RICE VERMICELLI AND FISH SAUCE

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This dish should have a thick consistency. A similar version, known as khanom jinn am ya, is made in Thailand using shrimp paste instead of country fish paste. 2 tablespoons country fish paste water 2 teaspoons fish sauce 2cups (500 ml) water 1 fish, about 1 ¼ -1 ¾ lb (600-800 g) or 1 lb […]

SPICY RICE VERMICELLI IN SOUP

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This is the national dish of Laos. 6-8 shallots 3 cloves garlic 4 large red chilies 1 lb (500 g) belly pork in one piece, trimmed of fat 1 fresh pork hock or 2 lb (1 kg) pork bones ½ set pig’s lungs (optional) 3 quarts (3 liters) water 10 slices galangal 6 kaffir lime […]

RICE NOODLES CUBES

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Boil rice vermicelli for 5 minutes, drain it and spread it out in a shallow dish in an even layer about ¾ in (2 cm) thick. Once the vermicelli has cooked it will stick together. Cut the cake of noodles into cubes and serve.

MEAT AND SHRIMP RICE PAPER ROLLS

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7 oz (200 g) pork loin or boneless chicken thigh or a mixture of both ½ packet rice papers, prepared ½ bunch Chinese leeks or Chinese chives, cut into 4-in (10-cm) lengths 2 cups (500 g) shredded lettuce 1½ cups salad herbs (Vietnamese mint, coriander leaves, mint) 7 oz (200 g) bean sprouts, trimmed 1 […]

CRISP-FRIED NOODLES

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This is another Chinese dish that the Thais have made their own. If a foreigner (farang) in Thailand will like only one Thai dish, it will almost certainly be this one. This is my adaptation of a modern version taught to cooking students at the Suan Dusit Teachers’ College in Bangkok. 1 lb (500 g) […]

SOUR NOODLE SOUP

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For this scented northern noodle soup you really need access to wild ginger flower (bunga kantan). Though the dish will taste good without it there is no substitute for its distinctive scent. 1 lb (500g) fine-fleshed fish (short-bodied mackerel, tommy ruff, garfish, sand whiting) 4 cups (1 liter water) 3-4 dried tamarind slices or 1-1½ […]

NOODLES IN COCONUT MILK SOUP

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This recipe has its origins in Malacca and is a very rich dish of noodles combined with coconut milk, Malay curry spices and shrimp or chicken. It is famous as a mid-morning snack in Singapore, southern Malaysia and Sarawak. Smooth and spicy, Noodles in Coconut Milk Soup is quite different from the Sour Noodle Soup […]