Yellow Curry Chicken (Kaeng Kari Gai)

3 tbsp yellow curry paste
1 lb chicken, cut into 2 inch pieces (cut through the bones with a sharp cleaver if using chicken with bones)
2-3 small red potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 2 inch pieces
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 can (16oz) coconut milk, shake before opening to mix separated milk
2 tbsp fried shallots (available ready-made in a plastic jar), optional
1 tsp fish sauce, to taste (Golden Boy brand is recommended)

In a small bowl mix the curry paste with 1 Tbsp. of water to dilute. Add to the coconut milk in a medium sized sauce pan. Stir to mix. Add the chicken and potatoes, and 1/2 tsp of sea salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cook until the meat and potatoes are cooked through, not simmering on low heat, but let the curry roll on a low boil.

At the end of cooking, taste and add fish sauce to adjust the saltiness. Cook a minute longer. Remove from heat. Garnish with fried shallots, if desired. Serve

Yellow Curry Paste (Nam Prik Kaeng Karee)

12 dried Thai chilis
2 tsp sea salt (or coarse salt)
2 shallots, peeled
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 thick slice fresh galangal (or dried galangal soaked in water until softened)
1 stalk lemon grass, sliced crosswise (discard tough outer leaves and the root end)
1 thick slice peeled ginger root
1 tbsp coriander seeds
1 tsp cumin seeds
2 tsp curry powder
1 tsp shrimp paste (kapee)

Dry roast coriander seeds and cumin seeds until fragrant over low flame in a heavy bottom pan (be careful not to burn). Set aside. See a more detailed explanation of dry roasting spices.

Pound in a mortar and pestle or process in a small blender/food processor container in the following order: dried chilis, sea salt, shallots, garlic, galangal, lemon grass and ginger root. Process or pound until smooth but some small pieces can still be seen.

Now add the roasted spices and curry powder. Process or pound again until the seeds are completely broken up into powder and the paste is blended through. Last add the shrimp paste and gently blend in, using the mortar or processor

Red Curry Paste (Nam Phrik Kaeng Phet)

1 Tblsp coriander seeds, roasted until brown
2 cardamom pods, roasted until brown
1/2 tsp black peppercorns
1/2 tsp salt
10 big dried red chilies, seeds removed and soaked in water for at least 10 minutes and then finely chopped
1 tsp (5 grams) galangal, skin removed, chopped
2 tsp (5 grams) lemongrass, lower third only, chopped
1 tsp (5 grams) kaffir lime peel, chopped
1 Tblsp (10 grams) coriander root, chopped
3 Tblsp (15 grams) shallots, chopped
3 Tblsp (15 grams) garlic, crushed
1 tsp (5 grams) Thai shrimp paste
10 small fresh red chili peppers (prik kee noo)

Put the coriander seeds, cardamom pods and black peppercorns in a granite mortar and grind into a powder with a pestle. Add the rest of the ingredients and pound using a pestle for about 10 minutes until the paste is smooth. All the ingredients for the paste can also be put into a blender and liquidized. If the paste is too dry, you may need to add a bit of water.

Thai Pork Satay (Moo Satay)

PORK AND MARINADE

2 Pounds Pork tenderloin, sliced into 1/4
4 Tablespoons Lemongrass water
5 Tablespoons Thin soy sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Sugar
14 Ounces Coconut milk
1 Teaspoon Turmeric powder
1/2 Tablespoon Thai curry powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

BASTING LIQUID

1 Remaining from above Coconut milk
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Turmeric powder

SATAY SAUCE

5 Whole Dried Chile, soaked in water to soften
1 1/2 Tablespoons Chopped fresh galangal
1 1/2 Tablespoons Thinly sliced lemongrass
5 Leaves Fresh kaffir lime leaves, finely sliced
2 Tablespoons Fresh shallot, thinly sliced
3 Cloves Garlic
1/4 Tablespoon Shrimp paste
1 Tablespoon Matsaman curry paste
1/4 Cup White sesame seed, toasted in a dry wok or skillet
1/4 Cup Dried roasted peanut
2 Cups Coconut cream
1/4 Cup Palm sugar
2 Tablespoons Fish sauce
1 Tablespoon Tamarind concentrate mixed with 1 tablespoon water

AJAD

1/2 Cup White vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon Salt
1/3 Cup Sugar
1/2 Cup Thinly sliced cucumber
1/4 Cup Sliced shallot
3 Each Fresh Thai chile peppers, sliced

METHOD FOR PORK MARINADE

Thinly slice 1 stalk of fresh lemongrass, put in a bowl, then pour 1/2 cup boiling water over it. Remove 4 tablespoons of the water and set to cool.

For the can of coconut milk, don’t stir it up, and some will have a thicker consistency. Measure 1/3 cup of the thicker part for the marinade. You will use the thinner part for your basting liquid below.

In a mixing bowl, combine the lemongrass water with the coconut cream, and the other ingredients. Mix well, then add the pork, and refrigerate for 1 hour or more.

METHOD FOR BASTING LIQUID

Combine the four ingredients, mix well, and set aside.

METHOD FOR SATAY SAUCE

Start by pounding your white sesame seeds in a mortar & pestle, into a thick paste. Set aside. Then pound the peanuts until fine, and set aside.

Next, put the whole dried chile, fresh galangal, lime leaves, and lemongrass into the mortar & pestle. Pound together well, then add shallot, garlic, and shrimp paste. Leave it in the mortar. Heat a wok or large pan to medium heat, and add this mixture from the mortar. Saute it with 1 cup coconut cream. Stir constantly, until all dissolved. Add matsaman curry paste, fish sauce, tamarind, palm sugar, and stir well. Add remaining coconut cream.

Add the sesame seed paste and pounded peanuts (or leave the peanuts out if you prefer) to this mixture and cook over medium/low heat for 10 minutes or so. It should all blend together well.

METHOD FOR AJAD

In a small saucepan, mix vinegar, salt and sugar over medium heat. Stir until dissolves, then remove from heat and set to cool. Just before serving, add the cucumber, shallot and sliced chiles to this.

PREPARING AND SERVING YOUR PORK SATAY

Cook the marinated pork skewers over charcoal, constantly basting them with the basting liquid. Serve together with the satay sauce, ajad, and for an authentic twist–with sliced toast as shown.
Enjoy!

Thai Chicken Satay 2 Ways (Satay Gai)

Version 1 you can make in your kitchen without a charcoal grill. The chicken in both versions is prepared as you’d find in Thailand — using thin strips, instead of thick cuts that restaurants outside of Thailand often serve for satay.

You can of course also make the same recipe as beef satay, pork satay, or prawn satay (large prawns usually deheaded and the skewer threaded lengthwise down the body).

MARINADE INGREDIENTS VERSION 1

1 Pound Chicken Breast, cut into thin pieces 2 – 3 inches long
1 Cup Coconut Milk
1 Teaspoon Turmeric Powder
1 Tablespoon Sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons Thin Soy Sauce

NAM JIM SATAY PEANUT SAUCE INGREDIENTS VERSION 1

1 Tablespoon Red Curry Paste
1/4 Cup Fried Red Onion
1/2 Teaspoon Extra-Fine Ground Chile powder
1/4 Cup Roasted Peanut
1 1/2 Cups Coconut Milk
2 1/2 Tablespoons Palm Sugar
1 Tablespoon Tamarind Concentrate mixed w/1 TBSP Water

MARINADE INGREDIENTS VERSION 2

1 Teaspoon Coriander Seed
1 Teaspoon Cumin Seed
1 Tablespoon Chopped Garlic
1 Tablespoon Fresh Grated Ginger
1 Pound Chicken Breasts, Skinned, boned, and cut into bite sized pieces.
2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
1 Tablespoon Curry Powder
Pinch Turmeric Powder (as only a colorant, so very little!)
8 Tablespoons Coconut Milk
3 Tablespoons Palm Sugar

NAM JIM SATAY PEANUT SAUCE INGREDIENTS VERSION 2

4 Ounces Roasted (unsalted) Peanuts
4 Cloves Garlic, Chopped
1 Ounce Chopped Onion
1 1/2 Tablespoon Red or Massaman Curry paste
1 Teaspoon Fish Sauce
8 Tablespoons Coconut Milk
6 Teaspoons Lime Juice (to taste)
2 1/2 Teaspoons Palm Sugar

INGREDIENTS FOR A JAD CUCUMBER SAUCE

8 Tablespoons White Vinegar
2 Teaspoons Sugar
2 1/2 Tablespoons Cucumber, Very Coarsely chopped or sliced
2 Shallots (or any variety of purple onion) Chopped
8 Fresh Thai Chiles

MARINADE METHOD – VERSION 1

Mix coconut milk, turmeric powder, sugar and soy sauce in a bowl, add chicken, marinade for 1 hour. You can thread the chicken onto satay sticks now, or cook the chicken first and thread it onto the sticks later (as we did). Cook the chicken over low heat, using all the marinade to baste as it cooks.

PEANUT SAUCE METHOD – VERSION 1

Pound the fried red onion in a mortar and pestle, set aside. Pound peanuts in a mortar and pestle, and set aside.

In a saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, and fry red curry paste together with the pounded red onion and chile powder over medium heat, until fragrant. Add peanut, palm sugar, tamarind, salt, and stir. Add coconut milk, reduce heat, and keep at a high simmer until oil rises (this oil comes from the coconut milk, and it will look distinctive as shown in photo).

Serve as shown, with chicken on skewers accompanied by a bowl of satay sauce, and a bowl of ajad (see below).

MARINADE METHOD – VERSION 2

Beat the chicken flat, using the flat of the blade of a heavy cleaver or a meat tenderizing mallet. You can also use a rolling pin.

The coriander and cumin are toasted then crushed in a mortar and pestle. The ingredients are then combined to form a marinade, and the chicken is marinated overnight. The pieces of chicken are then threaded on the satay sticks, loosely folding them in half and piercing through the folded meat to form a loose gather.

The completed sticks are then grilled, broiled or barbequed on fairly high heat (they taste best done over charcoal, as they absorb the smoke). Turn them regularly and brush them liberally with the remaining marinade. Cooking should take between 5 and 10 minutes depending on the heat of your cooker.

PEANUT SAUCE METHOD – VERSION 2

First grind or crush the peanuts to a fairly fine powder. Then combine them with the remaining ingredients (except the lime juice), to form a smooth sauce. If the sauce is too thick, you can thin it with a littlechicken stock. Now add the lime juice, tasting as you progress to check the balance of flavors is correct.

Note use red curry paste with beef or pork satay, massaman (as above) with chicken. If you are doing shrimp satay then use half the quantity of massaman paste.

A JAD SAUCE

Combine the ingredients, and leave to stand overnight. Alternatively, you can gently heat the vinegar, add 4 tablespoons water, let it cool, then pour that over the other ingredients and serve right away.

Each diner should have a small bowl of nam jim and a small bowl of a jad. However the satay themselves are normally served “communally”. We like to eat steamed jasmine rice that has a few spoonfulls of the Peanut Sauce on top.

Thai Chicken and Ginger Soup (Gai Joo Khing)

1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 1/2 Cups Chicken, Cut into bite size
1 Half Head of Garlic, peeled and crushed
1/2 Cup Sliced Ginger
2 Tablespoons Yellow Bean Sauce (soybean paste)
2 Cups Water or Soup Stock
1/2 Tablespoon Thin Soy Sauce
1/2 Teaspoon Thai white Pepper Powder
1/4 Cup Spring Onion cut into one inch long
2 Tablespoons Chopped Cilantro
Garnish Fresh Thai Chile Peppers

Heat oil in a wok on medium heat until hot. Add chicken stir fry until start to cook, add garlic and ginger cook until aromatic. Stir in yellow bean sauce and water, bring to a boil for about 5 minutes. Season with thin soy sauce and white pepper powder. Add spring onion and cilantro remove from heat.

Transfer to serving bowl top with red chili pepper. Serve with steamed jasmine rice. Enjoy!

Thai Rama Chicken (Praram Long Song)

INGREDIENTS FOR CHICKEN

Cups Chicken Sliced
1 Tablespoon Oyster Sauce
1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Vegetable Oil
1 Teaspoon Sugar

INGREDIENTS FOR SAUCE

1 Can (13 Ounces) Coconut Milk
1 Tablespoon Red Curry Paste
1 1/2 Tablespoons Palm Sugar
1 Tablespoon Tamarind Concentrate
1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
1/4 Cup Roasted, Unsalted Peanuts
2 Cups Broccoli Florets

METHOD FOR CHICKEN

Place chicken in medium bowl. Add all ingredients and let marinade for 15 minutes. Cook chicken in boiling water for just a minute or two, drain and set aside.

METHOD FOR SAUCE

In a mortar and pestle, pound peanut until very fine, and smooth. Set aside. In a wok, heat coconut milk. Keep stirring until coconut oil comes up to the surface, then add red curry paste. Cook until fragrant. Add more coconut milk if you prefer. Season with sugar, tamarind and fish sauce. Add peanut, stir until combined, and let it all cook for a few minutes longer. Remove from heat.

FINAL PREPARATION AND SERVING

Cook broccoli in boiling water for 1.5 minutes. Immediately transfer to ice cold water (we like to use theThai stainless skimmer to transfer from boiling pot to ice water). This stops the cooking process. Drain and place cooked broccoli on serving plate. Next, put the cooked chicken over the broccoli. Pour peanut sauce over the chicken. Serve on a Thai ceramic rectangle platter for nice results. Enjoy with fresh steamed jasmine rice.

Thai Beef Flambe (Nua Pad Kimao)

This meal needs to be cooked in very hot oil, and it is deliberately flamed at the end. Because of this we recommend using a wok not a skillet, at least 16 inches in diameter and 6 inches deep, or a saute pan, at least 16″ in diameter and 4″ deep.

For 4 Person(s)

INGREDIENTS

1 Cup Beef, Sliced Thinly, Diagonally across the grain
1 Cup Whiskey (any whiskey, brandy or rum) Warmed For Flambe
3 Tablespoons Thai Chile Peppers, Thinly sliced
1 Tablespoon Garlic, Thinly Sliced
1 Tablespoon Galangal Thinly Sliced
1 Tablespoon Shallots, Thinly Sliced
1 Tablespoon Fish Sauce
1 Teaspoon Tamarind Concentrate Mixed with 3 teaspoons water
5 Kaffir Lime Leaves, Shredded
1 Teaspoon Palm Sugar

Place a wok over very high heat and stir fry the ingredients quickly, stirring or shaking the wok vigorously to prevent the meat burning. Add 1 cup of warmed whiskey to the wok and tip it to cause it to ignite. After about 30 seconds if it is still burning place the lid on the wok to kill the flames.

SERVING & STORAGE

Serve with the usual Thai table condiments and Thai jasmine rice. On a cold night the best “wine” to go with this is whiskey (good sippin’ whiskey), warmed in the style of sake. On a hot summer night, accompany it with a robust, and well chilled beer.

Crispy Pork and Garlic (Moo Tod Gratiem)

1 Pound Lean Pork Meat, Sliced Into 1/4
1 Teaspoon Corriander Powder
1/2 Head of Garlic, Pounded in A mortar & pestle
1/2 Head of Garlic, Roughly Chopped
1 Teaspoon Thai Pepper Powder
2 Teaspoons Corn Starch
2 Teaspoons Fish Sauce
1 Tablespoon Thin Soy Sauce
1 Teaspoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Sesame Oil

Pound your pork slices with a meat mallet to soften it, then transfer to a mixing bowl.

In a mortar & pestle, pound 1/2 head of garlic. Add corriander powder, Thai pepper powder, and pound into a paste. Add this paste to the pork in a mixing bowl.

Add corn starch, fish sauce, thin soy sauce, sugar and sesame oil. Mix well and let this marinade in the fridge for 1/2 hour or longer.

Heat wok, and add just enough oil to fry your pork. Over medium/low heat (not too high), cook your pork in the oil and be careful not to over cook it. Fry both sides until golden brown. Remove from wok.

Remove any bits of blackened garlic from the oil. Next, add 1/2 head of sliced garlic. Quickly remove it from the oil as soon as it gets brown. Set the garlic on a paper towel to dry for a few minutes.

Put fried garlic on top of the pork, serve with cilantro as a garnish (optional), and your favorite rice. Enjoy!

Note: In Thailand, this is a recipe that’s usually made at home, not typically found in a restaurant. Mothers will make this for kids to eat on a long trip or picnic. The pork smells delicious, with the garlic. Kept in a food carrier, this is a special treat. Usually served with sticky rice, or jasmine rice.

Crying Tiger Beef (Seua Rong Hai)

To get the best flavor, cook your meat over charcoal. Although we like flank steak best, there are other cuts that work great such as those with a thick ring of fat. As the fat drips onto your charcoal, you’ll hear pops, and see fire rising up (this where the name crying tiger comes from).

Flank is the perfect choice for the Tao Burner.

INGREDIENTS FOR BEEF AND MARINADE

1 Flank Steak (usually weighs about 1 lb or a bit more)
2 Tablespoon Thin Soy Sauce
INGREDIENTS FOR DIPPING SAUCE

1/2 Teaspoon Corriander Seeds
4 Cloves Garlic
15 Fresh Thai Chiles
5 Tablespoons Lime Juice
6 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
1 Tablespoon Cane Sugar

Coat your steak in the thin soy sauce and let sit at room temperature for 1 hour. Some chefs like to add a bit of fish sauce to this, but we like to use just soy sauce. Barbeque your steak over charcoal.

To make the crying tiger dipping sauce, first pound the corriander seeds in a mortar and pestle until it becomes powder. Add garlic and chilli pound until roughly smooth then stir in lime juice, fish sauce and sugar. Stir until blend. Adjust the taste to your flavor. Serve this dipping sauce on the side with fresh cucumber, green beans etc and sticky rice.

Ginger Chicken (Gai Pad Khing)

INGREDIENTS

3 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
2 Tablespoons Chopped Garlic
1/2 Cup Chicken, Cut into Bite-Sized pieces (more chicken if you prefer)
1/2 Medium Yellow Onion, Sliced
1/2 Cup Fresh Mushroom, Sliced
3/4 Cup Baby Ginger, Strips
Splash of rice whiskey (optional)
2 Teaspoons Dark Soy Sauce
2 Tablespoons Oyster Sauce
1 Tablespoon Golden Mountain Sauce
1/2 Cup Chicken Stock
A Pinch of Sugar
1/2 cup sliced green onions
3 Thai Chile Peppers, Sliced or 1/4 cup jalapeno peppers)

Heat the oil in a large pan or wok, and add the chicken, onion, mushrooms, and ginger. Stir-fry this for just a minute or two, then add garlic, chile, followed by whiskey and seasoning sauces.

Add soup stock and increase heat. Stir-fry until it’s cooked. Taste and adjust flavors as you like, you may want more soup stock or dark soy. It cooks quite fast, be careful not to overcook.

Add green onions and chioe peppers and stir for just a few moments, remove from heat and serve over Thai jasmine rice, or in a serving bowl with other Thai dishes. Eat it steaming hot. Your entire home will have the wonderful aroma of ginger.

Issan Pork Salad (Yum Mu Issan)

1 Pound Pork Steak or Similar Cut of meat
1 Cup Fresh Thai chile peppers
1/4 Cup Tamarind Sauce (50% concentrate 50% water)
1/4 Cup Fish Sauce
1 Cup Onions, Thinly Sliced
2 Tablespoons Freshly Grated Ginger
1/2 Cup Chopped Coriander Leaves

Barbeque or grill the meat to the desired degree of done-ness.

Roast the chilis in a moderate oven (or grill them), until the skin begins to change color. Grind the chilis to a pulp and add equal parts of tamarind sauce and fish sauce until the whole forms a slightly fluid paste.

Cut the pork diagonally across the grain into eigth inch thick slices, and cut the slices into 1″ long pieces and then toss with the sauce and allow to marinade for about 24 hours. Add the onions and ginger and coriander leaves.

Toss (as a salad is tossed) and serve on a bed of lettuce with a bowl of sticky rice or Thai jasmine rice.

Lemongrass Chicken (Gai Sai Takrai)

1 Cup Chicken, Cut into Bite Sized pieces.
2 Tablespoons Lime Juice
2 Tablespoons Fish Sauce
2 Tablespoons Chicken Stock
1 Teaspoon Extra-Fine Thai Chile Powder
1 Tablespoon Thinly Sliced Thai chile peppers
1 Teaspoon Sugar
5 Kaffir Lime Leaves, Shredded
1 Tablespoon Sliced Shallot
1 Tablespoon Thinly Sliced Garlic
2 Tablespoons Sliced Fresh Lemongrass
2 Tablespoons Diced Yellow Onion
1 Tablespoon Spring Onion, thinly sliced

Mix the lime juice and fish sauce, and marinade the chicken for about an hour.

Pound the lemongrass with the back of a cleaver or meat tenderizer, then slice it very thinly.

Heat a little oil in a wok or skillet to medium high heat, add the shallots, onions, garlic, extra-fine chile powder, and fresh lemongrass, and stir-fry until aromatic.

Add the chicken and marinade, and fry until it starts to change color. Add the remaining ingredients and stir fry until heated through and the chicken is fully cooked.

Serve with steamed Thai jasmine rice.

This dish can also be made with shrimp.