Pork Liver Soup

Pork Liver Soup
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This is based on a Chinese recipe and I will tailor this when I make it to make it a heartier soup. I added the noodles and spinach. I will update the ingredient amounts when I make this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Pork Liver Soup
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This is based on a Chinese recipe and I will tailor this when I make it to make it a heartier soup. I added the noodles and spinach. I will update the ingredient amounts when I make this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Marinade
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix together the Marinade ingredients, place the slice liver in a shallow bowl, pour the marinade in and mix together with the liver, let marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. While the liver is marinating, prep the spinach. Squeeze or any water from the spinach. If in leaf form, frozen in balls, chop those. Set aside.
  3. Also while the liver is marinating, heat a small pot of water, when boiling, add the noodles and cook until tender, about 5-10 minutes, drain, and set aside the noodles.
  4. When the liver is marinated, now heat the 4 cups of water in a medium pot, when boiling, add the ginger and remove the liver from the marinade and add to the pot as well. Boil for 30 seconds then remove cover and remove the pot from the heat and let set for 15 minutes.
  5. At the 15 minute mark, place the pot back on a burner and set to high heat, add the noodles and spinach, just before boiling, remove from heat and cover for 2 more minutes to heat the noodles and spinach through.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 40 Baht for the liver. For 2 servings, this is about 60 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Chicken, Mushroom, and Noodle Soup

Chicken, Mushroom, and Noodle Soup
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This sounds good and is very versatile, can use egg noodles, spaghetti, Chinese or Japanese noodles. I will be making this with some wonderful Japanese noodles I found in Tesco. I am basing the prep time on making the chicken broth, if you are pressed for time, use powdered broth and cooked chicken.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1-2 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1-2 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Chicken, Mushroom, and Noodle Soup
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This sounds good and is very versatile, can use egg noodles, spaghetti, Chinese or Japanese noodles. I will be making this with some wonderful Japanese noodles I found in Tesco. I am basing the prep time on making the chicken broth, if you are pressed for time, use powdered broth and cooked chicken.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1-2 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1-2 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For Trinity
  • 1 carrot cut into large chunks
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1 stalk celery cut into large chunks
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, add the chicken breasts and Trinity. Add 8 cups of water (I use a quart jar to measure 4 cups at a time.) Bring to a boil the reduce to a simmer until the chicken is cooked through about 20-30 minutes.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and let the pot cool to room temperature. Now you just made broth and juicy chicken.
  3. When the broth has cooled, remove the chicken and roughly dice, set the chicken aside. Strain the broth, discard Trinity. If you have less than 8 cups of broth, just add some water to make 8 cups.
  4. Rinse out the pot and dry it. Heat the oil in the pot and when hot add the garlic and ginger, saute for a minute or two until aromatic soft. Stir in the soy sauce.
  5. Add the broth, mushrooms, and chicken. Bring to a boil, then add the noodles and reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes or so or until the noodles are tender.
  6. Stir in the spring onion and simmer for another minute. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for 3 chicken breasts. For 6 servings, this is about 25 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sipo Egg I

Sipo Egg I
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Sipo Egg is a Filipino quail egg and shrimp recipe that originated in Pampanga, Philippines. This is the quick non creamy version, and it does sound good. On my to cook list for sure, and soon. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
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Sipo Egg is a Filipino quail egg and shrimp recipe that originated in Pampanga, Philippines. This is the quick non creamy version, and it does sound good. On my to cook list for sure, and soon. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a measuring cup add the cold stock and mix in the corn starch, set aside.
  2. In a large non stick pan, melt the butter then cook the garlic and onion until the onion is soft, add the mixed vegetables and cook, stirring often, for 3 minutes.
  3. Pour in the stock, add the cashews, shrimp, and quail eggs. Bring to a low simmer and cook, also stirring once in a while, for 3 minutes.
  4. Mix in the sesame oil and season with salt and white pepper powder, serve as a side dish with any meal.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 20 Baht for the quail eggs, and about 75 Baht for the shrimp, both locally obtained in local markets. For 6 servings, this is about 44 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Quail Eggs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Egg Flower Soup with Oyster Mushrooms

Egg Flower Soup with Oyster Mushrooms
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Most of you will know this as egg drop soup, the Chinese name is 蛋(dàn) 花(huā) 汤(tāng), literally means 'egg flower soup'. There is your language lesson for the day. This is a basic soup that can be made with water or broth. The stirring speed determines the size of the 'egg flowers'. When I was in the Navy, egg drop soup meant a near clear broth with egg you could hardly see. This recipe is from a Chinese friend, so I will go with this as very accurate. This recipe calls for Oyster mushrooms, do not confuse them with King Oyster mushrooms, lot of difference.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Egg Flower Soup with Oyster Mushrooms
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Most of you will know this as egg drop soup, the Chinese name is 蛋(dàn) 花(huā) 汤(tāng), literally means 'egg flower soup'. There is your language lesson for the day. This is a basic soup that can be made with water or broth. The stirring speed determines the size of the 'egg flowers'. When I was in the Navy, egg drop soup meant a near clear broth with egg you could hardly see. This recipe is from a Chinese friend, so I will go with this as very accurate. This recipe calls for Oyster mushrooms, do not confuse them with King Oyster mushrooms, lot of difference.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings as a side 5 minutes
Cook Time
10-12 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings as a side
Instructions
  1. In a pot or wok, heat the oil, then cook the mushrooms for about 30 seconds or until soft and wilted, then pour in the stock and add the ginger slices, bring to a boil for about 5 to 8 minutes.
  2. At a near boil, stir the soup slow for larger 'flowers' or faster for smaller 'flowers', when the egg is in and formed, remove from heat and add the sesame oil and a pinch of salt and stir.
  3. Serve as a side dish by spooning the soup into 2 bowls, top with chopped spring onion.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. This recipe screams of white pepper powder, just a pinch. 2. Swap out the Oyster mushrooms with Straw mushrooms sliced in half lengthwise.

This recipe for Egg Flower Soup with Oyster Mushroom is from China Sichuan Food.

Clay Pot Chicken Rice (Rice Cooker)

Clay Pot Chicken Rice (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds really good. A basic Cook and Warm rice cooker is perfect for this recipe.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Clay Pot Chicken Rice (Rice Cooker)
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Sounds really good. A basic Cook and Warm rice cooker is perfect for this recipe.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Marinade
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare the marinade and pour over the chicken in a shallow bowl, turn the chicken often and marinate for about 15-20 minutes.
  2. With a wok or skillet, heat the oil then cook the garlic and ginger until fragrant then add the mushrooms, chicken and the marinating sauce, salt, sugar, and white pepper. Cook until the chicken is no longer pink on the outside, remember, it will get steamed. Now add the rice into the wok or skillet and stir until the oil is combined throughout the rice.
  3. Pour the skillet or wok contents into your rice cooker, add the water as needed by the manufacturer of your rice cooker (normally first knuckle up from your index finger tip). Drizzle in the sesame oil. Set the rice cooker to Cook.
  4. When the rice cooker switches to Warm, wait another 15 minutes before opening, then open, fluff with a plastic spoon, serve.
Recipe Notes

The chicken, maybe 35 Baht, everything else is very cheap and probably on hand. For 3 servings, this is about 35 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Lion’s Head (Chinese Meatballs)

Lion's Head (Chinese Meatballs)
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Also known as Four-Joy Meatballs, these are popular during holidays in China. These are typically larger meatballs that are deep fried, and this is a braised version, but these can be steamed or added in soups.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
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Also known as Four-Joy Meatballs, these are popular during holidays in China. These are typically larger meatballs that are deep fried, and this is a braised version, but these can be steamed or added in soups.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes
Ingredients
For the Braising Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the salt, eggs, corn starch, ginger, and spring onion. Add the pork and using a large sturdy spoon, stir the pork in one direction until it absorbs the liquids and is sticky. This takes several minutes of stirring. Then add the water chestnut if using and mix that in as well.
  2. Pour about 4 cups of cooking oil into a medium sized deep pot and heat it to just before smoking then reduce heat to medium.
  3. While the oil is heating, form the meatballs, about 8 meatballs is the goal to achieve, form each ball about 2 or so inches in diameter. Squeeze together for a firm meatball.
  4. When the oil is hot, carefully using a slotted spoon, lower one meatball into the pot and cook for 2-3 minutes or until the meatballs are just starting to get browned, remove and set aside, continue cooking all remaining meatballs.
  5. Prepare another pot and add the Braising ingredients then add the meatballs and heat on a simmer for 20 minutes, if the liquid does cover the meatballs, use a spoon and scoop and pour the liquid from time to time over the meatballs.
  6. Lay some lettuce leaves in two serving bowls and divide the meatballs between the bowls, serve.
Recipe Notes

The pork is about 35 Baht/500 grams, for 2 servings, this is about 50 cents per serving.

Variant: You can fry the meatballs instead of deep frying but you will need to increase the cooking time.

This recipe for Lion's Head (Chinese Meatballs) is from China Sichuan Food.

Easy Chinese Meatballs

Easy Chinese Meatballs
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These sound really good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Easy Chinese Meatballs
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These sound really good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
For Seasoning the Pork
For the Dipping Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl and the ground pork and mix with 1 tablespoon of water. With a large spoon, stir in one direction only until the water is well absorbed. Add the spring onion, ginger, corn starch, soy sauce, five spice powder, sesame oil, and salt as desired. Stir in the same direction for 2-3 minutes until the mixture is sticky and paste like. Let rest for 5 minutes, then stir again for 2 minutes.
  2. Shape into meatballs about 1 to 1 1/2 inch diameter, pat together well to make them firm. This will make 12 to 14 meatballs.
  3. Once all the meatballs are formed, heat a large pot, half full with water or chicken stock, to boiling. Gently lower the meatballs in using a slotted spoon and bring the water back to a boil then quickly reduce to a simmer, gently move the meatballs around. When the meatballs are cooked through, takes just a few minutes (you might have to sacrifice one and cut one in half to check), remove them from the pot to two serving bowls.
  4. While the meatballs are simmering, combine all the dipping sauce ingredients in a small bowl and 2 tablespoons of water from the pot.
  5. Serve the meatballs with the dipping sauce for a light lunch, or with rice and a vegetable for a nice dinner.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: Replace the 2 tablespoons of corn starch with 1 beaten egg for firmer meatballs.

This recipe for Easy Chinese Meatballs is from China Sichuan Food.

Chinese Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Chinese Sweet & Sour Meatballs
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These sound excellent! This is a Chinese dish, serve on rice or with noodles.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
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These sound excellent! This is a Chinese dish, serve on rice or with noodles.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5 minutes
Ingredients
For Pork Marinade
For the Ginger Water
For the Sweet & Sour Sauce
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix together the ground pork with a small pinch of salt, soy sauce and sesame oil set aside and let marinate.
  2. In another small bowl, add the Marinade ingredients and set aside to soak.
  3. In yet another bowl, mix together the Sweet & Sour ingredients and set that aside.
  4. Place the ground in a mixing bowl, add the ginger, garlic, and spring onion water in three batches. Use a large spoon and stir the pork in on direction only, stir to incorporate the water before adding the next batch of water. (You use the water with the garlic, clove, and spring onion in or, or strain and just use the water.)
  5. Once all the water is mixed in well into the meat, sprinkle the 3 teaspoons of corn starch onto the pork and mix that in, also in the same direction as you did with the water, stir for 2-3 minutes until the meat is sticky and paste like.
  6. Shape the pork mixture into balls about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in diameter. Pat them well to just get them firm and dense. This should make about 13-14 meatballs.
  7. When all the meatballs are formed, heat about 1/4 cup of cooking oil in a wok or skillet, when the oil is hot, gently place the meatballs in the oil, cook, turning occasionally until golden brown, be gentle and not not break them. When the meatballs are cooked, remove to a plate and pour out the oil.
  8. Using the same pan or wok, pour in the sweet & sour sauce and heat until boiling, return the meatballs to the pan and continue cooking until the sauce is thickened and even coats all the meatballs. Remove the meatballs and serve with rice or noodles, garnish with chopped spring onion if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: For a firmer meatball, replace the water with a beaten egg and add the ginger, garlic, and spring onion to that.

This recipe for Chinese Sweet & Sour Meatballs is from China Sichuan Food.

Steamed Enoki Mushrooms

Steamed Enoki Mushrooms
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Sounds perfect, Enoki mushrooms are tasty and maintain their crunch very well and this is a quick dish to prepare. In the US, these may be known as Golden mushrooms. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Steamed Enoki Mushrooms
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Sounds perfect, Enoki mushrooms are tasty and maintain their crunch very well and this is a quick dish to prepare. In the US, these may be known as Golden mushrooms. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
6 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. lay the mushrooms on a plate that will fit in the steamer you are using.
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a small pan over medium heat, add the garlic and cook until aromatic, Remove from heat then stir in the sugar, soy sauce, pinch of salt and mix well. Pour this over the mushrooms.
  3. If using the chopped Thai chili (Bird's Eye Chili) sprinkle that on the mushrooms as well.
  4. Steam the plate for 6-7 minutes, drizzle the sesame oil over the top, sprinkle the chopped spring onion on top, serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe for Steamed Enoki Mushrooms is from China Sichuan Food.

Yang Chun Noodles (阳春面)

Yang Chun Noodles (阳春面)
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This is a common breakfast noodle in China. Normally thin noodles are used for this, here in Thailand, I will use standard Chinese egg noodles which look very much like spaghetti. The packs I have seen in Tesco are 200 grams with 4 bundles of noodles, so about 50 grams of noodles per serving. I made this on 24 Oct 2017, absolutely wonderful for such a simple dish. The sesame oil is key with this.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Yang Chun Noodles (阳春面)
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This is a common breakfast noodle in China. Normally thin noodles are used for this, here in Thailand, I will use standard Chinese egg noodles which look very much like spaghetti. The packs I have seen in Tesco are 200 grams with 4 bundles of noodles, so about 50 grams of noodles per serving. I made this on 24 Oct 2017, absolutely wonderful for such a simple dish. The sesame oil is key with this.
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 serving 5 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: serving
Instructions
  1. Heat the stock to boiling then add the noodles and cook until tender.
  2. Place the cooked noodles in a serving bowl, ladle on about 2 cups of the broth, drizzle in the sesame oil, sprinkle the spring onion on the noodles. Serve. I added a tea egg.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: Cut a hard boiled egg in half and place on the noodles.

This recipe for Yang Chun Noodles is from China Sichuan Food.