Pepper Chicken Stir Fry
Pepper Chicken Stir Fry
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Can never go wrong with a stir fry, and this one is excellent. I made this on 21 July 2018, absolutely perfect.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Pepper Chicken Stir Fry
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Can never go wrong with a stir fry, and this one is excellent. I made this on 21 July 2018, absolutely perfect.
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 Marinade
For the Stir Fry
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the Marinade ingredients.
  2. Mix together with your hands, let the chicken marinate for 15-30 minutes.
  3. While the chicken is marinating, prepare the onion and peppers. I only had one bell pepper so I sliced up some Shiitake mushrooms.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the oyster sauce, light soy sauce, water, black pepper, and 1 tablespoon of the cornstarch. Set this aside.
  5. After the chicken has marinated, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of cornstarch. Use a spoon and mix together to coat the chicken all over.
  6. Heat a large non stick pan with 2 tablespoons of oil, on medium high heat. Add the chicken.
  7. Stir fry for about 5 minutes, then remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  8. Add the last tablespoon oil and when hot, add the onions and peppers, stir fry for a few minutes and the colors will brighten. Add the ginger and garlic and stir fry for another minute.
  9. Return the chicken to the pan, give the sauce another quick whisk then stir that into the pan. Stir fry to coat the chicken well and the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  10. Serve with rice or vegetables of your choice on the side.
Recipe Notes

Chicken breasts cost 66 Baht/kilo, 4 breasts should be about a kilo. For 4 servings, this is about 50 cents per serving.

Variants: 1. Use one color of bell pepper, or use a yellow bell pepper in place of a red or green pepper. 2. Add broccoli. 3. Add mushrooms, Straw, Oyster, or Shiitake would work well in this.

Inspired by Spend With Pennies and the link to this recipe is here.
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Baked Frog Legs
Baked Frog Legs
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Sounds interesting and is on my to cook list. First recipe I have seen for cheese to be used with frog legs. I buy local caught frogs and use the legs only, but the rest of the body is used by some family members so there is very little waste.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-50 minutes
Baked Frog Legs
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Sounds interesting and is on my to cook list. First recipe I have seen for cheese to be used with frog legs. I buy local caught frogs and use the legs only, but the rest of the body is used by some family members so there is very little waste.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-50 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-50 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Fit some foil or parchment paper in the bottom of a 7x11 baking dish. (I will verify the size of the dish needed.)
  2. Add the ingredients from butter down to salt into a bowl and mix well. Place the bread crumbs in a shallow bowl.
  3. Dip a frog leg into the cheese and egg mixture coating it well, let excess drip off. Roll the leg in the bread crumbs, then place in the baking dish.
  4. Repeat for remaining legs, keeping the legs evenly spaced in a single layer in the dish. Spoon any remaining cheese egg mixture evenly over the legs.
  5. Bake until golden brown, 30-50 minutes. (I will verify the time when I make these.)
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I bought 3 whole (skinned, cleaned) frogs at the village market for 60 Baht ($1.81) and just the legs, with feet removed, came out to 190 grams (6.7 oz). I will say 6 legs is a serving, so this is fair priced. (The rest of the frogs, those went to a brother in law for him to cook, nothing wasted, as I would not have bought them to just remove the legs and discard the rest.)

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cajun Pinto Beans
Cajun Pinto Beans
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This idea comes from a good friend. I love pinto beans as a side dish, in chili and burritos, and as refried beans. This is a side dish and sounds very tasty. All measurements are approximations until I make this and verify the amounts. I am going to pressure the beans but the canned amount will be stated as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Cajun Pinto Beans
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This idea comes from a good friend. I love pinto beans as a side dish, in chili and burritos, and as refried beans. This is a side dish and sounds very tasty. All measurements are approximations until I make this and verify the amounts. I am going to pressure the beans but the canned amount will be stated as well. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Prepare the beans either by draining and rinsing 2 cans or by cooking from dry beans. From dry, drain after cooking them.
  2. In a large non stick pan on medium high heat, when hot, add the sausage, garlic, and onion. Cook, breaking up the sausage with the spatula, until almost cooked through. Drain off most of the fat, not all, as that is flavor for the beans.
  3. Add the bell pepper, green chilies, tomatoes, and mix together.
  4. Add the beans and Cajun seasoning, mix together.
  5. Simmer until the bell pepper is tender.
  6. Serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Pinto Beans, Pork Sausage, Cajun Seasoning.

Inspired by and photo provided by, Mary Jackson.
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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.

Okra with Tomatoes
Okra with Tomatoes
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Sounds like a good alternative from fried okra. I made this on 16 July 2018 and is perfect as written, with my wife doing the final taste test. She simple added a pinch of chicken stock powder, the in was perfect, and I wrote that step in as well. This is a keeper.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Okra with Tomatoes
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Sounds like a good alternative from fried okra. I made this on 16 July 2018 and is perfect as written, with my wife doing the final taste test. She simple added a pinch of chicken stock powder, the in was perfect, and I wrote that step in as well. This is a keeper.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Garlic and okra prepped, I took the photo early before I had the onion prepped.
  2. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the garlic and stir fry until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Add the okra and onion and season with salt and pepper as desired. Cook stirring often until the okra is tender and bright green, about 10-12 minutes.
  4. Add the tomatoes, oyster sauce, and mushroom sauce and cook until tender and nearly bursting, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in a pinch of chicken stock powder and taste, adjust with oyster or mushroom sauce.
  5. Serve as a side dish with any meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Add some sliced fresh mushrooms. 2. Season with additional spices such as ground cumin or garam masala (1/4 teaspoon or so). 3. Add chopped bacon. 4. Add a slice bell pepper.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Wide Rice Noodles with Pork Gravy (ราดหน้า)
Wide Rice Noodles with Pork Gravy (ราดหน้า)
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This is a Thai dish with origins in China. This is a delicious meal with many variations. Salted soy beans are key in this, so do not omit those or the taste will not be the same. Rad Nah is the base, for this dish here, this recipe is called Rad Nah Moo (moo meaning pork).
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Wide Rice Noodles with Pork Gravy (ราดหน้า)
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This is a Thai dish with origins in China. This is a delicious meal with many variations. Salted soy beans are key in this, so do not omit those or the taste will not be the same. Rad Nah is the base, for this dish here, this recipe is called Rad Nah Moo (moo meaning pork).
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Separate the noodles into strips and microwave for 1-2 minutes.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a non stick pan on medium heat, when hot, add the noodles and dark soy sauce. Stir fry to coat all the noodles until the sauce coats all the noodles. Remove the noodles and set aside. Wipe out the pan.
  3. Add another 2 tablespoons of oil to the pan, When hot, add the garlic and fry for 1-2 minutes until fragrant, then add the pork and stir fry.
  4. When the pork is starting to change color, add the light soy sauce, seasoning sauce (Maggi), oyster sauce, and sugar.
  5. Stir fry until the pork is nearly cooked through, add the water and bring to a boil.
  6. Stir in the salted soy beans and allow the mixture to come to a boil again.
  7. Add the broccoli and stir in. In a small bowl, mix together the corn starch with 3 tablespoons of water to make a slurry and mix until dissolved.
  8. Stir the slurry into the pan and stir until thickened, if not thick enough, sprinkle in some corn starch and stir in, if the gravy is too thick, sprinkle in some water and stir in. When the gravy is bubbling and thickened to your liking, remove from heat.
  9. To serve, place some noodles on a plate and ladle on the gravy with a good amount of broccoli and pork. Sprinkle on some black pepper to taste, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

The pork loin will cost about 60 Baht/500 grams. For 4 servings, this is about 46 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pork or Beef Bone Broth (Pressure Cooker)
Pork or Beef Bone Broth (Pressure Cooker)
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There is three aspects to this, the traditional trinity, holy trinity, and an Asian flavor, all will be described. Pork or beef bones you can use are cooked, as from ribs, pork chops, steaks, roasts, or fresh from Tesco, which sells pork and beef bones for specifically making bone broth. Using chicken bones is listed as a shortcut as the time is different, and is written as using whole chicken carcasses instead of leftover bones from cooking. Variants in the Recipe Notes section will describe information on using combinations of different bones. I will be using my large 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) stove top pressure cooker. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts broth 5 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts broth 5 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Pork or Beef Bone Broth (Pressure Cooker)
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There is three aspects to this, the traditional trinity, holy trinity, and an Asian flavor, all will be described. Pork or beef bones you can use are cooked, as from ribs, pork chops, steaks, roasts, or fresh from Tesco, which sells pork and beef bones for specifically making bone broth. Using chicken bones is listed as a shortcut as the time is different, and is written as using whole chicken carcasses instead of leftover bones from cooking. Variants in the Recipe Notes section will describe information on using combinations of different bones. I will be using my large 9 liter (9 1/2 quart) stove top pressure cooker. Follow all safety precautions for your model of pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts broth 5 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 quarts broth 5 minutes
Cook Time
60 minutes
Ingredients
For Seasoning, pick just one group to use
Trinity
Holy Trinity (for the Cajuns)
Asian
  • 3-4 spring onions chopped, white and green parts
  • 1 thumb fresh ginger as long as your thumb, sliced, no need to peel
  • 2-3 cloves garlic optional, smashed and peeled
Servings: quarts broth
Instructions
  1. For the cooked bones, save each, pork or beef, in separate gallon size zip lock bags and place in the freezer until you have a gallon bag full. Another option is to use fresh pork or beef bones, they are available at Tesco in Thailand, I will determine what the weight of fresh bones is to a gallon bag.
  2. Once you have the gallon size bag of bones, place them in your pressure cooker, frozen bones are ok, no need to thaw them.
  3. Add the seasoning of your choice to the pressure cooker; Trinity, Holy Trinity, or Asian. Only use one type if this is your first go at this.
  4. Add water to the pot to just cover the bones, start with pouring in 2 quarts of water, if there is bones sticking out of the water, rearrange bones or if already packed in there well, just add more to just cover them. Keep in mind the 2/3 full pot rule with your size of pressure cooker.
  5. Place the lid on the pressure cooker and lock, place the weight, the jiggler, on the lid, place on high heat.
  6. When the jiggler starts to move and vent pressure, start your timer for 60 minutes, and reduce heat to low or medium low heat to maintain the jiggler moving and pressure releasing.
  7. When 60 minutes have passed, turn off the heat and move to an unused burner. Allow a natural release of pressure. Keep in mind, the more water you have in the pot, it takes longer to come up to pressure, and takes longer to release pressure.
  8. Once you have indications that there is zero pressure in the cooker, Open the lid.
  9. Allow the broth to cool slightly, then pour through a cheesecloth lined strainer. Discard the bones and seasonings used.
  10. Pour the broth into quart jars if you plan on using within 3-5 days and place in the fridge when cooled to room temp. If wanting to use later, pour into ice cube trays and freeze for up to 3 months.
Recipe Notes

Low to zero cost.

Note about the bones: If using cooked bones, such as ribs, chops, steaks, roasts, those bones are already cut. If using fresh bones from Tesco or a local butcher, ask them to cut the whole bones for you into 2-4 pieces. If a shop cannot cut the bones you have 3 choices. 1. If you happen to have a meat saw at your disposal, use that. 2. Use a hacksaw with a new and sterilized blade. 3. Wrap the bones in cheesecloth and apply a few liberal blows with a hammer.

Shortcut: Chicken Stock (Pressure Cooker).

Variants: You ever go to a Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, or Thai noddles shop and find they have the best tasting broth with the noodles? Here's why, they use different combinations of bones to make the broth. Chicken, duck, and turkey bones have different flavors. 1. Try a combination of beef + one or two chicken bones. 2. Try a variation with pork + one or two chicken bones. 3. Try those combinations with duck and turkey bones.

Mushroom Spring Rolls
Mushroom Spring Rolls
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Sounds delicious. Making spring rolls seems tricky but it is so easy. These are Spring Rolls, Chinese in origin, spring roll wrappers fry up crispy. Egg Rolls are American in origin and are a thicker, chewier wrapper. On my to cook list. I will verify how many spring rolls, wrappers, are needed when I make these. And I will have step by step photos to show you how to assemble these.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
Mushroom Spring Rolls
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Sounds delicious. Making spring rolls seems tricky but it is so easy. These are Spring Rolls, Chinese in origin, spring roll wrappers fry up crispy. Egg Rolls are American in origin and are a thicker, chewier wrapper. On my to cook list. I will verify how many spring rolls, wrappers, are needed when I make these. And I will have step by step photos to show you how to assemble these.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
3-4 minutes 30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. For the mushrooms and the shrimp, you can either use a knife to mince the stems, caps, and shrimp or just run them through a meat grinder if you have one, using the coarse plate, aka, the wagon wheel, you can mince the mushrooms and shrimp at the same time with the grinder.
  2. Prepare the chilies, garlic, and basil.
  3. Heat the oil in a non stick pan, when hot, add the chilies and garlic, stir fry for a minute, then add the shrimp, mushrooms, sauces, sugar, and basil. Stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Remove to a plate to cool to room temp.
  4. To assemble the spring rolls, first we need to make the glue to seal the edge of the pastry. Mix together the water and corn starch in a small bowl, set that aside but close to where you will be working.
  5. Open the package of spring roll sheets. Carefully pull off one sheet and place smooth side down on a clean counter with one corner of the sheet facing you. Very important, place a damp towel on the unused sheets, if the sheets dry out they are hard to pull apart and will tear. (This is where two people is very handy, one to pull the the pastry apart and the other rolling the spring rolls.)
  6. Place a tablespoon or so of filling near the corner closest to you.
  7. Fold the bottom (the corner closest to you) up over the filling.
  8. Tightly roll, the filling will spread some, that is fine. When the roll is in the widest part of the pastry (left and right corners will be on the sides of the roll) fold each side towards the center. The roll should be about 5 inches long, and should look like an open envelope.
  9. Continue to roll, and when there is just a pointy section at the end away from you, use your finger and apply some of the cornstarch slurry you made just a few minutes ago to the edges of the pointy section (just like sealing an envelope), continue to roll and seal the edge, and just pat that seam down with your fingers. There, you just made a spring roll.
  10. Repeat until you have either used all the filling or all the pastry sheets.
  11. To fry these, heat about 1 inch of oil in a pot. When hot, add 4-5 spring rolls at a time and fry, turn often, until golden brown, These cook fast so keep an eye on them. Remove to paper towels to drain and fry the remaining rolls.
  12. Let cool for a few minutes then serve hot as is or serve with a dipping sauce of your choice. My Sweet & Sour Sauce is listed as a shortcut in the Recipe Notes section.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce.

Variant: 1. Bake instead of fry, place on a rack on a baking sheet, spray with oil all sides, bake in a 200 C (400 F) oven until golden brown.

This recipe for Mushroom Parcels 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.