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Century Egg Salad with Pork and Fresh Ginger (ยำไข่เยี่ยวม้า) — with Video


This salad shows how some poverty and a lot of unpreparedness can result in something so great it’s worth making again and again. There is a point I’d like to make, no, reiterate through the making of this quick main dish salad, but I will save that for a future post on the basic Thai salad dressing.

For now, let’s just make this aesthetically-challenged dish that happens to be one of the most delicious things I have ever improvised. Continue Reading →

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Naem Khao Tod (แหนมข้าวทอด) by Spoon Thai Restaurant, Chicago


When I was talking to Khun Wanna, owner of Spoon Thai restaurant in Chicago, my main objective was to get from her the recipe for (Yam) Naem Khao Tod [1] which apparently is a favorite among hard-core Thai food lovers in Chicago many of whom gather virtually to express their love for this restaurant and this dish on LTHForum. Well, that objective was achieved.

But my conversation with Khun Wanna also touched on many issues pertinent to Thai food as found in the US, how a restaurant must walk the delicate line between serving food that we Thais consider good and food that will appeal to the non-Thai palate and ensure profitability, etc. It was very interesting and made me think about things. However, to relay all that to you in this post will only detract from the attention which this great dish so richly deserves. Therefore, I’ll keep all that for a later time.

This post is dedicated to my awesome readers in Chicago.
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Spicy Salad of Boiled Pork Sausage (ยำหมูยอ)

One of my guilty pleasures is a plate of warm jasmine rice topped with slices of Vietnamese-style boiled pork sausage, seared to a crisp on the outside, and a generous drizzling of homemade Thai Sriracha sauce. Not much nutrient; lots of satisfaction, especially when I can get high quality pork sausages.

Not all brands are great; some are truly awful (and it’s not like my standard is that high …). This one you see here, for example, has great texture but absolutely no flavor. The only thing to do is to yam it, i.e. turn it into a spicy Thai salad. You can’t coax any flavor into the sausage itself; it’s a lost cause. You can, however, make the most of the uncooperative sausage by tossing it with fresh summer on-the-vine tomatoes at their peak, sweet Vidalia onions, some crunchy celery, and the Thai refreshing lime-fish sauce-chilli dressing.

Have this as an appetizer with a cold pale ale, or serve it as an entrée with rice. Continue Reading →

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