your meat grinder using the coarse plate (the wagon wheel). With the ground fish in a mixing bowl, add the curry paste, egg, sugar, salt, and corn starch and mix with your hands to completely mix everything together. Stir in the beans, cilantro, and kaffir lime leaves (if using those).
Continuing On...
  1. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  2. After 30 minutes have passed, get the bowl and shape fish mixture in balls then flatten to make the fish cakes.
  3. Heat the oil in a non stick pan, when the oil is hot, add the fish cakes (in batches) and cook for about 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.
  4. Garnish with lime wedges. Serve as a side with any Thai main dish, such as a curry over rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Recipe and photo provided by good friend, Khanthary Singnhoth, and her recipe is here.
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Burmese Egg Curry
Burmese Egg Curry
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This sounds really tasty, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
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This sounds really tasty, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a saucepan and add the onion, cilantro stems, tomatoes, tamarind paste, paprika, turmeric, chili powder, fish sauce, vegetable stock 1/2 cube.
  2. Simmer this mixture for 1-2 hours, stir once in a while, until it reduces the use a potato masher to smash any lumps and make the sauce a bit smoother. Continue simmering the sauce.
  3. While the sauce is simmering, cook the eggs, these are hard boiled but have a creamier yolk, use your favorite method but cut back a minute or two on the cook time, then cool with running tap water and gently peel the eggs and cut in half lengthwise.
  4. Add the egg halves to the curry sauce and gently stir to coat the eggs, sprinkle a few cilantro leaves in and stir to mix those in.
  5. To serve, spoon egg halves into serving bowls and top with a few cilantro leaves and have red radish, sliced cucumber, and lettuce leaves on the side.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

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

Variant: 1. Use hard boiled, whole, quail eggs in place of the chicken or duck eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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). Chicken cooking on the left, quail eggs cooking on the right.
  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, pork balls, spring onion, and cilantro to the pot, reduce heat to a simmer and use the Seasonings as listed to taste. Let this simmer for about 10 minutes.
  8. Ladle soup into bowls and use the Garnishes listed as you desire 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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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.

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.

Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad
Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad
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Sounds really nice, and low cost overall. On my to prepare list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cilantro Lime Shrimp Salad
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Sounds really nice, and low cost overall. On my to prepare list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. All of the Salad ingredient to a large bowl and toss together. Feel free to use a lettuce of your choice.
  2. In a smaller mixing bowl, whisk together the Dressing ingredients. Season to taste with salt and pepper. You can use 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder in place of the clove of garlic.
  3. Add the dressing to the salad and toss to coat everything. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Beef & Spinach Stew
Beef & Spinach Stew
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This is an Arabic dish and I really don't have the proper name for it, so let's just go with Beef & Spinach Stew for now. This was provided by a good friend and he is asked to prepare this often by friends and family.
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
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This is an Arabic dish and I really don't have the proper name for it, so let's just go with Beef & Spinach Stew for now. This was provided by a good friend and he is asked to prepare this often by friends and family.
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 pot, heat a splash of olive oil then add the onion and garlic, cook until the onion is translucent. Add the beef and brown that until just cooked through, breaking it up and stirring with the spatula.
  2. Add spinach and stir in, season with salt and pepper as desired, add the cumin and allspice. The spinach will wilt down. When wilted and tender, remove from heat.
  3. Serve over rice with a squeeze or splash of lemon or lime juice over the top.
Recipe Notes

Figure 150 Baht for the beef. For 4 servings this is about $1.10 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Beef, Potato & Tomato Casserole
Beef, Potato & Tomato Casserole
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This is an Arabic dish in origin, can be found in many cultures there including Lebanon and Syria. Sounds like a great dish for sure! On my to cook list. I am going to base this on a 8x8 baking dish for 4 servings. If you are looking to make a larger batch, think 7x11 or 9x13 dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Beef, Potato & Tomato Casserole
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This is an Arabic dish in origin, can be found in many cultures there including Lebanon and Syria. Sounds like a great dish for sure! On my to cook list. I am going to base this on a 8x8 baking dish for 4 servings. If you are looking to make a larger batch, think 7x11 or 9x13 dish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Beef Seasonings, optional and up to you
For Additional Layers, optional
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C.
  2. Season the ground beef with salt and pepper as desired, as an option, mix in cilantro, garlic, or herbs of your choice. Make 4 patties with the beef and fry them in a hot skillet, flipping once, until nearly cooked through.
  3. Place the patties in a single layer in an 8x8 baking dish. On top of the beef, place the sliced potato, then the sliced onion.
  4. If you want to add options, such as mushrooms or bell peppers, or vegetables of your choice (sliced thin), in layers on top of the onion layer. Lastly, place a layer of tomato, always the top layer, as the juices run run down through the casserole.
  5. Pour in a cup of beef stock, or just water, season with salt and pepper to your liking, cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the ground beef. For 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Red Lentil Curry (Masoor Dal)
Red Lentil Curry (Masoor Dal)
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This is an Indian dish, sounds very good but I would probably serve this with some roasted chicken or maybe some pan fried fish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Red Lentil Curry (Masoor Dal)
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This is an Indian dish, sounds very good but I would probably serve this with some roasted chicken or maybe some pan fried fish.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour 15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Tarka
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large sized saucepan on high heat and add the water, garlic, lentils, onion, tomato, salt, turmeric, and cayenne pepper and bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, place lid off center and cook for about an hour or until the mixture is thickened and the lentils are tender, stir often so no burnt spots. Remove from heat and set aside.
For the Tarka
  1. In a small pan, heat the 1 1/2 teaspoons of oil, add the sliced onions and cook, stirring until the onions are golden brown, use a bit more oil if needed.
  2. To serve, place some some curry in a serving bowl, top with some of tarka and cliantro.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Chicken Curry II
Chicken Curry II
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This sounds very good, and will give me a chance to test out a new bottle of curry powder I recently bought. This is Indian curry powder (yellow), not Thai curry. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Chicken Curry II
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This sounds very good, and will give me a chance to test out a new bottle of curry powder I recently bought. This is Indian curry powder (yellow), not Thai curry. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. After the chicken is sliced into strips, about 1/4 inch thick or so, spread them out and sprinkle with about 3/4 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper, and 1 teaspoon of curry powder, mix together.
  2. Using a large non stick pan, heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil on medium high heat, when hot but not smoking, add the chicken in a single layer and cook, stirring often to just lightly brown them, no need to cook all the way through, about 3 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat on the pan to medium and add the rest of the oil, and the onion and cook until softened and translucent, then stir in the garlic, ginger, and remaining curry powder and cook until fragrant, maybe a minute or so, stir often.
  4. Whisk the cornstarch, sugar, and a pinch of salt into the broth then add the broth to the pan, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer until the sauce is thickened, about 5 minutes. Return the chicken to the pan along with the peas and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, takes just a few minutes.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat, stir in the yogurt and cilantro, taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if desired.
  6. Serve with steamed rice.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 70 Baht for the chicken. For 4 servings, this is about 52 cents per serving.

Variants: Replace the chicken with beef or large prawn.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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