Thai fried sweet potato balls ขนมไข่นกกระทา

In Thailand you come across food pretty much anytime and everywhere. Street food is one example where you can find a variety of foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner, along with collections of snacks.  There is one Thai snack that I really like called “Kanom Kai nok kra ta” which refers to fried sweet potato balls.

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Crispy sand whiting with Thai chilli paste and crispy Thai basil ผัดเผ็ดปลาเห็ดโคน

 

Every Sunday afternoon at around 4pm at the fresh food market near my home, every shop will start to discount their products as they will be closed on Monday and Tuesday. I go there sometimes and usually get a lot of things at a very good price. It is also a good time to try something that I haven’t tried cooking with. If I like the new ingredient that is good, if not I only paid a little bit and have no regrets.

Last week I went there and got a bag of “Sand whiting fish” there were 3 fish in the bag for only $5. I brought it home and tried to think what to do with them. With other ingredients that I got I created the dish called “Pad Phed” which is spicy stir fry. Spicy stir fry can be used with many types of protein such as chicken, pork, beef and fish.

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Khanom Niew (ขนมเหนียว)

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I got a parcel from Thailand a few weeks ago. The parcel was from my friends who lived in Australia and was for my birthday, and contained a couple of Thai dessert cooking books. I was so happy as this is the sort of gift that I really like.

I spent a few days looking through the books and decided to cook the first dessert from one of the books. It is called “Khanom Niew”, which is glutenous rice dumplings with shredded coconut and puffed rice in syrup. I chose this sweet because it is easy to cook and it has been a long time since I tried it.
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Thai chilli jam (Nam prick pao) น้ำพริกเผา

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This is something that many Thai people, including me, like to have in the fridge. The chilli jam can go alongside many dishes to add hot flavour. I love to have it with some steamed vegetables, boiled egg or fried fish. The recipe here is just a guide, as Thai cuisine requires tasting while cooking and adjusting to your preference is more important than measurement.
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Grilled & pressed banana with butterscotch sauce กล้วยปิ้งกับซอสบัทเตอร์สกอช

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I remember when I was young my family never bought bananas. We grew our own bananas in the farm. This was a wonderful decision, as we could use every part of the banana. Uses included the banana leaf for wrapping food, along with eating both the banana flower and the heart of the banana tree. I grew up with so many different ways of eating bananas, and below is just one of them.
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How to make ground roasted rice

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Ground roasted rice, or Khao Khua (ข้าวคั่ว), is a significant ingredient in Northeastern Thailand (Isaan) cuisine such as Larb Kai/Moo ลาบไก่/หมู (Chicken/Pork minced salad) and Nam Tok น้ำตก (Northeastern spicy salad ). I usually use it to make “Nam Jimh” (Chilli dipping) alongside many of my dishes, such as BBQ pork skewers and Grilled chicken thai style. It also works with fusion cuisines, such as in a steak dipping sauce. This is creates a roasted, nutty flavour and adds texture to the dishes.

This is very easy to make. You will need
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