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Grilled pork in lemongrass stalks

A popular Southeast Asian hawker food, this dish consists of minced meat flavored with chili, cumin, crushed galangal, ground coriander, coconut milk and fish sauce, wrapped around lemongrass stalks and grilled. There are Thai, Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese versions but, … [Read more...]

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Pad Thai noodles

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 … [Read more...]

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Pineapple and chicken rice

And so I bring home a taste of Phuket. Last Saturday, I cooked this chicken and pineapple rice and my daughters and I had it for lunch. I would have cooked it days earlier, heaven knows how excited I was to try it, but my older daughter (who took the photo for this article) … [Read more...]

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Fish and corn fritters

According to one of the Thai cookbooks I own, a dish called prawn and corn fritters is a popular street food in Thailand. I didn't see anyone selling this dish in Phuket but that didn't stop me from doing my version once I got home. Instead of prawns, however, I used … [Read more...]

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Son-in-law eggs

The first time I heard the name of this popular Thai dish, the horrific image that formed in my mind is something that any newspaper editor will probably censor. But after a search for the history of this dish, it seems that the horrific image was not exactly … [Read more...]

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Thai egg strips (rolled omelet)

How many ways can you make an omelet? Many, many ways, right? Folded, stirred, flat, with vegetables, with seafood, with meat or even in a pie shell.Here's another way. Thai egg strips -- rolled omelet cut into strips and served with fried crisp onion slices.Nothing … [Read more...]

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Thai pandan-wrapped chicken (gai ob bai toey)

Boneless chicken cutlets are marinated in sauces and spices, wrapped in aromatic pandan leaves and fried until crisp and browned. These nuggets are so flavorful they don't need a dipping sauce and they are great as finger food or served with rice as a main dish.There is … [Read more...]

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Fish in chili and garlic sauce

No, I'm not talking about bottled chili and garlic sauce. What went into this dish are chopped fresh garlic and finely sliced chilis. Also based on a Thai dish (which included coriander roots or stems which I didn't have), the really interesting thing about this very easy to … [Read more...]