Italian Pasta Salad
Italian Pasta Salad
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This is a base recipe that you can tailor every time you make this so it is never the same. This is a make ahead salad, meaning you make this the day before, then chill it overnight, allowing the flavors to blend. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Italian Pasta Salad
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This is a base recipe that you can tailor every time you make this so it is never the same. This is a make ahead salad, meaning you make this the day before, then chill it overnight, allowing the flavors to blend. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20-30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Customize the Salad with:
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling, salted water, until tender. Over cooked by a minute or two is preferred. For pasta salads, just tender pasta is not desired, since the pasta is not being cooked further in a sauce, you want well cooked pasta. Drain the pasta and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking process. Place the pasta in a large mixing bowl.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, mix together the vinegar and sugar.
  3. Add the vinegar mixture and Italian seasoning to the pasta and mix well to coat all the pasta and distribute the seasoning. Let the pasta cool.
  4. Once the pasta is cooled, mix in the onion and olives and mix well.
  5. Cover and place in the fridge overnight.
  6. Now the base recipe is ready. This can be served as is, or dressed up as you desire. Add any of the Customize ingredients as you desire to change this salad each time you make it.
Recipe Notes

The base recipe is low cost, depending on other added items, that will increase the per serving, but certainly not over $1 per serving 🙂

Adapted from an internet recipe.

My Pasta Salad
My Pasta Salad
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Salad bars in Thailand often have hard boiled quail eggs as a choice. I used to get just a bowl of quail eggs and Bleu cheese dressing as my salad, and my daughter and I gobbled these up. So I figured I would take this a step further and make a pasta salad with quail eggs and other salad fixings along with Bleu cheese dressing. I made this on 14 July 2018, and absolutely delicious. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 hours
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Salad bars in Thailand often have hard boiled quail eggs as a choice. I used to get just a bowl of quail eggs and Bleu cheese dressing as my salad, and my daughter and I gobbled these up. So I figured I would take this a step further and make a pasta salad with quail eggs and other salad fixings along with Bleu cheese dressing. I made this on 14 July 2018, and absolutely delicious. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Passive Time
2-3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cook pasta of your choice in a pot of boiling salted water. When tender, drain and run under cold water to stop the cooking process then drain well again and place in a large mixing bowl. I used a mix of spirals and elbows.
  2. Prepare the quail eggs, either using fresh eggs, which is what I do, or use canned eggs. I use 25 fresh eggs which is comparable to canned, which is 23-25 eggs. For canned, just open and drain. For fresh eggs, hard boil them and peel.
  3. Dice the peppers and onion and place in the mixing bowl with the pasta. These are on top of the pasta.
  4. Mix together the pasta, peppers, and onion.
  5. Slice the olives and add to the pasta, gently mix those in. I do this is steps so as not to break up any of the ingredients.
  6. Add the chickpeas and eggs.
  7. Gently mix those into the pasta, then add the dressing, start with 1 cup and gently mix that in, then add 1/2 cup at a time for the consistency you want, the goal is everything coated well but not dripping in dressing.
  8. Cover and place in the fridge until chilled. Serve with any main dish of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

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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.

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.

Braised Quail Eggs & Mushrooms
Braised Quail Eggs & Mushrooms
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Quail eggs and mushrooms, sounds good to me. This is Chinese in origin. Served as a side dish or a light main dish when served with steamed broccoli or cauliflower. I made this on 24 June 2018 and is perfect as written. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Braised Quail Eggs & Mushrooms
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Quail eggs and mushrooms, sounds good to me. This is Chinese in origin. Served as a side dish or a light main dish when served with steamed broccoli or cauliflower. I made this on 24 June 2018 and is perfect as written. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Prep Time
15 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Sauce
For the Thickener
Servings:
Instructions
  1. If using fresh hard boiled quail eggs, peel those and place in a shallow bowl. If using canned canned eggs, drain, rinse, and place in a bowl. Add the 1 tablespoon of soy sauce and mix together. Set aside and marinate for 15 minutes.
  2. If using canned mushrooms, drain and rinse those, and set them aside. If using fresh mushrooms, steam those to precook them, then set those aside.
  3. In a bowl, mix together the sauce ingredients, and in a measuring cup, mix together the thickening ingredients.
  4. Heat a wok or large pan with about 1/2 inch of cooking oil, while the oil is heating, take a toothpick and poke each egg a few times through the white into the yolk. The reason for this is you are going to fry the eggs in hot oil, the pricks from the toothpick should reduce the chances of an egg bursting. When the oil is hot, add the eggs and fry for a few minutes, stirring them as well until starting to brown up. Remove the eggs and drain.
  5. Pour out the oil from the wok or pan, and return 2 tablespoons of oil back to the pan, heat and when hot, saute the spring onion until fragrant.
  6. Add the mushrooms and the sauce to the pan and stir fry for 2-3 minutes.
  7. Stir in the thickener then the eggs. Stir to mix together and cook until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat.
  8. Serve as is as a side dish or serve with steamed vegetables for the light main dish.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I pick up a can of mushrooms, for now I will say low cost.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Quail Eggs in Soy Sauce II
Quail Eggs in Soy Sauce II
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This is an American rendition of soy sauce eggs, more like a pickled egg in way, but sounds like these would be great in a salad or as appetizers or snacks. On my to cook list. I will update the servings, prep, and cook times after I have made this. My goal is to make two pint jars. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Quail Eggs in Soy Sauce II
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This is an American rendition of soy sauce eggs, more like a pickled egg in way, but sounds like these would be great in a salad or as appetizers or snacks. On my to cook list. I will update the servings, prep, and cook times after I have made this. My goal is to make two pint jars. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. In a pot, add the soy sauce, vinegars, garlic, brown sugar, and salt. Bring to a boil, stir, and boil for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool to room temp.
  2. If using fresh hard boiled quail eggs, get them peeled, rinsed, and place in the mason jars. If using canned eggs, drain, rinse (they are already peeled), and place in the mason jars.
  3. Add 1 chili (both halves) to each jar. Place a wedge or two of onion in each jar.
  4. Pour the cooled brine into each jar, pack in more eggs as needed and push them down into the liquid so they are covered. Place lids on the jars and set in the fridge for 3 to 5 days, then the eggs are ready to be enjoyed.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Quail Eggs in Soy Sauce I
Quail Eggs in Soy Sauce I
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This sounds very good, and this recipe is Indonesian in origin. Normally served on a skewer as a side dish, appetizer, or snack. On my to cook list. This recipe assumes you have fresh hard boiled quail eggs or for folks in the states, feel free to use canned. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
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This sounds very good, and this recipe is Indonesian in origin. Normally served on a skewer as a side dish, appetizer, or snack. On my to cook list. This recipe assumes you have fresh hard boiled quail eggs or for folks in the states, feel free to use canned. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. If using fresh hard boiled eggs, get them peeled the set aside. If using canned, just drain and rinse (they are already peeled) and set them aside.
  2. Add the chopped shallots, galangal, coriander, and a pinch or two of salt in a mortar and mash with a pestle. No mortar? No problem, use a food processor or blender 🙂 Set aside.
  3. Add the water to a pot and bring to a boil. Then stir in the the mashed ingredients, bay leaves, sugar, soy sauce, and finally add the eggs.
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer and let the mixture cook until the eggs are a nice brown color then remove from heat.
  5. Remove the eggs and drain.
  6. Place 5 eggs on each skewer.
  7. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Caramelized Pork & Quail Eggs
Caramelized Pork & Quail Eggs
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This recipe is Khmer Krom in origin, and the Khmer Krom are ethnic Khmer living in Vietnam, and this sounds absolutely delicious. For those in the US if you do not have fresh quail eggs available to you, you can certainly use the canned eggs found in most Asian markets (they are also already cooked and peeled). The procedure to hard boil fresh quail eggs is in the Recipe Notes. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
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This recipe is Khmer Krom in origin, and the Khmer Krom are ethnic Khmer living in Vietnam, and this sounds absolutely delicious. For those in the US if you do not have fresh quail eggs available to you, you can certainly use the canned eggs found in most Asian markets (they are also already cooked and peeled). The procedure to hard boil fresh quail eggs is in the Recipe Notes. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1-2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Have your quail eggs prepared and set aside. If using canned eggs, just drain, rinse, and set aside.
  2. In a large pot, add the 1 tablespoon of water and the 1 tablespoon of sugar, turn on the heat to medium and whisk the water and sugar until the sugar turns a dark brown in color.
  3. Carefully pour in the 3 cups of water and stir well then add the garlic, fish sauce, the 2 tablespoons of sugar, salt, and coconut juice, and stir to mix well.
  4. Add the pork, eggs, and simmer until the pork is tender, stirring occasionally. This can be 45 minutes to well over an hour.
  5. When the pork is nice and tender, stir in the black pepper, ladle into bowls and garnish with spring onion. Serve with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

The pork shoulder will cost about 75 Baht/750 grams. The quail eggs if bought at Tesco will cost about 50 Baht/pack of 24. (If you buy quail eggs from a local vendor, about half that price.) For servings, this is about 98 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Quail Egg Wontons
Quail Egg Wontons
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This is a common street food in Bangkok sold as a snack. This is going to be written as 5 eggs per skewer, and one to two skewers would be an appetizer or snack. If you do not have fresh quail eggs, in the states you can buy these canned in most Asian markets. I made these on 3 Jun 2018, nothing hard about this but it does time if making a lot, I used about 42 eggs for this. If you do not know how to hard boil fresh quail eggs, a link to that is in the Recipe Notes. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 skewer 2 minutes
Cook Time
2-3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 skewer 2 minutes
Cook Time
2-3 minutes
Quail Egg Wontons
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This is a common street food in Bangkok sold as a snack. This is going to be written as 5 eggs per skewer, and one to two skewers would be an appetizer or snack. If you do not have fresh quail eggs, in the states you can buy these canned in most Asian markets. I made these on 3 Jun 2018, nothing hard about this but it does time if making a lot, I used about 42 eggs for this. If you do not know how to hard boil fresh quail eggs, a link to that is in the Recipe Notes. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
1 skewer 2 minutes
Cook Time
2-3 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 skewer 2 minutes
Cook Time
2-3 minutes
Ingredients
For Each Skewer
To Fry
  • lard or cooking oil, as needed, OR make from a shortcut
Servings: skewer
Instructions
  1. Place a wonton wrapper on your work surface with a corner pointed towards you. Dip your finger in a small bowl of water and all 4 edges of the wrapper, place a quail egg on the wrapper.
  2. Fold the corner closest to you over the egg away from you, then roll the egg away from until you see the corners overlapped.
  3. Take the left and right corners and fold them one at a time over the egg as well, so they overlap. Place on a skewer, running the skewer through the corners overlapped, as seen in this photo. I folded the left corner first, then right corner, gives a nice uniform appearance.
  4. Repeat with the remaining eggs and wrappers. Using as many skewers, eggs, and wrappers as desired.
  5. Heat a pan with about 1/2 inch of lard or oil (I used homemade lard for this), when hot, add a few skewers at a time, fry to golden brown.
  6. Turn and fry the other side to golden brown. Frying both sides, called a shallow deep fry, takes just 10-20 seconds per side.
  7. Serve with a dipping sauce of your choice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs. Rendering Lard.

Common street food in Thailand.

Dumpling Egg Soup II
Dumpling Egg Soup II
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This is another version of the original soup, with the main ingredients being the potato, eggs, dumplings (wontons), and broth. For this version, the type of eggs was changed and I added Vietnamese sausage. This recipe is assuming you have dumplings (or wontons) ready made or already homemade and on hand, and hard boiled eggs on hand as well.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Dumpling Egg Soup II
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This is another version of the original soup, with the main ingredients being the potato, eggs, dumplings (wontons), and broth. For this version, the type of eggs was changed and I added Vietnamese sausage. This recipe is assuming you have dumplings (or wontons) ready made or already homemade and on hand, and hard boiled eggs on hand as well.
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the broth to a small sauce pan and add the potato and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until the potatoes are almost fork tender, 8-10 minutes or so.
  2. Just when the potatoes are almost fork tender, add the eggs and Vietnamese sausage. Let this simmer for another 5-10 minutes or so to finish cooking the potatoes and to heat the eggs and sausage through. Vietnamese sausage is already cooked when you buy it, here you just need to heat it through.
  3. For the dumplings or wontons, you can do this two ways. You can pan fry them first then add to the broth, or for raw wontons, you can just add to the broth when you add the eggs and let them cook that way.
  4. When the potato is tender, season with salt and white pepper to taste and stir in some chopped coriander.
  5. Ladle into bowls with plenty of broth, sprinkle some of the coriander on the top and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs, Vegetable Wontons.

Inspired by the original recipe provided courtesy of good friend, Drew Padilla.
United States.