Kow Piek Sen (ເຂົ້າ ປຽກ)

Kow Piek Sen (ເຂົ້າ ປຽກ)
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This is probably the most popular homemade soup in Laos, and this is a westernized version of. This is from my friend who is Lao, the only part to make it westernized is the use of macaroni instead of the rice noodles. This recipe to make it more available to those in the US, use macaroni unless you are familiar with making rice noodles, this recipe does not cover that. Servings, prep, cook times, and some quantities are approximate until I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Kow Piek Sen (ເຂົ້າ ປຽກ)
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This is probably the most popular homemade soup in Laos, and this is a westernized version of. This is from my friend who is Lao, the only part to make it westernized is the use of macaroni instead of the rice noodles. This recipe to make it more available to those in the US, use macaroni unless you are familiar with making rice noodles, this recipe does not cover that. Servings, prep, cook times, and some quantities are approximate until I make this. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
For Seasonings
For Garnish
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. You can go with a whole chicken (in Asia, remove the head and feet first), in the US, remove the giblet pack, save those for a snack later. Now you can boil the chicken whole, or you can cut it into the standard pieces or I will just go with two breasts and two quarters (separated), no need for the wings or back.
  2. In a large pot, add the water, onion, lemongrass, and salt and bring to a boil.
  3. Once boiling, carefully lower in the chicken, using pieces would be much easier than a whole chicken. Return to a gentle boil and cook the chicken through (you are making the broth).
  4. While the chicken is cooking, open and drain the drain the eggs if using canned, or hard boil them if using fresh, shortcut for hard boiled is Recipe Notes. Prep the pork balls by simply slicing each in half. And then measure out the dry macaroni.
  5. When the chicken is fully cooked, carefully remove the chicken and the lemongrass bundle from the pot. Then add the dry macaroni and let that cook.
  6. While the macaroni is cooking, use two forks and shred the chicken, removing skin, bones, and any gristle, good snack for your dog 😉
  7. When the macaroni is tender, add the chicken, eggs, and pork balls to the pot. reduce heat to a simmer and use the Seasonings as listed to taste. Let this cook to heat everything through.
  8. Ladle soup into bowls and use the Garnishes listed as you desire and to taste. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I gather up all the ingredients. I will say Low cost for now.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Variants: 1. Use 1-2 Cornish game hens in place of chicken. 2. Omit the eggs or the pork balls, or both.

Recipe inspired by good friend, Khanthary Singnhoth, and her recipe is here.
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Easy Taco Pie

Easy Taco Pie
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This comes from a friend and sounds very good, certainly on my to cook list! Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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This comes from a friend and sounds very good, certainly on my to cook list! Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Optional Toppings
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and grease glass pie dish with butter and set aside.
  2. Heat a large non stick pan and brown the beef until no longer any pink is visible. Break up the beef as it cooks with the spatula.
  3. Add the taco seasoning and water and reduce heat, cook for a few minutes to reduce the liquid and makes a thick sauce.
  4. Add the beef to the prepared pie dish and spread to make an even layer.
  5. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, cream, garlic, salt, and pepper, mix together then pour over the beef.
  6. Top with the cheese.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes or until the egg is set and the cheese starting to brown. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  8. Serve with toppings of sour cream, chopped tomatoes, chopped avocado, or toppings of your choice. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 125 Baht for the beef and about 90 Baht for the cheese. For 6 servings, this is about $1.05 per serving.

Shortcuts: Taco Seasoning Mix, Sour Cream.

Variant: 1. Use ground pork in place of beef.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patty J. Fike, and the original recipe is here.
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Fresh Long Beans (Pressure Cooker)

Fresh Long Beans (Pressure Cooker)
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When I say long beans, I mean green beans, taste the same, can be a bit tougher, and can be 1 to 3 feet long. Highly recommended by a good friend to cook these in a pressure cooker for some amazing beans! On my to cook list and soon! Follow all safety requirements for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Fresh Long Beans (Pressure Cooker)
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When I say long beans, I mean green beans, taste the same, can be a bit tougher, and can be 1 to 3 feet long. Highly recommended by a good friend to cook these in a pressure cooker for some amazing beans! On my to cook list and soon! Follow all safety requirements for your pressure cooker.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place everything into your slow cooker and give it a stir to mix everything up.
  2. Place on and lock the lid, heat over high heat to bring cooker up to pressure, then reduce heat to maintain full pressure. Once at full pressure and the jiggler is making noise and moving, start counting for 3 to 4 minutes (even 5 minutes if you like really soft green beans).
  3. When the time is up, turn off and move the cooker to an unused burner to cool for a natural release of pressure, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. When it is safe with your pressure indicating zero pressure, remove the lid, drain the beans, put beans in a serving bowl, serve as a side dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Cinnamon Roll Bread

Cinnamon Roll Bread
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Sounds very good, and is a no yeast recipe. On my to cook list.
Servings
1 loaf
Servings
1 loaf
Cinnamon Roll Bread
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Sounds very good, and is a no yeast recipe. On my to cook list.
Servings
1 loaf
Servings
1 loaf
Ingredients
For the Bread
For the Topping
For the Glaze
Servings: loaf
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 C) and lightly butter a bread pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the Bread dry ingredients. In a small bowl, mix together the Bread wet ingredients.
  3. Pour the wet into the dry and mix with a heavy spoon, no need for an electric mixer, easily done with a spoon.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared bread pan.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together the Topping ingredients. Use a spoon to sprinkle the mixture over the bread batter.
  6. Use a knife to make swirls through the batter to mix it in, about 1/3 deep into the batter.
  7. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes, use the toothpick method to check for done. Insert a toothpick in the center and when it comes out clean, the bread is done.
  8. When the bread is done, remove from the oven, let cool for 15 minutes, then roll out of the pan to a rack to cool completely.
  9. While the bread is cooling, make the glaze using the powdered sugar and adding just a teaspoon of milk at a time to obtain the consistency you prefer.
  10. When the bread is completely cooled, pour the glaze over the top.
  11. Slice, serve, and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Basic Streusel Coffee Cake

Basic Streusel Coffee Cake
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I used to make this type of coffee cake when I was little and learning to cook. This sounds pretty close to what I made, and I tested this out on 2 Jan 2018 and yep, this is really close to what I made, it is excellent. Now there is a story to the photos, the photo of the batter in the pan with the topping before the oven, picture perfect, after I put it in the oven, about 10 minutes later, I realized I had not opened my new bottle of baking powder! Since this cake was for my mother in law's birthday, removed the pan from the oven, scraped out the contents for the compost pile and let the pan cool while I prepared a new batter and topping mix. As I was making the batter, my wife walks through the kitchen and says, mother in law likes very little sugar, so go easy on the topping. The second cake is the cooked photo, with little topping. Mother in law took one bite, instant thumbs up from her!
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Basic Streusel Coffee Cake
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I used to make this type of coffee cake when I was little and learning to cook. This sounds pretty close to what I made, and I tested this out on 2 Jan 2018 and yep, this is really close to what I made, it is excellent. Now there is a story to the photos, the photo of the batter in the pan with the topping before the oven, picture perfect, after I put it in the oven, about 10 minutes later, I realized I had not opened my new bottle of baking powder! Since this cake was for my mother in law's birthday, removed the pan from the oven, scraped out the contents for the compost pile and let the pan cool while I prepared a new batter and topping mix. As I was making the batter, my wife walks through the kitchen and says, mother in law likes very little sugar, so go easy on the topping. The second cake is the cooked photo, with little topping. Mother in law took one bite, instant thumbs up from her!
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
9 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
25-30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Cake
For the Topping
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F), grease a 9x9 baking dish with butter.
  2. Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In another bowl, mix together the egg, oil, and milk. Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture and mix well to combine. (I just used two separate bowls, one for batter, one for topping.)
  3. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish and spread out evenly.
  4. Now using the bowl the flour mixture was in, add the Topping ingredients and mix together. Sprinkle the topping over the batter.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. (I used the toothpick method, when it came out clean, done.)
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Hamburger Buns

Hamburger Buns
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand, and he makes these often. Brian's words "Being that I live in Thailand, in a place that does not have a bakery around the corner, making my own hamburger buns allows me to enjoy a burger with a proper bun." And Brian is very correct, want a proper bun for a burger here, you have to make it yourself. I know Brian well, if he provides a recipe or shortcut to my site, he makes it often.
Servings Prep Time
8 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
15-17 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
15-17 minutes
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand, and he makes these often. Brian's words "Being that I live in Thailand, in a place that does not have a bakery around the corner, making my own hamburger buns allows me to enjoy a burger with a proper bun." And Brian is very correct, want a proper bun for a burger here, you have to make it yourself. I know Brian well, if he provides a recipe or shortcut to my site, he makes it often.
Servings Prep Time
8 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
15-17 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 buns 3-4 hours
Cook Time
15-17 minutes
Ingredients
For the Buns
For the Tops
Servings: buns
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the yeast and 1/2 cup of the flour. Add the luke warm water and mix together. Let this set for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture is foamy and bubbly.
  2. To the flour mixture, add the egg, butter, sugar, salt, and whisk together until well combined.
  3. Add 2 1/2 cups of the flour. IF using a standup mixer, use the dough hook and kneed for 6-8 minutes, add flour as needed until the dough comes together and has come free of the sides of the bowl.
  4. IF mixing by hand, mix in the bowl until the dough comes together, adding flour as needed until the dough comes free from the sides of the bowl, turn out dough on a clean surface and kneed with hands for about 10 minutes, use flour as needed until the dough is tacky but comes free of the work surface.
  5. Oil a large bowl (large enough to allow the dough to double in size), and place the kneeded dough inside in the bowl, cover the bowl with a towel and set aside for about 2 hours to rise and double in size.
  6. Punch down the down and remove the dough from the bowl to a lightly floured work surface. Shape the dough into a rectangle or circle and cut into 8 equal size pieces. A pastry cutter works well, and a digital scale is a bonus to ensure you get equal sizes. Line a baking sheet with parchment or lightly flour just the sheet.
  7. Using floured hands, form each dough piece into a ball, then take each ball and form into a disk about 1/2 inch thick, place each disk on the baking sheet evenly spaced.
  8. Lightly flour the tops of the disks and cover with a towel. Let rise for an hour or until doubled in size.
  9. About 20 minutes before buns have risen, preheat your oven to 190 C (375 F).
  10. Whisk together the egg and milk. Remove the towel from the rolls and using a pastry brush, lightly coat the top of each bun. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
  11. Bake for 15 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and place buns on a rack to cool.
  12. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided by good friend, Brian Colligan.
Thailand.

Bacon, Egg & Swiss Salad

Bacon, Egg & Swiss Salad
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This sounds very good, and even has a warm bacon dressing. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Bacon, Egg & Swiss Salad
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This sounds very good, and even has a warm bacon dressing. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Salad
For the Dressing
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C (350 F) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Lay the 7 slices of bacon on the parchment, bake until crispy, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from oven and chop into bite size pieces, set aside.
  2. While the first seven slices of bacon are baking, heat a medium size pan on medium heat and fry the 1 piece of bacon to start making the dressing. Cook until crisp, then add the garlic and shallot. cook until the shallot is soft, about 2 minutes or so. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk in the salt, mustard, vinegar, and olive oil.
  3. On a large platter, or using 4 serving bowls, add the lettuce, then bacon, then eggs.
  4. Return the dressing to low heat just to warm it then drizzle over the salad. Garnish with the chives and some black pepper as desired.
  5. Serve as a lunch or light dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcuts: Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs, Perfect Hard Boiled Duck Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Paul Prudhomme’s Blackened Steak Seasoning

Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Fish Seasoning
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This is a copycat recipe for a popular seasoning mix in the US.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Fish Seasoning
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This is a copycat recipe for a popular seasoning mix in the US.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Mix together the first 8 ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Place the last 3 ingredients (thyme, oregano, and fennel seeds) in a mortar and use a pestle to lightly crush and release the oils, do not use a food processor. Add this to the bowl and mix with the other ingredients.
  3. Use as a rub on steaks prior to grilling.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by good friend, Drew Padilla.
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Paul Prudhomme’s Blackened Fish Seasoning

Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Fish Seasoning
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Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Fish Seasoning
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Prep Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Mix everything together in a small bowl, store in an airtight container, use as a rub on salmon, tilapia, etc. prior to cooking.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by good friend, Drew Padilla.
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Apple Butter (Slow Cooker)

Apple Butter (Slow Cooker)
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I have not enjoyed apple butter for probably 30 years, I need to change that. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Apple Butter (Slow Cooker)
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I have not enjoyed apple butter for probably 30 years, I need to change that. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Servings Prep Time
20 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the sugars, you can reduce the amount based on the sweetness of your apples.
  2. Place the apples as you prepare them into your slow cooker, after they are done, add the sugars, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt. Mix together.
  3. Set your slow cooker to Low and cook for 10 hours, stirring every 2 hours or so. When the apple butter is thick and dark brown, it is ready.
  4. Mash with a potato masher if you would like a chunky version, or use an immersion blender (or pour into a blender) to make a smooth version.
  5. Pour into jars and refrigerate covered for up to two weeks or freeze in small containers.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.