Wonton Soup
Wonton Soup
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This is a basic broth based soup, feel free to make this as spicy as you want it with the crushed red pepper flakes (non Thailand) or the chili powder (Thailand).
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Wonton Soup
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This is a basic broth based soup, feel free to make this as spicy as you want it with the crushed red pepper flakes (non Thailand) or the chili powder (Thailand).
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 Wontons
For the Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Wontons
  1. Combine the Wonton ingredients, except the wrappers and water in a mixing bowl until fully mixed.
  2. For the wrappers, there is two ways to do this, the simple, and the fancy. First thing, add some water to a small dish and keep near you, this is for sealing the wontons.
  3. For the simple way, place a wrapper on your palm, one corner towards you and the opposite corner pointed away from you. Place some pork filing in the center of the wrapper, 1/2 teaspoon to 1/2 tablespoon, you will get the feel for this as you make them. Now dip a finger into the water and wet the two edges that are farthest from you, then take the corner nearest you and fold over away from you to the opposite corner, to make a triangle, and use your fingers to seal the two edges. (I will have photos soon to show this). Set the wonton on a sheet of parchment paper. This completes the simple method, repeat until all the filling is used in each wrapper. OR, read the next step for the fancy method.
  4. For the fancy method, once you have the triangle shape, and the two edges sealed, take the two opposite corners and fold over each other and seal those. (I will have photos to show this soon as well). Set the wonton on parchment paper and repeat until all the filling is used in the wrappers.
For the Soup
  1. Add all of the Soup ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, lets the flavors blend. Remove the ginger and garlic.
  2. Bring back to a boil, then lower in the wontons, and cook for 10 minutes. Ladle into bowls and top with spring onion.
  3. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Vegetable Wontons
Vegetable Wontons
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These are the Chinese type of wantons that use a small square wrapper that is about 3 inches by 3 inches. These can be fried or just dropped into a broth and cooked that way, each method will be listed below. And these freeze well also.
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Vegetable Wontons
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These are the Chinese type of wantons that use a small square wrapper that is about 3 inches by 3 inches. These can be fried or just dropped into a broth and cooked that way, each method will be listed below. And these freeze well also.
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
40-60 wontons 30-40 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: wontons
Instructions
  1. The reason for the cabbage and carrot to be shredded then minced is any long pieces will tear the wonton wrapper, and no one likes a torn wonton 😉
  2. Once the vegetables are prepped, set a small bowl of water near the filling, and line a baking sheet with a sheet of parchment.
  3. Pick up a wrapper, these are floured so they are much easier to work with than spring roll wrappers, and place on one hand with one corner pointing away from you, and one corner pointing towards you. Place about 1/2 teaspoon of filling in the center of the wrapper.
  4. Dip a finger in the water and run along a edge from the corner farthest from you to the next corner, dip your finger in water again and now run along the other edge farthest from you.
  5. Now take the corner closest to you and fold in half, that corner going to the corner farthest from you, to make a triangle, then use your fingers to seal the two edges. There, you just made a wonton 🙂
  6. Place the wonton on the parchment paper, and repeat the steps for the remaining wrappers. It goes fairly fast once you get the hang of how much filling, which is very small.
To Fry Wontons
  1. Heat about 1 inch of oil in a heavy pan, when the oil is hot, add wontons but do not overcrowd them. Cook for a minute or two on each side until golden and crispy, remove to paper towels to drain. Continue with more wontons as desired. Serve with a dipping sauce of choice if desired.
To use Wontons in a Broth
  1. Heat a broth of choice in a sauce pan, about 3 cups, chicken is a common broth used. Simmer a few fresh made wontons at a time, don't over crowd the pot, when they float to the top, they are done. Place some spinach leaves in a bowl, place wontons in the bowl, ladle some hot broth in which will cook the spinach and top with some chopped spring onion.
To Freeze Wontons
  1. Place a single layer of wontons on a sheet with parchment paper and place in the freezer for about 10 minutes, when good and firm, place wontons in a zip lock bag, use within 1 month.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken)
White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken)
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This is a Cantonese poached chicken that is served cold with a Spring Onion & Ginger Oil dipping sauce. The 'White' part of the name comes from meaning plain, as in minimal ingredients. The 'Cut' part comes from meaning the while chicken is simply cut into pieces with a cleaver, not separated at the joints like in the western part of the world. This sounds absolutely delicious for a lunch or light dinner.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
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This is a Cantonese poached chicken that is served cold with a Spring Onion & Ginger Oil dipping sauce. The 'White' part of the name comes from meaning plain, as in minimal ingredients. The 'Cut' part comes from meaning the while chicken is simply cut into pieces with a cleaver, not separated at the joints like in the western part of the world. This sounds absolutely delicious for a lunch or light dinner.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken
For the Spring Onion & Ginger Oil Dipping Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Remove the head and feet from the chicken, rinse it inside and out and place in a large pot. Add the spring onion, ginger, peppercorns, and cooking wine.
  2. Add water to the pot to just cover the chicken. Bring to a boil and hold that for 8 minutes (a few minutes longer if you have a larger chicken), then turn off heat, leave on the burner, and cover for 20 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl fill with cold water and ice, remove the chicken from the pot, set the pot and broth aside, and place in the ice water and soak for several minutes, turning it often to ensure the chicken is completely cooled. Remove and drain residual water, place on a cutting board and brush the skin with sesame oil.
  4. To cut the chicken, use of a large cleaver is highly recommended as the weight of the knife is helpful. The chicken has to be completely cooled in order to cut to get smooth edges. Basically remove the legs at the thigh joint, then cut each thigh from the leg, then cut each leg in half. Remove the wings and separate each wing at the joints. Cut the remaining chicken in half, cut each half into large pieces.
For the Spring Onion & Ginger Oil Dipping Sauce
  1. In a small heat proof bowl, mix together the ginger, chopped spring onion greens. and coriander.
  2. Heat the oil in a small saucepan or wok, and the spring onion whites when the oil is hot and saute until the whites are just starting to brown and they are aromatic.
  3. Pour the hot oil into the bowl with the other ingredients and mix. Add two tablespoons of broth from the pot the chicken was in. Season with a pinch of salt or to taste and mix well.
  4. Serve the dipping sauce as a side for the chicken, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I cannot really remember what a whole chicken in the market costs, I think 150 or 200 Baht. Going with 200 Baht, 2 servings is about $2.95 per serving, which I think may be on the high side. I will verify price and servings when I make this.

This recipe for White Cut Chicken (Chinese Poached Chicken) is from China Sichuan Food.

Fish Stew with Ginger & Tomatoes
Fish Stew with Ginger & Tomatoes
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Sounds wonderful. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Fish Stew with Ginger & Tomatoes
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Sounds wonderful. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot, when hot, add the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute, then add the tomatoes plus juice, sugar, salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Cook and stir for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the stock and potatoes, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are just fork tender.
  3. Stir in the fish, cover, and cook for 5 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
  4. Sprinkle with parsley, serve.
Recipe Notes

Using Pangasius fillets, which are boneless and skinless, 1 kilo is about 128 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about 95 cents per serving.

This recipe for Fish Stew with Ginger and Tomatoes is from Simply Recipes.

Pork Liver Soup
Pork Liver Soup
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This is based on a Chinese recipe and I will tailor this when I make it to make it a heartier soup. I added the noodles and spinach. I will update the ingredient amounts when I make this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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This is based on a Chinese recipe and I will tailor this when I make it to make it a heartier soup. I added the noodles and spinach. I will update the ingredient amounts when I make this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Marinade
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix together the Marinade ingredients, place the slice liver in a shallow bowl, pour the marinade in and mix together with the liver, let marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. While the liver is marinating, prep the spinach. Squeeze or any water from the spinach. If in leaf form, frozen in balls, chop those. Set aside.
  3. Also while the liver is marinating, heat a small pot of water, when boiling, add the noodles and cook until tender, about 5-10 minutes, drain, and set aside the noodles.
  4. When the liver is marinated, now heat the 4 cups of water in a medium pot, when boiling, add the ginger and remove the liver from the marinade and add to the pot as well. Boil for 30 seconds then remove cover and remove the pot from the heat and let set for 15 minutes.
  5. At the 15 minute mark, place the pot back on a burner and set to high heat, add the noodles and spinach, just before boiling, remove from heat and cover for 2 more minutes to heat the noodles and spinach through.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 40 Baht for the liver. For 2 servings, this is about 60 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Chicken, Mushroom, and Noodle Soup
Chicken, Mushroom, and Noodle Soup
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This sounds good and is very versatile, can use egg noodles, spaghetti, Chinese or Japanese noodles. I will be making this with some wonderful Japanese noodles I found in Tesco. I am basing the prep time on making the chicken broth, if you are pressed for time, use powdered broth and cooked chicken.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1-2 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1-2 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Chicken, Mushroom, and Noodle Soup
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This sounds good and is very versatile, can use egg noodles, spaghetti, Chinese or Japanese noodles. I will be making this with some wonderful Japanese noodles I found in Tesco. I am basing the prep time on making the chicken broth, if you are pressed for time, use powdered broth and cooked chicken.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1-2 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1-2 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For Trinity
  • 1 carrot cut into large chunks
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1 stalk celery cut into large chunks
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, add the chicken breasts and Trinity. Add 8 cups of water (I use a quart jar to measure 4 cups at a time.) Bring to a boil the reduce to a simmer until the chicken is cooked through about 20-30 minutes.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and let the pot cool to room temperature. Now you just made broth and juicy chicken.
  3. When the broth has cooled, remove the chicken and roughly dice, set the chicken aside. Strain the broth, discard Trinity. If you have less than 8 cups of broth, just add some water to make 8 cups.
  4. Rinse out the pot and dry it. Heat the oil in the pot and when hot add the garlic and ginger, saute for a minute or two until aromatic soft. Stir in the soy sauce.
  5. Add the broth, mushrooms, and chicken. Bring to a boil, then add the noodles and reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes or so or until the noodles are tender.
  6. Stir in the spring onion and simmer for another minute. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for 3 chicken breasts. For 6 servings, this is about 25 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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
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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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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.

Tandoori Fish
Tandoori Fish
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An Indian dish and this does sound very good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Tandoori Fish
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An Indian dish and this does sound very good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix together the first 8 ingredients. Brush the fish pieces with the marinade to coat evenly and place in a shallow dish, pour the remaining marinade over the fish. Place the fish in the fridge to marinate for at least 4 hours.
  2. Preheat your oven's broiler, brush off excess marinade and reserve marinade, then place the fish in a broiler safe dish or pan.
  3. Broil on the center rack for 10 minutes, remove the rack, turn the fish, brush with the marinade, broil for another 7 to 8 minutes or until the fish easily flakes with a fork.
  4. Serve with rice and a steamed vegetable for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

Pangasius would cost about 120 Baht/kilo. For 6 servings, this is about 60 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.