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    My thai cooking

    Chefs Name: Sydney
    Chefs Background: Farang who 3 years ago had a cooking skill range that amounted to scrambled eggs on toast and toasted sandwiches using a Breville sandwich maker
    Chefs Current Restaurant: me kitchen in Berowra mate!!
    Chefs Dish Specialties: Yum Moo Yang and Chicken noodle salad with grapefruit chilli dressing

    All joking aside i have being having a lot of fun in the kitchen over the last 2 years. As JK is a BKK lady and not from the country she is not big on cooking and her mother (from Issan) is a excellent cook but never allowed any of her kids into the kitchen so unfortunately for me i married the most amazing wife who works all hours with me at my business, looks after the house to perfection but just isn't into cooking.

    When i 1st left my ex and moved into my new home i had to start cooking for myself and my kids when they stayed. I surprised myself a lot and actually started to enjoy it. I can now understand why the all the cooking shows on TV have being so popular.

    What i didn't enjoy about cooking was the cleaning up or to put it more truthfully having to clean up before i could start cooking !!

    However this all changed when JK arrived as she cleans up ever spec as i go. In fact we are so in-tune in the kitchen, i can tip something off a plate into the wok and without even looking at JK i will put my hand out with the dirty dish and it will be gone from my hand in a millisecond...5555.

    So this my little cooking thread. I am going to put up my little pics of the food i have cooked and maybe continue to add to it as i go. We cook thai food probably 5 times a week now so the my cooking thread is manly about thai food but not completely.

    Have no idea if anyone will be interested in this thread but essentially this is about a farang learning to cook thai for his and his wifes enjoyment.

    NOTES: the pics and pretty crap as they are taken at night and in a hurry ( hungry 555)
    Not sure if i am going to write all the recipes for every dish but if anyone is really interested in the recipe let me know and i will put something.

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    Off coarse good cooking comes from the ingredients as well and there is nothing better then picking you own chillies and basil from the back back yard

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    And JK grows them bloody big !!


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    This my fav dish at the moment

    YUM MOO YANG................i BBQ the pork on the webber outside which makes it really tender........even the kids have got use to eating this one with their hands !!...and they just love sticky rice

    Slice pork and put in bowl add and mix in

    1tbsp fish sauce
    2 tbsp olive oil
    3 chopped garlic clove
    1 tbsp sugar

    let sit for a while then put on Weber (BBQ)

    When pork is cooked slice it up and return to bowl and add

    1tbsp fish sauce
    1 tbsp sugar
    2 tbsp lime juice
    2 teaspoon chilli flakes

    mix well and add

    i red onion sliced
    2 spring oinion chopped
    1 tbsp of cooked rice that has being smashed in mortar and pestal

    Mix well and serve with heaps of sticky rice

    Last edited by Sydney; 3rd June 2012 at 15:30.
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    Taste buds are screaming for some of that looks yum

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    Why am I feeling hungry?
    Looks aloi jung loi Sydney. I miss having a bbq.... can't wait to get out of this condo and have char-cooked moo and gai. \

    Jo just looked at the pics and said 'me hungy', which is a pity coz she'll have to wait too ... roast pork lunch with all trimmings + dessert and glass of sherry (150 BT) isn't on until 1pm.
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    Always being a big (western ) salad eater with everything cut real fine with chicken and bacon thrown in and many salads with BBQs to aussie style.

    But this thai salad has a totally different taste to with its strong mint flavour.

    THAI CHICKEN SALADD

    175g thin rice noodles
    200g snow peas
    4 spring onions
    250g cheery tomatoes
    2 cups thai basil
    2 cups mint leaves
    1 barbecued chicken
    Juice of 2 limes
    2 tbsp plam sugar
    100ml fish sauce
    2 long red chilles
    Pine nuts

    Very refreshing taste

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    The salad looks awesome Syd!.... Pine nuts are so expensive but so yummy, can see myself eating that on a hot summers night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PatongBeachBoy View Post
    The salad looks awesome Syd!.... Pine nuts are so expensive but so yummy, can see myself eating that on a hot summers night.
    Yeah pine nuts and cashews are both an expensive item.....i do get a little carried away at the supermarket sometimes i must confess although i don;t consume much alcohol these days so there's the balance

    While we are on the subject of expensive nuts have a look at my rather large fried rice i cook..........this feeds 4 people for both dinner and then lunch the next day....kids take it to school in a plastic box with fork and just eat it cold.....

    Under the rice is chicken, carrot. buk choy, red onions etc


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    I am really enjoying this thread Sydney...... I can say this because Dao is not the best cook either.

    It actually caused problems for us in the early days because I found her constantly on the phone (Phone records) to some guy in BKK. I rang him and I recognised the voice but could not pin point it and the languages either way was poor. Oh big problems for Dao & I.

    Should would not admit she was phoning this guy. I pulled out her phone records and she had to confess. She was calling the lady boy chef that she used to work with that I had met many times before.

    I love your Aussie / Kiwi / Thai fired rice.

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    I like the look of the chicken salad. Very refreshing I bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockitt View Post
    I like the look of the chicken salad. Very refreshing I bet.
    Yeah refreshing is the word....but the mint taste is not everybodys taste
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    Forgot that i started this thread.... then the Kaptain mentioned the other day about more cooking/food threads.... so i went looking and came up with this one... have taken heaps more pics since the start of this thread so time to have another crack...


    This is probably the most popular western/thai dish ... mostly served as entrees, but i like to combine the 2 and make a meal from it.

    Tong Tung (Money Bags) and Satay Chicken.


    For the Tong Tung we use cooked pork mince ( do not over cook the mince as don't want it to dry) mixed with shredded coconut, crushed peanuts and mint. We then spread a heaped tablespoon of this mix on spring roll pastry ( not the rice paper, but made the one made from egg)... then we twist and tie them with a length of spring onion shoot..... heat oil in wok and deep fry for a few minutes to golden brown ( mince already cooked so not long to deep fry)

    The Tong Tung dipping sauce is made from heating 3/4 cup White Vinger in a small saucepan, then adding some finely chopped chilli, 1/4 cup sugar, chopped cucumber and just a touch of flour to stiffen it... we also use this sauce to spread in the satay part of the meal..


    Now my Satay sauce is a home made recipe that i have fine tuned after many attempts.. if you make the effort to create this Satay you will never touch the packet stuff again, i promise.

    First i marinate the chicken that i have sliced, so in a bowl i put

    1 cup coconut cream/milk
    1 teaspoon lemon grass
    1 tablespoon of coriander seed
    1 teaspoon of cumin seed
    some black pepper

    Then dump my chicken slices in the bowl and leave in the fridge for 30 minutes/4 hours....depending on when i make...55555

    Then i roast 1 cup of crushed peanuts.... i buy the crushed peanuts, but then crush them more in the M&P, otherwise its to chucky

    then in a bigger saucepan i add the roasted peanuts and
    2 x tablespoons of chilli paste
    1 X cup of coconut cream

    heat until almost boil, then turn down heat and add

    1 X heaped teaspoon tumeric
    some fish sauce
    4 tablespoons of sugar

    keep mixing for awhile and add more of any above to taste...

    It should thicken after 5 or so minutes....

    In the meantime i have cranked up the weber (charcol bbq) ....and slowly cook the chi cken... the photo below show just chicken, but most times i actually skewer them and add big hunks of pineapple and capsicum

    Then its time to bring it all together...... the timing is always the had part....

    Here is the Tung Tong all wrapped before cooking








    And here is the final meal .... that satay sauce is to die for and dont forget the white vinegar dipping sauce ....mmmmmmmmmmm




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    Here is the skewer way with pineapple and capsicum i cooked on another night ... hard to make out the pineapple buts it under the sauce...55


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    I can cook the odd thing but I would never dare try to cook Thai as it would be hopeless to compare with MW.

    You look like you have some talent there Sydney looks Aroy mahk.
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    All looks yummy mak mak Syd. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

    One thing, re peanut sauce, have you tried adding tamarind ... for balance?
    Cheers, Rob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kaptainrob View Post
    All looks yummy mak mak Syd. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

    One thing, re peanut sauce, have you tried adding tamarind ... for balance?
    Ohhhh bloody well spotted Kap.... i left out the Tamarind, i do use that, but not too much as the brand we have is quite strong taste
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    on the topic of cooking, stickmans blog this week was interesting; Stickman Dons An Apron
    I am considering doing the class when I'm there later this year; Thai Cooking Class in Onnut Road - Food Expedition Bangkok, Thailand
    I don't know what the GF will think about the pricing when she can teach for no charge. More something to do though.

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    Cooking school may even teach the GF new tricks as styles vary from region to region. Jo liked experimenting with southern-style when in Phuket and gets gang-som paste sent by mail. Lanna-style is quite different and she's got it well sorted now, use of tua-nou [dried fermented soy bean] is a favorite ingredient.
    Cheers, Rob.
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    Well I'm usually just the assistant when at home. So I'm keen to do this. Sounds like a decent thing to do as opposed to the nothing days I have in BKK from time to time.

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