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My Thai: Lao Stuffed Lemongrass (Ua Si Khai)

Ua Si Khai means "stuffed lemongrass" which is what this is. Seasoned ground pork is carefully positioned into the bulbous part of a lemongrass stalk which has been split to create a "cage" or a net that holds the pork in place. The stuffed lemongrass is then steamed, dipped in beaten eggs, and deep-fried until golden brown. The essential oil in the fresh lemongrass stalks, most concentrated in the area where the pork gets stuffed, is what makes this dish more special than its simple appearance might suggest. More

My Thai: Pomelo and Shrimp Salad (Miang Som O)

I used to call miang "one-bite salad," but I'm rethinking it as it seems to suggest that you're supposed to wrap the whole thing up into a big bundle and eat it in one bite. Calling it "salad cups" doesn't do it either since a miang like this isn't usually served assembled in little lettuce cups. Either way, this shrimp and pomelo salad served with chili jam is simple, balanced, and delicious. More

Thai Pomelo and Shrimp Salad (Miang Som O)

I used to call miang "one-bite salad," but I'm rethinking it as it seems to suggest that you're supposed to wrap the whole thing up into a big bundle and eat it in one bite. Calling it "salad cups" doesn't do it either since a miang like this isn't usually served assembled in little lettuce cups. Either way, this shrimp and pomelo salad served with chili jam is simple, balanced, and delicious. More

My Thai: Shimeji Mushroom Laab

I don't know what happened on your end over the holidays, but over here not a lot of self-control was exercised. So, at least this week, I'm eating lighter than usual to make up for the craziness of the last few weeks. But I'm far from depriving myself of delicious things, though. This mushroom laab (or lap, most often spelled 'larb') you're looking at right here? Not exactly deprivation. More

My Thai: Pumpkin Glutinous Rice Balls in Sweetened Coconut Cream (Bua Loi Fak Thong)

Am I right in thinking that you have some leftover pumpkin pureee lying around that you want to use? Am I right in thinking that after this past weekend, you want to cook as little as possible? If yes and yes, here's another pumpkin dessert that's very Thai and very easy to make. How easy? Anyone who can make little balls out of playdough can make this. More

Pumpkin Glutinous Rice Balls in Sweetened Coconut Cream (Bua Loi Fak Thong)

Am I right in thinking that you have some leftover pumpkin pureee lying around that you want to use? Am I right in thinking that after this past weekend, you want to cook as little as possible? If I'm wrong, don't tell me; let me live in the disillusionment of thinking that I know anything about you. But if I'm right, here's another pumpkin dessert that's very Thai and very easy to make. More

My Thai: Steamed Pumpkin Custard

This is a streamlined version of the famous Thai steamed pumpkin custard. You know, the kind where you steam a whole pumpkin along with the custard filling; the kind that isn't as easy to make as many recipes want you to think. You get pretty much the same taste out of this version without nearly as much fuss. This appeals to a lazy person like me who's always looking for a faster, easier way to do everything. More

Steamed Pumpkin Custard

This is a streamlined version of the famous Thai steamed pumpkin custard -- you know, the kind where you steam a whole pumpkin along with the custard filling, the kind that isn't as easy to make as many recipes want you to think (I'll talk more about this in due time). You get pretty much the same taste out of it without nearly as much fuss. This appeals to a lazy person like me who's always looking for a faster, easier way to do everything. More

My Thai: Chicken Red Curry Stir-Fry with Green Beans

This is an extraordinarily simple stir-fry of green beans and chicken with red Thai chili paste. It requires only six ingredients—seven, if you want to add extra umami to it by way of oyster sauce. This is very practical for those living in a small space with an electric frying pan, a microwave, and a refrigerator the size of a shoe box (A.K.A. every college student in the world). But the result feels like a hug from Thailand. More

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