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Lemon Grass Pork Chops

These were so yummy. The ingredients:

  • Pork chops, about 4 or so
  • Garlic, 2 cloves, minced
  • Lemon grass, 2 tablespoons, chopped
  • Scallion, 1 tablespoon, chopped
  • White pepper, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sugar, 2 tablespoons
  • Fish sauce, 2 tablespoons
  • Soy sauce, 2 tablespoons
  • Sesame oil, 1 tablespoon
  • Whiskey, 1 tablespoon
  • Coconut milk, 2 tablespoons
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The ingredients.

The first step is to make the marinade, which combines all the ingredients except the pork (although, ultimately as you can guess, the pork goes in as well).

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The marinade.

Yup, you guessed it: then add the pork.

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Marinading.

Marinade for at leats 10 minutes, and then grill – perhaps for about 8 minutes on each side, although your experience may differ.

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Grilling.

And then it’s done and – believe me – delicious.

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These were great. Have I said that enough?

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Surat Baked Chicken

Catchphrase: “It’s just okay.” With that enthusiastic endorsement, the ingredients are:

  • Chicken, whole
  • Red curry paste, 1 tablespoon
  • Garlic, 3 cloves, minced
  • White pepper, 1/4 teaspoon, ground
  • Fish sauce, 1/4 cup
  • Salt, 1 teaspoon
  • Coconut milk, 3 tablespoons
  • lemongrass, chopped, 2 tablespoons
  • whiskey, 2 tablespoons
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The ingredients.

The good news is that it’s fairly easy to make. First, mix everything except the chicken – this is your marinade.

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Pre-marinade.

Then, put the chicken in the marinade, and leave it. I know it may be tempting to cuddle that poor, headless chicken carcass, but don’t – just leave it alone to marinate on how it arrived at such a pass.

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Marinading.

Once it’s done marinating (for 15 minutes or so), bake for an hour, or until done (which in our case was longer) at 325 degrees. Then, it’s done – and you may find that the drippings add an immense amount of flavor. Feel free to eat with rice.

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This chicken is done.

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Calamari That’s Spicy (But Not Really)

Another Thai adventure; here’s the ingredients:

  • Cleaned Squid, 2 lbs
  • Cucumber
  • Tomato
  • Garlic, 10 cloves, minced
  • Cornstarch, 2 tablespoons
  • White pepper, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Sugar, 2 tablespoons
  • Soy sauce, 2 tablespoons
  • Fish sauce, 4 tablespoons
  • White wine, 4 tablespoons
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The ingredients.

This was my first time cooking with squid, and it was fun. The first step is to create the marinade, by mixing all of the ingredients with the exception of the garnishes (cucumber and tomato) and the squid. When you do, it looks like this:

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The marinade.

The squid itself requires a bit more work. This is what a mantle looks like:

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The mantle.

After it’s been washed and whatnot, you should do a bunch of scoring – hatch marks diagonally in both directions. This will help soften the squid as it cooks, and allow the flavors of the marinade to more deeply penetrate and infuse the flesh.

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The mantle, scored.

Then slice it up into strips or rings or whatever you like. You may also have some tentacle bits, as we did. Again, you’ll wash these.

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Tentacles!

Then add everything into the marinade and let it steep for at least 10 minutes.

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Marinading.

Then stir-fry on the stove, in some oil (I separated the squid from the marinade because it was, after all, just a marinade).

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Saute!

When the squid is firm and curled, you’ll know you’re done cooking.

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Curly bits.

Then garnish and you’re done. Yum!

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Done!

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Fish With Pickled Plums

Sadly, this recipe was a failure. Admittedly, I made the dish with fillets instead of whole fish, and that may have made a difference. But as it was, it was barely edible. So naturally, you’ll want to know the recipe. The ingredients are:

  • Fish, cod or some other white fish, 1.5 pounds (again, I used fillets rather than a whole fish)
  • Jalapeno peppers, 2, sliced
  • Pickled plums, 3, slivered
  • Lime juice, 2 tablespoons
  • White wine, 1 tablespoon
  • Ginger, slivered, 2 tablespoons
  • Fish sauce, 1 tablespoon
  • Salt, 1/2 teaspoon
  • Ground white pepper, 1/2 teaspoon
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The ingredients.

The unique ingredient here is pickled plum. I found mine at a Japanese grocery.

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The pickled plums.

This is what they look like, in case you’re curious.

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The pickled plums.

The first step is to coat the fish in the salt and pepper, which I did by shaking it in a bag, like so.

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Prepping the fish.

Then place it on a steaming plate.

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Steaming.

Add in the rest of the ingredients as well.

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Steaming.

Then cover and steam for 30 minutes, and you’re done. Enjoy? I didn’t, but as I said – if you use a whole fish, you may have better results.

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Yum? Ummm…

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Square Thai Omelets

These were yummy, but I couldn’t get them to be square – they ended up as more of a scramble. Sorry. The ingredients are:

  • Pork, 4 oz, ground
  • Shrimp, 4 oz, ground
  • Eggs, 6, beaten
  • Garlic, 1 clove, minced
  • Tomato, 1, chopped
  • Onion, 1, chopped
  • Carrots, 1/8 cup, chopped
  • Sugar peas, 2 tablespoons
  • Fish sauce, 2 tablespoons
  • Maggi seasoning, 1 tablespoon
  • Sugar, 2 tablespoons
  • White pepper, 1/4 teaspoon
  • Oil, 3 tablespoons
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The ingredients.

The first step was preparing a few of the ingredients. I could but the pork ground, but I had to mince the shrimp myself. A knife was a relatively crude tool, but it worked well enough.

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Mincing meat.

I sliced the peas along with the other veggies, and I liked it that way. But you do you.

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Slicing veggies.

The next step starts with frying the garlic in a tablespoon of the oil.

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Garlic in a pan.

Then add the meat.

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Meat in a pan.

Then add the sugar, pepper, fish sauce, and Maggi seasoning.

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More stuff in a pan.

Then add the veggies, and cook until your desired level of tenderness.

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Still more stuff in a pan.

The rest is simple. In another pan, you’ll make four omelets. Add oil and about a quarter of the eggs.

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Eggs in a pan.

Then add some of the goodness from the other pan.

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The omelet in process.

You can try to make a square omelet, like I did, but you may end up with a scramble, like I did. Regardless, it’s good. Repeat until you’ve made everything, and enjoy.

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Good stuff.

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Beef with Broccoli

This is another dish from the Thai cookbook I’m working through. The ingredients:

  • Beef, 1 pound, thinly sliced
  • Broccoli, 2 pounds, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • Straw mushrooms, 1 can
  • Oyster sauce, 6 tablespoons
  • Oil

And for the marinade, the ingredients are:

  • Eggs, 2
  • Garlic, 8 cloves, minced
  • Sugar, 4 tablespoons
  • Fish sauce, 4 tablespoons
  • Cornstarch, 2 tablespoons
  • Rice wine, 4 tablespoons
  • Sesame oil, 2 teaspoons
  • White pepper, ground, 1 teaspoon
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The ingredients.

Like me, you may have some trouble locating straw mushrooms. I didn’t even know there was such a thing before I made this recipe. But there is. Believe me. They look like this:

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The mushrooms in question. In a can.

I found this can at my local Giant supermarket, in the ethnic foods aisle. But undoubtedly some groceries won’t carry them. And to be honest, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if you substituted some other kind of mushroom.

The first step is to combine all the marinade ingredients, like so:

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The marinade, pre-mix.

Mix them all together, like so:

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The marinade, post-mix.

But what’s the use of a marinade if you’re not marinading anything? This is where the beef comes in. Cut it into thin slices, like so:

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The beef, pre-marinade.

And add it all to the marinade, like so:

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The beef, in marinade.

Let it marinade for at least five minutes. Meanwhile, you can cut up your broccoli, in pieces as big as you may prefer:

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The broccoli, pre-beef.

When the marinade is done, heat the oil in a large wok and saute the beef until it’s done, or close to it. Then add the broccoli and the other ingredients and cook until the veggies have reached your desired level of tenderness.

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The broccoli, with beef.

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Everything together!

Eat and enjoy!

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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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Beef & Beans

To make this dish, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Ground beef, 2 pounds
  • Bell peppers, 2, sliced
  • Garlic, 12 cloves, minced
  • Green beans, 1-2 pounds, cut into 1-2 inch pieces
  • Fish sauce, 3/4 cup
  • Red curry paste, 4 teaspoons
  • White pepper (4 tsp)
  • Sugar, 4 tablespoons
  • Thai chili peppers (optional)
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The ingredients.

As you might expect, the first step is to cook the beef. Do so with the garlic in some oil, and saute until the meat is complete. Whether or not to remove the fat is up to you.

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This is your brain.

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This is your brain on drugs.

Meanwhile, you can prepare the beans. This is what mine looked like.

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Any questions? …Bueller? Bueller?

When your meat is ready, add in everything else – the veggies, the spices, the curry paste, all of it.

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Adding stuff.

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Adding stuff.

And then cook and mix until your veggies are at the desired level of crispiness/tenderness. Enjoy!

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The finished product. You may also want to add some water along the way if you prefer a dish that’s less dry.

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Now what do you do with it?

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Pork Fried Rice

This is another one of the recipes from the Thai cookbook I’m working through. The ingredients are:

  • Pork (1 pound, sliced)
  • Onion (1, sliced)
  • Tomato (1, diced)
  • Scallions (1 bunch)
  • Eggs (4, scrambled)
  • Garlic (4 cloves, minced)
  • Sugar (4 tablespoons)
  • Soy sauce (2 tablespoons)
  • Fish sauce (1/2 cup)
  • White pepper (1 teaspoon, ground)
  • Rice (3 cups)

Optionally, you can also add cayenne pepper (as I did) or sliced jalapeno pepper, for heat; cilantro; cucumber slices, etc.

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The ingredients

The first step is to slice up the pork, which can be easier when it’s frozen.

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Slicing pork.

You’ll also want to slice up the onions, tomatoes, and scallions.

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Slicing other forms of nutrition.

You can beat the eggs, too, to get ready.

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These eggs weren’t exactly sliced.

Heat a wok on medium-high heat, add the pork slices and garlic, and cook until the meat is nearly done.

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Now the cooking part.

Meanwhile, you can keep assembling your spices – the sugar, pepper, soy sauce, and fish oil can all go together.

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Sugar and pepper…

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…plus fish oil and soy sauce.

When the meat is cooked, add the eggs, and when they’re done, add in the rest of your ingredients – the onions and tomatoes; the sauce mixture; the rice.

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Adding the eggs.

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Adding in the rest.

I also added cayenne pepper for some extra heat.

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A bit of heat.

And voila! You’re all done.

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The end result.

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Thai Pepper Steak

This meal is easy to make, and delicious. So, so good! The ingredients are:

  • Beef (2-3 lbs, sliced)
  • Green bell pepper (1, sliced)
  • Red bell pepper (1, sliced)
  • Onion (1, sliced)
  • Garlic (8-9 cloves, minced)
  • Fish sauce (6 tablespoons)
  • Maggi seasoning (2 tablespoons)
  • Sesame Oil (2 tablespoons)
  • Sugar (4 tablespoons)
  • Oil (e.g. coconut)

And for the marinade:

  • Fish sauce (3 teaspoons)
  • Corn starch or corn flour (2 tablespoons)
  • White pepper (ground; 1 tsp)
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The ingredients.

The first step is to make the marinade. This is what it ends up looking like:

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The marinade.

Yup, kinds dry and clumpy. But this is what you’ll bathe your sliced beef in for about ten minutes, for whatever it’s worth. Oh, and that sliced beef? This is how I sliced mine, but you do you:

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The sliced beef.

Meanwhile, you can slice up the rest of your stuff: the green pepper, red pepper, and onion:

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The sliced onions and peppers.

Then melt some oil in your pan (I used coconut oil, but that’s not required).

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Melt some oil in the pan.

Put the sliced beef in the pan and cook on medium-high heat until the beef is nearly completely cooked through.

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Add the beef.

Then add the onion/pepper/pepper mixture you already sliced, and mince the garlic into it as well. Cover and cook on low or medium heat until everything is soft.

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And the veggies.

Meanwhile, you might as well combine the rest of your ingredients: the sugar, fish sauce, maggi seasoning, sesame oil. This is what that looks like: appetizing, right? Pour this into the pan once everything is softened.

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And the rest.

Then mix it all together and you’re done. I ate mine over rice – it’s delicious!

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And you’re done!

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