Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Saute Spinach with Garlic and Chilies

Another easy vegetable dish to accommodate heavy dish such as meat or fish dishes. It barely takes 5 minutes to get done.

My mother in law made this dish when we were back in Thailand in 2010. She used the same technique using for Flame Water Spinach, and it's delicious.

I am so happy with this dish, it means that, from now on, I don't have to crack up a fortune cookie to see if I would get the water spinach from the market in any days, when my crave for Pak Boong Fai Dang kicks in, just grab a bag of fresh spinach, and throw them in a hot wok for two minutes, I'll definitely have my resembled Pak Boong Fai Dang to enjoy with.

Fresh spinach make delicious!
- a bag of fresh cleaned spinach
- 3 cloves of garlic, crushed.
- 3 fresh Thai chilies, crushed.

- 1 tbsp. oyster sauce
- 1 tsp. sugar
- 2 tbsp water
- saute oil

* In a big bowl of fresh spinach, put oyster sauce and sugar on top of cleaned spinach, set a side*

Get the wok extremely hot.
1. Let the wok sits on the hot flame for 2 minutes then add in the oil.
2. In goes, garlic. Quickly stir until fragrant, but not burn.
3. Add a bowl of seasoning spinach into the wok, follow with chilies and a bit of water. Give a quick stir for two minutes, turn off the heat.
4. Serve.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

What's with the soy milk?

We got hit with lots of snow, and the weather outside is brutally cold. In this kind of weather, for me, there is nothing better than having a bowl of hot soy milk with all kind of side-dishes.

It is such a comfort treat in a very cold day. So I decided to make a big pot to fight off this dreadful weather.

As I'd mentioned, soy milk is not only considered as a drink, it is also a dessert-drink in some Asian countries.

In Thailand, we love to put some soy milk side-dishes, such as pearl tapioca, boiled Job's tears seeds, gourd candy, bean curd, jelly in hot soy milk and eat it as dessert. Some people even love to put a soft-boil egg in it as well.

See how I make soy milk here.

This time I added just a few side-dishes - only things I could easily grab from Asian market like black sesame seeds, pearl tapioca , Job's tears seeds, which is good enough for me to enjoy a bowl of hot soy milk before bed.

Boiled pearl tapioca

Boiled Job's tears seeds (some mistaken as Asian Barley)

ground toasted black sesame seed.

My husband cried for gourd candy, so I told him, " buy me plane tickets, and you will have gourd candy to eat with soy milk."

My favorite of all to put in the bowl is toasted ground sesame seeds. It gives the milk an extra nutty smell, and add more nutrient into the milk.

Now, go ahead, hit me more, Mr. snow storm. I'm ready to be stuck in the house with my hot soy milk as you are blowing your head off the roof, and I'll be fine with that.
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