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.
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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
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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, 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. This is also a 5 ingredient and slow cooker meal so that is a bonus.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
5-6 hours
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, 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. This is also a 5 ingredient and slow cooker meal so that is a bonus.
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, and onion to your slow cooker.
  2. Slice the chicken into 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces, add to the slow cooker and mix with the marinade to coat all the chicken.
  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. Serve with rice.
Recipe Notes

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

Provided by Slow Cooker Kitchen and the link to this recipe is here.
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Tomato & Onion Salad
Tomato & Onion Salad
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This is a basic salad that is Japanese in origin, and sounds like an excellent side dish. I made this on 19 Dec 2017, very good indeed!
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Tomato & Onion Salad
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This is a basic salad that is Japanese in origin, and sounds like an excellent side dish. I made this on 19 Dec 2017, very good indeed!
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. The tomatoes, onion, and bell pepper prepped.
  2. Mix together and add the oil, soy sauce, and rice vinegar and toss to coat everything.
  3. Sprinkle on the shiso or basil or coriander, serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Spring Rolls aka Lumpia
Spring Rolls aka Lumpia
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These sound delicious and I just picked up several packages of spring roll sheets last week. These are Spring Rolls or Lumpia that have a very thin pastry, not Egg Rolls which have a thicker pastry. And these are outstanding! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
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These sound delicious and I just picked up several packages of spring roll sheets last week. These are Spring Rolls or Lumpia that have a very thin pastry, not Egg Rolls which have a thicker pastry. And these are outstanding! Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 spring rolls 30 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Ingredients
For the Filling
For the Spring Rolls
Servings: spring rolls
Instructions
For the Filling
  1. In a pot of boiling water, add the vermicelli cook for 2-4 minutes or until soft, drain, lightly chop, you want about 1 1/2 cups, an 80 gram packet is fine. It is ok if they are a bit underdone as the rolls get fried later. Set aside.
  2. A lot of the prep time is the shredding and chopping. Use a box shredder for the cabbage and carrots, Chop the mushrooms on a board. I doubled the recipe that is why there is so much.
  3. Fresh ground pork (I used pork loin for this which is lean, the mushrooms add the juiciness). I also had some shrimp we added, the shrimp were cleaned, deveined, and chopped. The shrimp is NOT cooked with the pork, add the shrimp at the very end if using.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a large non stick pan (big pot if doubling the recipe), when hot, add the garlic and saute for a minute until fragrant then add the pork and break up the pork as it cooks until it just turns white, as it will get cooked again.
  5. To the pork, add the carrot, cabbage, and mushrooms and saute for several minutes until the veggies are good and wilted. Now mix in the cornstarch, soy sauce, and oyster sauce. Saute for about a minute or until the liquid is steamed off. You want the filling sticky, not watery. Taste and season with oyster sauce as needed.
  6. Add the cooked noodles and remove the pan or pot from the heat.
  7. Mix in the noodles and cool the filling, a hot filling means your spring rolls may burst (no one likes a sloppy spring roll). So just let the pan or pot cool, or spread the filling on a baking sheet and let cool, or even place in the fridge for 5 minutes.
To Assemble the Spring Rolls
  1. First thing is to make the 'glue' so in a small bowl or cup, mix together the cornstarch and water, set this aside but keep it handy, this is used to seal the rolls.
  2. Open the package of spring roll sheets. Carefully pull off one sheet and place smooth side down on a clean counter with one corner of the sheet facing you. Very important, place a damp towel on the unused sheets, if the sheets dry out they are hard to pull apart and will tear.
  3. Place a tablespoon or so of filling near the corner closest to you.
  4. Fold the bottom up over the filling
  5. Tightly roll, the filling will spread some, that is fine. When the roll is in the widest part of the pastry (left and right corners will be on the sides of the roll) fold each side towards the center. The roll should be about 5 inches long , and should look like an envelope.
  6. Continue to roll, and when there is just a pointy section at the end away from you, use your finger and apply some of the cornstarch slurry you made just a few minutes ago to the edges of the pointy section (just like sealing and envelope), continue to roll and seal the edge, and just pat that seam down with your fingers. There, you just made a spring roll.
  7. Repeat until you have either used all the filling or all the pastry sheets. 13 more to go.
  8. To fry these, heat about 1 inch of oil in a pot. When hot, add 4-5 spring rolls at a time and fry, turn often, until golden brown, These cook fast so keep an eye on them. Remove to paper towels to drain and fry the remaining rolls. Perfect color.
  9. Let cool for a few minutes then serve hot as is or serve with a dipping sauce of your choice. My Sweet & Sour Sauce is listed as a shortcut in the Recipe Notes section.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for the pork. I will wing about 3 servings from this (I like spring rolls), for 3 servings this is about 50 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce.

Variants: 1. Bake instead of fry, place on a rack on a baking sheet, spray with oil all sides, bake in a 200 C (400 F) oven until golden brown. 2. For the filling, use cooked and chopped bacon, cooked hash browns, and Cheddar mixed in. 3. Place 3 or 4 raisins in each spring roll if using the original ingredients listed.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce
Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce
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Sounds good, and easy, common ingredients.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce
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Sounds good, and easy, common ingredients.
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Prep Time
5 minutes
Cook Time
3-5 minutes
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Add all the ingredients to a sauce pan on medium heat and whisk to combine, simmer and stir often until sauce thickens to your liking. Taste and adjust sugar to your liking.
  2. Remove from heat and let cool, sauce is ready.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Used in Recipe Listed on this Site:
Spring Rolls aka Lumpia, Made it, GO-TO recipe.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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.