Cinnamon & Star Anise Pork Chops
Cinnamon & Star Anise Pork Chops
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The flavors are wonderful and is a good change from regular pork chops. This is a Thai recipe for pork chops that poaches then, which is a fancy word for simmering. I made this on 16 July 2018, and this is a keeper!
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 3-12 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 3-12 hours
Cinnamon & Star Anise Pork Chops
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The flavors are wonderful and is a good change from regular pork chops. This is a Thai recipe for pork chops that poaches then, which is a fancy word for simmering. I made this on 16 July 2018, and this is a keeper!
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 3-12 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
1 hour 3-12 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix together the salt, sugar, onion, garlic, white pepper, and soy sauces. I used two thin pieces of cinnamon.
  2. Rinse the pork chops. This photo shows how the pork chops can vary.
  3. You can tenderize if you like with a mallet or needle tenderizer. Add the chops to a sturdy zip lock bag. I use a needle tenderizer, both sides, not to tenderize the meat but to allow the marinade to soak into the meat.
  4. Add the remaining liquid mix and the star anise and cinnamon to the zip lock bag, squish the chops around, mindful of the where the bones are next to the bag. Remove as much as air as you can from the bag and zip close. Place the bag in the fridge for at least 3 hours but overnight is recommended. For 3-6 hours, flip the bag once an hour.
  5. Place the chops and the marinade in a pot,
  6. Add water to just cover the chops. Bring to a boil then reduce to a low boil, and let the chops cook until the liquid is reduced by half and the chops are tender.
  7. Remove the chops to a dish with a slotted spoon leaving the liquid in the pot.
  8. Mix together the cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of water to make a slurry. Whisk the slurry into the liquid while the pot is on medium heat, whisk or stir for several minutes to slightly thicken the sauce. Remove the star anise and cinnamon sticks.
  9. Serve the chops with rice on the side and spoon the sauce over the chops.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get pork chops again in the city, I will say low price now.

This recipe for Cinnamon & Star Anise Pork Chop is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

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.

Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters
Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters
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Excellent dish that goes together quickly. Perfect use for oyster meat, and you can use any fresh mushrooms you prefer.
Servings
4-6 servings
Servings
4-6 servings
Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters
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Excellent dish that goes together quickly. Perfect use for oyster meat, and you can use any fresh mushrooms you prefer.
Servings
4-6 servings
Servings
4-6 servings
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix together the rice flour, corn starch and water to make a slurry. Set aside.
  2. Place the well drained oyster meat in a mixing bowl. Add the eggs and mix together well.
  3. Mushrooms, coriander, and garlic all prepped. I used 75 grams of Shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and sliced, and coriander in place of the spring onion.
  4. Heat the oil in a large non stick pan then add the garlic and fry until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. To the pan, add the mushrooms and oysters and stir in the flour slurry, stir to remove any lumps.
  6. When the mixture is lump free, add the soy sauce, sugar, white pepper, and spring onions, cook, stirring often, for about 30 seconds to a minute. Remove from heat.
  7. Serve with rice on the side.
Recipe Notes

I buy oysters from local fishermen for 50 Baht/pint. This is low cost. If sourcing from Tesco, you might be over $1 per serving. I will verify the Tesco cost.

This recipe for Sticky Mushrooms & Oysters is adapted from Appon's Thai Food.

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. You can use store bought ground chicken (which is rare in the town near me) or you can grind your own. For this I used breasts, an ideal mixture would be breasts and thighs. The white bits on the right is from bread. To get the remaining amount of meat out of your grinder, tear up a slice of bread and run that through last.
  3. 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. If using mostly powders, just pound the garlic.
  4. Mix the pounded garlic mixture with the remaining ingredients, except the casings, by hand until fully mixed.
  5. You can taste the sausage mixture and adjust as needed by first pan frying a small amount or microwaving a small amount.
  6. Shape the mixture into 5 sort of equal balls. Here I have the balls shaped, my funnel and pusher from my meat grinder, as well as 5 collagen casings.
  7. Pipe the meat mixture into the hog casing as you prefer, such as a funnel, sausage maker, hand or electric grinder with sausage tube. Tie off the ends of each link with string.
  8. The sausage is ready now, but to firm it up, place the sausage in the fridge overnight, totally optional to do this but recommended.
  9. 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.

Caramel Chicken
Caramel Chicken
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This is an original recipe coming from a good friend in the US. and sounds very nice (they have been making this for 23+ years). This is a two for one recipe, meaning you can serve as is after being cooked, over rice, or place in the fridge overnight and serve on a fresh green salad the next day, both options, sound delicious. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Caramel Chicken
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This is an original recipe coming from a good friend in the US. and sounds very nice (they have been making this for 23+ years). This is a two for one recipe, meaning you can serve as is after being cooked, over rice, or place in the fridge overnight and serve on a fresh green salad the next day, both options, sound delicious. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a splash of olive oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the cubed chicken and season with white pepper powder as desired. Cook, stirring often to just cook through and tender, the chicken will turn white, over cooked chicken will be tough and dry.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, in a bowl, mix together the soy sauce, water, and sugar.
  3. When all of the chicken is white (you can take a piece out and cut in half to check doneness), drain off any oil.
  4. Pour the soy sauce mixture into the chicken and stir to coat all the chicken, continue cooking until the sauce starts to bubble, cook for 5 more minutes. At 5 minutes, turn off heat, cover, and set aside.
  5. Cook your rice. Your preference on how to do that, I will use a rice cooker.
  6. Place a serving of rice on a plate, spoon on some chicken, and spoon sauce over the top.
  7. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Chicken breast will cost about 60 Baht/1 kilo, for 4 servings, this is about 47 cents per serving.

Variant: 1. After cooking the chicken and sauce, place in the fridge over night, use chicken and sauce in a green salad.

Recipe provided by good friend, Patti Stone.
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Classic Chinese Fried Rice – Yangzhou Version
Classic Chinese Fried Rice - Yangzhou Version
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Sounds like another winner of a fried rice dish, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Classic Chinese Fried Rice - Yangzhou Version
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Sounds like another winner of a fried rice dish, on my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
5-7 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a wok or large non stick pan and add the peas and carrots, cook until tender, remove from pan.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan and when hot, add the shrimp, cook until just pink, remove from pan.
  3. Add the rice to the wok or pan, use your spatula and make a hole in the center down to the pan, add the remaining oil and pour in the beaten eggs, stir fry to mix together the eggs and rice.
  4. Add the peas, carrots, ham, shrimp, soy sauce, pinch of salt and the white pepper, stir fry to mix everything together.
  5. Add the spring onion and stir fry for 30 seconds.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Add a few drops of sesame oil to the beaten eggs before pouring into the pan.

This recipe for Chinese Fried Rice - Yangzhou Version is from China Sichuan Food.

Shrimp Omelet
Shrimp Omelet
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This is basically a Thai style omelet but without any folding, the filling is just mixed into the beaten eggs.
Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Shrimp Omelet
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This is basically a Thai style omelet but without any folding, the filling is just mixed into the beaten eggs.
Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1-3 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
5-8 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the shrimp, cook them with any method you prefer, such as steaming, boiling, or sauteing. If the shrimp you are using are sort of big, go ahead and chop them into 3/4 inch pieces. For these, I just dropped them into a small pot of boiling water, when they turn pink, drain and drop into cold water to stop the cooking process.
  2. Crack the eggs into a bowl and beat well, season with white pepper powder as desired. Get everything else chopped, here, everything ready.
  3. Heat a large non stick pan with a good splash of oil, hot but not smoking.
  4. When the oil is hot, add the shrimp, spring onion, and cilantro into the eggs and mix together.
  5. Pour the egg mixture all at once into the pan, it will puff as well.
  6. Use a spatula and lift up the sides to let the egg mixture run onto the hot pan. Cook until the bottom is set and golden brown.
  7. Flip the omelet over and cook until the bottom is now set.
  8. Flip one more time and serve. This was my dinner last night, can also serve family style and just place the plate in the center of the table and everyone can dig in.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Common method to make a Thai Omelet.

Oyster Mushroom Soup
Oyster Mushroom Soup
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This is an excellent soup and is a great use of these delicious mushrooms. This has lots of possibilities and can be tailored to your liking. I look forward to creating some tasty soups with this recipe as a base. I made this on 5 June 2018 with a variant, I added peppered Vietnamese sausage (Cha Hue), diced, to the soup. Perfect.
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
3-4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Oyster Mushroom Soup
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This is an excellent soup and is a great use of these delicious mushrooms. This has lots of possibilities and can be tailored to your liking. I look forward to creating some tasty soups with this recipe as a base. I made this on 5 June 2018 with a variant, I added peppered Vietnamese sausage (Cha Hue), diced, to the soup. Perfect.
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. Trim off the root ends of the mushrooms, rinse and squeeze dry, then tear the larger ones into 2-4 pieces, chop any of the large stems.
  2. In a medium size pot, add the water, ginger, and mushrooms and bring to a boil. Once at a boil add the salt boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to a simmer and slowly pour in the beaten egg around the pot, no stirring yet, wait until the egg is starting to set, about 1 minute then sprinkle in the spring onion and give the pot a gentle stir.
  4. I went with a Variant and added some diced peppered Vietnamese sausage (Cha Hue). Simmered for about 15 minutes to let the sausage heat through.
  5. Ladle the soup into serving bowls and drizzle with sesame oil as desired, and sprinkle with white pepper, also to taste.
  6. Serve with additional spring onions if desired.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variant: 1. Add 160 to 250 grams diced Vietnamese sausage.

Inspired by the recipe Quick Oyster Mushroom Soup from Spice the Plate

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
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
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.
United States.

Beurre Blanc Sauce
Beurre Blanc Sauce
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This is a French sauce that is mostly white wine, cream, and butter, sounds good and will be on my to make list when I get some white wine again.
Servings Prep Time
1 cup of sauce 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cup of sauce 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Beurre Blanc Sauce
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This is a French sauce that is mostly white wine, cream, and butter, sounds good and will be on my to make list when I get some white wine again.
Servings Prep Time
1 cup of sauce 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 cup of sauce 5 minutes
Cook Time
15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: cup of sauce
Instructions
  1. For the butter, this is 2 sticks for the US people following this. Cut the butter in 1 tablespoon pieces and return to the fridge to keep cold.
  2. In a heavy 2 quart sauce pan, and the wine, vinegar, and shallot and bring to a boil over medium heat and reduce to 2 to 3 tablespoons, about 5 minutes.
  3. Whisk in the cream, salt, and white pepper and bring to a boil and hold that for 1 minute.
  4. Reduce heat to low, and add 2-3 tablespoons of butter and whisk constantly, until the butter is almost melted, then add a few more pieces of butter.
  5. Repeat until all the butter is incorporated into the sauce. Remove the pot from the heat often to let the mixture cool a bit and prevent the cream from breaking.
  6. When all the butter is mixed in, remove from heat and taste, adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
  7. Now pour the sauce through strainer to remove the shallot.
  8. Serve over fish or chicken.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.