Tom Kha Gai (Chicken Coconut Soup)

As you know, among Thailand’s most popular soups is Tom yum soup. While I have posted the Tom yum recipe before, in this post I would like to introduce you to the twin dish of Tom yum soup, Tom Kha.

Tom Kha translates as soup with galangal. The ingredients are pretty much the same as Tom Yum soup except Tom kha has coconut milk as the soup base.

Tom kha can also use different types of protein, but the most popular is chicken “Gai” which will feature in the recipe I will share with you today.

Let’s talk about some of the ingredients.

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Crispy Garlic Chive Cake

I was thinking what I should share with you this time, and when I saw beautiful garlic chives in my garden I came up with an idea.
The dish I will share is kanom gui chai todd which is Fried crisp and chewy garlic chive cake accompanied by sweet & sour dipping sauce. This recipe is so easy and can be made ahead of time. The recipe for the garlic chives is from my Thai foodie friend translated from the original in Thai language. I have tried it many times and love having it with my secret sauce. The pairing works so well together so I would like to share it with you.

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Meing moo sam chan: Boiled pork belly salad wrap with peanut dipping sauce

I love cooking the produce harvested from my own garden; it just creates a double happiness.
As soon as I saw lettuce, coriander and mints in my garden, one dish that suddenly came up in my head was ‘Meing pla pao’ which is grilled fish wrap in salad and peanut dipping sauce.
Here is a picture of the dish I cooked and ate with my family back in Thailand many years ago.

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Happy New Year 2021

Thank you so much for all of your support throughout the year. 2020 may not be the perfect year but I’m sure we all have learned so much from it. May 2021 be a better year for everyone and for our world. Stay positive and always be thankful for what we have. Happy New Year. xox Charinya.

Old style Glass Noodles Salad

Among my frequently requested recipes is ‘Yum woon sen”. I have shared the recipe in my blog before but this time I want to also share the recipe video.  

The word “Yum” in Thai language means spicy salad, and it’s as delicious as it sounds. There are so many varieties of salad and you can add almost anything you like in the dish. “Woonsen’ is glass noodle, sometimes called “mung” which means “noodles” as is made from mung bean flour.

Let’s look more closely at the ingredients.

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Crisp Fried Noodle : Mee Krop

Mee Krob is a Thai dish influenced by Chinese cuisine. The name means “crispy noodles”. It is made with rice noodles and topped with a sweet and sour sauce characterised by an acidic flavour such as tamarind sauce or lime juice. The dish originally featured ‘somsar’, a type of citrus fruit which is really hard to find now. Mee krop can be served as an entrée, snack or appetiser. 

According to Wikipedia, King Rama V visited the people in the Talad Phlu area by boat. On smelling the noodles that a Chinese immigrant was stir-frying at that time he stopped the boat, ate it, and very much liked it. This led to the dish receiving another name: Mi krop ror ha.(Rorha is Rama 5)

They are a few different recipes, with the most sophisticated one being ‘Mee krob chow wang’ meaning the palace recipe. That recipe involves many ingredients however, so it is not one you find on street.

Living outside Thailand I certainly won’t share the more difficult recipe! I’m doing the simple one as I want everyone to be able to make this dish at home. 

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