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lemon grass

  • Chicken Larb

    Chicken Larb

    Chicken Larb

    (Serves 6-8)

    1 Head of Boston Lettuce or similar, separated into individual 'lettuce cups'
    2 large chicken breasts
    2 Thai bird chilies or a Serrano chili, minced
    1 tsp lemon grass (optional)
    2 tblsp toasted rice flour
    2 shallots, minced
    ¼ small red onion, minced
    juice of 3 limes
    2 tsp sambal oelek (chili sauce)
    ½ bunch mint, minced
    ½ bunch of cilantro, minced
    1 tsp salt
    ¼ cup crushed peanuts, garnish (optional)

    NOTES: Serve hot or cold. I used Jasmin rice for the toasted rice powder and after toasting it till golden in a frying pan over low heat, I ground it to powder using a spice grinder.

    Remove any fat from the chicken breast and mince the meat, either use a food processor or a knife and make tiny pieces. In a frying pan on medium heat quickly cook the chicken, don't over cook it.

    If you're making hot larb, continue adding the ingredients to the fry pan, liquids first then chilies and spices and then the toasted rice flour and lastly herbs. Turn off the heat and serve in the lettuce cups.

    If you are making cold larb, remove from heat and let cool 5 minutes. Add the toasted rice powder, stir in well. Add the rest of the ingredients and let sit 10 minutes before serving in lettuce cups.

    Top with crushed nuts if you are using them.

  • Chili Lime Chicken Coconut Soup

    Chili Lime Chicken Coconut Soup
    Chili Lime Chicken Coconut Soup
    (Serves @ 6-10)
    2-3 Chicken breasts, boneless, cut into ¼ inch strips
    1 tblsp chili powder, mix together with the salt below
    ¾ tblsp salt
    lime zest, from 5 limes
    5 limes, squeezed for their juice
    2 lg cans of coconut milk
    10 cups of chicken stock
    1 stalk of lemon grass, optional, OR zest of 2 lemons
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp white pepper
    1 roasted jalapeno pepper, seeds removed, minced
    1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
    2 corn tortillas, cut into 1½ inch by ¼ inch sliced strips and fried crispy
    1 green onion, optional, sliced thin

    Bring stock to a simmer and stir in salt, white pepper, cayenne pepper.
    Now add the roasted jalapeno lime zest and lime juice and lemon grass/zest if using.
    Now turn heat to low, add coconut milk. Don't let the coconut milk boil as it may separate.
    Taste and adjust seasoning or salt.

    Roll the raw chicken strips into the mixture of salt and chili powder and then cut into small ½ inch pieces. Drop into soup and stir. The chicken should not take long to cook in the soup, around 3-5 minutes.

    Serve and garnish with chopped scallion and crispy tortilla strips.

  • Northern Thai Sausage (Sai Oua)

    Northern Thai Sausage
    Northern Thai Sausage (Sai Oua)
    (Serves 4)

    1 lb Fatty ground pork, 70/30
    5 Kaffir Lime leaves, finely chopped (Can substitute Key Lime zest from 12 limes)
    ½ cup Lemon Grass, finely chopped
    2 tblsp Galangal, finely chopped
    1 tblsp Ginger, finely chopped
    2 tblsp Red Curry paste
    1 tsp Turmeric powder
    2 tsp Sugar
    3 tblsp Soy Sauce
    4 Thai chilies, minced fine (Thai bird chiles)
    Sausage Casing, optional

    NOTES: Omit all but one Thai chili for people who don't like the heat, but remember this sausage is supposed to be hot!

    Combine the Lemon Grass, Ginger, Galangal and Lime leave together, you can use a mortar and pestal or make sure they are at least finely chopped.

    In a large mixing bowl, mix the pork, red curry paste, turmeric, soy sauce, Thai chilies and sugar together.

    Now mix in the galangal, ginger, lime zest/kaffir lime leaves and lemon grass.

    If your using the casing fill your sausages, I don't use it so now I am patting out patties and frying them like any sausage!

    Eat with Thai Sweet Chili Dipping Sauce (Mae Pranom).