Sunday, January 18, 2009

Green Papaya Salad (Som Tum)

Green papaya Mixed with fish sauce And chile peppers You bet! It is a wonderful traditional Thai side dish that is exceptionally good with barbecued chicken and other meat dishes.

4 medium red and green chilie peppers
2 large cloves garlic, skinned
1 cup green or string beans, cut 1" pieces
6 cherry tomatoes, cut each in half
2 teaspoons ground peanuts (optional)
2 tablespoons small dried shrimp
1 green papaya meat grated

5 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons sugar
4 tablespoons finely ground dried shrimp

Combine the dressing ingredients in a small bowl except dried shrimp and set aside. Using a mortar and pestle, pound chilies and garlic to coarse texture. Add papaya, green beans, tomatoes and pound 1-2 minutes longer, mixing with a spoon while pounding. Add dried shrimps, peanuts, dressing and mix well. Serve immediately.

Note: take care when you grate the papaya that none of the portion next to the seeds gets in since it has better taste.

Drunken Chicken Wings (Peek Gai Lao Daeng)

1.5 pounds chicken wings

1 tablespoon fish sauce
1/4 cup thinly sliced lemongrass
10-15 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon freshly milled black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped Thai chile peppers
1/4 cup chopped coriander/cilantro (including roots if possible)
1/4 cup tomato ketchup
1/4 cup whisky (preferably bourbon or rice whiskey)

MethodMix the marinade, stir the wings until thoroughly coated and leave to marinate for 12-24 hours in the fridge.

Barbecue or grill the wings over fairly high heat until cooked through.

Serve with a dipping sauce that consists of 4 parts mayonnaise, 4 parts tomato ketchup to one part hot chili sauce.

Barbecue Chicken (Gai Yang)

Thai barbecued chicken is a bright red color and full of amazing flavor. This recipe by Puangpen Prescott is no exception...make sure to have plenty of the dipping sauce on hand for other dishes as well. It is even great on chicken wings.

Barbecue Chicken (Gai Yang)

3 whole young chicken, clean, rinse and patted dry
2 small oranges or limes
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons mixture of coriander root and black pepper and garlic pounded fine
6 tablespoons light soy
3/4 cup beer or wine

Rub chickens with halved oranges or limes and follow with salt. Marinate chickens in the mixture of coriander root, pepper, garlic, light soy and wine for 2-3 hrs. Grill on medium low heat charcoal fire till done. The skin of the chicken should be crisp and light brown.

Dipping sauce
4 large red chili peppers with seeds discarded
12 very fresh small chili pepper ( phrig khee hnu )
4 small cloves of garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar

Pound the first 4 ingredients together just till shredded. Add the last 3 ingredients and mix well. Beware this is very hot. You can reduce the amount of phrig khee hnu to tone down the heat.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Chicken green curry (Kang keaw wan kai)


1 tbsp vegetable oil
2 tbsp green curry paste (according to taste)
1 tbsp soft dark brown sugar
1-2 thick stalks lemongrass, fat ends bashed with a rolling pin (optional)750g/1½lb skinless, boneless chicken, cut into chunks (use breast and/or leg meat)
6-8 kaffir lime leaves, torn into pieces (if unavailable, use the grated zest of 1 lime)
400ml/14fl oz coconut milkgood shake of Thai fish sauce or light soy saucesmall handful of coriander, roughly chopped
½-1 lime, juice only


1. Heat the oil in a wok or large frying pan. Add the green curry paste and sugar and cook over a fairly high heat for about a minute, stirring with the lemongrass, if using. Reduce the heat slightly and stir in the chicken pieces and lime leaves or zest until coated in the paste. Add the coconut milk, fish sauce or soy sauce and bring to a simmer, cooking for 25-30 minutes until thickened slightly. Stir in the coriander and lime juice. Check for seasoning, adding more fish sauce or soy sauce if needed.
2. The curry is now best left to sit for a few minutes so the sauce becomes creamier. You will also taste the true flavours of the curry paste ingredients when it's slightly cooler. Serve with lots of fragrant Thai jasmine rice.

Omelette in clear soup (Kaeng Jeut Khai Jiao)


3-4 eggs
1-2 lettuce plants
1 tsp dried salted vegetable
1 coriander plant
1 tsp chopped garlic
1/2 tsp ground pepper
2-3 tbsp fish sauce
5 cups soup stock or water
4 tbsp cooking oil


1. Bring the stock to a boil. If you wish to add pork, drop small lumps of the ground meat into the stock.

2. Beat the eggs and fry in a wok until firm. Now, move the egg off to one side, put in the garlic, and sauté until fragrant and golden. Next, return the eggs to the middle, break up with the spatula into pieces, transfer the contents of the wok to the pot, and when the stock returns to a boil, add the fish sauce.

3. Place lettuce leaves in a bowl, dip the soup into the bowl sprinkle with The pepper, coriander greens, and dried salted vegetable, and serve hot.