Pho Ga, Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup (Pressure Cooker)
Pho Ga, Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup (Pressure Cooker)
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This sounds good, and fast and is a Vietnamese soup modified to use a pressure cooker. You will make the broth and cook the chicken at the same time in your pressure cooker. Rice noodles are prepared separately along with any of the toppings you desire, and that can be done while the chicken is cooking.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes
Pho Ga, Vietnamese Chicken Noodle Soup (Pressure Cooker)
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This sounds good, and fast and is a Vietnamese soup modified to use a pressure cooker. You will make the broth and cook the chicken at the same time in your pressure cooker. Rice noodles are prepared separately along with any of the toppings you desire, and that can be done while the chicken is cooking.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
13 minutes
Ingredients
For the Chicken and Broth
To Serve
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in your pressure cooker, until just starting to smoke, place the onions cut side down along with the ginger. Leave the top off the pressure cooker for this. Cook without moving for 5 minutes or until charred.
  2. To the pot, now add the water, and remaining Chicken and Broth ingredients. Stir, then cover and lock the lid, bring to pressure on high heat, when the jiggler is moving and venting pressure, turn heat down to maintain jiggler movement and start timing for 8 minutes.
  3. When the 8 minutes have passed, turn off the heat and move the pressure cooker to an unused burner and allow to release pressure naturally. This can take 10 to 20 minutes.
  4. When it is safe and no pressure remains in the cooker, open and using tongs or a slotted spoon, remove the chicken legs to a plate.
  5. Place a strainer on another pot and pour the broth through the strainer, discard the contents of the strainer. Use a spoon and ladle off any foam on the broth. Taste and adjust the fish sauce and or sugar as desired.
  6. While the chicken and broth were cooking, prep all of the To Serve items, basically just chopping, and cooking the rice noodles.
  7. To serve, place a serving of cooked rice noodles in a serving bowl, add a chicken leg or two then some sliced onion and spring onion. Ladle the hot broth into the bowl, and let people add their own toppings, such as mixed herbs, chilies, lime juice, sauces, and sprouts. Enjoy.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get chicken legs again, for now I will say low cost.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Forget the Rice Cooker Rice
Forget the Rice Cooker Rice
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand, and he makes this often. This has a twist to it, flavored with star anise and cardamom. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Forget the Rice Cooker Rice
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This is from a good American friend, Brian, who lives in northeastern Thailand, and he makes this often. This has a twist to it, flavored with star anise and cardamom. On my to cook list.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 2 minutes
Cook Time
8-10 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. For the cardamom pods, you can use fresh, dried, or even ground. Fresh would be preferred, If using dry, soak the, for at least an hour before use. For ground cardamom, use 1/8 teaspoon. You can also use 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon in place of cardamom.
  2. Place everything in a pot and bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook for 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Fluff with a fork and serve as a side with any Asian dishes.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided by good friend, Brian Colligan.
Thailand.

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
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
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.

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
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
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.

Chinese Tea Eggs (Marbled Eggs)
Chinese Tea Eggs (Marbled Eggs)
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Tea eggs are a popular Chinese street snack. I have heard of these, never had one until today, 24 Oct 2017, and they are good! Wonderful flavor. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
5-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
5-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Chinese Tea Eggs (Marbled Eggs)
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Tea eggs are a popular Chinese street snack. I have heard of these, never had one until today, 24 Oct 2017, and they are good! Wonderful flavor. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
5-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
5-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Place the unpeeled hard boiled eggs in a pot and cover with about 1-2 inches of water, then remove the eggs and set aside. This step is just to get the right water level in the pot.
  2. Main ingredients measured out. Star anise and cinnamon, black peppercorns, and the tea.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the salt, to the water and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer.
  4. While waiting on the water to boil, use the back of a knife and tap all over each egg, this makes the cracks needed for the marble effect.
  5. When the water is turned down to a simmer, place the eggs into the water with a slotted spoon. Simmer for 1 hour, then remove from heat and leave the eggs in the liquid for 1-2 hours. At this point they are ready, and for a stronger flavor, refridgerate, in the liquid overnight.
  6. Serve as a snack or with a noodle or porridge dish.
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Chinese Five Spice Pork Belly
Chinese Five Spice Pork Belly
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My mother in law loves Chinese Five Spice Chicken, and loves it more when made using pork belly, so this is a slightly different recipe than what is on the spice pack. This is not a secret recipe or an internet recipe, this is a modified recipe based on the pack of spice you can buy in every town. The Lobo brand of spices have instructions in Thai and English on every spice packet I have used from them. I made this on 31 May 2017 and it was very well received by my mother in law, and it is delicious, my comments below. I did not get all the step by step photos so I will be making this again soon, so easy and inexpensive as well.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour, or so
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour, or so
Chinese Five Spice Pork Belly
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My mother in law loves Chinese Five Spice Chicken, and loves it more when made using pork belly, so this is a slightly different recipe than what is on the spice pack. This is not a secret recipe or an internet recipe, this is a modified recipe based on the pack of spice you can buy in every town. The Lobo brand of spices have instructions in Thai and English on every spice packet I have used from them. I made this on 31 May 2017 and it was very well received by my mother in law, and it is delicious, my comments below. I did not get all the step by step photos so I will be making this again soon, so easy and inexpensive as well.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour, or so
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour, or so
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Prepare the pork belly by slicing into 1 1/2 inch pieces, we used 700 grams. Place the meat in a bowl.
  2. In the bowl of meat, add the 5 Spice Powder. Rub that in with your fingers until all pieces are coated. This photo is just before I added the spice powder.
  3. In a large pot, heat a splash of olive oil then add the garlic and sugar, when the garlic is fragrant, about a minute, ass the pork, cook for a few minutes turning a few times. You are browning them, not needing to cook through, that will happen later.
  4. Add the eggs, salt, light and black soy sauces, and bean curd if using, add enough water to nearly cover the eggs, and simmer for an hour. This photo is right after the eggs and water was added.
  5. At 1 hour, the eggs should be a light brown, check for tenderness of the pork, if tender, serve over rice, add some of the broth as well to the rice.
Recipe Notes

Prices can very with pork, if you go with a local vendor at an open market, you are getting fresh and much lower cost. Pork belly at Tesco is 220 Baht/kilo, the pork belly used in this recipe and in the photos, I purchased from an open market, 140 Baht/kilo. For this recipe the pork cost about 105 Baht/700 grams. For 4 servings this is about 77 cents per serving.

Modified from a recipe on a spice packet.