Happy Sunday Everyone!
I can't believe this year is almost over and thanksgiving is here.
So i decided to create and Thanksgiving meal with a Thai flavor and flair.
This dish is great for someone who is planning to have a small group over for dinner and want to avoid roasting an entire turkey and for those who prefer white meat.
My friends and i had decided to meet for lunch and we had been craving Thai Chicken and Rice ( khao Man Gai )
I decided to combine my Thai influence into this dish.
Let's talk about Khoa Mun Gai!
Khoa Mun Gai is well known as a Thai street food Served everywhere in Thailand. It is a simple and yet flavorful dish to make. The star of this dish is the combined flavor from the chicken, garlic and ginger. The rice preparation is topped with steeped chicken a side of fresh cucumber, cilantro and opo squash cooked in chicken stock and tauchu sauce ( Yellow soybean paste ).
For the rice preparation, the traditional method is to use the chicken fat from the browned chicken skin to cook the rice, as this will bring out the most flavor in the rice.
This dish which is originally from China and is known as Hainanese chicken rice .
The traditional preparation is to boil the whole chicken for the stock and use the chicken stock in the rice preparation.
These are the note for these recipes:
- You can prepare turkey the night before. You can pop it in the oven while you are cooking the rice.
- You can use minced ginger in a tube which is available at a grocery store if you dont have fresh ginger in your pantry.
- You can make the rice and quinoa ahead or a night before you are stuff it into the turkey breast.
- You can substitute opo squash with Daikon just remember to increase the cooking time by an additional 20 minutes.
- You can also use miso paste instead of tauchu. It is easy to find at most Asian markets.
- For healthier choice
- I use motor to smash ginger and garlic as it is the most effective way and releases the most flavor from them. If you don’t have motor, use blender!
The menu components:
- Thai Ginger & Garlic Rice, Shitake Mushroom, Almond And Quinoa Stuffed Turkey Breast Recipe.
-Natty Style Khoa Mun Gai ( Rice infuse chicken, garlic and ginger flavors ) Recipe
- Opo Squash Recipe
-Natty Style Miso Sauce
Hope you are all have a happy Thanksgiving.
Hi Everyone !
I can't believe we are in the middle of September already! Which reminds us it will be the end of summer. I had a thought to make a dish to say good bye to summer before Fall is knocking on my door.
Last week after I picked up some flank steak from the grocery place, I was looking for vegetables to work with this yummy and tasty flank steak. What could be good with beef flavor ? I was lucky to find some snow peas this late in summer. So let snow peas be my feature of this week.
I wanted to make a stir-fry that would bring the flavors out from beef and be a little crunchy from the snow peas. This is a great and satisfying dish perfect for a week night meal. Perhaps you can enjoy this meal in between one of the many festivals or activities going on this weekend, or Sunday night to wind down and relax from the weekend.
Oh well….. It's the last month to enjoy summer food and summer fests…
I am not ready to say good bye to summer yet because so many festivals are still going on.….
Here are some festivals for this week:
- The portage park community fair : Enjoy food, crafts and arts. I know one of my friends shows her craft works there. Check out The Three Letter Birds works of whimsical insiprations and spiring .
- Spirits tasting at the zoo : get ready to be shaken and stirred.
- Oaktoberfest : celebrate the changing season. Enjoy pulled pork, wine, craft beer and music.
- Evanston art & big fork festival : food , music and art.
- Riverwalk fine art fair : enjoy the river walk along with delightful fine art.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend
Read more For recipe : Stir-fried snow peas and mushrooms with Asian marinated flank steak recipe
Happy Sunday Everyone!!!
I am enjoying this hot summer so much…. Last week was CHICAGO AIR AND WATER SHOW , I had so much fun shooting the unobstructed views from Oak street beach. What was happening in your home town last past two weeks ? Any shows , concerts , …. ?
On a hot summer day I can't believe I am thinking about soup. What soups are good for summer? I am thinking about Tom kha soup with chicken ( ต้มข่าไก่ ). This soup gives you a refreshing after taste from galangal and cabbage.
Tom Kha is the second most famous Thai soup right next to tom yum soup. They both have similar ingredients: mushroom,meat,galangal,kaffir lime leaves,fish sauce and lemon grass-accept tom kha add coconut in it. In Thailand, tom kha is always made with chicken and tom yum make with shrimp........Read more
Happy Friday everyone!!
I hope you have had a nice week.......
I’ve been cooking a lot lately – Thai, Korean, American. Of course when you cook a lot, you might have leftovers in your fridge.
I always cook extra rice because you can add it to your leftovers and make an easy fried rice dish.
There’s no right or wrong way to make fried rice. The main ingredients are garlic and onion (red or yellow onion), eggs, meat (ham, turkey, shrimp or any leftover meat) and cooked rice.
Each country has a different variation of fried rice based on the culture. In Asia, the more famous fried rice dishes include Yangzhou Fried Rice (Chinese) and Thai Fried Rice.
Chinese - uses soy sauce and scallion with Chinese sausage and Char Siu (Chinese Barbecue pork)
Thai- uses fish sauce, white pepper and cilantro, served with cucumber and chile fish sauce.
Indonesian - (Nasi Goreng) uses sweet soy sauce, shallot, tamarind and ikan asin (salted dried fish) serve with a traditional cracker (krupuk) and pickles
The best way to cook fried rice is your mom's way. Every time I make fried rice, I remember my mom teaching me her way. These are tips from my mom that I would like to share with you.
Tip #1 Use leftover cooked rice
Leave it in the fridge overnight or if you don't have leftover, leave it out in room temperature for 1-2 hours to remove the moisture and soggy texture.
Add eggs - Push all the ingredients to the side, add eggs and scramble until they form up (not too soggy). Cook eggs separate from meat, onion and garlic to remove moisture out of eggs and decrease mushy texture.
It is easy and simple, just use these tips for the perfect texture.
I hope you enjoy my mama’s Thai fried rice recipe. See all ingredients listed below.
Have a good weekend everyone!
1 pound marinated* chicken thigh
1/4 cup chopped onion
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
4 cups leftover cooked rice
2-3 tablespoons light soy sauce (can substitute with salt or soy sauce)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 green onion, thinly sliced
1/4 chopped cilantro, plus some for garnish
2 tablespoons light soy sauce (can substitute with soy sauce)
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
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