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Chiang Mai Curry

This was just…okay. I didn’t really like the taste of it myself, but your tastes may differ. The ingredients are:

  • Beef, 2 pounds, cut into slices
  • Bell peppers, 2-3
  • Mushrooms, 1 carton
  • Jalapeno peppers, 3-4
  • Shallots, 4
  • Garlic, 12 cloves, minced
  • Curry powder, 4 tablespoons
  • Shrimp paste, 2 teaspoons
  • Lemon grass, 1/2 cup, minced
  • Ginger, minced, 2 tablespoons
  • Palm sugar, 6 tablespoons
  • Yellow bean sauce, 4 tablespoons
  • Tamarind juice, 1/2 cup
  • Coconut milk, 2 cans
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The ingredients.

Again, you may find that some of those ingredients are hard to find. I picked up the yellow bean sauce and the palm sugar at an Asian market.

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Some rare items.

I also picked up the tamarind at the Asian market.

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Tamarind pulp.

But as you may have noticed, it’s not juice. Turning that tamarind into juice requires some heat, as well as some water. This guide will, erm, guide you.

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Making the juice.

Meanwhile, you can slice the beef…

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Slicing the beef.

…and then simmer the beef for about 30 minutes, covered with the coconut milk, in a large covered pot.

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Coconut-ing the beef.

Blend everything else together – yes, even the tamarind juice – into a fine paste.

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To be blended.

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Blent.

Once the beef has simmered for half an hour, add the blended paste to the pot and simmer for another 10 minutes. This may also be the point where you add the veggies.

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The pot with the stuff.

Once everything is to your desired level of tenderness, the dish is done!

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Voila.

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Gai Pad Bai Gaprow

This is my favorite Thai takeout dish, so why not try to make it myself? Well, it’s been a long journey, hamstrung by a lack of certain ingredients, but I finally managed. Those ingredients, by the way, are:

  • Chicken, minced, 2 pounds
  • Bell peppers, 1-2
  • Mushrooms, 1-2 cartons
  • Onions, 1-2
  • Jalapeno peppers, 3-12 (depending on how hot you want it!)
  • Hot basil leaves, 2 cups
  • Sugar, 4 tablespoons
  • Fish sauce, 1/2 cup
  • Oil
  • Canned green peppercorns, 2 teaspoons
  • Shallots, 8, minced
  • Garlic, 12 cloves, minced
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The ingredients.

The first one you may have trouble locating is canned green peppercorns. I had to go to an Asian market to obtain mine.

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Peppercorns.

But the other was harder still – hot basil, otherwise known as holy basil, or tulsi. I couldn’t find it anywhere, so I ultimately bought some seeds and grew my own. Which, you know, took a while, but the results were delicious.

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Happy hot basil.

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The prunings.

Once you’ve assembled your ingredients, the first step is to blend. Some recipes alternately call for mashing with a mortar and pestle, but I decided to blend instead. Blend what, you ask? The shallots, the hot peppers, the garlic, and the peppercorns.

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Pre-blend.

When you do you’ll get a paste like this:

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Post-blend.

Add that paste to your wok, after you’ve heated some oil.

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In the wok.

After you’ve warmed the paste for a minute or so, add in the chicken, sugar, and fish sauce.

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Adding the chicken.

Heat until the chicken is cooked.

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Chicken, cooked.

Then add in the veggies you’ve prepared.

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Veggies!

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Veggies!

When they’ve cooked down to your desired level of tenderness, add the basil leaves.

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So, so delicious.

Finally, serve over rice – with a fried egg on top, if you wish.

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Still not as good as takeout – but yummy nonetheless.

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Seafood with Lemongrass

Oh my, this was delicious. Delicious!!! The ingredients:

  • Shrimp, shelled, about 8 oz
  • Scallops, about 8 oz
  • Fish fillets, about 8 oz
  • Mussels, about 8 oz
  • Bamboo shoots, 1 can
  • Mushrooms, 8 oz
  • Green bell pepper, sliced
  • Thai basil, 2/3 cup
  • Lemongrass, copped, about 2 stalks’ worth
  • Sugar, 1 tablespoon
  • Fish sauce, 1/2 cup
  • Coconut milk, 1 can
  • Green curry paste, 1/2 cup
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The ingredients.

First, you’ll want to prep the ingredients. I used fresh mussels, but you don’t have to. But if you do, you may want to wash them, and possibly debeard them.

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Mussel prep.

The other seafood is easier to prepare.

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Seafood prep.

Put the seafood in the pan, along with some oil, and saute on high heat for 2 minutes or so.

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Seafood in the pan.

This should be enough time for you to cut and slice the mushrooms and peppers.

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Veggie prep.

Then add them to the pan as well, along with all the other ingredients.

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Veggies in the pan.

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Along with everything else.

Cook until everything is done and the vegetables are at your desired texture. Enjoy! This dish is amazing.

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Seriously: yum.

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Burmese Chicken Curry

I pronounce this recipe: good. The ingredients:

  • Chicken, 3 pounds of breasts or thighs
  • Shallots, 8, thinly sliced
  • Tomatoes, 4, cut into wedges
  • Mushrooms, 8-16 oz, sliced
  • Water, 6 cups
  • Milk, 1 cup
  • Fish sauce, 1/3 cup
  • Butter, 4 tablespoons
  • Sugar, 3 tablespoons
  • Yellow curry powder, 2 tablespoons
  • Red curry paste, 2 tablespoons
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The ingredients.

The first step: cutting up the chicken. You should cut yours exactly like I cut mine. Exactly.

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Exactly.

Next, saute the shallot slices in 3/4 of the butter.

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In the pan.

Cook until they’re golden brown, and then set aside.

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Cooked.

Then add the rest of the butter to the pan, , and stir in the curry paste and the curry poweder. Cook for about two minutes, or until the next resignation from the Trump Administration, whichever comes first.

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More stuff in the pan. Does it never end?

Then add the chicken and cook for five more minutes, on high heat.

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Now the chicken goes in, too.

This may be a good time to prep the other ingredients: your tomato and mushroom slices.

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Mushrooms and tomatoes and bears, oh my!

Next, add in everything else. Wait! With on exception: not the shallots. Discriminate against them for a while.

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Discriminate.

Heat to boiling and cook for another 30 minutes, or until the dish looks exactly like this. Exactly.

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Nearly done.

Then eat over rice and sprinkle the shallots on top.

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This is the part where you eat it.

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Beef Bourguignon

This is one of our favorite recipes. It’s time-consuming to prepare, but absolutely delicious. The ingredients:

  • Beef, 3 pounds, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • Bacon, thick-cut, 6-8 slices
  • Red wine, 2 cups, divided
  • Onions, 2 medium, thinly sliced
  • Carrots, 4 medium, diced
  • Celery, 3 stalks, diced
  • Mushrooms, 1 pound, quartered
  • Garlic, 2 cloves, minced
  • Tomato paste, 1 tablespoon (or more, if you don’t want to waste the rest)
  • Chicken broth, 1-2 cups
  • Thyme, 3-4 sprigs, fresh
  • Bay leaf, 1

You may also want to serve with paste, or a baguette, or with chopped parsley to garnish.

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The ingredients.

The first step is to chop up the bacon, and fry it, like so:

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Bacon in a pan.

Remove the bacon from the pan – you’ll add it later. And remove most of the bacon grease as well; leave just enough to coat the bottom of the pan.

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Bacon outside a pan.

Prepare your beef with as much salt and pepper as you prefer.

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Peppered beef!

Then begin to sear the cubes in batches. Don’t crowd the meat, and be sure to let it char a bit before you dislodge it. You’re not actually trying to cook it thoroughly; instead, you’re simply searing it in the bacon fat.

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Deliciousness.

Once you’re done with a batch, put the cubes in your slow cooker.

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In the slow cooker.

Add a bit of the wine to the pan, a quarter cup each time, to dislodge and scrape off whatever bits of meat may remain, pour/scrape those into the slow cooker, as well. Continue until all the beef is prepared.

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Cleaning the pan with wine.

Next, prepare your carrots, celery, and onion.

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Veggies, sweet veggies.

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Oh, and onions too.

Fry the onion in some more of the bacon grease until it’s browned, and then add in the carrots and the celery; cook until soft.

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Now they’re golden.

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Cooked in bacon grease.

Then add in a few more ingredients – the garlic and the tomato paste. Cook until fragrant, and then add the whole mixture to the slow cooker.

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With garlic and tomato paste.

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Then into the slow cooker.

Make sure the pan is clean, and then add more of the bacon grease; add the mushrooms when it’s warm, along with 1/4 teaspoon of salt (to help release the liquid from the mushrooms). Cook until the mushrooms are golden brown, about 8-10 minutes. Then set the mushrooms aside – you’ll add them later, just like the bacon.

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Before.

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And after.

As for the stuff in the slow cooker, you slow cook it. Covered, on low, for 8 hours or so. Before you do, add in a teaspoon of salt, the bay leaf, and the sprigs of thyme. Also pour in the rest of the wine and the chicken broth; the liquid should come about three-quarters of the way to the top of the ingredients.

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Slow cooking.

Then, in 6-8 hours, mix in the mushrooms and the bacon, and enjoy (perhaps with pasta or good bread). It’s delicious!

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Fried Mushrooms

These were the star of our ill-fated election-night party, and a bright spot in an otherwise dismal night. The recipe comes courtesy of my mom, and beware – it is time-consuming to make. But also, so so delicious.

The ingredients are:

  • Mushrooms
  • Panko or bread crumbs
  • Eggs
  • Flour
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Mrs. Dash seasoning
  • Water
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Canola Oil
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The ingredients.

The first step is to wash and cut up the mushrooms into bite-sized portions. Then, prepare three bowls.

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The bowl line-up.

In the first bowl, have flour (as well as a touch of pepper and salt, but not too much)

In the second bowl, have beaten eggs and water. For every two eggs that you add, add 1 tablespoon of water. As you can see, I used a tall glass instead, as it’s easier to dunk the mushrooms in (I use a fork to do so).

Finally, have flour, Panko or bread crumbs, salt, pepper, Parmesan cheese, and Mrs. Dash in the final bowl. The proportions will vary depending on how you prefer your mushrooms, but the main ingredient should be the Panko.

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A closer look at the final bowl.

Dip each mushroom piece into each bowl consecutively, making sure to coat them well each time. Then, deep fry the mushrooms until they turn brown. As you can see, I used an enameled pot, but whatever device works for you.

When they’re done, place on a plate with paper towals to absorb the excess grease, and sprinkle with salt (if you prefer) to eat with ranch dressing.

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Enjoy!

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Chicken with Basil in Green Curry

I made this tonight, and it was delicious. The ingredients:

  • Chicken, 2 lbs, thinly sliced
  • Bell peppers, 2, sliced
  • Mushrooms, 1 package, washed and quartered
  • Bamboo, sliced, 1 large can
  • Jalapeno, 1, sliced
  • Green curry paste, 6 tablespoons
  • Hot basil leaves, 2 cups
  • Coconut milk, 1 can
  • Fish sauce, 6 tablespoons
  • Sugar, 6 tablespoons
  • Coconut oil
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The ingredients.

Like I did, you may find “hot basil” hard to come by. It also goes by the name of “holy basil” or “tulsi” and – at least in my experience – it’s completely inaccessible in Asian groceries, no matter how well-stocked or authentic they may be. So, in the end, I grew my own. It doesn’t take that long, and you can get your seeds, like I did, from Fedco.

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Growing these only took 2 months or so.

Then, when the time comes, you can just pick the leaves you need, like I did.

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You don’t want to substitute Thai basil or Italian basil. The taste is substantially different.

The other ingredient that you may need to prepare in advance is the green curry paste. You can see how I did so here.

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All lined up.

Finally, you may want to prepare many of the ingredients before you start cooking. You don’t need to, but it can make the whole process smoother.

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Oil in a pan.

As for the cooking, first melt some coconut oil.

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Cooking the chicken.

Then add the green paste, cook for a hot second in the oil, and add in the chicken. It helps if your wok is on high heat.

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Chicken: cooked.

It’ll take a few minutes for the chicken to cook. When it’s done, or very close to it, feel free to add most of the rest of the ingredients. That is, the pepper (bell and jalapeno), mushrooms, bamboo, sugar, fish sauce, and coconut milk.

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More yummies.

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More deliciousness.

Once that’s all cooked down as well as you’d like it to, turn off the heat and add in the basil leaves. Stir them in, and enjoy!

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This was legitimately yummy.

I found the curry very flavorful and tasty. Though I should add that it has a bit of a kick. If you want less of a kick, just skip adding in that last jalapeno.

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Cashew Chicken

This dish was surprisingly flavorful and tasty. The ingredients are:

  • Chicken, 2 lbs
  • Garlic, 8 cloves, minced
  • Bell pepper, 2, sliced
  • Scallion, bunch, diced
  • Cashew nuts, 1 cup, unsalted
  • Mushrooms, 1 package, sliced
  • Fish sauce, 4 tablespoons
  • Oyster sauce, 4 tablespoons
  • Sugar, 4 tablespoons
  • White pepper, 1 tsp
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The ingredients.

The first step is to cut the chicken into thin slices. This may be easier when it’s semi-frozen; here I’m slicing chicken thighs:

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Slice the chicken.

Next, begin cooking the chicken in your pan of choice; I used a wok, as well as some coconut oil.

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Cook the chicken.

As it cooks, you should begin adding some of the other ingredients: the garlic, the sugar, the pepper, and the fish sauce and oyster sauce.

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Season the chicken.

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Sauce the chicken.

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Cook the chicken some more.

When the chicken is cooked, you can begin adding the vegetables: the pepper, the mushrooms, the scallions and (if you’ve decided to use any – I recommend it) the hot pepper.

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Veg the chicken.

When you’ve cooked the vegetables to your desired texture, add in the cashew nuts, cook for another minute or two, and then you’re done!

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Cashew the chicken – and then eat the chicken.

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Red Curry Chicken

As we speak (as it were) I’m eating this, and it’s delicious. The ingredients are:

  • Chicken, 2 lbs
  • Red Curry Paste, 4 tablespoons
  • Coconut Milk, 2 cans
  • Mushrooms, one carton, sliced
  • Thai Eggplant, 4-5, cut into wedges
  • Thai Basil, one bunch
  • Kaffir Lime Leaves, 5 “double” leaves
  • Fish sauce, 1/2 cup
  • Sugar, 6 tablespoons
  • Bamboo Shoots, one can
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The ingredients.

You may remember that we made the red curry paste before; follow the link to find out how. And as for the rest, a few of the ingredients are harder to come by.

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Thai basil.

Thai basil adds an “herbal-licorice” flavor that’s different than the traditional Italian sweet basil. If you’re lucky, you may be able to find it at your local grocer, or if not, at a specialty Asian market, as I did.

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Kaffir lime leaves.

Kaffir lime leaves also add a distinctive flavor, but they’re tough to eat – so you may want to set them aside as you eat a dish like this one. And, again, they can be harder to come by. I’ve found one Asian market in the DC area that carries them; you can also order them on Amazon. I keep my spare leaves in the freezer for future use.

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Thai eggplant.

Finally, Thai eggplant obviously differ from the large purple eggplant you normally find at the grocery store. They’re much smaller and themselves can come in different varieties. Again, I found these at an Asian supermarket.

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Coconut milk and curry paste.

Once you have all the ingredients, making the recipe itself is incredibly simple. First, heat the curry paste and a can of coconut milk until boiling.

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Adding the chicken.

Then add the chicken, and cook until the chicken is nearly done.

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Adding the veggies.

Then add the veggies – the bamboo, mushrooms, and eggplant – as well as the sugar and fish sauce.

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Adding the leaves.

Finally, when the veggies are cooked to your desired level of tenderness, add in the Kaffir lime leaves and the basil, as well as the last can of coconut milk. Mix it all together, bring to a boil again, and then you’re done. Enjoy!

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Thai Ginger Chicken

Years ago, my parents got me this beautiful cookbook:

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It even has ‘beautiful’ in its name!

And it’s been my ambition ever since to go through it systematically in a Julie & Julia sort of way. Not with any desire for attention or intent to cook from it every night, but I’d still like to work my idiosyncratic way through it and blog about the experience. I’ll also be changing and adapting the recipes; sometimes to make a different portion and sometimes to account for the different ingredients I have on hand.

For this recipe, the ingredients are:

  • Oil, preferably coconut oil
  • 2 lbs of thinly-sliced chicken breast
  • 8 minced garlic cloves
  • 8 tablespoons of fish sauce
  • 4 tablespoons of oyster sauce
  • 4 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 tsp ground white pepper
  • Half a cup of diced ginger
  • 1-2 cups of sliced bell pepper – preferably more than one color
  • 1-2 cups of sliced mushrooms
  • 1-2 cups of sliced onions
  • 1 habanero pepper
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The ingredients.

It’s actually really easy to cook once you prepare all the ingredients. This bowl has the sliced peppers, onion, mushrooms, and ginger.

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The bowl of slices and dices.

Oh, I forgot – dice the habanero as well:

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The heat.

Prepare the chicken and ginger as well. Remember: thin slices.

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Slicing semi-frozen chicken

I use a wok to cook this dish. High heat, with cocnut oil.

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The scene of the cooking.

Add the chicken and the ginger; cook until done or just under done.

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Cooking, cooking…

Then add everything else. Yes, everything – the sliced and diced veggies, as well as the sauce and oil and pepper and sugar. Mix together; cook as long as you like (it depends on how soft you want your veggies). Then serve over rice and enjoy.

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Yum!

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