Monday, July 26, 2010

Thai word for the day: Som

   Thais  pronounce the final 'l' sound with an 'n',  e.g. centran for central. So, when somebody asks for my name "Khun cheu arai? ", and I answer Apple..and I know exactly what they will say next:

"Appan, Appan, Appan
Malako, Malako, Malako
Kruay, kruay,Kruay
Appan, Malako, Kruay,Som"

     You might find it silly when Thai people burst into a song when they hear my name but  you cannot blame them, its a very popular song that they sing when they were children.

     Since you already know what Appan is, to add to your vocabulary Som means orange or any  fruit in the citrus family. It is widely use as a sour ingredient or a beverage e.g. Nam Som which only means orange juice. My favorite Som food is Som Tam Tai which is papaya salad, with roasted peanuts, tomatoes, string beans, dried small shrimp, chilies and of course the sour ingredient--som.

Its sour, sweet, hot and little bit salty--just the perfect mix. It is an Isan/Esarn dish and as in any Northern Thai dish it is best paired with sticky rice and satay or fried chicken.


In ordering it, Som Tam is without peanuts while Som Tam Tai is with peanuts. They usually serve it with raw baby crabs so if you do not like the idea of that (like me), you say "mai ao poo" which means "I do not like crab".

Sunday, July 25, 2010

My 15 minute meal: Salmon with Pesto Crust

I was busy trying to change my blog template the whole afternoon. After I finished making adjustments on the template I will be using and clicked 'apply to blog' I can see my new template go live. But if I search my blog through Google or type my URL my old template still comes out with my old posts. Very very frustrating. The next thing I know its almost dinner.

Here is my 15 minute meal that we had tonight. And yes, i made it on time.


1. pre-heat oven 350 F. thaw the fish. bring the salmon to room temperature and pat dry. season with salt and pepper.

2. mix bread crumbs with pesto

3. put the pesto mixture on top of the salmon and wrap it with foil.

4. pop them in the oven for 4-6 min per half inch of thickness of the salmon. the salmon will continue cooking even if you already removed it from the oven so make sure it is not overdone.

5. serve them on a plate and get ready to eat!!!

Thai word for the day: Moo

Moo is a sound that is almost always associated with cows in the western culture. But Moo /Mu/ pronounce the oo like the u in  'put' in Thailand means pork. I am not ashamed to admit that pork is my favorite meat. I like it roasted in parts and roasted whole (lechon), grilled, in sinigang pan fried, broiled..the flavors that you can create from a pork meat is so versatile that a Filipino table at fiestas can be laden with different dishes from only one pig.

so here's my favorite Thai Moo dishes:


its crispy pork served with Hainanese rice and a ginger based chili sauce


Yam means vegetables and Yam Moo Yang simple means Grilled Pork with salad. It is served with the Thai sweet chili vinaigrette (you can buy this in any Asian store).

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Dear Blog

Sorry for not writing to you always, i know you get lonely.
Sorry for not proof reading my grammar and spelling before publishing my entries, i know you get embarrassed.
Sorry for not making you look good, i know you get conscious.

I hope you understand that I am also busy experiencing Life rather than just writing about it.


one night..

we only had left over minced (the tatties were all consumed a long time ago). i looked in the pantry for more food and found some macaroni noodles and spaghetti sauce. my persistence in searching for more food paid off because i found  also cheddar and mozzarella in the fridge's drawer.

i combined all these and added some L O V E

and we had this:


My 3 favorite pork dishes

1. Braised Pork

braised pork
this is a very popular Asian dish, there's a Chinese, Filipino and Thai version of it but my favorite is cooked Vietnamese style. Enjoy!


1/2 kilo pork (belly, shoulder or thigh)
3 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp fish sauce
1 1/2 tbsp duck sauce
palm sugar
star anise
spring onion
young coconut milk
boiled and peeled quail eggs

1. marinate pork with all the ingredients (except the last 3 ingredients) preferably over night or minimum is 3 hrs before cooking.

2. saute onion. add marinaded pork. add boiled quail eggs and young coconut juice.

3. cook for 1 hour

2. Pork loin in Sauteed Apple and Onion Sauce

This recipe was taken from Martha Stewart's Dinner at Home Cookbook p.187.


Pork loin (or bone-in pork chops)
Salt and ground pepper
2 tbsp veg oil
1 onion sliced
1-2 apples, cored and sliced thinly
2 tbsp brandy
1 1/2 c chicken stock
2 tbsp unsalted butter

-preheat oven @ 400 F. Pat dry pork with paper towels. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Heat oil over med high until hot but not smoking. Cook pork until brown (2-3 min)

Transfer chops to baking sheets. Roast for 8 min.

-In the skillet, add onion on the used oil and apples till transparent and soft. Pour in brandy. Add Stock and bring to boil. Reduced heat till simmer (15 min). Stir in butter, add salt and pepper

the ice cubes were chicken stock left from my hainanese chicken

-To serve, arrange pork on top of the apple sauce on a platter


(Although this is originally a side dish but I like it so much that I serve it as an entree)

1 1/4 pounds spinach, tough stems discarded
10 ounces white pearl onions
5 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/4 cups whole milk
3/4 cup chopped slab bacon (3 ounces)
1/2 cup heavy cream
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1.Wash spinach, and drain, but do not dry. Transfer to a large skillet. Cover, and cook over medium-high heat, stirring once, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Drain. Let cool slightly; squeeze out any excess liquid. Finely chop; set aside.
2.Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add onions, and cook until skins soften, about 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon (reserve water in pan); rinse under cold water. Trim root ends, and remove skins; halve if large. Return water to a boil. Add onions, and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain, and rinse under cold water.
3.Melt 1/4 cup butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour; cook, whisking, 5 minutes. Add milk in a slow, steady stream, whisking constantly. Boil, whisking, 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

2010 World Cup Championship (Spain vs. Netherlands)

I've been following the World Cup for a month. First, there were 16 hopeful teams and then it narrowed down to 2. I saw my team (England) got embarrassingly defeated...( lol! ) i finally revealed my true colors! I saw a lot of Cristiano Ronaldo (check) and got to know what a vuvuzela is all about .

So, now that the end is almost near,  I have a dilemma on what to prepare for the championship dinner tonight. Hmm..should I go for some sandwiches but will have magic brownies for dessert in honor of Netherlands or start with tapas in the name of Spain. Or, why not a lowly beer battered fish and chips for my embittered England. I got this recipe from Paula Deen. click here for the link. Note that instead of House Seasoning I substituted it with salt, pepper and oregano.

                                (the beer batter)

                                  (viola! the finished product)


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