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Spicy Shrimp Salad

A very tasty and very easy recipe from The New York Times. Especially easy if you use peeled and deveined shrimp.

3 ounces lime juice (from about 3 limes)
3 tablespoons fish sauce
1 ½ tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons nam prik pao (Thai chile paste in oil -- we used our supermarket's sweet thai chili sauce)
2 finely chopped Thai bird chiles, or to taste
1 pound large shrimp
2 stalks lemongrass, outer layers removed and white parts finely sliced
1 large shallot, thinly sliced

Spicy shrimp salad
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Menu for the week of Mar 8

Mon: Indian takeout
Tue: Tamarind Steak w/ white rice, bok choi
Wed: Lao Crispy Rice Salad w/ chinese sausage
Thus: Herb Salad w/ beef
Fri: potstickers w/ all the leftovers...

Crispy Rice Lao Salad

Thai Tacos

Rough recipe:

Corn tortillas (~3 ea)
Shrimp, peeled

For taco fixings:
peanut sauce
diced mango
Sriracha
carrot/radish/pepper slaw

Pan fry shrimp wih salt, pepper, garlic powder and a dash of cayenne

Thai Tacos
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Menu for the week of Nov 2

Pumpkin Curry

  • 2 lbs pumpkin
  • 14oz (1 package) Firm tofu, optional
  • 4 cups (2 cans) coconut milk (can use light milk, and/or sub in a cup of water)
  • 3-5 tablespoons Vegetarian Red Curry Paste
  • 8 kaffir lime leaves
  • 2 chili peppers (fresh red thai, or 1 jalapeno)
  • 2" fresh galangal (peeled and thinly sliced), or 2 T galangal powder (or ½ equivalent ginger)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 sprigs Thai basil

We used a marina de chiogga pumpkin, but any firm, yellow-flesh, slightly sweet/nutty pumpkin will do.

Pumpkin Curry
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Beef Satay

Courtesy of Cook's Illustrated. Easy and delicious!

Beef
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
2 Tbsp packed dark brown sugar
1 Tbsp fish sauce
1 (1.5-1.75 lb) hangar or flank steak, cut against the grain into pieces that are approximately 4"x2"x1/4"

Basting Sauce
3/4 cup coconut milk
3 Tbsp packed dark brown sugar
3 Tbsp fish sauce
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
3 shallots, minced
2 stalks lemongrass, trimmed to bottom 6 inches and minced
2 Tbsp grated fresh ginger
1.5 tsp ground coriander

Beef Satay Skewers
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Lemongrass Chicken with Black Rice and Garlicky Bok Choy

From Bon Appetit 2014 Food Lover's Cleanse

Serves 4, or 2 + 2 leftover portions to use in a salad (see below).

Lemongrass Chicken
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Coconut Sticky Rice with Mango

While a perfectly ripe mango is delicious on its own, coconut sticky rice makes a marvelous pairing. The coconut sticky rice can also mask a less-than-perfect mango to make a delightful treat. Adapted from my favorite Thai food blog, She Simmers.

Serves 2-4

1/2 cup uncooked sticky rice, cooked
1/2 cup coconut milk, or whatever you have leftover in your can from whatever you made earlier
1/4 cup or less sugar, to taste

Mango Sticky Rice
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Herb Salad with Thai Beef or Chinese Sweet Sausage

Adapted from Cook's Illustrated.

This recipe is a great way to use leftover spicy tamarind steak. Serve with steamed white rice.

3 tablespoons lime juice (from 2 limes)
2 tablespoons fish sauce (sub soy sauce)
½ teaspoon sugar
2 shallots, diced
1½ cups fresh mint leaves, chopped
1½ cups fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1 birds eye chili, stemmed and finely chopped
1 seedless English cucumber, diced
1 tablespoon white rice (optional)

Thai Beef Salad
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Thai Iced Tea

If you've ever been to Thailand (or really, ever eaten in a Thai restaurant), you've had Thai iced tea. And you know it is delicious. And you know it's great with spicy foods... or other foods... or as dessert... or just because.

Bon Appetit now tells us how to make it. I repeat the recipe twice in two different proportions because, frankly, it's dangerous to have 8 servings of Thai iced tea around the house.

For 8 servings:
10 star anise pods
2 tablespoons sugar
1 vanilla bean
15 tea bags

Thai Iced Tea
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Black Rice Salad with Mango and Peanuts

This Bon Appetit rice salad was easy and delicious. It also could easily be made vegetarian (and is already gluten free) by omitting the fish sauce or replacing it with soy sauce. The fish sauce smell can be a bit off-putting on the first day, so if you're not a fan, just skip it.

Serves 2-4

1 orange
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 tablespoon fish sauce (optional)
1 cup black rice (preferably Lotus Foods Forbidden Rice)

Black Rice with Mango Salad
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Thai Thasting Menu

We needed to explore a few menu options for an upcoming dinner party, as well as test out DC's ability to supply ingredients:

Saturday: Night out at Eden Center and nearby grocery stores

Sunday: Steak (it was warm in January!)

Monday: Yellow Chicken Curry with rice

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Salad night (som dam?)

Thursday: Pad Thai

Friday: Tofu Coconut Soup

Thai Yellow Curry

Thai Yellow Curry

On our vacation to Thailand a few years ago, we spent one of our days in Chiang Mai at the Thai Farm Cooking School. Some of the dishes we made were really delicious and frankly quite easy (if somewhat challenging to find all of the ingredients in the DC metro area).

Thai Yellow Curry Paste
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Crab Rangoon

All I can say is this crab rangoon recipe is ... delicious!! Shamelessly stolen.

Obviously, this is a "notional" recipe.

Ingredients
Roughly equal parts cream cheese (at room temperature) and imitation crab meat (chopped up)
(Go a little heavy on the cream cheese)
Chopped green onion
Dash garlic powder
Smaller dash soy sauce
Enough won ton wrappers (recommend cutting them in half and makings smaller pouches)

Process
Mix ingredients together (except won ton wrappers).

Crab Rangoon
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Thai Green Curry

I had a hankering for Thai food since we're currently planning a trip to Thailand. I did a quick search, and voila! I modified the curry recipe from here. I have to admit this isn't the most authentic or even delicious green curry recipe, but frankly it's pretty easy to make and can be made mostly without often hard to find ingredients.

I personally prefer this recipe with extra firm tofu, but it could theoretically go with any protein. Fish or seafood would be best, followed by chicken.

Serves 4.

Thai Green Curry
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Thai-Spiced Watermelon Soup with Crabmeat

From http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Thai-Spiced-Waterme...

For soup
5 cups coarsely chopped seeded watermelon (from a 4-lb piece, rind discarded)
1 fresh lemongrass stalk*
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallot
1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons mild olive oil
1 small hot green chile such as Thai or serrano, finely chopped (including seeds), or to taste
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, or to taste
3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

For crab

Thai-Spiced Watermelon Soup with Crabmeat
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Chicken Satay

We generally followed this recipe, except we used a whole chicken and only cut up the breasts and thighs. We left the wings and drumsticks in tact, and just ate them. It being winter, we just broiled the whole thing for about 10-15 minutes, though traditionally this recipe would be skewered and BBQ'd.

Ingredients:

1 chicken, cut into piece parts; breasts and thighs cut into pieces

SATAY MARINADE:
1/4 cup minced lemongrass, fresh or frozen (if using fresh, use only the soft inner part)

Chicken Satay
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