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Som Nuer Tod (Fried Thai Preserved Meat)

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It’s time to fry some of this preserved meat wrapped in banana leaf. When the meat is unwrapped, the pungent scent rise as the pale meat seems light and decadent. Many people will be tempted to eat it raw, and this is totally fine. I like to fry it, because I think the heat makes

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Preserved Meat in Banana Leaf {Som Nuer}

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Okay, so lately I don’t know what gets into me, but I have been doing a lot of preserve food at home. This reminds me of something I’ve always wanted to do which is writing a cookbook about the rustic preserve food of the Northeast of Thailand. Somehow that dream of mine got lost, but

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Chinese Five Spice Beef Stew

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Winter is truly the season of comfort food. I finally get my Thai hotpot out. This pot is usually used for serving Tom Yum or other kind of thin broth. The hollowed middle section of the pot is filled with live coal which gives the heat to the food and keeps it bubbling the entire

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Steak with Mushroom Sauce

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The weather is crazy here in Pune. It’s been cold, warm, and out of the blue, today it’s raining. All these feel very cozy, and I’m loving it. I have more time to spend in my kitchen. The boys love that I cook abundantly every day. We make a heavy feast for supper, and in

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5 Spices Beef Sandwich

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Yesterday I marinated flank strips with garlic, white peppercorns, Chinese 5 Spice, salt, egg, soy sauce and a very generous amount of sugar. Today when these strips lick the greasy hot pan, they instantly turn crisp and dark brown. The strips are tender and packed with aroma of the spices. As I fry them in

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Steak with Beetroot and Goat Cheese Sauce with Orange Glazed Potato

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I recently found my obsession with beetroot. My little boy hates it, but Sadik and I love beetroot when it is cooked right. I still owe you a recipe of beetroot with eggs that I guarantee that it would goes so well with hot rice. But today, let me share you a healthy alternative for your

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Tenderloin Strips with Cheesy Corn Mashed Potato and Sauté Vegetables

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Before I’m taking you on another travel story, we should stop and eat real quick. Some of my readers wrote to me that they’ve been missing my recipes. And yes, I have been writing a lot about travelling and didn’t have time to update the new recipes. So here goes today I’m cooking something simple

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Easy Beef Rice

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I remembered years ago during Ramazan in Thailand, in the evening when I walked in the market, it smelled particularly aromatic. The fragrance was beautiful and unusual than what I was familiar with. When I looked for the source responsible for such scent, I came to find a gigantic pot filled with yellow rice and

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Easy Cajun Beef Stew

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I was on a secret diet. GM diet. I will tell you about that later, but first, let me share you one of the most satisfying recipe I have eaten when I was on that diet. After being stripped from the right of having any kind of meat for 4 days, on the 5th day

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Grilled Steak with Mashed Pumpkin and Tomato Basil Salad

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I don’t like mashed potato, and somebody thinks it’s blasphemy. It’s a shame, I don’t really like anything potato except for French fries… oh, and maybe hash browns. So instead of mashed potato, I make mashed pumpkin to go with a dish like grilled steak or baked chicken. Pumpkin is so light, sweet, healthy, full

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