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Thai Chicken Rice (Kao Mun Gai)

21 Jan

Kao Mun Gai is a common dish found all over Bangkok and Chaing Mai. In my opinion, it’s much more popular among native Thais than the “classic” Pad Thai, which mostly appeals to foreign tourists. Kao Mun Gai is most commonly served as street food, rice and chicken wrapped up in white paper tied with a rubber band and a plastic container of sauce on the side . It is also served with a hot bowl of mild chicken broth, used to balance out the spicy ginger sauce. It’s no frills deliciousness.  The recipe may look a little overwhelming because of the layers of steps, but it is really quite simple if you have the time (it takes about 2 hours to make).

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Thai Grilled Chicken Wings

19 May

A common question people have been asking me during my pregnancy is whether or not I’ve been getting any weird cravings, and the answer is no.  I haven’t really felt the urge to eat anything super strange like pickles and ice cream (although there was one day where I ate 5 pickles followed by a chocolate chip cookie for lunch).  My cravings have been more reasonable like tomatoes, avocadoes and olive tapenade.   The only thing is, when I do get a craving for something I have to eat it ASAP and in large quantities.  For example, I went through an entire week where I ate guacamole almost every day….sometimes twice a day.  One of my more recent cravings has been for my dad’s grilled chicken wings.

My dad makes awesome grilled chicken wings.  He spent much of my childhood perfecting this recipe, which means we had grilled chicken wings ALL the time.  Birthdays, Easter, Christmas….if there was a special occasion or a gathering of people, there were chicken wings.  So when I got this craving I texted my dad for the recipe.  He ended up not getting back to me until the next day and, as I mentioned earlier, when I crave something I need to have it immediately.  So I tried to recreate his wings without any of his guidance and they actually turned out pretty darn good.  Here is MY version of my dad’s delicious “Thai-style” grilled chicken wings.

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Pok Pok Party

27 Jan

Last weekend, my friend Moriah invited us over to her house for a Thai cooking party. She was inspired to throw this party after her roommate received the new Pok Pok cookbook for Christmas.  A surprising twist?  Alex bought me the exact same gift!

I first became interested in Chef Andy Ricker after watching Anthony Bourdain devour his famous fish sauce chicken wings on the final episode of “No Reservations”.  Bourdain raved about the food at Pok Pok NY, claiming that it was the best and most authentic Thai food available outside of Thailand.

I’d like to fancy myself as a Thai cook.  I mean, I grew up eating Thai food and my mother owns a Thai restaurant!  I should pretty much be an expert in the cuisine.  But I have to admit that when I first glanced through Ricker’s cookbook at a local bookstore I realized that I still had much to learn.  Sure I knew how to make Som Tum, Larb, and Phat Si Ew….but I had never even attempted to make half of the recipes that Ricker (a white guy) had mastered.

The cookbook itself is pretty awesome. Its filled with authentic recipes that are not at all simplified to make cooking easier. In fact, I would even venture to say that they are so authentic that some of the ingredients he mentions are items I’ve never boughten before in my life (sad). To read more about the Pok Pok cookbook, check out this article in Food and Wine: How to Make Real-Deal Thai Food at Home.

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REPOST: Thai comfort food

15 Dec

Ok first of all, I just want to apologize to all my readers! I didn’t realize that my previous post about Thai comfort food didn’t have any text! I absolutely loathe the WordPress app because it does not properly sync up with the online interface. I had this whole blog post written out but apparently it did not load up on my phone so when I went to upload the pictures and post, it only posted the pictures! Soooo annoying. Anyway…here is the repost (with text).

There is just something so comforting about eating a hot bowl of chicken noodle soup during the winter months. And although medical professionals say that most of the healing benefits of the classic soup are psychosomatic, there is some truth regarding the anti-inflammatory properties of chicken noodle soup which can help relieve the development of cold symptoms. But medical benefits aside, you can’t deny the wholesome “good feeling” you get after having this old-fashioned classic.

Here at Chew Me Blog, we love the classics with twist. We are all about blending together flavors from different cuisines to create something unique and delicious (e.g. Greek Style Greens and Beans). So here I will share my Thai-ed version of Chicken Noodle Soup.

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