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My Book – Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen

Simple Thai Food by Leela Punyaratabandhu
Remember when the Zealous Water Buffalo told you many months ago that I was writing a book? Well, it’s done. Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen won’t be available until around mid-May, but if you preorder it now, you will be among the first people to get it.

That’s not all, if you preorder the book now, you will be given access to a video tutorial on how to make red curry from scratch, from the homemade paste to the finished dish. I do not intend on making this video public on the blog or elsewhere, at least within the next year or so. So it will be available immediately to only the early birds among you and no one else. So, please be sure to keep the email confirmation from your bookseller of choice (Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound, iBooks, and Google Books) when you preorder.

You have until Thai New Year (April 13) to do so which is when I will tell you how to redeem your gift.

But first, let me tell you a bit about the book so you know what you’re investing in. In keeping with the theme of simplicity, I will sum up this book into one sentence. Continue Reading →

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Sticky Rice Burgers

Sticky Rice Burger
I find it hard to believe that the edibles at 7-Eleven stores in Bangkok would make the locals, who are surrounded by far better and fresher foods, salivate. But the ubiquity of these stores in the city makes me question my sentiment. Whether or not it makes sense to you and me, people regularly buy things from them, and apparently they are doing very, very well.

Having observed how the various pork and chicken sticky rice burgers seem to fly off the refrigerator shelves at my neighborhood “say-wen” during my last trip to Thailand, I decided that the only way to find out why was to try them. After all, as far as I know, these are not the kind of stuff you can find anywhere else on the streets. So I did.

To my surprise, they weren’t bad at all. The laab (RTGS: lap) sticky rice burger was the most questionable of all the available flavors, but even that wasn’t too shabby. In fact, if not for the hint of fake lime flavoring in the meat, I’d say it’s pretty good. Continue Reading →

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How to Cook Sticky Rice the Easy Way and without a Steamer

thai sticky rice how to
Sometimes, I feel like all the brilliant friends I am fortunate to have, but perhaps don’t deserve, should be the ones writing this blog. My friend B very recently allowed me to share her Khao Na Gai recipe with you. Then a few weeks ago, my friend L showed me the only way he had been making perfect Thai sticky rice for the past several months. It’s done without a steamer.

I’ve tried this method many times since then, mostly just to prove him a misguided heretic. But in the end, I, too, have willingly joined the cult of splatter guard. And the post I had written and kept in the draft folder on 5 ways to perfectly steam sticky rice has suddenly been rendered obsolete. Continue Reading →

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