Sunday, March 22, 2009

Mango with Sticky Rice

This is one of the more popular Thai desserts- a sweet glutinous rice with mango and a coconut sauce.

1/2 mango sliced
1 cup glutinous rice
3/4 cup water
1 can coconut milk
2 tbs brown sugar (or palm sugar grounded)
1/2 tsp salt

1. Cook rice with water and 1/4 can of coconut milk, 1 tbs sugar and 1/2 tsp salt. Boil under very low heat so that rice has time to soak in the liquid fully.
2. Make a sauce by boiling the sauce with sugar. Leave to cool for 5 mins. This will thicken the sauce further.
3. Serve with mango slices.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tamarind Prawns

This seafood dish can be served with white rice. The sourness of tamarind sauce blended with the rich sweetness of palm sugar is absolutely delicious!

6 tiger prawns
1 tbs coriander root (chopped finely)
1/2 onion (sliced)
2 pieces of garlic
1/4 tsp salt
1.5 tbs palm sugar
1.5 tbs fish sauce
5 tbs tamarind sauce- 1 tsp tamarind mixed with 4 tbs water (squeeze tamarind in water with your fingers for 3 mins, and then remove the seeds. You should get a thick brown paste as a result. Otherwise you can also buy tamarind paste in bottles at the Asian shop)
coriander leaves for garnish

1. Heat oil in wok and fry onion and garlic until fragrant.
2. Add coriander root and fry for 2 mins.
3. Add tamarind sauce. Add prawns. Cook under high heat.
4. Add sugar, fish sauce and salt.
5. Fry until sugar melts and sauce thickens (approximately 5 mins). Remove and serve hot with rice.

Thai Beef Salad

This salad is a delicious combination of warm beef and cool fresh vegetables.

150 g beef- sliced thinly and marinated with 1 tbs dark soya sauce, 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp salt.
3 leaves of romaine lettuce (sliced)
1/2 sliced white onion (in thin slices)
1/4 cucumber (sliced thinly)
3 stalks coriander (shredded)
3 stalks mint leaves (shredded)
1.5 tbs fish sauce
1/2 lime
1 tbs sugar
1/2 red chilli (sliced thinly)

1. Grill beef until well done. Set aside.
2. In a bowl, toss lettuce, cucumber, onion, coriander, mint leaves and chilli.
3. Add beef.
4. Add dressing: juice of 1/2 a lime, 1.5 tbs fish sauce and 1 tbs sugar.
5. Do a final toss and serve.