Fermented Fish Dip: Pla Rah Sub

How can I call myself an Isaan kid if I do not blog about one of the most significant ingredients in Isaan cooking? Some of you might already know what I’m talking about. If not, I will give you more hints. This ingredient is made from fish and is famous for its smell.
I am talking about fermented fish, known as pla rah in Thai and pa daek in Lao.

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Kai Yang (Grilled Chicken)


Kai yang (grilled chicken) is a food that is commonly found everywhere in Thailand. The chicken is delicious served with sticky rice or papaya salad (som tum).
There is considerable variety among versions of the dish and associated recipies. Here is one of them, and I might just say this is a very easy recipe and highly satisfying.

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Grilled beef with cucumber salad

What makes a home cook like me happier is when I get to cook with the produce from my garden. Every Australian summer I try to grow a few vegetables in my backyard.This year my cucumber produce was extraordinary, so let’s see a dish that I made.

Here is my grilled beef and cucumber salad which is very easy to make and so delicious. Continue reading “Grilled beef with cucumber salad”

Four Major Regions of Thai Food

Reblog from Lion brand

Do you know which dishes come from different parts of Thailand? Charinya Ruecha of @charinyas_kitchen gives us an overview of the four main food regions of Thailand

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“There is always fish in the water and rice in the paddy field” is a traditional phrase that illustrates the abundance of
food in Thailand – Charinya Ruecha 

Few countries are blessed with Thailand’s natural resources, and for centuries Thai people have enjoyed the natural bounties on offer throughout the country. This does not mean however that all Thai people eat the same food in the same way! Describing all the different cuisines embraced by the diverse ethnic groups in Thailand is impossible in a short post like this, but I would like to briefly introduce you to what are, perhaps, the four main food regions in Thailand.

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Green papaya salad (Som tum)

Thai green papaya salad, also known as som tum, is the most requested of all my recipes. There are many versions of it, however most of my papaya salads feature fermented fish or crabs, the latter being the Isan version. The simplest version of som tum is “som tum Thai” which is popular in the central region of Thailand and among foreigners.

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Thai Style Chicken Biryani Recipe (Khao Mok Kai)

As a Lion brand guest blogger @lionbrandrice I made Thai Style Chicken Biryani Recipe (Khao Mok Kai)for Lion brand Blog. Here is the recipe.

Charinya of @charinyas_kitchen puts together a stunning Thai version of chicken biryani

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The dish is khao mok kai. “Khao” is rice, “mok” in this context is “bury” or “place underneath” and the last word is “Kai”, which means chicken.
In summary the name “Khao mok kai” is “chicken buried in rice” which explains the way of cooking this dish.- Charinya