Phat Kaphrao (Thai stir fried meat with basil and chilis)

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On Facebook, Speedy re-shared that Saveur page with the 55 Great Global Food Blogs and it made me re-visit some of the blogs on the list including Leela's She Simmers where I found a recipe for a stir fried dish that, according to Thai Airways Magazine is "fourth among the ten Thai dishes ordered most frequently by foreigners". Called phat khaprao (or pad ka-prao), it is a … [Read more...]

Southeast Asian food at Banana Leaf

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My mother had been wanting to treat us to lunch-merienda-dinner for the longest time but finding a day when the girls would be free turned out to be a challenge. Weekends are already tight, it's almost the end of the term and the pig out date had to be rescheduled several times. Last weekend was a long one, we picked a day and made a date. Despite that, the venue was … [Read more...]

15-minute shrimp curry

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Summary: Vacuum-packed shelled and deveined shrimps, and curry paste in a jar, conveniently available in groceries and supermarkets, were used in this dish. Preparation time was reduced to a mere five minutes. Cooking time was ten minutes for a total of 15 minutes. … [Read more...]

My Thai at Eastwood Mall

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If you ask me which Asian cuisine I like best, I won't hesitate to say "Chinese!" But ask me which Asian cuisine I like next to Chinese, I'll probably take my sweet time coming up with an answer. I'll think about all the Japanese, Thai and Vietnamese dishes that I like, assign points for each, tally the points then come up with an answer. Yes, tight race for the second … [Read more...]

20-minute chicken and vegetables with coconut cream

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Spicy, aromatic, rich and, best of all, fast. This is an express version of my mixed vegetables with coconut cream. Chicken thigh fillet strips are sauteed then boiled gently with parboiled vegetables in coconut cream. Chicken fillets, especially when cut into thin strips, cook in a few minutes. The chilis add just the right amount of heat. The kaffir lime leaf gives this … [Read more...]

Congee is rice porridge is arroz caldo

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Last Thursday, Speedy and I were at the market. There was one stall selling premature chicken eggs (if we had left the house earlier, there would have been more stalls selling them but these things sell like hot cakes and I was lucky to still find some in that one stall) and I grabbed half a kilo. Not half a kilo of eggs because they are sold along with the egg sacs, liver … [Read more...]

Pad Thai noodles

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Nine out of every ten people I know would define Pad Thai noodles as a spicy noodle dish made with shrimps, mung bean sprouts and ground peanuts. But shrimps, mung bean sprouts and peanuts are not really the ingredients that define the Pad Thai noodle dish. The sauce makes the dish and it is called Pad Thai sauce. It isn't necessary that the dish include shrimps or that … [Read more...]

Thai inspired fish roe soup

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Inspired by the Thai fish roe soup called tom yam khai pla, this soup is similar to sinigang but with deeper flavors and aroma because of the inclusion of lemongrass, holy basil and kaffir lime leaves (all picked from my garden) among the ingredients. The citrusy notes were all over and they were spectacular.Traditional tom yam khai pla recipes call for slices of … [Read more...]

Crustasia at Shangri-La Plaza

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We had passed by Crustasia many times, we even took a peek at the buffet once but we never felt drawn enough to actually try it. One factor is that we don't do buffets anymore as we prefer to eat a la carte -- you know, the kind that is prepared only after we have ordered. Food just tastes better when it's freshly prepared.So, we had never eaten at Crustasia before. … [Read more...]

Sticky rice and mangoes with sweet coconut sauce (khao neaw mamuang)

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If you're a Filipino living abroad, craving for suman with ripe mangoes but suman is not available, this Thai version of basically the same dish is something that you can prepare at home. Canned coconut milk can be substituted for fresh. Glutinous rice is not hard to find although they may be called by other names depending on your location. And mangoes are popular the … [Read more...]