DIY Chowder

DIY Chowder
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This is a Do It Yourself (DIY) Chowder. This is what I have come up with for you to make a different chowder each time you prepare this. The basics are you need a fat, vegetables, stock, evaporated milk or cream and milk, and seafood.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
DIY Chowder
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This is a Do It Yourself (DIY) Chowder. This is what I have come up with for you to make a different chowder each time you prepare this. The basics are you need a fat, vegetables, stock, evaporated milk or cream and milk, and seafood.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
For Fat - pick 1 item to use
For Vegetables - pick 1 or more items to use, some are required
For Stock - pick 1 item to use
For Cream - pick 1 item to use
For Seafood - pick 1 or more items to use
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Some good combinations:

    If using whitefish, mushroom or vegetable stock works well, plus onion, carrot, daikon, spring onion, and mushrooms. For the cream I normally use the evaporated milk.

    If using clams or oyster meat, with the juice they come in, chicken or vegetable stock work well, plus onion, carrot, and potatoes. For the cream I normally use the evaporated milk.

    For a seafood type chowder, go with a mushroom or vegetable stock, and a little of each seafood listed, plus onion, carrot, potato or daikon. and mushrooms. For the cream I normally use the evaporated milk.
  2. Let's get started. In a medium size pot, heat the bacon fat or butter, when hot, add the onion and saute until softened and starting to brown up.
  3. Add the stock of your choice, the carrot, and 1-3 vegetables of your choice and bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. As that is simmering add the fish or seafood of your choice, then add the evaporated milk or cream and milk, season with salt and pepper as desired. If using mushrooms add those as well.
  4. Simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes to cook the seafood through and the carrot, and potatoes or daikon are tender.
  5. Ladle into bowls and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

This can be low cost up to high cost depending on what seafood you use.

My own creation, Lee Thayer.
Thailand.

Fish & Mushroom Chowder

Fish & Mushroom Chowder
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I have been making some chowders and soups lately, and wanted to go in another direction from oysters and potatoes, both available here, but readily available is daikon and whitefish (Pangasius and Barramundi). So here is what I came up with, and it is delicious! Made a large pot and it was cleared out by the family the lives around us as well as some visiting family from another village. For the mushrooms, I need to verify the amounts, it was 1 package each.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Fish & Mushroom Chowder
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I have been making some chowders and soups lately, and wanted to go in another direction from oysters and potatoes, both available here, but readily available is daikon and whitefish (Pangasius and Barramundi). So here is what I came up with, and it is delicious! Made a large pot and it was cleared out by the family the lives around us as well as some visiting family from another village. For the mushrooms, I need to verify the amounts, it was 1 package each.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a medium size pot, heat the bacon fat, when hot, add the onion and saute until softened and starting to brown up.
  2. Add the stock, daikon, carrot, spring onion, and coriander, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. As that is simmering cut up the fish and add that, then add the evaporated milk, then chop up the mushrooms and add those.
  3. Simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes to cook the fish and mushrooms.
  4. Ladle into bowls and enjoy.
Recipe Notes

For the fish, just figuring all Pangasius (6-8 fillets) figure about 200 Baht. For 8 servings, this is about 74 cents per serving.

My own creation, Lee Thayer.
Thailand.

Ham & Potato Corn Chowder

Ham & Potato Corn Chowder
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Sounds really, lots of ways you can change this up to make it different each time.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ham & Potato Corn Chowder
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Sounds really, lots of ways you can change this up to make it different each time.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot, when hot, add the onion and celery, saute until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in the garlic, thyme, and flour, saute until the flour is lightly browned. about 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  3. Stir in the broth then add the milk, then the potatoes and carrots. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook until the potatoes and carrots are tender, about 10-15 minutes, stir occasionally.
  4. Add the corn (if using fresh corn, boil that first then cut from the cob), and the ham. Simmer until everything is heated through and piping hot. Taste and season with salt an pepper as desired.
  5. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Variants: 1. Cook 4 strips of bacon and use the bacon fat to cook the onion and celery, garnish with the bacon chopped. 2. Reduce the potatoes and add some chopped cauliflower. 3. Saute the cubed ham before adding to the chowder. 4. Add sauteed mushrooms.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Potato & Broccoli Cheese Soup

Potato & Broccoli Cheese Soup
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Sounds good. I like a good broccoli and cheese soup, the potatoes sound like a good addition.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Potato & Broccoli Cheese Soup
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Sounds good. I like a good broccoli and cheese soup, the potatoes sound like a good addition.
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
8-10 servings 30 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, add the broth, carrots, potatoes, and onion powder. Bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer, cook for about 10 minutes.
  2. While that is cooking, prep the broccoli, at 10 minutes, add that and cook for another 10 minutes.
  3. While the soup is cooking, heat a medium pot and melt the butter, whisk in the flour and cook for a minute or two, always whisking, until the mixture is golden brown. Then whisk in the milk and whisk and cook for about 5 minutes until thickened.
  4. Add the cheese and stir until mixed in and melted, add the salt and garlic pepper. Pour the cheese sauce into the soup, stir while doing this. Mix well.
  5. Ass more milk to thin for a thinner soup. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
  6. Serve bowls topped with the bacon.
Recipe Notes

Low cost.

Provided courtesy of good friend, Stephen Connell.
United States.

Fish Stew with Ginger & Tomatoes

Fish Stew with Ginger & Tomatoes
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Sounds wonderful. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Fish Stew with Ginger & Tomatoes
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Sounds wonderful. On my to cook list for sure.
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Servings Prep Time
4-6 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
20-30 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat the oil in a large pot, when hot, add the garlic and ginger and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute, then add the tomatoes plus juice, sugar, salt, black pepper, and red pepper. Cook and stir for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the stock and potatoes, bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer. Cook for 10 minutes or until the potatoes are just fork tender.
  3. Stir in the fish, cover, and cook for 5 minutes or until the fish flakes with a fork. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to your liking.
  4. Sprinkle with parsley, serve.
Recipe Notes

Using Pangasius fillets, which are boneless and skinless, 1 kilo is about 128 Baht. For 4 servings, this is about 95 cents per serving.

This recipe for Fish Stew with Ginger and Tomatoes is from Simply Recipes.

Beef Noodle Soup II

Beef Noodle Soup II
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Sounds really good, a nice comfort food. This is a Slow Cooker version, which would be perfect for Thai beef. I will verify the slow cooker time with Low setting when I make this, and soon.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-8 hours
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Sounds really good, a nice comfort food. This is a Slow Cooker version, which would be perfect for Thai beef. I will verify the slow cooker time with Low setting when I make this, and soon.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-8 hours
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
4-8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot on medium high heat and add the beef, onion, and celery. Saute for 5 minutes or so until the beef is browned on all sides. Add this to your slow cooker.
  2. Add the water, bouillon cubes, parsley, black pepper, and carrots to the slow cooker, mix together. Set on Low setting for 4 hours. Check the tenderness of the beef then, if not tender, continue to cook and check each hour after that until the beef is tender.
  3. When the beef is tender, cook the egg noodles in a pot of salted boiling water until just tender. Drain and stir in the the noodles to the slow cooker and cook for another 15-20 minutes.
  4. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the beef. For 6 servings, this is about 75 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.

Beef Noodle Soup I

Beef Noodle Soup I
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Sounds really good, a nice comfort food.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
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Sounds really good, a nice comfort food.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 15 minutes
Cook Time
35-40 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Heat a large pot on medium high heat and add the beef, onion, and celery. Saute for 5 minutes or so until the beef is browned on all sides.
  2. Add the water, bouillon cubes, parsley, black pepper, carrots, and egg noodles. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a low simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes or until the beef is tender and noodles cooked.
  3. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 150 Baht for the beef. For 6 servings, this is about 75 cents per serving.

Variation: 1. Use course ground beef (using the wagon wheel plate on your grinder) in place of cubed stew beef.

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
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
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.

Chicken, Mushroom, and Noodle Soup

Chicken, Mushroom, and Noodle Soup
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This sounds good and is very versatile, can use egg noodles, spaghetti, Chinese or Japanese noodles. I will be making this with some wonderful Japanese noodles I found in Tesco. I am basing the prep time on making the chicken broth, if you are pressed for time, use powdered broth and cooked chicken.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1-2 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1-2 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Chicken, Mushroom, and Noodle Soup
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This sounds good and is very versatile, can use egg noodles, spaghetti, Chinese or Japanese noodles. I will be making this with some wonderful Japanese noodles I found in Tesco. I am basing the prep time on making the chicken broth, if you are pressed for time, use powdered broth and cooked chicken.
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1-2 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6 servings 1-2 hours
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
For Trinity
  • 1 carrot cut into large chunks
  • 1 onion quartered
  • 1 stalk celery cut into large chunks
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, add the chicken breasts and Trinity. Add 8 cups of water (I use a quart jar to measure 4 cups at a time.) Bring to a boil the reduce to a simmer until the chicken is cooked through about 20-30 minutes.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and let the pot cool to room temperature. Now you just made broth and juicy chicken.
  3. When the broth has cooled, remove the chicken and roughly dice, set the chicken aside. Strain the broth, discard Trinity. If you have less than 8 cups of broth, just add some water to make 8 cups.
  4. Rinse out the pot and dry it. Heat the oil in the pot and when hot add the garlic and ginger, saute for a minute or two until aromatic soft. Stir in the soy sauce.
  5. Add the broth, mushrooms, and chicken. Bring to a boil, then add the noodles and reduce to a simmer for 5 minutes or so or until the noodles are tender.
  6. Stir in the spring onion and simmer for another minute. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Figure about 50 Baht for 3 chicken breasts. For 6 servings, this is about 25 cents per serving.

Adapted from an internet recipe.