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Pla Ra Substitute

Pla Ra Substitute 6

Food nostalgia is a common sickness when you live away from home. Although we cook 80% Thai food at home here in India, but the flavor of it is difficult to come close to the simple food cooked with rustic fresh ingredients only available in Thailand. I’ve learned to adapt and adjust to make my

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Pandan Leaf Infused Syrup

Pandan leaf syrup 1

I can’t believe I’m teaching people how to make syrup. But guys, it’s necessary. Let’s face it; we need to talk about this. Syrup is important ingredients in Thai drink mixes and desserts. Although there are many versions and the levels of intensity of syrup, one thing I can say is the syrup here is

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Spicy Peanut Butter Sambal

“Maybe we need to warn the neighbor before making some Sambal next time,” I told myself when I heard the neighbors from both side of my apartment sneezing tortuously and repeatedly until the pungent aroma diluted in the air. The air heated up, and it felt burning. White smoke from my wok was poisonously pungent,

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The Pickle Hut

I am a fan of anything salty and pickling. Thinking about pickle makes my mouth water. I love big slices of pickle in my sandwich or even salad. I also adore spicy Indian pickle which goes very well with any rice dish. When I was a kid, my mother always preserved raw mango in the

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Red Guava

Years ago my husband and I got ripe off in the local market. The loud shout distracted us from buying our regular grocery to a man with the basket full of guavas. I don’t remember what he was yelling but in his hands were the freshest guavas I had ever seen. If you don’t know

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Jaew- Thai Dipping Sauce (Version I)

Jaew is Thai style dipping sauce. It can be thin or thick and even dense like texture of chutney. Jaew and other kind of dipping sauce are often accompanied the meal and various dishes. The dishes couldn’t be complete without these delicious dips sitting on the side. The main ingredient of Jaew is definitely chili. The

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Perfect Sticky Rice and a Shortcut Version without Fancy Equipment

I grew up eating sticky rice which is sometimes called glutinous rice or sweet rice. It has denser and stickier texture than the regular rice. Sticky is commonly grown and consumed in the Northeast region of Thailand and the neighbor countries. The sticky and firm grains of rice are suitable for eating by hands and

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Roselle Ice-Tea

Whenever I went back to Thailand, the first stop was always a refreshing herbal/natural drink which is so easily to find in any corner of the streets. They are usually the small set up, on the table with beautiful shades of sweet herbal drinks line up in the glass jars. There are something from coconut

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Thai Beef Jerky (Sun-Dried Beef)

I grew up with the smell of deep fried beef swept from the kitchen door. The breakfast was ready as I heard the last bang of spatula against the wok and the sizzle sound of hot oil vanished. The crispy strips of deep fried beef jerky arranged on the plate, I still saw the tiny

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Thai Green Chili Sauce

At a typical Thai table, the vibrant spread of food always accompanied by sassy condiments like dipping sauce, pungent chutney or spicy dressing. Something like julienned fresh chilies and shallots floating over fish sauce is a must companion of a famous stir fried chicken with basil over hot rice. Rice and omelet becomes a divine

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