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).
  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, and pork balls to the pot. reduce heat to a simmer and use the Seasonings as listed to taste. Let this cook to heat everything through.
  8. Ladle soup into bowls and use the Garnishes listed as you desire and 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.

Cumberland Sausage

Cumberland Sausage
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This is English in origin, this is a recipe to make homemade Cumberland Sausage. Now that I have found a supplier for hog casings in Phuket, this is on my to make list for sure. I will clarify quantity made when I prepare this.
Servings Prep Time
3 meters of sausage 3 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 meters of sausage 3 hours
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This is English in origin, this is a recipe to make homemade Cumberland Sausage. Now that I have found a supplier for hog casings in Phuket, this is on my to make list for sure. I will clarify quantity made when I prepare this.
Servings Prep Time
3 meters of sausage 3 hours
Servings Prep Time
3 meters of sausage 3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: meters of sausage
Instructions
  1. First thing, chill the meats in the fridge, sterilize and chill the grinder parts in the fridge. Grinding meat creates heat, so you want the meat and the grinder to be a cool temp, not freezing, just chilled.
  2. Cut the pork belly into cubes that will fit in your meat grinder hopper. Then do the same with the pork shoulder. Remove any tendons or stringy matter.
  3. Mix together the two meats, then add the spices and herbs.
  4. Mix together. Place the meat in the fridge to chill for 2 hours. Assemble your meat grinder with the coarse plate, typically the wagon wheel plate.
  5. Grind the meat with the wagon wheel plate, or a a course plate.
  6. Then in a large bowl, mix with the breadcrumbs. Breadcrumbs added, I did not get the cup measurement.
  7. Mix until well combined, use your hands for this.
  8. Soak the hog casings per instructions on the package. Remove the cutting blade and plate from your grinder. and attach the sausage funnel. Rub some bacon fat or cooking oil on the funnel, slip the end of the wet hog casing over the attachment and pull the casing down the shaft so that it is bunched up at the base. I use a dry casing from a reputable dealer in Phuket.
  9. Tie the starting end of the casing with string, using the slow setting on the grinder, add the meat back to the grinder, fill the casing but do not over fill, any air bubbles, prick with a tooth pick. Work the sausage into the casing and form the casing into a ring as you go. You can leave in a ring or twist and make links or tie with string to make links, up to you. I do not have that ring thing down yet so I just made links.
  10. Store the sausage in the fridge overnight. Then you are ready to cook them as you see fit or freeze for later use.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get the meats and casing, overall I will say fair value, but much less than store prices, by a long shot.

Shortcut: Breadcrumbs.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Slow Cooker Pork & Noodles II

Slow Cooker Pork & Noodles II
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Five ingredient recipe, and this sounds good, and easy! This is a slow cooker and stove top recipe.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-8 hours
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Five ingredient recipe, and this sounds good, and easy! This is a slow cooker and stove top recipe.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
4-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Rub or mist your slow cooker with olive oil to make clean up easier.
  2. Sprinkle the loin well with salt and pepper, be generous. Place the loin in the slow cooker, add 1/4 cup of water and cook on Low setting for 6 to 8 hours, or High setting for 3 to 4 hours. Check tenderness at 6 and 3 hours respectively, if the pork shreds easily with a fork, it is done. When done, remove from the slow cooker and shred with a fork, nothing to fine, just good bite sized pieces.
  3. 20 minutes before you want to serve, place a pot on the stove and add the broth and heat to just near boiling then add the noodles and cook until just tender. The stock should be mostly absorbed. If there is still liquid, go ahead and drain that off.
  4. Add the shredded pork to the noodles and stir in to combine well with the noodles. If the pork is not hot enough, heat the pot on very low heat for a few minutes, add a tablespoon or so of water to prevent sticking, this is not a soupy dish. Taste and season as needed with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve with a salad for a complete meal.
Recipe Notes

Going with 1 kilo of pork loin, cost would be 115 Baht, for 6 servings, this is about 56 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Meatballs & Gravy II

Meatballs & Gravy II
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Sounds very nice, and tasty. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
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Sounds very nice, and tasty. On my to cook list for sure. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1 hour
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the 11 ingredients, mix well. Shape into 1 1/2 inch meatballs. Place meatballs in a container, cover, and place in the fridge for 1 hour.
  2. When ready to cook, heat the oil in a large non stick pan, when hot, add the meatballs, work in batches if needed, brown the meatballs all over, turning gently until they are firmed up.
  3. Once browned, add the stock, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for 40 minutes or until cooked through, turning occasionally.
  4. When cooked through, remove the meatballs with a slotted spoon to a platter. Mix the cornstarch and water, slowly whisk into to the pan and cook and whisk until thickened to make a gravy.
  5. Serve meatballs with pasta, mashed potatoes, or rice, with the gravy spooned over the top.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the beef and 30 Baht for the pork. For 6 servings, this is about 88 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Bread Crumbs.

Variants: 1. Make the gravy from a package, Lobo Brand is very good. 2. Add chopped fresh mushrooms to the gravy.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Pork & Stuffing Casserole

Pork & Stuffing Casserole
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Sounds perfect, and two of the major ingredients can be made from shortcuts for cost savings, and in my opinion, better taste. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Pork & Stuffing Casserole
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Sounds perfect, and two of the major ingredients can be made from shortcuts for cost savings, and in my opinion, better taste. Links to the shortcuts are listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 C. Oil or butter a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Heat a splash of cooking oil in large non stick pan, season chops with salt and pepper as desired, browns chops on both sides, remove from pan and place in the baking dish.
  3. Prepare the boxed stuffing according to package or make from the shortcut. Spoon the stuffing over the chops.
  4. Mix together the milk and soup, pour over the top of the chops.
  5. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 1 hour. You can bake longer for increased tenderness if desired, the chops will remain moist.
  6. Remove the foil for the last 15 to 20 minutes of baking to nicely brown the top of the casserole.
  7. Serve.
Recipe Notes

I will price this when I get 4 pork chops again, for now I will say Low cost.

Shortcuts: Stove Top Stuffing, Condensed Cream of Mushroom Soup.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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Pork Ragu

Pork Ragu
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
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Sounds very good. On my to cook list. Link to the shortcut is listed in the Recipe Notes section.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 20 minutes
Cook Time
4 hours
Ingredients
For the Ragu
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
Servings: servings
Instructions
For the Ragu
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a Dutch oven or heavy pot. While the pot is heating, in a large bowl, season the pork with the salt and pepper. Sear the pork on all sides, about a minute per side, remove from the pot and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pot and then add the sausage, break up the sausage with a spatula and cook until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes.
  3. To the pot, add the onion and carrot and cook for about 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper as desired and cook until the vegetables are soft, about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the white wine, tomato paste, brown sugar, tomatoes, thyme, oregano, bay leaves, and cheese rind if you have that. Mix together then add the meat back to the pot and stir in. Season with additional salt and pepper to your liking.
  5. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 hours, the meat should be fall apart tender and the sauce slightly thickened. Use two forks and shred the pork and stir into the sauce.
For the Garlic Butter Pasta
  1. In a large non stick pan on medium heat, add the butter, when melted, stir in the garlic and parsley and cook for 1 minute until the garlic is fragrant. Turn off the heat and add your cooked pasta and toss to evenly coat the pasta.'
  2. Serve the ragu over the pasta and garnish with Parmesan.
Recipe Notes

Figure 85 Baht for the pork shoulder and 50 Baht for the sausage, if you make the sausage yourself from pork shoulder, the cost would be much less. For 6 servings, this is about 67 cents per serving.

Shortcut: Italian Sausage.

Variant: 1. This screams of using a slow cooker to simmer the ragu.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Pork Liver Soup

Pork Liver Soup
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This is based on a Chinese recipe and I will tailor this when I make it to make it a heartier soup. I added the noodles and spinach. I will update the ingredient amounts when I make this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
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This is based on a Chinese recipe and I will tailor this when I make it to make it a heartier soup. I added the noodles and spinach. I will update the ingredient amounts when I make this.
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
2 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For the Marinade
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Mix together the Marinade ingredients, place the slice liver in a shallow bowl, pour the marinade in and mix together with the liver, let marinate for 20 minutes.
  2. While the liver is marinating, prep the spinach. Squeeze or any water from the spinach. If in leaf form, frozen in balls, chop those. Set aside.
  3. Also while the liver is marinating, heat a small pot of water, when boiling, add the noodles and cook until tender, about 5-10 minutes, drain, and set aside the noodles.
  4. When the liver is marinated, now heat the 4 cups of water in a medium pot, when boiling, add the ginger and remove the liver from the marinade and add to the pot as well. Boil for 30 seconds then remove cover and remove the pot from the heat and let set for 15 minutes.
  5. At the 15 minute mark, place the pot back on a burner and set to high heat, add the noodles and spinach, just before boiling, remove from heat and cover for 2 more minutes to heat the noodles and spinach through.
  6. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 40 Baht for the liver. For 2 servings, this is about 60 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

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 Baked Pork Chops

Basic Baked Pork Chops
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This is a base recipe and is straight forward. For this you want thick cut chops, 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. Bone in gives more flavor but you can use boneless. This is a two step cooking process, stove top then oven.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Basic Baked Pork Chops
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This is a base recipe and is straight forward. For this you want thick cut chops, 1 to 1 1/2 inches thick. Bone in gives more flavor but you can use boneless. This is a two step cooking process, stove top then oven.
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
12-15 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 220 C. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Heat a large pan on medium heat with a splash of olive oil. When the oil is hot, sear the chops for two minutes on each side.
  3. Transfer the chops to the baking sheet and bake for 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for 3 minutes.
  4. Serve with your choice of sides.
Recipe Notes

I can base this in very thick cut boneless loin chops, you will need two, and cut each one in half to make 4 chops. Figure about 110 Baht for the chops. For 4 servings, this is about 81 cents per serving.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
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