My Essential Ingredients

As a Lion brand guest blogger @lionbrandrice I visited Capital Asian Grocery and talked about my essential ingrediants.

My Essential Ingredients

Capital Groceries Asian Food Market

I love shopping! Wait, it is not the kind of shopping that you would imagine. My kind of shopping is at Asian grocery stores. I can’t pass the shop without stopping. I am so happy that there are so many Asian grocery stores in Canberra, and I have been to most of them.What am I doing there? Well, sometimes it is to just check them out. Different shops have different products depending on the owners and their customer preferences. These differences usually reflect different ethnic cuisines. Most of the time I visit one, it is to get the ingredients for my cooking.

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Goodbye to 2017 and welcome 2018

The year has gone so fast. We are about to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome the 2018 New Year. Even though this year I rarely posted things on my blog, my Instagram and Facebook account got regular posts and quite good feedback.

I have now upgraded my plan so one of my goals for 2018 is to write more here.

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My visit to Ayutthaya, Thailand

I’m back in Thailand for my holiday. Among the places I have visited this trip is Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya is the ancient capital city of Siam, a pre-Thai Kingdom, before the role was taken by Thonburi and now Bangkok. It is only an hour’s drive from Bangkok. The city is famous for its historical ruins, temple complex and giant freshwater prawns (river prawns)

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Review: Eating out at Zaab Street Food

As a Lion brand guest blogger @lionbrandrice I visited Zaab street food @zaabstreetfood , with chef Sankeo showing us how to make an authentic version

Review: Eating out at Zaab Street Food

Guest Blogger Charinya Ruecha of @charinyas_kitchen visits Zaab Street Food in Canberra!

Zaab Street FoodZaab translates to both Thai and Lao. In Lao it means “delicious” … In Thai, Zaab means “intensely flavoured or extra spicy” – Charinya

My first experience in a Thai restaurant in Australia was a week after I arrived. We (my husband, his family and I) were spending my first summer holiday on the NSW south coast. After discussing choices for dinner everyone agreed that I might be missing Thai food so they should take me out to a Thai restaurant!
Oh yes! I was overjoyed and started thinking of delicious Thai foods like som tum, beef jerky, sticky rice etc.

Squid Stuffed With Sweet & Sour Sauce

Sweet and sour sauce creates a rare Thai dish that features no chilli and results in a plain taste. This makes it perfect for anyone seeking a break from fiery flavours. This dish highlights squid stuffed with pork mince and sweet & sour sauce, which may take a bit of work but I can confirm it is worth making.

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Glass Noodles Salad ยำวุ้นเส้น

Spicy salad, or “Yum” in Thai language, is a very popular dish. There are so many varieties of salad and you can add almost anything you like in the dish.

I love salad and this is one of the best. The dish is glass noodles salad(traditional style). The glass noodles are made from mung beans, and you can usually find a dried version.

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My interview with Lion Brand

I had an interview with Lion brand, whose products include Thai jasmine rice and Asian food supplies. Here is the interview

“Guest Blogger: An Interview with Charinya Ruecha of @charinyas_kitchen

Want to learn Thai cooking? Charinya has been creating fantastic cooking videos on her IG feed. We are lucky to have her guest blog for us this month!



“Put love and happiness in your dishes. Every dish I make, I make it with love” – Charinya

Lion Brand Rice: Tell us a little about yourself and your background
Charinya Ruecha: I was born and raised in the Northeast of Thailand, the region known as Issan.
I am a farmer’s daughter, the second child of four siblings. Our parents had to work hard in the field so we had to learn how to look after ourselves and to help in the house since we were young. I love to help in the kitchen, and maybe this was the start of my cooking journey.
Later in life I left home to study and work in Bangkok, the classic story of a country girl who moves to a busy city. When I was in Bangkok it was cheaper and more convenient to buy food so I did not cook much until I moved to Australia.
LBR: How did you end up in Canberra?
CR: If I said I followed my heart it might sound a bit dramatic but that is the truth. I met my husband and moved to Australia with him. Moving was a big life change for me as I always considered myself a shy and not very brave person. I had never travelled overseas before I met him and didn’t know much about Australia, but it was the best decision I ever made. I have been living in Canberra for nearly 12 years and it is my second home now.

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Chicken rice ข้าวมันไก่

Chicken rice is a dish that can be found across Southeast Asia.
I remember eating this dish many times for lunch, dinner and even breakfast. The smell of chicken rice always takes me back to my childhood, and I never dreamt that one day I would be cooking it myself in far away Australia.
This is not the first time I have cooked chicken rice, but this version is so much easier and better suited for days when you have limited time in the kitchen. Usually when cooking chicken rice most recipes tend to use the whole chicken which takes longer and if you only have 2 people in the house you probably do not need that much.
With this recipe I only use part of the chicken, and you can use chicken thigh, breast, drumstick or Maryland.

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Thai fried beef crispy fried garlic (เนื้อทอดกระเทียม) 

I love Australian beef, however it took me a while to learn which meat cut goes best with which cooking method, as Thailand and Australia have different cuts. I remember when shopping with my husband he told me to look at the price, as the more you pay generally the better quality meat you will get. This meant that I usually I bought steak such as scotch fillet, eye fillet for grilling and gravy beef to make Thai mussaman curry.
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