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Grandma’s Turmeric Chicken Stew

Turmeric Chicken Stew
I once wrote that if you were to make one — just one — thing out of everything that I have put up on this blog, I hope it would be this ‘very yellow’ chicken stew which my maternal grandmother used to make for us all the time. Nearly 5 years had passed since the original post went up and several recipes had been published since then, and I still feel the same way.

So I thought I would reintroduce this recipe to those who have not seen it or had a chance to give this dish a try.

This stew isn’t hard to make, but it’s somewhat particular about the steps necessary to achieve the intended result. I have learned the hard way that it doesn’t tolerate shortcuts or substitutes. So please be sure to follow the recipe exactly as it’s written — at least the first time through.

Also, I need to warn you that this stew is far from being feebly seasoned. This means that each portion of it should be consumed with a generous amount of steamed jasmine rice. After all, that’s the way the Thai people treat these so-called rice accompaniments.

For the recipe, please visit this post.

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Egg Noodle Soup with Spiced Broth, Stewed Chicken Drumsticks, and Baby Bok Choy (บะหมี่น่องไก่ตุ๋น)

stewed chicken noodle soup
So you’ve made some boat noodles from Pok Pok Cookbook, right? Are you wondering what to do with the remaining 2 quarts of spiced broth* you have in the refrigerator/freezer, the leftover fried garlic and its oil, and some of the table seasonings? Wonder no more. You use them to make egg noodle soup with spiced broth, stewed chicken drumsticks, and baby bok choy. Continue Reading →

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Stewed Pork Hocks on Rice (Khao Kha Mu ข้าวขาหมู) by Nong of Nong’s Khao Man Gai

nongs khao man gai and khao kha mu
When I got Narumol “Nong” Poonsukwattana, of Portland-based Nong’s Khao Man Gai fame, on the phone a few weeks ago, I wasn’t planning on asking her about how life had led her to where she is now. This doesn’t mean that I wasn’t interested in it. I was. Very much. It doesn’t mean that the subject didn’t come up during our long phone conversation, either. It did. Frequently and in a somewhat in-depth manner. It’s just that that facet of her life has already been captured in various places, such as this piece by Amy McKeever. Besides, I wanted to present something a bit different here.

What did I want to present?

A Thai cook. Able. Determined. Gutsy enough to build her business around one dish. One. Dish. Continue Reading →

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