Chive Pancake
Chive Pancake
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I cannot remember the last time I had pancakes, and with a good amount of chives, these sound especially delicious. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Chive Pancake
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I cannot remember the last time I had pancakes, and with a good amount of chives, these sound especially delicious. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the flour and eggs, add the water slowly while mixing to ensure a well mixed batter.
  2. Add the salt and chives and mix those in.
  3. Heat the oil in a non stick pan, when hot, pour in 1/3 of the batter and cook for about 4-5 minutes per side then remove from the pan, repeating the steps for two more pancakes.
  4. Serve with soy sauce for dipping and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by the recipe Chive Pancake from Spice the Plate.

Steamed Egg with Dried Shrimp & Mushrooms
Steamed Egg with Dried Shrimp & Mushrooms
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This is an upgraded version of the classic Chinese steamed egg (水蒸蛋) from a good friend, and sounds very good.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Steamed Egg with Dried Shrimp & Mushrooms
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This is an upgraded version of the classic Chinese steamed egg (水蒸蛋) from a good friend, and sounds very good.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs and water and mix well.
  2. Add the shrimp if using, the carrot, and mushrooms and mix those in. Pour the mixture into two small heatproof dishes.
  3. Place the dishes in a steamer (your preferred preference for steaming) and bring up the heat to high. When the water is boiling, steam covered for 7-8 minutes or until the egg is set. Remove the cover and steam for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  4. Carefully remove the dishes, add a dash or two of sesame oil to each dish and sprinkle with the sliced spring onion.
  5. Serve and enjoy. This can be a nice breakfast, a light lunch, or a light dinner with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by the recipe Steamed Egg with Dried Shrimp and Mushroom from Spice the Plate.

Thai Sweet Sausage
Thai Sweet Sausage
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This is the Thai version of Chinese Sausage. This is a mildly sweet, air dried sausage, and is not cured, and needs to be fully cooked before eating. Two ways to dry this will be explained.
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This is the Thai version of Chinese Sausage. This is a mildly sweet, air dried sausage, and is not cured, and needs to be fully cooked before eating. Two ways to dry this will be explained.
Ingredients
Servings:
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. Add everything to a mixing bowl, except the sausage casings, mix together well using your hands. Cover and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  3. Prepare your casings and using your preferred method, stuff the casings. Tie into about 6 to 8 inch links.
For Air Drying
  1. Wrap the sausage in parchment paper and leave in the hot sun for 3 days to dry out (like on a window ledge, but out of reach of cats or dogs.) When dried out and firm, store in a sealed bag in the fridge.
For Oven Drying
  1. Place the sausage on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and place in a 80 C (175 F) oven for 3-4 hours or until the sausage is firm. When dried out and firm, store in a sealed bag in the fridge.
To Cook
  1. The sausage will be quite firm. If to your going to use is a stir fry, best to steam the sausage for about 5-10 minutes to soften it up.
  2. You can also just place on rice in your rice cooker and cook the rice as normal, this will lightly flavor the rice and cooks the sausage through for a light meal.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

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

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.

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.
Ingredients
Servings:
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. 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.
  3. Mix the pounded garlic mixture with the remaining ingredients, except the casings, by hand until fully mixed.
  4. You can taste the sausage mixture and adjust as needed by first pan frying a small amount or microwaving a small amount.
  5. Pipe the meat mixture into the hog casing as you prefer, such as a funnel, sausage maker, hand or electric grinder with sausage tube.
  6. 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.

Pork, Noodle & Mushroom Sausage
Pork, Noodle & Mushroom Sausage
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This is a Thai sausage and sounds tasty. On my to make and cook list. When I make this I will determine a lot of the missing or unclear information.
Pork, Noodle & Mushroom Sausage
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This is a Thai sausage and sounds tasty. On my to make and cook list. When I make this I will determine a lot of the missing or unclear information.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. For the minced pork, if it good and fatty, use 450 grams (1 lb) of that. If the pork does not look really fatty, go with 350 grams (12 oz) of that and 100 grams (3.5 oz) of ground pork belly. Grinding the meats yourself is always as you can then control the fat content, and for this, a higher fat content is needed. If grinding yourself, Use pork shoulder with a bit of pork belly, use the coarse plate (the wagon wheel) on the first grind.
  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. Soak the glass noodles in hot water for about 30 minutes, drain and gently squeeze out the remaining water. Add the glass noodles to the ground pork and mix together.
  4. Add the chopped mushrooms to the ground pork and mix together.
  5. To a blender, add the galangal, lime leaves, garlic. Blend until well mixed.
If using your own meat grinder:
  1. Add the mixture from the blender to a large mixing bowl with the meat and or meat and pork belly, and use your hands and mix that in.
  2. Switch out the coarse plate for the medium plate, and run the meat mixture through the grinder again.
If just using bough ground pork:
  1. Add the mixture from the blender to a large mixing bowl with the ground meat, and use your hands and mix that in thoroughly.
To assemble:
  1. You can taste the sausage mixture and adjust as needed by first pan frying a small amount or microwaving a small amount.
  2. Pipe the meat mixture into the hog casing as you prefer, such as a funnel, sausage maker, hand or electric grinder with sausage tube.
To cook:
  1. Pan fry on low heat until cooked through, turning often to prevent burning, or grill until cooked through.
Recipe Notes

Pork mince in Tesco-Lotus will cost about 50 Baht/500 grams. Once I figure out how much sausage this makes, I will give a serving price, low cost for sure.

This recipe for Pork Noodle & Mushroom Sausage is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

Fried Oysters
Fried Oysters
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Excellent as written, and can be tailored in many ways. I will be using the smaller oyster meat, larger than what Tesco offers and what I use is sourced from a local fisherman. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Fried Oysters
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Excellent as written, and can be tailored in many ways. I will be using the smaller oyster meat, larger than what Tesco offers and what I use is sourced from a local fisherman. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat some lard or cooking oil of your choice in a large non stick pan, you want about 1/2 inch or so for shallow frying, no need to deep fry these. Heat to just before smoking.
  2. In a shallow bowl, mix together the flour, pepper, and salt. Add the eggs to another shallow bowl and lightly beat them. Place the breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl. The pan is to my left out of view, so you can see the progression from right to left.
  3. Coat the oysters in flour, then coat with egg, then coat with breadcrumbs.
  4. Place in the hot oil, but do not over crowd the pan, work in batches, and cook until golden brown.
  5. Turning the larger ones if not covered in oil.
  6. Drain on paper towels.
  7. Serve with a dipping sauce as desired. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I get fresh shucked oysters, about a pint, for 50 Baht, with no math involved this is low cost for 4 servings.

Shortcut: Rendering Lard.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Tasty Ground Beef & Celery Stir Fry
Tasty Ground Beef & Celery Stir Fry
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This is Chinese in origin and sounds just down right tasty, and quick to prepare. On my to cook list for sure! The only item uncommon in the ingredients, unless you do a lot of Asian cooking, would be the Shaoxing Rice Wine, available in the US in Asian markets and if all else fails, on Amazon.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Tasty Ground Beef & Celery Stir Fry
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This is Chinese in origin and sounds just down right tasty, and quick to prepare. On my to cook list for sure! The only item uncommon in the ingredients, unless you do a lot of Asian cooking, would be the Shaoxing Rice Wine, available in the US in Asian markets and if all else fails, on Amazon.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a wok or non stick pan on medium heat, when hot, stir fry the beef until it starts to change color, about 2 minutes, then add the rice wine and stir fry for another minute. Remove the beef from the pan and set the beef aside.
  2. Same pan, add the other 1 tablespoon of oil, when hot, add the sliced garlic and chilies, stir fry until fragrant, about 1/2 a minute.
  3. Add the celery and season with the salt, as desired and saute for 5 minutes or until the celery is soft, then return the beef back to the pan and toss in the soy sauce and oyster sauce, stir fry for another 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Inspired by the recipe Tasty Ground Beef & Celery from Spice the Plate.

Spicy Shredded Chicken Salad
Spicy Shredded Chicken Salad
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This is a Chinese dish, and sounds very tasty, as I do love a good chicken salad. Common ingredients are used which is a bonus. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Spicy Shredded Chicken Salad
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This is a Chinese dish, and sounds very tasty, as I do love a good chicken salad. Common ingredients are used which is a bonus. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. I use my little rice cooker to do steaming, it came with a steamer basket and works perfect for items like this. Three chicken breasts was just a bit over 500 grams, perfect, no one will complain.
  2. Steam the chicken breasts for 20-25 minutes or until cooked through, cut one in half to check doneness.
  3. When cooked, remove from the steamer and allow to cool, then shred and place in a large mixing bowl.
  4. Heat the oil in a non stick pan on medium heat, when hot, add the garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir fry until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  5. To the pan, stir in the salt, oyster sauce, soy sauce, and cumin.
  6. Add the cilantro, reserving a small amount for garnish) to the chicken in the mixing bowl and toss to mix that in.
  7. I did use a variant and added one diced red onion.
  8. Add the garlic mixture from the pan and toss to mix well.
  9. Serve and garnish with cilantro or chill and serve with cilantro garnish.
Recipe Notes

The chicken breasts will cost about 30 Baht/500 grams. For 2 servings, this is about 47 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Pickled Red Onion.

Variants: 1. Add diced red onion. 2. Add diced celery. 3. Add diced pickled red onion, excellent!

Inspired by the recipe Spicy Shredded Chicken Salad from Spice the Plate