Chicken rice is a dish that can be found across Southeast Asia.
I remember eating this dish many times for lunch, dinner and even breakfast. The smell of chicken rice always takes me back to my childhood, and I never dreamt that one day I would be cooking it myself in far away Australia.
This is not the first time I have cooked chicken rice, but this version is so much easier and better suited for days when you have limited time in the kitchen. Usually when cooking chicken rice most recipes tend to use the whole chicken which takes longer and if you only have 2 people in the house you probably do not need that much.
With this recipe I only use part of the chicken, and you can use chicken thigh, breast, drumstick or Maryland.
I love Australian beef, however it took me a while to learn which meat cut goes best with which cooking method, as Thailand and Australia have different cuts. I remember when shopping with my husband he told me to look at the price, as the more you pay generally the better quality meat you will get. This meant that I usually I bought steak such as scotch fillet, eye fillet for grilling and gravy beef to make Thai mussaman curry.
I love fish, but when I first came to live in Australia it took me a while to know which fish I would love to cook with as my husband doesn’t eat fish so he couldn’t help much. In Thailand we usually have fresh water fish. It is easy to find them in the rivers that run through every town, but here in Australia most of the fish are sold in seafood shops. I have tried many kinds of fish already, but the fish I use the most are snapper, Spanish mackerel and barramundi. I usually buy Spanish mackerel cutlets, and I love to fry them and top with fish sauce and sometimes make a green mango salad to serve alongside. Barramundi is a delightful protein in “Tom Yum soup” both grilled or steamed. Today I would like to present one of my preferred ways of cooking the fish.
Tub Tim Grob, ทับทิมกรอบ is water chestnut coated with tapioca flour along with sliced jackfruit in sweet coconut milk. A Thai dessert that is very popular in Summer and is usually topped with shaved ice before serving. It is very easy to make and requires few ingredients. The recipe today could serve 6-8 people. Let’s have a look at the ingredients.
In Thailand you come across food pretty much anytime and everywhere. Street food is one example where you can find a variety of foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with collections of snacks. There is one Thai snack that I really like called “Kanom Kai nok kra ta” which refers to fried sweet potato balls.
Every Sunday afternoon at around 4pm at the fresh food market near my home, every shop will start to discount their products as they will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. I go there sometimes and usually get a lot of things at a very good price. It is also a good time to try something that I haven’t tried cooking with. If I like the new ingredient that is good, if not I only paid a little bit and have no regrets.
Last week I went there and got a bag of “Sand whiting fish” there were 3 fish in the bag for only $5. I brought it home and tried to think what to do with them. With other ingredients that I got I created the dish called “Pad Phed” which is spicy stir fry. Spicy stir fry can be used with many types of protein such as chicken, pork, beef and fish.
With spring well and truly started I like to broaden my cooking to encompass recipes that cater for friends and family in the great outdoors. Here is favourite that works wonders both at lunch and as a dinner entree.
Ingredients (makes 24 dumplings)
Summer is one of my favourite seasons. Here in Australia it is dry and hot, but add humidity and I’m reminded of home in rural Thailand. One dish I always enjoyed in summer was “Grilled squid with soy sauce”
This dish might look very normal but I would still like to share it with you.
A can of sardines in tomato sauce is usually useful when you have other meat left over in your fridge. I always have it in the cupboard along with packets of vermicelli noodle.
enthusiastic about chilli.
Vietnamese food is my second favourite cuisine (of course the first is Thai).
Thai food and Vietnamese food have many similarities, including using a lot of chilli and fish sauce. The taste balances sweetness, sour, saltiness and spicy. There are many Vietnamese foods that have been popular in Thailand since long ago and Thai people have adapted them to their way. This Vietnamese pancake is the Thai version.