Northern Thai Sausage (Sai Oua) II
Northern Thai Sausage (Sai Oua) II
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As the name implies, this is a Thai sausage from Northern Thailand, the Chiang Mai region. I have enjoyed this many times, and have made it using a spice packet which is very easy, but for those wishing to do this without the packet, here you go. This version uses common ingredients. You will need casings and string.
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As the name implies, this is a Thai sausage from Northern Thailand, the Chiang Mai region. I have enjoyed this many times, and have made it using a spice packet which is very easy, but for those wishing to do this without the packet, here you go. This version uses common ingredients. You will need casings and string.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. For the pork, ground pork from the store is ok to use. For a fattier pork mix, grind your own using pork belly or a mix of pork belly and pork shoulder. A fattier pork mix is perfect for this sausage.
  2. If using hog casings packed in salt, you will need to soak and rinse them following the suppliers instructions. If using dry hog casing, set them aside until needed, the just need a minute or two in water and can be used. You can also use collagen casings if you prefer.
  3. Add the galangal, lemongrass, garlic, coriander roots, and lime leaves to a blender, and finely chop. You are not looking to make a paste, just chip fine. If using a mortar and pestle, grind with the pestle until mixed, again, no need for a paste.
  4. Place the ground pork, chili paste, and the blender or mortar contents in a large mixing bowl and using your hands, mix completely.
  5. Stuff the casings as you prefer. Tie into about 8 inch links.
  6. Grill or bake until cooked through.
  7. Slice, serve with fresh cucumber, cabbage, or lettuce.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Red Curried Sausage is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Isaan Sausage (Sai Krok) II
Isaan Sausage (Sai Krok) II
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This type of sausage originates in the northeastern area of Thailand, the Isaan region, and Laos and is very popular throughout the north as well. This is a mild sausage, good garlic and black pepper taste. You can ferment this at room temp for 2-3 days or if you are not comfortable doing that, you can store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Fermentation is not necessary to do, feel free to simple prepare these and grill and there is a few ways to do that as well. This version uses common ingredients. You will need casings and string.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
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This type of sausage originates in the northeastern area of Thailand, the Isaan region, and Laos and is very popular throughout the north as well. This is a mild sausage, good garlic and black pepper taste. You can ferment this at room temp for 2-3 days or if you are not comfortable doing that, you can store in the fridge for 2-3 days. Fermentation is not necessary to do, feel free to simple prepare these and grill and there is a few ways to do that as well. This version uses common ingredients. You will need casings and string.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 days
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the pork, you can use ground pork, but if you are grinding yourself, pork shoulder, or preferred would be pork belly minus the skin. Use the wagon plate (coarse plate) for a nice mince.
  2. If using hog casings packed in salt, you will need to soak and rinse them following the suppliers instructions. If using dry hog casing, set them aside until needed, the just need a minute or two in water and can be used. You can also use collagen casings if you prefer.
  3. Peel the garlic and mince well.
  4. Add the ground pork, minced garlic, rice, salt, and pepper to a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, get in there and mix well.
  5. Using the method of your choice, stuff the sausage casings. Once stuffed, use sting tie off the sausage into 1 1/2 inch links. Do not twist the links, just use the string and tie, tightly.
  6. Once everything is tied tightly, you can either cook now, or leave to ferment for a few days. The fermentation happens with the salt and rice.
  7. To ferment, use the fridge, there is less chance of spoilage of the pork. Place the sausage in a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap, place in the fridge for 2-3 days.
  8. The fermenting is not really needed, you can prepare the sausage and grill the same day, no harm.
  9. You can taste the sausage mixture and adjust as needed by first pan frying a small amount or microwaving a small amount.
To Cook on a Charcoal Grill
  1. After you have lit your charcoal, and get a nice bed of coals, cover the grill with foil, place the sausage on the foil and cook until cooked through and juices run clear.
To Cook in an Oven
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F). Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Steam the sausages in a steamer until nearly cooked through. Use any steaming method you prefer.
  3. Place the sausage on the baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until nicely browned, then turn them over and bake for another 5 minutes or until nicely browned all over.
  4. Remove to a plate and cut them apart where the strings are tied (remove the bits of string as well).
  5. Serve with fresh sliced cucumber, celery, lettuce or cabbage, and chilies. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Ground pork will cost about 85 Baht/800 grams. For 6 servings, this is about 45 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Ginger Minced Pork Rice Bowl
Ginger Minced Pork Rice Bowl
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This is a simple but flavorful sounding Chinese dish. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
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This is a simple but flavorful sounding Chinese dish. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Make the seasoning sauce in a small bowl, mix together the sugar, rice wine, and soy sauce. Set aside.
  2. Heat the oil in a non stick pan on medium to medium high heat, when hot, add the pork and ginger. Cook, breaking up the meat with your spatula until nicely browned, 3-5 minutes.
  3. Mix in the seasoning sauce until well mixed in, simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Mix in the sesame oil, seeds, and spring onion (reserving a small amount for garnish), continue to simmer for about 30 seconds to a minute then remove from heat.
  5. To serve, place 1 cup of rice in each bowl, top each bowl with 1/4 of of the ginger pork. Sprinkle the top with some chopped spring onion, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by the recipe Ginger Minced Pork Rice Bowl from Spice the Plate.

Asadong Pork Giniling with Quail Eggs & Mushrooms
Asadong Pork Giniling with Quail Eggs & Mushrooms
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This is a Filipino dish and struck my interest as a main dish with the use of ground pork. This is delicious, I made this on 17 July 2018, mad exactly as written, very well liked by the family. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Asadong Pork Giniling with Quail Eggs & Mushrooms
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This is a Filipino dish and struck my interest as a main dish with the use of ground pork. This is delicious, I made this on 17 July 2018, mad exactly as written, very well liked by the family. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. If using fresh quail eggs, hard boil, peel, and place in a dish and set aside. If using canned eggs, just drain and rinse then place in a bowl and set aside.
  2. In a wok or large non stick pan, heat a splash of oil, when hot, add the garlic and onion. Saute until the onion is soft.
  3. Add the pork, chopping up and turn with your spatula and cook until no longer pink and browned a bit, it gets cooked more later.
  4. Add the mushrooms, sauces, star anise, stock, and sugar, mix and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Add cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  5. Stir in the cornstarch slurry and the eggs, simmer until the sauce thickens as you desire. Season with salt and pepper as desired.
  6. When the sauce has thickened, taste and season as desired with salt and pepper as you desire, stir in the spring onion.
  7. Serve with a side of fresh cooked rice.
Recipe Notes

Ground pork at Tesco will cost about 50 Baht/500 grams, if you want to control the fat, grind your own but that will affect the price. For 3 servings (not including the eggs as there is a large shift from the price from local vendor to Tesco, for 3 servings, this is about 52 cents per serving, slightly more with the eggs, but well under $1, always go with a local vendor.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

This recipe for Asadong Pork Giniling with Quail Egg and Mushroom is courtesy of Ang Sarap.

Omurice (오므라이스)
Omurice (오므라이스)
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This sounds good, and is a first for me to have Korean writing on the site as well, which is always cool to add the other languages. This is a fried rice dish inside an omelet. Originating in Japan then spread to other Asian countries. The main flavoring, ketchup 🙂
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
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This sounds good, and is a first for me to have Korean writing on the site as well, which is always cool to add the other languages. This is a fried rice dish inside an omelet. Originating in Japan then spread to other Asian countries. The main flavoring, ketchup 🙂
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large non stick skillet on medium heat with 2 tablespoons of oil, when hot, add the onion, spring onion, carrot, and pork. Stir fry until the pork is cooked through and the onion is soft, then stir in the soy sauce and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  2. Add the rice, stirring to break up any clumps until it is mixed well, then add the ketchup, taste, and season with salt and pepper as desired. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Same pan, heat a small amount of olive oil, while the oil is heating, break two eggs into a small bowl, whisk with a fork and add a pinch of salt and pepper if desired. Add the eggs to the hot pan and swirl them around to cover the bottom of the pan.
  4. When the bottom is set and the top of the eggs are a bit runny, turn off the heat and spoon in half of the rice mixture down the center of the eggs.
  5. Fold over both sides and and slide the omelet to the side of the pan, then flip onto a plate. Repeat the process for the second omelet.
  6. Drizzle some ketchup on the top of each and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Kai Yad Sai (Thai Stuffed Omelet)
Kai Yad Sai (Thai Stuffed Omelet)
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These are very good! I enjoy these often when I go to other provinces. This recipe is for 4 omelets, normally when this is served, in Thailand, it is huge so think family style, meaning placed on the table and everyone helps themselves to it.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes or so total
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes or so total
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These are very good! I enjoy these often when I go to other provinces. This recipe is for 4 omelets, normally when this is served, in Thailand, it is huge so think family style, meaning placed on the table and everyone helps themselves to it.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes or so total
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes or so total
Ingredients
For the Eggs
For the Pork Filling
To Prepare
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, fish sauce, and season with white pepper to taste. Beat to combine.
  2. In a large non stick pan, heat a splash of oil on medium heat, when hot, add ground pork and us your spatula to break it up as it cooks.
  3. When the pork is nearly cooked through, add the fish sauce, tomatoes, long beans, shallots, sugar, soy sauce, and season with white pepper to taste. Cook until the long beans are good and tender then remove and cover.
  4. In another non stick pan, heat a splash of oil, when hot add 1/4 of the egg mixture and move the mixture around to cook the bottom and set the top mostly.
  5. Loosen the omelet from the pan then spoon on 1/4 of the pork mixture into the center. Fold over two opposite sides.
  6. Then fold over the two other sides to make a square.
  7. Place a small plate, upside down on the omelet and turn the pan over, leaving the omelet on the plate. Cut an X on the omelet to show the pork filling. Repeat for the remaining omelets.
  8. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pork Dim Sum
Pork Dim Sum
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Dim Sum is Chinese in origin, Cantonese, basically open faced wontons that are steamed not fried. There is 1,000s of types of dim sum. This is a very common type here in Thailand that is sold in the open markets.
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
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Dim Sum is Chinese in origin, Cantonese, basically open faced wontons that are steamed not fried. There is 1,000s of types of dim sum. This is a very common type here in Thailand that is sold in the open markets.
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dim sum
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients except the olive oil and wonton wrappers.
  2. Use your hands to mix or a large sturdy spoon, it mixes together easily.
  3. Place a wonton skin on your work surface, add a small spoonful of the meat mixture into the center of the skin. Bunch up the sides and pick up the dim sum and shape so that it is cylindrical with the top open, and pack the pork in with a spoon as well. Set aside and repeat with the remaining skins. (I have not perfect how to pack these correctly, yet.)
  4. Heat your steamer (I use a rice cooker with a steamer tray) and lightly spray or rub the tray or steamer basket with olive oil. Place some dim sum in the steamer tray leaving space between them. Cover with a lid and steam for 8-10 minutes. You are steaming them, no need to worry about burning them 😉
  5. Remove the cooked dim sum to a plate, and repeat to cook the remaining dim sum.
  6. Serve with soy sauce for dipping if desired as an appetizer, side dish, or main dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pong Mouan Snol (Cambodian Pork Omelet)
Pong Mouan Snol (Cambodian Pork Omelet)
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Cambodian dishes normally take a back seat to Thai and Vietnamese dishes only because it is rarely heard of. I have been to Cambodia several times, the chow is excellent! I am going to change this up from a giant family size omelet to several smaller ones. This is on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 omelets 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 omelets 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
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Cambodian dishes normally take a back seat to Thai and Vietnamese dishes only because it is rarely heard of. I have been to Cambodia several times, the chow is excellent! I am going to change this up from a giant family size omelet to several smaller ones. This is on my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4 omelets 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 omelets 15 minutes
Cook Time
15-20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Pork Filling
For the Eggs
For Serving
Servings: omelets
Instructions
  1. In a large non stick pan, heat the oil, when hot, add the onion and cabbage, and cook just until the onion is starting to get soft, then add the pork, sprinkle in the sugar, salt, pepper, and mushroom sauce. Cook and break up the ground pork with a spatula until cooked through. Set this pan aside.
  2. For the eggs, instead of just cracking 12 eggs into a bowl, crack 3 eggs into a measuring cup and make a note of the quantity. This is so you can scoop out the egg mixture for each omelet.
  3. Pour those 3 eggs into a large mixing bowl, crack in the remaining eggs, then stir in the mushroom sauce.
  4. In another large non stick pan heat a splash of olive oil or some butter, when the oil/butter is hot, use a measuring cup and measure out the 3 egg amount, and pour into the pan.
  5. Move the pan around to spread the egg mixture out a bit.
  6. Let the egg mixture cook for about a minute, then add 1/4 of the meat mixture to one half of the egg mixture, cook for another minute or until the egg mixture is getting set.
  7. Use a large wide spatula and fold the other half of the egg over the pork mixture, and hold that for a few seconds to let that set. Cook for another minute or so.
  8. When the eggs are good and set, slide the omelet onto a plate.
  9. Add a side of Jasmine rice and some sliced cucumbers and tomatoes.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 45 Baht/500 grams for ground pork. For 4 omelets, this is about 35 cents per serving.

Recipe here is courtesy Tara's Multicultural Table and her recipe is here.
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Thung Thong, Thai Crispy Dumplings
Thung Thong, Thai Crispy Dumplings
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These are Thai dumplings, also known as Golden Purses. These sound absolutely delicious. These can be made with pork or chicken.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
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These are Thai dumplings, also known as Golden Purses. These sound absolutely delicious. These can be made with pork or chicken.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Aromatic Paste
Servings: dumplings
Instructions
To Make the Aromatic Paste
  1. Grind together the garlic, pepper, and cilantro with a mortar and pestle until a smooth paste. Set aside 1 table of the paste for the dumplings, the remaining can be frozen for up to a month.
For the Dumplings
  1. Heat a large non stick pan with 1 tablespoon of oil on high heat. When hot, ad the sliced spring onion white parts, aromatic paste, and the diced mushrooms, stir often and cook until the spring onion is softened. Add the pork, soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and water chestnuts (if using). Break the ground pork up as it cooks with your spatula, until cooked through and no liquid remains in the pan. Set the pan aside, this is the dumpling filling, and allow this to cool to room temperature.
  2. When the filling has cooled. Heat a small pot of water, about half full, to boiling. When the pot is boiling set out a bowl with ice water near the the pot. Add the spring onion green parts to the boiling water and blanch for 30 seconds, keep them submerged in the water as well. After 30 seconds, remove them to the ice water to cool them. Remove from the ice water and pat dry, then cut each green piece in half lengthwise, these are the ties for the Golden Purses.
  3. Open the refrigerated wonton wrappers and place on a plate, place one wonton wrapper on a work surface, keeping remaining wrappers covered with a towel to prevent them from drying out.
  4. Depending on the size of your wrappers, place between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of the wrapper. wet the 4 edges of the wrapper with water on your fingertip, draw up all the sides and pinch together at the top, so that it looks like a little bag an the bottom is rounded. Use a piece of the spring onion green and tie that around the top of the dumpling, and knot that. Trim the ends of the green.
  5. Repeat with the remaining wontons.
  6. Heat about 2-3 inches of cooking oil in a large pot, when the oil is hot, add a few dumplings at a time with a slotted spoon and fry until golden brown, remove with the slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, continue to fry remaining dumplings.
  7. Allow dumplings to cool for a few minutes, serve with a sweet chili sauce or plum sauce for dipping.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe was inspired by good friend, Daniela Dalaa Payerl.
Thailand.

Recipe here is courtesy Tara's Multicultural Table and her recipe is here.
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Ham Loaf
Ham Loaf
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This sounds interesting, next time in the city, if I get over to Makro I will pick up some ham to make this with.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
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This sounds interesting, next time in the city, if I get over to Makro I will pick up some ham to make this with.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
90 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add the pork, ham, eggs, bread crumbs, milk, salt, and pepper. Mix together well then place into the prepared baking dish and shape into a loaf.
  3. Bake for 90 minutes.
  4. While the ham loaf is baking, go ahead and mix together the topping. In a bowl, add the brown sugar, mustard, and vinegar and mix well. During the last 15 minutes of baking, pour the topping over the loaf and continue baking for the remainder of the time.
  5. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing, serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this next time I pick up some ham in the city. I will say high cost for now.

Adapted from an internet recipe.