Classic Beef & Broccoli

Classic Beef & Broccoli
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This not only sounds good, sounds super easy as well. On my to cook list. The long prep time is for the marinating of the beef.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Classic Beef & Broccoli
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This not only sounds good, sounds super easy as well. On my to cook list. The long prep time is for the marinating of the beef.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a bowl, mix together the sugar, garlic, and cornstarch, then add the ginger, soy sauce, and wine and mix again until well blended. Place the beef slices in a bowl and pour in half of the marinade, mix with the beef, cover and let marinate for 1 hour.
  2. Heat half of the oil in a large non stick pan, a wok pan would be perfect, then add the broccoli and stir fry for 2 minutes then remove and set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining oil in same pan. Drain the beef and add to the pan, stir fry for 3 minutes then add the oyster sauce and stir fry for 1 minute. Add the remaining marinade and the beef broth.
  4. Cook while stir frying, that means stirring constantly, until the liquid evaporates and the mixture becomes thick, then add the broccoli and stir fry for 1 more minute to heat the broccoli through.
  5. Serve with steamed rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the beef. For 4 servings, this is about $1.12 per serving.

Provided by Panlasang Pinoy and the link to this recipe is here.
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Pork Chop Soup

Pork Chop Soup
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Sounds great. This calls for bone in chops (more flavor) but I will test this with boneless loin.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Pork Chop Soup
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Sounds great. This calls for bone in chops (more flavor) but I will test this with boneless loin.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. To a large pot, add the first 11 ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 1 hour, uncovered. Remove the chops and set aside to cool.
  2. Remove 3/4 cup of broth from the pot then whisk the flour into the broth you removed. Set aside. When the chops have cooled, remove and discard any bones and fat then chop the meat into bite size pieces.
  3. To the pot, add the 5 vegetables at the end of the ingredient list and add the chopped pork as well. Stir and bring to a boil and stir in the flour mixture you set aside earlier. Reduce heat to a simmer and let cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove the bay leaf, and optionally, you can gently mash some of the potatoes to make a thicker soup. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 100 Baht for pork loin (boneless chops). For 8 servings, this is about 40 cents per serving. When I price bone in chops I will update pricing here.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Basic Salisbury Steak

Basic Salisbury Steak
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I state basic for this as it uses store bought gravy packets or you can make the 'store bought' packets yourself, but you will dress these up with some with other ingredients. Thai brand Lobo makes an excellent Beef Gravy packet and they are very inexpensive. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Basic Salisbury Steak
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I state basic for this as it uses store bought gravy packets or you can make the 'store bought' packets yourself, but you will dress these up with some with other ingredients. Thai brand Lobo makes an excellent Beef Gravy packet and they are very inexpensive. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
40 minutes
Ingredients
For the Gravy
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare the Salisbury steaks by mixing together the beef, , egg, tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, bread crumbs, salt, and pepper. Shape into 4 round or oval patties.
  2. Heat the butter in a large non stick pan, add the patties and cook for 4 to 5 minutes each side until well browned. Remove from the pan and set them aside.
  3. In a small sauce pan, prepare the gravy packets per the package instructions.
  4. Using the pan you cooked the patties in, add the onion, mushrooms, and thyme. Saute until the onion is translucent and soft, and the mushroom well wilted and starting to brown. Reduce heat to a low simmer and pour in the gravy from the sauce pan and stir in the soy sauce.
  5. Add the patties to the gravy, cover and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, turning once, until cooked through.
  6. Season the gravy to taste with salt and pepper as desired, serve with mashed potatoes.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the beef. For 4 servings, this is about $1.10 per serving.

Shortcuts: Bread Crumbs, Beef Gravy.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Chicken & Mushroom Stir Fry

Chicken & Mushroom Stir Fry
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This is Chinese in origin as they are the masters of stir frying. This sounds good, and uses my favorite mushroom, the Straw mushrooms. For those in the States, you can use a can of Straw mushrooms, canned whole and cut in half, for those in Asia, go with fresh and halved. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Chicken & Mushroom Stir Fry
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This is Chinese in origin as they are the masters of stir frying. This sounds good, and uses my favorite mushroom, the Straw mushrooms. For those in the States, you can use a can of Straw mushrooms, canned whole and cut in half, for those in Asia, go with fresh and halved. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2-3 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Begin by slicing the chicken into thin strips, then mix in the 1 teaspoon of soy sauce and the corn flour. Let this sit for 5 to 10 minutes while you prepare the mushrooms.
  2. Prepare the mushroom, Straw mushrooms are unique in shape, cut them in half lengthwise only or they will just fall apart.
  3. Heat a wok or non stick wok-pan (what I will use) with the cooking oil. Add the chicken and stir fry and sear the chicken until no longer pink, do not over cook, as it will get cooked more later on. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  4. Same pan, add the onion and ginger. Stir fry until fragrant then add the mushrooms and stir fry for 1 minute. Return the chicken to the pan, season with the black pepper, 2 teaspoons of soy sauce, and the oyster sauce. Cook on high heat and stir fry.
  5. Stir in the water and stir until well mixed. Let the water reduce to thicken it.
  6. Season with salt to taste, serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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.

Baked Glazed Chicken Legs

Baked Glazed Chicken Legs
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This sounds good, and is a unique blend of seasonings for the glaze. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Baked Glazed Chicken Legs
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This sounds good, and is a unique blend of seasonings for the glaze. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the chicken legs in a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl with a whisk, whisk until it comes together, about 1 minute. Pour the glaze over the chicken, turn the chicken as needed to coat all the pieces.
  3. Cover and let sit on the counter to marinate for about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat your oven about 15 minutes into the marinating time, then at 30 minutes bake the chicken for about an hour or until the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Serve with mashed potatoes or rice and a vegetable for a nice meal.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 70 Baht/kilo of chicken legs, do yourself a favor and buy quarters and use the legs for this and same the thighs for another recipe, quarters generally have larger legs and takes just seconds to cut legs from thighs. For 4 servings, this is about 52 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Bread Chicken Spring Rolls

Bread Chicken Spring Rolls
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I have no idea what country this originated in, but it sounds good and I will have to give this a try.
Servings Prep Time
10 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Bread Chicken Spring Rolls
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I have no idea what country this originated in, but it sounds good and I will have to give this a try.
Servings Prep Time
10 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
10 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken Stuffing
Servings: spring rolls
Instructions
For the Stuffing
  1. Heat the oil in a wok or non stick pan and add the garlic and ginger, when fragrant, add the white spring onion and green chilies, stir fry until the onion and chili are softened, then add the chicken, black pepper, and salt and stir fry to mix together.
  2. Add the carrot, bell pepper, cabbage, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, and the green part of the spring onion, stir well on high heat for 30 seconds and remove to a bowl and set that aside until it cooled.
To Assemble
  1. Take a slice of bread and lay it on a flat surface, with a rolling pin, roll the bread into a thin flat slice.
  2. Spread some mayo on the slice, place about 2 teaspoons of the chicken stuffing on the edge of the slice nearest you, then tightly roll the bread slice away from you, you can use water to make the last edge stick together. Place on a plate, seam side down. Repeat for remaining slices.
  3. Heat a non stick pan with a splash of cooking oil on medium heat, and fry the spring rolls, turning often until golden brown.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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.

Soy Sauce Eggs

Soy Sauce Eggs
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This is a Chinese recipe and these eggs served with noodle and rice dishes. These are generally soft boiled eggs but I will make with hard boiled as personal preference. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Soy Sauce Eggs
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This is a Chinese recipe and these eggs served with noodle and rice dishes. These are generally soft boiled eggs but I will make with hard boiled as personal preference. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Marinade
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Add all the marinade ingredients to a medium sized pot, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  2. Once the marinade is cooled, add the peeled eggs and place in the fridge overnight. The next day, remove the eggs from the marinade and store, covered, in the fridge until use. Discard the marinade.
  3. To serve with noodles or rice, just cut an egg in half and place on the plate beside the rice or noodles, and for noodles in a soup, just add on top, yolk side up for presentation.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Shortcut: Perfect Hard Boiled Chicken Eggs.

This recipe for Soy Sauce Eggs 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.