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One of the activities we participated in while at The Datai Langkawi (see blog post) was a fun session on cooking conducted by the two chefs who are specialized in Thai cuisine at the beautiful hotel.
The session took place at the Thai Pavilion, a semi-open air restaurant that’s built on stilts and situated by the main swimming pool.
learning some tricks from the chef
Here are the two recipes you might fine useful to add to your cooking repertoire.
Our first dish was goong phad keemao, or fried drunken prawn. While the name might suggest that this dish involves alcohol, it actually wasn’t the case. Here goes:
- prawn (250 gram)
- fresh cili padi (8 gram)
- onion (20 gram)
- tomatoes (20 gram)
- galangal (20 gram)
- lemongrass (10 gram)
- cooking oil (30 ml)
- garlic (10 gram)
- kaffir lime leaf (2 gram)
- thai basil leaf (5 gram)
- oyster sauce (30ml)
- fish sauce (15ml)
- pepper powder to taste
the drunken prawn doesn’t use any alcohol, halal version
- heat oil in wok, then add garlic, chili, onion, and stir together
- add prawn, galangal, lemongrass, pepper, stir till prawn is half cooked
- add oyster sauce, kaffir lime leaf
- add chicken stock (or plain water if you don’t have chicken stock) and Thai sweet basil
- adjust saltiness with fish sauce
- serve while hot
you can cook the tomyam in either clear or “red” version
Next is arguably the most famous Thai dish of all time – tomyam gai. We made the chicken version here, but you can substitute with prawn, squid, or other seafood as well.
- chicken breast sliced (60 gram)
- galangal (10 gram)
- lemongrass (10 gram)
- kafir lime leaf (5 gram)
- abalone mushroom (20 gram)
- tomyam paste (10 gram)
- fish sauce (10 ml)
- lime juice (10 ml)
- chicken stock (150 gram)
- coriander leaf (5 gram)
Haze, KY, and WeiZhi showcasing our dishes at The Datai Langkawi
- boil chicken stock with galangal, lemongrass and tomyam paste in small pot (leave out tomyam paste if you want clear version)
- let the ingredients reduce a little, then add chicken, abalone mushroom, and kaffir lime leaf
- let cook for another 3-4 minutes
- season with fish sauce and lime juice
- add coriander leaf before serving
After the cooking session, we sat down and had our dishes with some steamed rice. There was also some Thai dessert and white wine to complete the course. It was pretty fun and now I do think I should slot in cooking classes whenever I travel to other places. These recipes are pretty easy to follow, I’m pretty sure I’ll make them at home.
Datai was such an awesome experience, I miss it already.
It’s been a while since the last recipe post, so for this 1,500th post on this blog, lets take a look at the lotus root soup recipe, one of the easiest, homey soup to prepare. This is the same lotus root soup you often get at steamed soup & clay pot chicken rice places.
ingredients: pork (or chicken), lotus root, dried red dates
This recipe is for 2-3 bowls of soup, increase/decrease everything to suit your need.
- one section of lotus root, shave off the skin
- 8-10 dried red dates
- 150 gram of pork (or bones, or chicken carcass)
- water, salt & pepper for seasoning
cut into slices and serve
- separately boil the pork for a minute or two to remove impurities
- have enough water in the pot to cover all ingredients, boil in slow heat for 1-2 hours
- retrieve lotus root, slice 1/2 cm thick
- add salt & pepper to taste
- ready to serve!
Simple meal for two of bacon fried rice and red spinach soup. This is something that I cooked up last night because bacon was calling my name, and at the same time I wanted to fix something real quick instead of making elaborate dinners.
a complete meal – bacon fried rice and red spinach soup
Total preparation and cooking time is about an hour, but that is because you need more than half that time to boil the chicken bones (for soup) and making rice in the first place. Actual active cooking takes place in less than 20 minutes.
The result is a satisfying meal that has has all your essential dietary needs (I think). There’s meat, egg, vegetable, soup, and rice. As an Asian, that’s all I need.
bacon is the key ingredient here, obviously
Recipe for two plates of bacon fried rice, ingredients:
- streaky bacon (150-200 grams), cut them in squares
- half a bulb of garlic, chop em up
- 2 eggs
- rice for two person (I cooked 1.5 cups)
- chili padi (optional)
- 1 table spoon of dark soya sauce
- 2 stalks of spring onion, chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- minimal cooking oil
open up the rice and crack a couple eggs in there, stir
- heat up a table spoon of cooking oil (you don’t need much since bacon will release more oil)
- fry bacon, garlic, and chili padi at the same time till bacon is cooked and garlic is fragrant
- add rice, dark soya sauce, stir
- after 3-4 minutes, open up the fried rice at center, add half a spoon of oil and crack the two eggs into it
- let the egg cooked for a bit before stirring it with fried rice for another 3-4 minutes
- add spring onion, salt & pepper and keep stirring for another minute or two
- serve while hot
the red spinach soup is real simple to prepare
Ingredients and instructions:
- wash red spinach with plenty of water and pluck off the stems
- boil 3 bowls of water with chicken bones, wolf berries optional (you might want to pre-boil once to remove impurities, I use chicken bones from chicken chop cut)
- I boil it while rice is cooking, that took about 45 minutes
- add red spinach, keep boiling for another 15 minutes (while frying rice)
- add salt and a bit of pepper and it’s ready to be served
Do check out other recipes if these are thing stuff you like to eat, they are usually pretty simple to prepare. Good eating!
This is one of the fastest soup to prepare that is perfect to clear up sinus problem – the mint and egg soup. Everything can be done in about 10-15 minutes, and makes a perfect companion to another dish, or even to be consumed just by itself.
I’ve always thought that making the mint and egg soup means chucking everything into the pot and just boil away. As it turns out, the process involves a few more steps in between, and here’s how you do it:
the two main ingredients – mint leaves and egg
Ingredients (for two as companion dish):
- a bunch of mint leaves – pluck and use only the leaves
- 1 egg – lightly beaten
- ginger – in strips
- 3-4 cloves garlic
- 1 teaspoon oil
- half a chicken cube (or soup stock if you have)
- salt and pepper for seasoning
with some oil, fry ginger, garlic, then the mint leaves
- with a pot, heat up cooking oil then fry ginger as it takes longer to cook
- a minute or two later, add in garlic
- when garlic is fragrant, add mint leaves, stir till you can smell the mints, around 1-2 minutes
- add egg, and cook it to the consistency of soft scrambled egg
- add 1.5 bowl of water and chicken cube (or soup stock)
- bring to boil, add salt and pepper according to taste
make a scramble egg, almost, then add water and chicken cube
So there you go, 2 small bowls of mint and egg soup ready to serve. The frying process, together with the addition of ginger and garlic really brings out the flavor of the soup. The only little tricky part with the mint soup is that mint leaves generally doesn’t last very long in the fridge before turning black and bad. You should always cook it at the lastest 1-2 days after purchasing for best results.
Get cooking! There are more recipes here.
and it’s ready to serve after boiling for a couple minutes
P/S: the recipe for prawn dish on the photo above is here.
This Thai minced pork cucumber soup is something that we came across while staying over at Khaolak for degassing purposes after a satisfying live-aboard diving trip at Similan Islands.
The soup was so good that when we came home, Haze and I tried to re-create the same dish at home, and I think she got it pretty close. Here’s the resulting soup that is somewhat healthy, simple to make, and may I say, quite delicious.
Thai Minced Pork Cucumber Soup
- big fresh cucumber
- fish sauce (or salt)
- white pepper
- minced meat (300 gram or enough for stuffing)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
ingredients are simple, we use fresh cucumber
- While heating up 3 bowls of water, remove cucumber skin, cut in halves, then into bite size, remove the seeds
- mix minced meat with generous amount of pepper, a teaspoon of fish sauce (or a dash of salt), and a teaspoon of sesame oil
- apply minced meat on cucumber where the seeds used to be (you can 1/2 teaspoon of corn starch to make the mixture more sticky)
- carefully put the cucumber into boiling water with meat side on top
- boil for 15-20 minutes or until cucumber is soft
- serve while hot
minced meat and cucumber is a great combination
This soup usually comes with tong fun (glass noodle) so if you wanna add that, do go ahead. For even more flavorful soup base, feel free to add chicken/pork bones too.