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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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.

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.

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.

Cinnamon & Star Anise Pork Chops
Cinnamon & Star Anise Pork Chops
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The flavors are wonderful and is a good change from regular pork chops. This is a Thai recipe for pork chops that poaches then, which is a fancy word for simmering. I made this on 16 July 2018, and this is a keeper!
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 3-12 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 3-12 hours
Cinnamon & Star Anise Pork Chops
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The flavors are wonderful and is a good change from regular pork chops. This is a Thai recipe for pork chops that poaches then, which is a fancy word for simmering. I made this on 16 July 2018, and this is a keeper!
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 3-12 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 3-12 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix together the salt, sugar, onion, garlic, white pepper, and soy sauces. I used two thin pieces of cinnamon.
  2. Rinse the pork chops. This photo shows how the pork chops can vary.
  3. You can tenderize if you like with a mallet or needle tenderizer. Add the chops to a sturdy zip lock bag. I use a needle tenderizer, both sides, not to tenderize the meat but to allow the marinade to soak into the meat.
  4. Add the remaining liquid mix and the star anise and cinnamon to the zip lock bag, squish the chops around, mindful of the where the bones are next to the bag. Remove as much as air as you can from the bag and zip close. Place the bag in the fridge for at least 3 hours but overnight is recommended. For 3-6 hours, flip the bag once an hour.
  5. Place the chops and the marinade in a pot,
  6. Add water to just cover the chops. Bring to a boil then reduce to a low boil, and let the chops cook until the liquid is reduced by half and the chops are tender.
  7. Remove the chops to a dish with a slotted spoon leaving the liquid in the pot.
  8. Mix together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water to make a slurry. Whisk the slurry into the liquid while the pot is on medium heat, whisk or stir for several minutes to slightly thicken the sauce. Remove the star anise and cinnamon sticks.
  9. Serve the chops with rice on the side and spoon the sauce over the chops.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get pork chops again in the city, I will say low price now.

This recipe for Cinnamon & Star Anise Pork Chop is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Mushroom Stir Fry
Mushroom Stir Fry
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A good stir fry needs at least 2 things, good fresh vegetables and a sauce. For this recipe, ingredients and even the types used are up to you, but the mushrooms are key here, and for this I am using fresh Straw and Oyster mushrooms and fresh vegetables. So with Mushroom Stir Fry, we are going to use mushroom sauce, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. The ingredients listed is exactly what I used for this dish, feel free to change the amounts as desired.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Mushroom Stir Fry
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A good stir fry needs at least 2 things, good fresh vegetables and a sauce. For this recipe, ingredients and even the types used are up to you, but the mushrooms are key here, and for this I am using fresh Straw and Oyster mushrooms and fresh vegetables. So with Mushroom Stir Fry, we are going to use mushroom sauce, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. The ingredients listed is exactly what I used for this dish, feel free to change the amounts as desired.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prep all the veggies and put them in bowls according to cook time needed. Sauces and peppers are also line up on the counter for ready use. First item to cook will be the carrots, then the peas and cauliflower, then lastly the mushrooms.
  2. Heat a non stick pan with a tablespoon or two of oil. When hot, add the carrot and stir fry for about 5 minutes or so until they are starting to soften. Then add the peas, cauliflower, a few dashes of soy sauce, mushroom sauce, and season with black and white pepper as desired. Stir fry for about 5 minutes or so. Add about 1/4 cup of water to help steam them and let them cook for a few more minutes, stirring often to soften them up.
  3. Add the mushrooms, and other dash or so of soy sauce, mushroom sauce, and season with black and white peppers as desired. Stir everything together to mix the sauces in and let the mushrooms cook down, stirring often, as they release water.
  4. When the mushrooms have cooked down and nearly all the water is cooked off, taste and adjust seasoning with a dash or so of oyster sauce and peppers as desired and mix together.
  5. Serve as a side with a meat dish or simple with rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Common Asian method for cooking vegetables, nothing new here.

Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters
Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters
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Excellent dish that goes together quickly. Perfect use for oyster meat, and you can use any fresh mushrooms you prefer.
Servings
4-6 servings
Servings
4-6 servings
Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters
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Excellent dish that goes together quickly. Perfect use for oyster meat, and you can use any fresh mushrooms you prefer.
Servings
4-6 servings
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix together the rice flour, corn starch and water to make a slurry. Set aside.
  2. Place the well drained oyster meat in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs and mix together well.
  3. Mushrooms, coriander, and garlic all prepped. I used 75 grams of Shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced, and coriander in place of the spring onion.
  4. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan then add the garlic and fry until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. To the pan, add the mushrooms and oysters and stir in the flour slurry, stir to remove any lumps.
  6. When the mixture is lump free, add the soy sauce, sugar, white pepper, and spring onions, cook, stirring often, for about 30 seconds to a minute. Remove from heat.
  7. Serve with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

I buy oysters from local fishermen for 50 Baht/pint. This is low cost. If sourcing from Tesco, you might be over $1 per serving. I will verify the Tesco cost.

This recipe for Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Chicken & Basil Sausage
Chicken & Basil Sausage
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Another great sounding Thai sausage recipe. On my to make and cook list for sure. When I make this I will determine a lot of the missing or unclear information.
Chicken & Basil Sausage
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Another great sounding Thai sausage recipe. On my to make and cook list for sure. When I make this I will determine a lot of the missing or unclear information.
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Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. You can use store bought ground chicken (which is rare in the town near me) or you can grind your own. For this I used breasts, an ideal mixture would be breasts and thighs. The white bits on the right is from bread. To get the remaining amount of meat out of your grinder, tear up a slice of bread and run that through last.
  3. In a mortar, add the white pepper, garlic, and coriander and pound with a pestle to combine. You can also use a blender for this if you desire. If using mostly powders, just pound the garlic.
  4. Mix the pounded garlic mixture with the remaining ingredients, except the casings, by hand until fully mixed.
  5. You can taste the sausage mixture and adjust as needed by first pan frying a small amount or microwaving a small amount.
  6. Shape the mixture into 5 sort of equal balls. Here I have the balls shaped, my funnel and pusher from my meat grinder, as well as 5 collagen casings.
  7. Pipe the meat mixture into the hog casing as you prefer, such as a funnel, sausage maker, hand or electric grinder with sausage tube. Tie off the ends of each link with string.
  8. The sausage is ready now, but to firm it up, place the sausage in the fridge overnight, totally optional to do this but recommended.
  9. Pan fry on low heat until cooked through, turning often to prevent burning, or grill until cooked through.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Chicken Basil Sausage is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Classic Chinese Fried Rice – Yangzhou Version
Classic Chinese Fried Rice - Yangzhou Version
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Sounds like another winner of a fried rice dish, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Classic Chinese Fried Rice - Yangzhou Version
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Sounds like another winner of a fried rice dish, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large non stick pan and add the peas and carrots, cook until tender, remove from pan.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan and when hot, add the shrimp, cook until just pink, remove from pan.
  3. Add the rice to the wok or pan, use your spatula and make a hole in the center down to the pan, add the remaining oil and pour in the beaten eggs, stir fry to mix together the eggs and rice.
  4. Add the peas, carrots, ham, shrimp, soy sauce, pinch of salt and the white pepper, stir fry to mix everything together.
  5. Add the spring onion and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Add a few drops of sesame oil to the beaten eggs before pouring into the pan.

This recipe for Chinese Fried Rice - Yangzhou Version is from China Sichuan Food.