Cinnamon Egg Soup
Cinnamon Egg Soup
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This is an off the beaten path Thai soup side dish or with rice for a main dish. If you are not a fan of cinnamon, you may want to give this dish a pass. I loved seasoned or flavored hard boiled eggs so this is on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Cinnamon Egg Soup
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This is an off the beaten path Thai soup side dish or with rice for a main dish. If you are not a fan of cinnamon, you may want to give this dish a pass. I loved seasoned or flavored hard boiled eggs so this is on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Using a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic, peppercorns, and coriander together.
  2. In a medium small pot, add the water, the 1 cup and the 2 tablespoons, and the chicken stock cube. Turn on the heat to medium high and let the water and stock come to a boil.
  3. While the water is heating, heat a non stick pan with the oil, when hot, add the mixture from the mortar and fry until the garlic is softened.
  4. Add the soy sauces, salt, and sugar and stir into the mixture.
  5. Add the eggs to the pan, and just stir fry for a minute or two to take on some intense flavor and then remove from heat.
  6. Use a slotted spoon and transfer the eggs to the pot of boiling chicken stock, and pour in the contents of the pan.
  7. Cut the tofu into bite size pieces and add to the pot.
  8. Bring to a gentle boil and hold that for 10 minutes, reduce to a low simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool a few minutes.
  9. Serve as a side of 2 eggs and tofu with any Thai dish or as a main when served with rice as a side.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Cinnamon Soup with Egg is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Sausage Salad II
Sausage Salad II
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This is a Thai spicy sausage salad based on pork sausage, specifically, Vietnamese sausage, aka, Cha Lue or Cha Hue for the pepper variety. On my to cook list. Keep in mind, the number of Bird's Eye chilies will determine how spicy you would like this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Sausage Salad II
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This is a Thai spicy sausage salad based on pork sausage, specifically, Vietnamese sausage, aka, Cha Lue or Cha Hue for the pepper variety. On my to cook list. Keep in mind, the number of Bird's Eye chilies will determine how spicy you would like this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the Vietnamese sausage, which is a pork sausage that is already cooked and found in the refrigerator section of grocery stores, the name is Cha Lua for the regular flavor. This is the Moo Dee brand (moo = pig, dee = good). Similar brands will close to what this looks like, grocery stores have all the Vietnamese sausage together as well.
  2. This is the Cha Hue variety, which is heavy with cracked black pepper and garlic. When looking for this in the store, the pepper is clearly seen in the sausage, and more than likely, there is a picture of black pepper on the package. This is also the Moo Dee brand. I prefer this variety due to the pepper.
  3. Unwrap the sausage and slice into about 1/4 inch thick slices, place on a serving plate.
  4. To a mixing bowl, add the garlic, onion, chilies, lemon or lime juice, and the fish sauce and mix together well.
  5. Pour over the sausage and garnish with mint and coriander leaves.
  6. Serve as a side dish to any Thai meal or as an appetizer.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Spicy Home Made Sausage Salad is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Spicy Caramelized Quail Eggs (Khai Luk Khoei)
Spicy Caramelized Quail Eggs (Khai Luk Khoei)
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This is Thai in nature and is a variant of Son-in-Law Eggs (Khai Luk Khoei). The recipe is from a Thai person but omits the tamarind and shallot oil. This sounds good and is a nice way to prepare quail eggs. On my to cook list. This recipes assumes you have hard boiled or canned eggs available. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Spicy Caramelized Quail Eggs (Khai Luk Khoei)
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This is Thai in nature and is a variant of Son-in-Law Eggs (Khai Luk Khoei). The recipe is from a Thai person but omits the tamarind and shallot oil. This sounds good and is a nice way to prepare quail eggs. On my to cook list. This recipes assumes you have hard boiled or canned eggs available. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
10-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the quail eggs, you can use fresh or canned, a shortcut for perfect hard boiled quail eggs is in the Recipe Notes section. If using canned eggs, and there is nothing wrong with that, just drain the eggs needed and refrigerate the rest.
  2. Once you have the hard boiled quail eggs sorted out, fresh and peeled or canned, cut each in half lengthwise.
  3. Heat a non stick pan to medium heat with about 3/4 inch of cooking oil, when hot, add the egg halves, fry until lightly browned on both sides, remove the eggs to a serving plate.
  4. Pour out all but 1 tablespoon of oil, easy way is to pour out all hot oil into a jar and add 1 tablespoon of oil back to the pan.
  5. Heat the oil and when hot, add the chilies and garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Turn the heat down to medium.
  6. Add the soy sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and vinegar and cook, stirring, until the sugar caramelizes and the sauce thickens and turns brown.
  7. Pour sauce over the eggs, sprinkle with the onion and coriander, serve, and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

This recipe for Spicy Caramelized Eggs is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Hotdog & Spring Onion Chili Salad
Hotdog & Spring Onion Chili Salad
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Thais love hotdogs, they have as many brands of hotdogs as they do brands of canned fish and rice. Now 90% of the Thai hotdogs are pure rubbish, but there is a few very good brands out there. Hotdogs are nothing more than sausages, however with modern processing and the poor choices of fillers and casings, the consistency in taste is quite lacking. For those in Thailand and the rest of the world, use good quality beef or chicken hotdogs. This is a typical side/snack served with beer in the evening. Serve with rice for a complete meal.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Hotdog & Spring Onion Chili Salad
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Thais love hotdogs, they have as many brands of hotdogs as they do brands of canned fish and rice. Now 90% of the Thai hotdogs are pure rubbish, but there is a few very good brands out there. Hotdogs are nothing more than sausages, however with modern processing and the poor choices of fillers and casings, the consistency in taste is quite lacking. For those in Thailand and the rest of the world, use good quality beef or chicken hotdogs. This is a typical side/snack served with beer in the evening. Serve with rice for a complete meal.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
2 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a medium size pot half full of water to boiling, then add the hotdog slices. Cook for 2 minutes to heat them through, drain, and place in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add to the mixing bowl the onion, spring onion, coriander, and chilies. Mix together.
  3. To the mixing bowl, add the fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar. Toss to combine.
  4. Serve on a large plate (family style) and sprinkle the mint over the top.
  5. Serve as a side dish with evening drinks, or with rice for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Hotdog & Spring Onion Chili Salad is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Lebanese Spicy Potatoes (Batata Harra)
Lebanese Spicy Potatoes (Batata Harra)
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Absolutely brilliant combination of flavors. I made this on 29 June 2017 as a side dish to a chicken meal I made. You can make this as spicy as you want it, and let me tell you, local homemade red chili paste in a village, is spicy!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Lebanese Spicy Potatoes (Batata Harra)
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Absolutely brilliant combination of flavors. I made this on 29 June 2017 as a side dish to a chicken meal I made. You can make this as spicy as you want it, and let me tell you, local homemade red chili paste in a village, is spicy!
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cube your potatoes, I used 2 1/2 medium sized potatoes for just over 3 cups.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil, the potatoes the potatoes and boil for 10 minutes with 1 teaspoon of salt added. Remove potatoes and drain.
  3. Prep the other ingredients while the potatoes are boiling. Shown here my garlic, coriander, chili paste (one 1 teaspoon of that was used, a small bag lasts a while), and the lime juice. I use lime juice as it is everywhere, lemon juice on the other hand is not that easy to find, they can be used interchangeably.
  4. Take drained potatoes and fry in oil, drain potatoes on paper towels. (I actually for this step but the potatoes turned out perfect.)
  5. Heat olive oil in a non stick, large skillet, add garlic and chili paste, cook for just a minute or then add coriander and lemon (lime) juice, cook for a few minutes.
  6. Add the potatoes. The potatoes will cook through and the liquid will be absorbed.
  7. Cook until starting to browned, when the liquid is absorbed, the potatoes will be tender. Ready to serve. This is an excellent side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Vietnamese Sandwich (Banh Mi Cha Lua)
Vietnamese Sandwich (Banh Mi Cha Lua)
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In Vietnamese, banh mi means bread, so the translation would be sausage sandwich. What makes this unique is what is added to the sandwich such as the pickled carrot and radish. I made these on 21 Nov 2017, excellent flavor, I really like the addition of the pickled carrot and radish. Cha Lua is a fully cooked sausage that is refrigerated when you buy them, so they can be eaten as is right from the fridge. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Vietnamese Sandwich (Banh Mi Cha Lua)
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In Vietnamese, banh mi means bread, so the translation would be sausage sandwich. What makes this unique is what is added to the sandwich such as the pickled carrot and radish. I made these on 21 Nov 2017, excellent flavor, I really like the addition of the pickled carrot and radish. Cha Lua is a fully cooked sausage that is refrigerated when you buy them, so they can be eaten as is right from the fridge. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 sandwich 5 minutes
Ingredients
Additional Fillings if Desired
Servings: sandwich
Instructions
  1. I pan fried the sausage, this is optional, in a splash of olive oil and seasoned only with lemon pepper.
  2. Cooked just to brown them up a bit. These are fully cooked when you buy them.
  3. I used the shortcut to make the pickled carrot and radish.
  4. Split the baguette or roll, spread mayo on both pieces, layer on some Vietnamese sausage, then the cucumber, pickled carrot and radish, coriander leaves, spring onions, top with the other half of the bread, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Cook the sliced sausage in soy sauce and black pepper, then add to the roll. 2. Cook the sliced sausage with olive oil and lemon pepper.

Shortcut: Pickled Carrot and Radish.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Spicy Chicken-in-Rice (Rice Cooker)
Spicy Chicken-in-Rice (Rice Cooker)
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This is a recipe from a seasoning packet, Lobo brand. I made this on 1 Oct 2017 and I will state this will be my go to chicken and rice dish, very good flavor, next to no spiciness to it at all.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Spicy Chicken-in-Rice (Rice Cooker)
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This is a recipe from a seasoning packet, Lobo brand. I made this on 1 Oct 2017 and I will state this will be my go to chicken and rice dish, very good flavor, next to no spiciness to it at all.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken and Rice
Mixture used in the Dipping Sauce and Salad
For the Dipping Sauce
For the Cucumber Salad
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Chicken and Rice
  1. This is the brand of seasoning for this chicken, Lobo brand. This packet contains TWO packets inside, for 4 servings, only one packet is used, so for 26 Baht, you can get two 4 serving meals out of it. Great value.
  2. Place the chicken in a bowl and add the contents of 1 seasoning packet for 4 servings, use both packets for 8 servings. coat the chicken with the seasoning mix and let sit for 15 minutes.
  3. Put the rice in the rice cooker, add the chicken and mix into the rice. Add the appropriate amount of water and switch on the rice cooker to Cook. While it is cooking, prepare the dipping sauce and cucumber salad if desired.
Mixture used in the Dipping Sauce and Salad
  1. Add all of the Mixture ingredients to a small pot and bring to a boil and stir well.
For the Dipping Sauce
  1. Add the ingredients for the Dipping Sauce to a mortar and grind up with the pestle. Add 3-4 tablespoons of Mixture and stir well, pour this into a small serving bowl.
For the Cucumber Salad
  1. Add the Salad ingredients to a bowl and the remaining Mixture and mix well.
To Serve
  1. Place rice and a piece of chicken in a bowl with the dipping sauce and cucumber salad on the side. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The chicken will cost about 35 Baht/500 grams of legs. For 4 servings this is about 26 cents per serving, even less if using quarters.

From a recipe on a spice packet.