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Pad Thai

The signature taste of pad thai’s pan-fried rice noodles is the tamarind. I got it from the Asian supermarket as this big block that expires in two years. It tasted fine?

Recipe kind of from thaitable.com and cookingclassy.com.

Pad Thai

  • Fry 1/3 cup extra firm tofu cut into matchsticks. Set aside.
  • Cut 1 lb chicken breast into thin strips. Julienne 1 carrot, 1/2 red bell pepper.
  • Prepare 8 oz Thai rice noodles: soak in lukewarm water until flexible but not expanded, about 10 minutes. When in doubt, undersoak.
  • Saute 1 shallot minced, 3 cloves garlic minced, white part of 2 scallions minced until fragrant. Mix in 1 tbsp fish sauce, 2 tbsp tamarind paste, 2 tbsp dark brown sugar, 1 tbsp soy sauce, juice of half lime.
  • Saute chicken until almost done. Add carrot and bell pepper. Add 2 cups bean sprouts, (1 cup chinese chives).
  • Crack 2 eggs into center of wok. When almost set, scramble in noodles, and chicken.
  • Serve topped with tofu, green part of 2 scallions sliced, 1/3 cup cilantro chopped, 2 tbsp crushed toasted peanuts, lime wedges.



Massaman Curry

I learned about this Muslim-influenced Thai curry made with chicken potatoes, and peanuts. Thankfully I got the timing right so that the potatoes were soft but not mushy, the chicken cooked through but moist, the peanuts still crunchy, and the tomatoes just falling apart. Except I didn’t have plum tomatoes so I used my (ridiculously good) pearl tomatoes eighthed instead.

I’m growing fond making curry from scratch! I’ve got a big spice pantry to consume now anyway.

Recipe from foodandwine.com

Massaman Curry

  • Saute 1 onion diced.
  • Add 2 cloves garlic minced, 1/2″
    chopped, 1 tsp five-spice, 1 tsp cumin, 1/4 tsp cayenne, 1/4 tsp turmeric, 1/2 tsp salt.
  • 1 cup chicken stock, 1/2 cup coconut milk.
  • Add 1/2 lb potatoes, peeled and cubed, simmer for 12 minutes.
  • Add 1.5 lb chicken breasts, simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add 1/2 cup chopped peanuts, 1/2 lb plum tomatoes, 3 tbsp cilantro, simmer for 2 minutes, until chicken is done.
  • Serve on rice.

Thai Cabbage Salad

  • 4 cups shredded napa cabbage, part red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced to bite sizes
  • 1 small cucumber, seeded, half moon sliced
  • 1 cup edamame
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • Dress with 4 cloves garlic (plus 2 red bird’s eye chili peppers seeded) and 1/4 tsp kosher salt mashed to create paste. 2 tsp light brown sugar, 2 tsp fish sauce, 1 lime of juice (2 tbsp).

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup, Thai Mango Sticky Rice

Testing the waters and deciding what I want each post to look like.

Taiwanese Beef Noodle Soup

Working off this recipe and, you know, being Taiwanese. This is one of my favorite comfort foods. It turned out well.

taiwanese beef noodle soup
  • in stock pot and 2 tbsp oil, stir fry 1/2-inch of ginger, 3 cloves garlic, 6 white half of scallions.
  • add 2 tbsp bean paste, some hot sauce, 3/4 cup soy sauce, stir fry.
  • add 2lb cubed beef, 2 tbsp cooking wine, 1 tbsp sugar, 2 star anise, 8 cups water.
  • Simmer 1.5 hours, then remove meat. Dilute the concentrate around 2:1 to make the soup.
  • Serve with noodles, blanched veggies, green half of scallions,

Thai-Style Mango Sticky Rice

You don’t want to know how much sugar goes into it. Okay, I’ll tell you. A lot. It is not mango season. Oops.

mango sticky rice
  • 2 cups Thai glutinous rice, 2.5 cups water. soak for 1 hour, then steam in rice cooker.
  • mix rice with 1.5 cups coconut milk, 1 cup sugar, .5 tsp salt.
  • for sauce, boil 1/3 cup coconut milk, 3 tbsp sugar, then chill.
  • serve rice with mango, sauce, toasted sesame seeds.




One puzzle I need to solve: how am I supposed to light these photos without putting it on our gross stove?!