Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad with A Mango Chili Vinaigrette

Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad with A Mango Chili Vinaigrette

This crunchy Thai salad is loaded with a combination of cruciferous vegetables. These deliciously yummy vegetables include Brussels sprouts, radicchio, green cabbage and kale.

The crunchy salad is mixed with sunflower seeds, toasted quinoa and a Thai Mango Chili Vinaigrette.

It pairs perfectly with honey ginger soy chicken thighs.

For The Salad

1/2 small green cabbage, shredded

1/2 small radicchio, shredded

1 cup packed chopped kale, no stems

2/4 cup shredded Brussels sprouts

2 green onions, chop white part and add to salad – cut up green part for garnishing

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

1/8 cup toasted quinoa

Add prepared vegetable greens to a salad bowl. Start with one cup of vinaigrette and mix into salad.

Add more vinaigrette 1/4 cup at a time (mixing in after each addition) until you have the consistency of dressing to salad that you desire.

Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad with A Mango Chili Vinaigrette

For The Dressing

1 large ripe mango peeled, pitted and roughly chopped (can also chop 1 1/4 cup of frozen mango)

¼ cup lime juice, 2 medium size limes

¼ cup orange juice

2 tablespoons raw honey

½ teaspoon cumin

1 clove garlic

½ teaspoon salt

⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon finely chopped, Thai chili pepper, can also use jalapeño or serrano

2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Combine mango, lime juice, orange juice, honey, cumin, garlic and salt in a blender container. Puree on medium speed until smooth. Transfer to a medium size jar.

Add oil to the mixture in the jar in a slow, steady stream while stirring continuously with a fork or small whisk.

Add finely chopped chili pepper, cilantro and black pepper. Taste and add a bit more salt, if needed.

Store in refrigerator for up to 1 week. Shake well before using.

For The Meat

1 pound chicken thighs, boneless, skinless

1/4 cup soy sauce

3 tablespoons honey

2 to 3 cloves garlic minced

2 teaspoons fresh ginger, minced

Combined soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger in a zip lock bag. Add chicken thighs to bag. Zip lock the bag and shake well until meat is coated. Marinate no longer than 30 minutes.

Next, warm a skillet over medium high heat. Add one tablespoon of toasted sesame seed oil. When heated add chicken thighs and cook 4-5 minutes each side or until juices from meat run clear (no red in juice).

Remove from heat and let meat rest for 5 minutes.

A plate of Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad with A Mango Chili Vinaigrette

Next, slice each thigh to top plated salad. Top chicken with 1-2 teaspoons teriyaki sauce, sesame seeds and green onions.

A bowl of Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad with A Mango Chili Vinaigrette

Or chop the thigh meat and top it with seeds and onions over salad served in a bowl.


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How To Prepare Authentic Thai Food With These Key Ingredients – recipes included

How To Prepare Thai Food With These Key Ingredients

Thai cuisine is internationally famous. It is essentially a union of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences harmoniously combined into something uniquely Thai.

A prepared dinner table with a Thai meal placed on it, consists of a spicy or non-spicy soup, a curry dish with condiments, a dip with accompanying fish and vegetables, and there could also be a spiced salad.

Table Set With Traditional Thai Food

Thai food has evolved much like Indian food, meaning the cooks or chefs take great care so there is a harmony of flavors and textures with each individual dish.

One dish must compliment the other dishes positioned at the dinner table.

What is needed in your kitchen to make a great Thai dish?

You need to know the “Key Ingredients.”

Key Ingredients Needed To Prepare Thai Food

When you dicide to make a Thai dish, the following is what you should find in your refrigerator or pantry.

Banana Leaves

Banana leaf-wrapped food, either it be meat, fish or a savory mixture can be grilled, steamed or roasted.

In the cooking process, the leaves add a unique herbaceous flavor to the dish.

Thai Food cooked in a banana leaf

Thai cuisine also used banana leaves as a cooking vessel, folding them into a shape that will hold and cook the food. They are also used as “to-go containers.

Thai foods served in bowls made of banana leaves

Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a culinary herb that is produced from the stalk of the lemongrass plant and it has a lemony scent.

It is a primary culinary herb in several Thai dishes.

The flavor of the herb tastes almost like a mix of lemon and lemon mint.

Lemongrass tied laying on grey weather wood

The flavor is light and does not overpower other flavors in a dish.

It also adds a slightly sharp and tangy taste without the bitterness of lemon.

It is commonly used in soups, teas and curries.

If you can’t find lemongrass at your local market or Asian market, you can substitute lemon juice in its place.

But keep in mind that the citrus juice won’t be able to fully take the place of the flavor of lemongrass.

Try these Thai dishes with lemongrass.

Lime Leaves

thai lime leaves

The leaves are a glossy dark green color, and are used to flavor curries, soups, fish cakes and even teas for its fragrant herbal notes.

Thai Basil

Thai basil and holy basil are related to each other and both are used in Thai cuisine.

Thai basil has a subtle sweet anise flavor. Whereas, holy basil has a more spicy flavor.

The flavor of holy basil is more like a combination of black pepper and clove than like the sweeter notes of Thai basil. It tends to get even spicier as it is cooked.

Both can be found at your local Asian markets.

You’ll enjoy this deliciously yummy Thai Chicken Stir-Fry with Holy Basil.

Fish Sauce

Fish sauce is a liquid condiment made from fish or krill that have been coated in salt and fermented for up to two years.

fish sauce container at a fish sauce factory

A fish sauce container at a fish sauce factory in Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

The flavor is savory and the color is red-brown. Fish sauce is used as a staple seasoning in Thai cooking.

Try these deliciously plate Thai dishes using fish sauce.

Green Papaya

A green papaya and an orange papaya are actually the same fruit picked at different stages of development.

Immature green papaya has crisp white flesh with very little flavor.

It is prized mostly for its crunch and used primarily as a base for salads, most notably in Thai salads. Green papaya is used in salads much like cucumber or jícama is.

Tamarind Purée

When purchasing the tamarind puree, you can find it in sticky 14 ounce blocks.

In Thai cuisine the puree is used by diluting 1 ounce pureed pulp with 1/3 cup warm water, and then strained.

You can also buy it ready made and jarred with no need of diluting it.

The concentrated tamarind is said to have a sour taste that can be overpowering in Pad Thai.

Thai Chili Peppers

These peppers are small in shape, come in green, red, and orange color, and fiery in taste.

Though as spicy as the chili maybe, it is said the chili gives a subtle fruity flavor when used in Thai cooking.

If Thai chilis are too much for your palate, you can use Serrano peppers instead.

Dried Shrimp

Small little dried shrimp add salty flavor to noodle dishes and salads.

Dried shrimp can keep indefinitely in a cool dark place within an airtight container.

No dried shrimp in this recipe – but there is wild caught fresh shrimp: Shrimp Pad Thai

Having these key ingredients used in authentic Thai cooking in your pantry or refrigerator, will always be at your reach in a moments notice.

If unable to find them at your favorite grocers, try looking for them in an Asian market.

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Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir-Fry

Dinner’s ready in just 30 minutes with chicken thighs pared with onions, sweet peppers and stir-fried with a homemade tangy sweet-and-sour sauce.

This sweet and sour chicken recipe is the ideal dish for a quick and deliciously yummy meal.

Sweet and sour chicken came to the USA from China in the 18th century. But it wasn’t until the 20th century that it spread throughout the country and became popular when the Chinese migrants turned from work as gold miners and railroad workers to Asian restaurant owners of food and drink.

Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir-Fry

Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir-Fry
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Preparing Sweet & Sour Sauce

⅓ cup brown sugar

2 tablespoons ketchup

½ cup water

½ teaspoon salt

3 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon soy sauce

2 teaspoons corn starch

2 tablespoons of cold water

Add brown sugar, ketchup, water, salt, vinegar, and soy sauce in a medium sauce pan.

Bring to a boil over medium high heat.

Stir in cornstarch mixture and reduce heat to medium low and cook for 2 minutes stirring constantly. Set aside.

Prepare Chicken & Vegetables

1 cup Pancake mix

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 eggs

1 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut into cubes

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 small onion, thinly sliced, cut into rings than strips

1 medium green bell pepper, cut into strips

1 medium red bell pepper, cut into strips


Cook’s Notes

Chopped vegetables should equal 3 cups

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1 can (20 oz.) pineapple chunks, drained

1/2 cup sweet-and-sour sauce

Cooked rice or rice noodles, if desired

In large resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix pancake mix and pepper.

In medium bowl, beat eggs slightly. Stir in chicken until coated. Using slotted spoon, remove chicken from eggs; place in bag with pancake mix. Seal bag; shake bag until chicken is coated.

In 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add vegetables; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from skillet.

In same skillet, heat remaining 3 tablespoons oil. Add chicken; cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown on outside and no longer pink in center.

Next add vegetables; cook about 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until hot. Stir in pineapple and sweet-and-sour sauce; cook until hot.

Sweet & Sour Chicken Stir-Fry

Plate and serve over cooked rice or noodles.


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Sticky Honey Ginger Chicken Drumsticks

Sticky Honey Ginger Chicken Drumsticks

The aromatic chicken in its sticky honey ginger sauce has all the same delicious flavor you’d expect from an Asian take-out and can be made in minutes.

Because the sauce is strong, steamed rice and greens are the perfect side dishes for this ginger chicken recipe.

Juicy chicken legs cooked in a sticky ginger sauce is a deliciously yummy easy dinner recipe.

The Thai chicken marinade is perfect for not only drumsticks, but also using thighs or breasts.

And this is the perfect Asian recipe when you don’t feel like turning on the oven!

Sticky Honey Ginger Chicken Drumsticks

6 chicken drumsticks

MARINADE

2 cloves garlic, crushed or 3/4 teaspoon granulated garlic

1 1/2 tablespoons ginger, minced or 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger

1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes

1 1/2 tablespoons honey

1/4 cup soy sauce

GARNISH

sesame seeds

spring onions, green parts chopped

In a mixing bowl, combine the garlic, ginger, chili, honey, and soy sauce.

Mix in the chicken drumsticks.

Cover with cling film and leave to marinate in the fridge for 1-2 hours

Fry the chicken in a large pan, on all sides for about 10-15 minutes, stirring often to prevent the marinade from burning, until golden brown.

Remove from the pan and pour in the marinade.

Bring to a boil and stir, until the marinade is thick and resembles a sauce.

Throw the chicken back in the pan and fry for a further 5-10 minutes in the sauce, making sure each drumstick is evenly coated and cooked through.

Garnish with sesame seeds and spring onions.


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Chicken in Peanut Coconut Sauce with Peppers & Red Onion

Chicken in Peanut Coconut Sauce with Peppers & Red Onion

One of the main characteristics of Indonesian cuisine is the wide use of peanut sauce.

The Netherland’s adopted peanut sauce as a common side dish through its former colonization of South East Asia.

A popular combination at Dutch fast food outlets is French fries with mayonnaise and peanut sauce.

Peanut sauce is also used in Chinese cooking, in India, the Philippines, Singapore, and Vietnam.

Peanut sauce has become part of the global cuisine, although it is mainly associated with Southeast Asian cuisine.

The main ingredients in peanut sauce are ground roasted peanuts, water and spices.

A typical recipe usually contains ground roasted peanuts along with coconut milk, soy sauce, tamarind, galangal, garlic and spices.

Peanut sauce has many uses. It is used as a dipping sauce, salad dressing with vegetables, poured over or mixed with meats.


Like This Thai Chicken with LinguiniThe Recipe Uses A Peanut Sauce (includes recipe for sauce).


In the United States, many have a love of Asian food, and therefore use peanut sauce. But in the U.S. peanut sauce is typically made with peanut butter, either smooth or nutty.

Chicken in Peanut Coconut Sauce with Peppers & Red Onion

Chicken in Peanut Coconut Sauce with Peppers & Red Onion

1 cup creamy peanut butter

1 1⁄2 cups coconut milk

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons garlic, minced

Salt, to taste

1⁄4 – 1⁄2 cup chicken broth

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons curry powder

FOR THE CHICKEN

6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks

2 orange or yellow bell peppers, seeded, chopped

1/2 large red onion, chopped

1 lime or lemon, juiced

1 -2 tablespoon coconut oil, (peanut oil is fine)

Garnishes

Shredded coconut, toasted

Peanuts, chopped

Cilantro, chopped

Sauce

Heat coconut milk, peanut butter, and broth in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until smooth and heated through (do not let boil).

Add remaining sauce ingredients, seasoning to taste, stirring constantly until the sauce thickens to the consistency of thin spaghetti sauce.

Remove from heat and cover, if will continue to thicken off the heat.

Prepare the Chicken

Heat some coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat and stir fry the chicken chunks until almost cooked through.

While the chicken is cooking, squeeze some lime juice into the pan to add moisture, as much as needed.

Add the peppers and onions. Stir-fry until the vegetables are lightly browned and the chicken is fully cooked, adding more juice as needed for moisture.

Pour some of the peanut sauce over the chicken in the pan and toss to coat (a ladleful or two).

Portion cooked rice into small bowls and ladle some chicken mixture on top of each portion. Drizzle with a bit more peanut sauce if desired.

Chicken in Peanut Coconut Sauce with Peppers & Red Onion

Garnish with shredded toasted coconut, chopped cilantro, and chopped peanuts.


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Traditional Indian Curry Sauce

In the culinary world, a sauce is a liquid, cream, or semi-solid food, served on or used in preparing other foods.

Most sauces are not normally consumed by themselves, but rather served over meat, vegetables or noodles. Sauces add flavor, moisture, and visual appeal to a dish.

Some examples of sauces include among many are:

Hollandaise Sauce

Sweet rujak sauce

Tomato sauce

Alfredo sauce

Pesto sauce

Butter sauce

Meat sauce

Tartar sauce

Enchilada sauce

Curry sauce


Read More Here About The Difference Between Condiments – Sauces – and Dips


Curry Sauce

The word “curry” translates from Tamil, India’s southern state, as “sauce.”

Curry is prepared with three different colors. Red, yellow and green.

Red Curry

A red curry paste has a medium-hot flavor profile. This curry paste lends itself to a wider variety of uses.

It has red chilies, lemongrass, shallots, garlic, shrimp paste, and coriander leaves.

Follow the link to a red curry dish: Thai Red Curry With Chicken and Vegetables

Yellow Curry

A yellow curry paste has a mild, sweet flavor. This color of curry is typically made with cinnamon, cumin, lemongrass, garlic, and galangal.

Galangal is rhizome root similar to ginger. Though ginger has more spice flavor and galangal has a sweeter flavor.

Top Image: Galangal root – Lower Image: Ginger root

Galangal can be found in many Asian grocery stores, but it is not as common as ginger.

Many cooks would say that galangal is as essential as lemongrass or coconut milk. Its flavors are crucial to preparing a curry dish.

If you can’t find galangal at your local market you can replace with ginger according to Spiceography.

They write that ginger and galangal are related to each other and are very similar in both appearance and flavor. While their flavors are not exactly the same, they are close enough to be good substitutes for each other.

Follow the link for a yellow curry dish: Coconut Basil Chicken Curry with Vegetables

Green Curry

Green curry paste gets its color from the green peppers used. Which are jalapeños and small green Thai chilies.

Follow the link for a green curry dish: Coconut Green Curry with Chicken and Vegetables

Making A Classic Curry Paste

Here is what you will need.

• 2 tablespoons coriander seeds

• 2 tablespoons cumin seeds

• 1 tablespoon fennel seeds

• 1 teaspoon black peppercorns

• 2 dried red chilies

• 1 shallot, peeled and chopped

• 4 garlic cloves, peeled

• 4-inch piece of fresh ginger

• 2 4-5 inch pieces of lemongrass, chopped

• 1 teaspoon turmeric powder

• 1 teaspoon paprika

• 1 teaspoon red chili powder

• 1 tablespoon tomato paste

• 2 teaspoons white vinegar

• 1 teaspoon salt

Place coriander seeds, cumin seeds, fennel seeds, dried red chilies and peppercorns in a frying pan over low heat.

Cook, stirring constantly, for about 2-3 minutes or until the seeds turn golden and aromatic. Remove from heat.

Allow to cool completely. Transfer cooked spices to a food processor. Grind to a fine powder.

Add shallots, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, turmeric, paprika, red chili powder, tomato paste, vinegar and salt. Grind again to make a smooth paste.

Use immediately to make a curry dish or store the paste in a sterilized jar.

You can store your curry paste in the refrigerator for up to 6 months, as the paste is made to be kept for a long time.

To keep it even fresher, try wiping the inside of the jar clean at the top after each use.

Then, pour in just enough olive oil to cover the top of the paste, which will form a barrier to help keep it fresh.

Try these curry dishes.

Mango Chicken Curry

Chicken Curry Soup

Thai Red Curry With Chicken & Vegetables

Thai Red Curry With Chicken and Vegetables

Curry dishes from Thailand have a deliciously different flavor because of the use of the local ingredients, like kafir lime leaves and lemongrass.

Coconut milk is frequently used in Thai curries, though not always.

Depending on the type of chilies used, the strength of a red curry can range from mild to fiery hot.

The secret to making a successful curry is to allow it to simmer for a long period, bringing out the full flavor of the spices.


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Thai Red Curry With Chicken and Vegetables

1 can 13.5 oz. Coconut milk

2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemongrass, minced

1 shallot, sliced

1-2 inch piece ginger, grated

4 to 5 cloves garlic

1 to 2 fresh red chilies, sliced, or 1/2 to 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 tablespoons tomato puree

2 tablespoons fish sauce

1 1/2 tablespoon chili powder, or more, depending on how spicy you want it

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 tablespoon fish sauce

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Meat and Vegetables

1 cup peas and diced carrots

1 pound boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into bite sized cubes

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Place all curry sauce ingredients in a food processor or blender. Process well. Set aside.

Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add oil and heat. Next add chicken pieces and cook until chicken is oblique in color.

Chick thigh pieces in a skillet

Next, add red curry sauce and mix well.

Next add peas and carrots and mix in. Lower heat to simmer curry for another 5 minutes.

Simmer skillet of red curry with chicken pieces

Serve over rice.

Thai Red Curry With Chicken and Vegetables

Asian Beef With Peppers & Green Onions

Beef Teriyaki with Peppers and Green Onions

A satisfying stir-fry that comes together in a flash. Sirloin Steak, 1/4 inch thick and cut into 1/4 inch bite sized pieces is stir-fried with peppers and green onions.

Sweet peppers (also called bell peppers) and beef have always complimented each other in culinary dishes.

What is the nutritional value of bell peppers?

Bell peppers are one of the most nutrient-dense foods available.

Though a 3 1/2-oz (100 g) serving of raw bell pepper provides only 20 calories (mostly as carbohydrate and fiber), it is a good source of a large number of nutrients.

Peppers with Asian Beef

They include: vitamins-C, K and B-6. They also contain beta-carotene, folate, thiamine, iron, potassium, and magnesium.

B-6 is needed for blood cell formation, vitamin-k helps with blood clotting, and potassium and magnesium help with your heart muscles pumping of blood through your body.

You should try this: Orange Ginger Chicken Sausage with Sweet Peppers

A delicious Asian flavored sauce is used to flavor the beef and peppers.

The sauce ingredients include: soy sauce, garlic, ginger, sesame seed oil and rice vinegar.

Asian Beef with Peppers and Green Onions Served Over Coconut Rice

This Asian Beef with Peppers and Green Onions is served with coconut rice. Though you can serve it over plain white rice.

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Asian Beef with Peppers and Green Onions

Stir-Fry Sauce

1/2 cup soy sauce or Tamari

1/2 cup chicken stock or vegetable broth

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon sesame seed oil

1 teaspoon rice vinegar

2 inch piece of ginger, peeled and finely minced

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If you do not have fresh ginger you could use one (1) of the following:

1 tablespoon ginger paste (store bought squeeze tube)

1 tablespoon powdered ginger

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2 garlic cloves, finely minced

1 tablespoon corn starch

Whisk 7 first ingredients together in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Add corn starch and stir until sauce starts to thicken. Remove from heat and set aside.

Makes about 1-1/4 cups. You can refrigerate any unused sauce in an airtight container for up to 1 week (7 days).

Stir-fry Ingredients

1-2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 lbs. top sirloin steak, cut 1/4 inch thick, and sliced into 1/4 inch sized pieces

2 large bell peppers, any color, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

3 or 4 green onions, sliced vertically, then horizontally into 1/2 inch slices

Melt oil in medium sized frying pan over medium heat

Add meat and cook for about 4-5 minutes, allowing some pink in meat before adding peppers

Next add peppers and stir until peppers are fragrant. Next add onions and stir for 1 minute

Next add sauce starting with 1/2 cup and add more if needed, stir in. Let cook another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

Plate beef and peppers over your cooked rice of choice. We prepared and used a coconut rice.

Shrimp Pad Thai

Shrimp Pad Thai

Pad Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food and at most restaurants in Thailand.

Street Food Vendor – Thailand

The dish is typically prepared with rice noodles, chicken, beef or tofu, peanuts, a scrambled egg, and bean sprouts, among other vegetables.

The ingredients are sautéed together in a wok, which creates even heat distribution.

Once the dish is completed it is tossed in a pad thai sauce, which gives the dish its signature tangy salty flavor with a hint of sweetness.

The History of Pad Thai

Stir-fried rice noodles were introduced to Thailand from China centuries ago.

The original name of Pad Thai is Gway Teow Pad Thai.

Gway Teow means “rice noodles in Chinese” which suggests that there are some elements of China in the dish.

Rice Noodles

But the present name tells us all about the famous dish. ‘Pad’ means ‘fried’ and ‘Thai’, means Thai style.

It is believed that a similar dish was brought to the Ayutthaya kingdom by Chinese Traders in the 1700s.

The website Expique writes that Pad thai is a relatively recent addition to Thai cuisine, and traces its origins to a period of ultra-nationalism in Thailand in the wake of the 1932 revolution.

Pad thai was listed at number five on a list of “World’s 50 most delicious foods” readers’ poll compiled by CNN TRAVEL in 2017.

Tim Cheung journalist for CCN says of the 2017 poll, “Here’s a food Thai people can’t live without. Similar to Bulgogi, pad thai is packed with nutrients stirred into one glorious fried-noodle dish.

BULGOGI – KOREAN BBQ BEEF – #22 on CNN Travel

Tim says Pad Thai’s secret is in the sauce — tamarind paste. If anyone ever creates a Hall of Food Fame, that should be first on the list.”

Tamarind Paste

Shrimp Pad Thai

10-12 ounces dried flat rice noodles (1/4-inch wide; sometimes called pad Thai or banh pho)

1/2 pound cooked medium shrimp, shelled, deveined, tail on if desired (for looks)

Medium Shrimp

3 tbsp tamarind paste

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed

2 tbsp chili sauce (recommended: Sriracha)

4 medium shallots, minced

4 garlic cloves, minced

4-5 scallions, green and pale green parts, cut into 2-inch pieces

1/2 cup radicchio, chopped (or vegetables of choice, like kale or green and purple cabbage)

1 1/2 cups peanut oil

Lime wedges

In a small bowl add the tamarind paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, and chili sauce, sir until sugar has dissolved, set aside.

Add rice noodles to a large bowl and pour hot water over them, making all noodles are submerged in hot water.

Soak the rice noodles, according to the instructions on your package, until they are tender. Usually 4-5 minutes. When done, drain noodles and rinse with cold water. Set aside.

Next, heat a wok or frying pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of oil, then swirl to coat side of pan or wok.

Stir-fry scallions, garlic, and shallots until softened, about 1 minute.

Add noodles and stir-fry for about 2 minutes.

Next add crushed peanuts, radicchio, sliced green onions, tamarind sauce and simmer, turning noodles to coat with sauce evenly, about 2 minutes.

Plate noodles and top with cooked shrimp, and chopped cilantro. Serve with lime wedges on the side.

Coconut Green Curry with Chicken & Vegetables

There of 3 colors of curry, which are red, yellow and green.

The color of a curry dish is determined by the color of the chiles and other main ingredients or spices used.

Traditional red curry sauce uses dried red hot peppers.

Yellow curry gets it color from yellow curry, turmeric, fresh red peppers are used along with other dried spices.

Green curry gets its vibrant color from green jalapeños, with cilantro. Some cooks will even include fresh Basil and/or baby spinach.

Green Jalapeño and cilantro curry sauce

Other ingredients in Coconut Green Curry includes ginger, lime, and of course coconut milk. All which are traditional ingredients used in Asian food.

Green curry tends to be less spicy than its red counter part.

Texture wise though, curry sauces, no matter what the color, are creamy and slightly thick.

Green curry vegetable and meat on a white plate and silver fork

Curry Powder, A Traditional Asian Spice Mix?

Curry powder is actually a British culinary invention.

According to author Alan Davidson in his book – The Oxford Companion To Food, he writes,

“The curry spice sold commercially represents an attempt by the British manufactures to provide in ready-made form a spice mixture corresponding to those uses in South India.”

Read more about the curry invention HERE and try our (yellow curry) Coconut Basil Chicken Curry with Vegetables.

Coconut Basil Chicken Curry with Vegetables

The Spruce Eats also writes in respects to curry powder, saying that the spice powder is not an ingredient used in Indian cooking and doesn’t even represent any spice mixture typically found in a Southeast Asian kitchen.

Curry powder is a mix of cumin, coriander, and turmeric, which gives it its signature color.

Other common ingredients include black pepper, mustard, ginger, clove, cardamom, bay leaf, and fenugreek.

Curry powder doesn’t contain or include the curry leaf.

Curry Leaves Used In Authentic Indian Curries

Read more here about curry leaves and try some curry in an untraditional way: Curried Chicken With Dried Cherries

Coconut Green Curry with Chicken and Vegetables

16 ounces of boneless, skinless, chicken thighs

1 13.5 oz. can of coconut milk

½ cup chicken stock

3 tbsp. green curry paste

1 tbsp. sugar

2 tbsp. fish sauce

3 garlic gloves, minced

½ cup chopped Thai basil

3/4 cup mixed peas and carrots

Add coconut milk, chicken stock, green curry paste, sugar, fish sauce, basil, and garlic into a large saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes.

Add sauce to a large frying pan over medium heat. Next, add chicken and cook 15 minutes more.

Next add the vegetables with lime juice and cook 5 more minutes.

Plate and serve. Top with basil or try something different, such as shredded root vegetables.