Chicken Thighs (Slow Cooker)
Chicken Thighs (Slow Cooker)
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Sounds very easy and very good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Chicken Thighs (Slow Cooker)
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Sounds very easy and very good. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the chicken, quarters will provide the largest thighs, simply separate from the legs, freeze the legs for another dish. Leave skin on and bone, trim any fat.
  2. To your slow cooker, add the ketchup, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger, Sriracha sauce, and lime juice, whisk together.
  3. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan on medium heat.
  4. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, and when the pan is hot, add to the pan, work in batches if needed, cook on each side for about 3-4 minutes to get a nice brown on each side, as they are cooked, place in your slow cooker.
  5. Once all the chicken is added to the slow cooker, move the pieces around to coat them all.
  6. Set your slow cooker to Low setting for 6 hours and cover. Do not open the lip until 6 hours have passed. Set to Warm setting until you are ready to serve.
  7. Serve with hot cooked rice and garnish with cilantro.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I pick up 6 quarters and work it out from there, for now I will say low cost.

Shortcut: Cilantro Lime Rice.

Variant: 1. Use Cilantro Lime Rice in place of plain white rice to serve.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Omurice (오므라이스)
Omurice (오므라이스)
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This sounds good, and is a first for me to have Korean writing on the site as well, which is always cool to add the other languages. This is a fried rice dish inside an omelet. Originating in Japan then spread to other Asian countries. The main flavoring, ketchup 🙂
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
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This sounds good, and is a first for me to have Korean writing on the site as well, which is always cool to add the other languages. This is a fried rice dish inside an omelet. Originating in Japan then spread to other Asian countries. The main flavoring, ketchup 🙂
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large non stick skillet on medium heat with 2 tablespoons of oil, when hot, add the onion, spring onion, carrot, and pork. Stir fry until the pork is cooked through and the onion is soft, then stir in the soy sauce and season with salt and pepper as desired.
  2. Add the rice, stirring to break up any clumps until it is mixed well, then add the ketchup, taste, and season with salt and pepper as desired. Transfer to a bowl.
  3. Same pan, heat a small amount of olive oil, while the oil is heating, break two eggs into a small bowl, whisk with a fork and add a pinch of salt and pepper if desired. Add the eggs to the hot pan and swirl them around to cover the bottom of the pan.
  4. When the bottom is set and the top of the eggs are a bit runny, turn off the heat and spoon in half of the rice mixture down the center of the eggs.
  5. Fold over both sides and and slide the omelet to the side of the pan, then flip onto a plate. Repeat the process for the second omelet.
  6. Drizzle some ketchup on the top of each and serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Kai Yad Sai (Thai Stuffed Omelet)
Kai Yad Sai (Thai Stuffed Omelet)
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These are very good! I enjoy these often when I go to other provinces. This recipe is for 4 omelets, normally when this is served, in Thailand, it is huge so think family style, meaning placed on the table and everyone helps themselves to it.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes or so total
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes or so total
Kai Yad Sai (Thai Stuffed Omelet)
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These are very good! I enjoy these often when I go to other provinces. This recipe is for 4 omelets, normally when this is served, in Thailand, it is huge so think family style, meaning placed on the table and everyone helps themselves to it.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes or so total
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes or so total
Ingredients
For the Eggs
For the Pork Filling
To Prepare
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add the eggs, fish sauce, and season with white pepper to taste. Beat to combine.
  2. In a large non stick pan, heat a splash of oil on medium heat, when hot, add ground pork and us your spatula to break it up as it cooks.
  3. When the pork is nearly cooked through, add the fish sauce, tomatoes, long beans, shallots, sugar, soy sauce, and season with white pepper to taste. Cook until the long beans are good and tender then remove and cover.
  4. In another non stick pan, heat a splash of oil, when hot add 1/4 of the egg mixture and move the mixture around to cook the bottom and set the top mostly.
  5. Loosen the omelet from the pan then spoon on 1/4 of the pork mixture into the center. Fold over two opposite sides.
  6. Then fold over the two other sides to make a square.
  7. Place a small plate, upside down on the omelet and turn the pan over, leaving the omelet on the plate. Cut an X on the omelet to show the pork filling. Repeat for the remaining omelets.
  8. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pork Dim Sum
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Dim Sum is Chinese in origin, Cantonese, basically open faced wontons that are steamed not fried. There is 1,000s of types of dim sum. This is a very common type here in Thailand that is sold in the open markets.
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
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Dim Sum is Chinese in origin, Cantonese, basically open faced wontons that are steamed not fried. There is 1,000s of types of dim sum. This is a very common type here in Thailand that is sold in the open markets.
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
25 dim sum 15 minutes
Cook Time
5-10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: dim sum
Instructions
  1. In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients except the olive oil and wonton wrappers.
  2. Use your hands to mix or a large sturdy spoon, it mixes together easily.
  3. Place a wonton skin on your work surface, add a small spoonful of the meat mixture into the center of the skin. Bunch up the sides and pick up the dim sum and shape so that it is cylindrical with the top open, and pack the pork in with a spoon as well. Set aside and repeat with the remaining skins. (I have not perfect how to pack these correctly, yet.)
  4. Heat your steamer (I use a rice cooker with a steamer tray) and lightly spray or rub the tray or steamer basket with olive oil. Place some dim sum in the steamer tray leaving space between them. Cover with a lid and steam for 8-10 minutes. You are steaming them, no need to worry about burning them 😉
  5. Remove the cooked dim sum to a plate, and repeat to cook the remaining dim sum.
  6. Serve with soy sauce for dipping if desired as an appetizer, side dish, or main dish.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sausage Salad
Sausage Salad
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I had this at a wedding party yesterday, 27 Feb 2018. This was the only dish that contained packaged items, like Vietnamese sausage, hot dogs, crab sticks, and squid rolls. Squid rolls are essentially a crab stick but are tubular shaped, but squid flavored. The dish in the photo also has chilies in it, when I prepare this, I will use much less chili. No servings or quantities are given until I make this, I am just winging this for now.
Sausage Salad
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I had this at a wedding party yesterday, 27 Feb 2018. This was the only dish that contained packaged items, like Vietnamese sausage, hot dogs, crab sticks, and squid rolls. Squid rolls are essentially a crab stick but are tubular shaped, but squid flavored. The dish in the photo also has chilies in it, when I prepare this, I will use much less chili. No servings or quantities are given until I make this, I am just winging this for now.
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Cut the Vietnamese sausage (Cha Lua) in half lengthwise, then thinly slice each half. A mix of regular and pepper varieties would work well.
  2. Slice the hot dogs thinly at an angle.
  3. Slice the imitation crab into 1/2 inch pieces and the squid into 1/4 inch pieces.
  4. Cut the onion in half from top to bottom, then thinly slice each half.
  5. Finely slice then chop the carrot. Safe bet would be to cut the carrot into 2 inch pieces, julienne, then cut the stack in half.
  6. For the mushrooms, if using white ear variety, blanch that for a few minutes, drain and let cool down. Your choice of fresh mushrooms, buttons sliced, Shimeji chopped, Shiitake sliced with the stem removed would also be nice.
  7. Seed and finely chop one Bird's Eye chili.
  8. Place the prepared meats and veggies in a large mixing bowl, splash with some soy sauce and a couple of tablespoons of lime juice. Toss together until all is coated well.
  9. Serve as a side dish with any Thai dish.
Recipe Notes

I will price then when I gather up all the supplies for this.

Inspired by seeing this dish at a party.
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Thung Thong, Thai Crispy Dumplings
Thung Thong, Thai Crispy Dumplings
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These are Thai dumplings, also known as Golden Purses. These sound absolutely delicious. These can be made with pork or chicken.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
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These are Thai dumplings, also known as Golden Purses. These sound absolutely delicious. These can be made with pork or chicken.
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
18-20 dumplings 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Aromatic Paste
Servings: dumplings
Instructions
To Make the Aromatic Paste
  1. Grind together the garlic, pepper, and cilantro with a mortar and pestle until a smooth paste. Set aside 1 table of the paste for the dumplings, the remaining can be frozen for up to a month.
For the Dumplings
  1. Heat a large non stick pan with 1 tablespoon of oil on high heat. When hot, ad the sliced spring onion white parts, aromatic paste, and the diced mushrooms, stir often and cook until the spring onion is softened. Add the pork, soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar, and water chestnuts (if using). Break the ground pork up as it cooks with your spatula, until cooked through and no liquid remains in the pan. Set the pan aside, this is the dumpling filling, and allow this to cool to room temperature.
  2. When the filling has cooled. Heat a small pot of water, about half full, to boiling. When the pot is boiling set out a bowl with ice water near the the pot. Add the spring onion green parts to the boiling water and blanch for 30 seconds, keep them submerged in the water as well. After 30 seconds, remove them to the ice water to cool them. Remove from the ice water and pat dry, then cut each green piece in half lengthwise, these are the ties for the Golden Purses.
  3. Open the refrigerated wonton wrappers and place on a plate, place one wonton wrapper on a work surface, keeping remaining wrappers covered with a towel to prevent them from drying out.
  4. Depending on the size of your wrappers, place between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon of filling in the center of the wrapper. wet the 4 edges of the wrapper with water on your fingertip, draw up all the sides and pinch together at the top, so that it looks like a little bag an the bottom is rounded. Use a piece of the spring onion green and tie that around the top of the dumpling, and knot that. Trim the ends of the green.
  5. Repeat with the remaining wontons.
  6. Heat about 2-3 inches of cooking oil in a large pot, when the oil is hot, add a few dumplings at a time with a slotted spoon and fry until golden brown, remove with the slotted spoon to paper towels to drain, continue to fry remaining dumplings.
  7. Allow dumplings to cool for a few minutes, serve with a sweet chili sauce or plum sauce for dipping.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

This recipe was inspired by good friend, Daniela Dalaa Payerl.
Thailand.

Recipe here is courtesy Tara's Multicultural Table and her recipe is here.
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Quick Vietnamese Beef Pho (Phở)
Quick Vietnamese Beef Pho
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Pho is pronounced 'fuh'. Traditional Vietnamese Pho is a time intensive process to make the broth, the broth is everything in pho. This is a quick version, using ready made beef broth so this will not be exactly like the long simmer time to make directly from beef bones. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
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Pho is pronounced 'fuh'. Traditional Vietnamese Pho is a time intensive process to make the broth, the broth is everything in pho. This is a quick version, using ready made beef broth so this will not be exactly like the long simmer time to make directly from beef bones. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
30-40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Broth
For Serving
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Peel the onions and cut into quarters from top to root, and peel the ginger and cut into quarters lengthwise.
  2. Using a gas stove, use tongs to hold the onion and ginger pieces over high flame to char the pieces, do this until all the pieces have charred spots on them. If no gas stove, place on a baking sheet directly under the broiler for a few minutes to start them to char. Rinse under running water to remove any loose or overly charred bits. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot, you are going to dry roast some items, add the cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and coriander seeds and turn on the heat to medium low and toast them for 1-2 minutes and they will become very aromatic, stir them to preventing burning.
  4. When the items in the pot are toasted and aromatic, add the broth, charred onion and ginger, soy sauce, and fish sauce. Bring this to a boil then reduce to a simmer, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. While the broth is simmering, place the beef in the freezer for 15 minutes, this is to firm it up in order to be sliced thinly. When the beef is firm but not frozen through, remove the beef to a cutting board and using a very sharp knife, slice across the grain, so take the steak and cut into several pieces, then turn each piece on its side, then thinly slice, goal is slices 1/4 inch thick or less, try and keep them uniform in thickness to they are cooked evenly. When all the beef is sliced, cover and place in the fridge.
  6. In another pot, fill about halfway with water and bring to a boil, then drop in the noodles and cook to the package instructions, 1 to 4 minutes depending on the width. When tender, remove and run under cold water to stop the cooking. Toss the noodles with just a spoon or so of a neutral tasting cooking oil to keep from sticking together.
  7. When the broth is ready at 30 minutes, a little longer does not hurt 😉 place a strainer on another pot, pour the broth through the strainer, discard the contents of the strainer, place the broth back on the heat on a low simmer, you still need to keep the broth very hot in order to cook the beef, but not boiling.
  8. Prepare the topping by putting the spring onion, lime wedges, chili slices, bean sprouts, and herbs of your choice into individual bowls and placing in the center of the serving table.
  9. Divide the noodles between serving bowls, top with slices of beef in a single layer to ensure even cooking.
  10. Ladle the piping hot broth over the noodles, pouring evenly over the beef, this will cook the beef.
  11. Let people add their own toppings as they choose, enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get a good cut of beef. For now I will say fair cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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). Chicken cooking on the left, quail eggs cooking on the right.
  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, pork balls, spring onion, and cilantro to the pot, reduce heat to a simmer and use the Seasonings as listed to taste. Let this simmer for about 10 minutes.
  8. Ladle soup into bowls and use the Garnishes listed as you desire 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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Wonton Soup
Wonton Soup
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This is a basic broth based soup, feel free to make this as spicy as you want it with the crushed red pepper flakes (non Thailand) or the chili powder (Thailand).
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Wonton Soup
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This is a basic broth based soup, feel free to make this as spicy as you want it with the crushed red pepper flakes (non Thailand) or the chili powder (Thailand).
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 Wontons
For the Soup
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Wontons
  1. Combine the Wonton ingredients, except the wrappers and water in a mixing bowl until fully mixed.
  2. For the wrappers, there is two ways to do this, the simple, and the fancy. First thing, add some water to a small dish and keep near you, this is for sealing the wontons.
  3. For the simple way, place a wrapper on your palm, one corner towards you and the opposite corner pointed away from you. Place some pork filing in the center of the wrapper, 1/2 teaspoon to 1/2 tablespoon, you will get the feel for this as you make them. Now dip a finger into the water and wet the two edges that are farthest from you, then take the corner nearest you and fold over away from you to the opposite corner, to make a triangle, and use your fingers to seal the two edges. (I will have photos soon to show this). Set the wonton on a sheet of parchment paper. This completes the simple method, repeat until all the filling is used in each wrapper. OR, read the next step for the fancy method.
  4. For the fancy method, once you have the triangle shape, and the two edges sealed, take the two opposite corners and fold over each other and seal those. (I will have photos to show this soon as well). Set the wonton on parchment paper and repeat until all the filling is used in the wrappers.
For the Soup
  1. Add all of the Soup ingredients to a pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, lets the flavors blend. Remove the ginger and garlic.
  2. Bring back to a boil, then lower in the wontons, and cook for 10 minutes. Ladle into bowls and top with spring onion.
  3. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Crock Pot Chicken Adobo
Crock Pot Chicken Adobo
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Now I am not a fan of adobo, in the Navy, on the 4 ships I served on, adobo was on the menu every week, sometimes twice a week, and sometimes twice a day. This is the first adobo recipe on my site, and I will try this as well, as it has been many years since I have eaten adobo. Edited on 9 May 2018 to include peppercorns and bay leaves. I made this on 9 May 2018, and I was pleasantly surprised, very delicious.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 hours
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Now I am not a fan of adobo, in the Navy, on the 4 ships I served on, adobo was on the menu every week, sometimes twice a week, and sometimes twice a day. This is the first adobo recipe on my site, and I will try this as well, as it has been many years since I have eaten adobo. Edited on 9 May 2018 to include peppercorns and bay leaves. I made this on 9 May 2018, and I was pleasantly surprised, very delicious.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add the soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, onion, peppercorns, and bay leaves to your slow cooker.
  2. Slice the chicken into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces, add to the slow cooker and mix to coat all the chicken. (This photo shows I used the Variant and went with skinless, bone in, fat trimmed whole thighs.)
  3. Cover and turn on your slow cooker to the Low setting for 5 to 6 hours. Check for tenderness and doneness at the 5 hour mark.
  4. To thicken the sauce slightly, 30 minutes before serving, set the slow cooker to the High setting, stir, and leave the cover tilted to allow some of the liquid to evaporate.
  5. Remove the bay leaves, serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 60 Baht for the chicken. For 6 servings, this is about 30 cents per serving.

Variant: 1. Use whole bone in, skinless, fat trimmed, thighs in place of boneless thighs.

Recipe provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here.
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