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Coriander and Ginger Brew

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Food & Recipes

You won't need all this coriander at once, but it saves time if a quantity is well washed, drained and completely dried, either in the sun or in a low oven. Cool and store in an airtight container.

Ingredients

250 g/4 oz coriander seeds
5 cm/2in piece fresh ginger root

Directions

Burmese Tapioca Refresher (Moh Let Saung)

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Food & Recipes

Ingredients

185 g/6 oz/1 cup tapioca pearls
1.5 litres/3 pints/6 cups boiling water
250 g/8 oz chopped palm sugar
ice cubes
coconut milk
salt

Directions

Almond Tea

Almonds (Photo by <a href=Saquan Stimpson/flickr)" src="http://asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/almonds.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons blanched apricot kernels
or blanched almonds
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups water
4 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons fine ground rice


Directions

Almond Beverage (Thandai)

Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

90 g/3 oz blanched almonds
10 whole peppercorns (optional)
60 g/2 oz raw sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds or ground cardamom
750 ml/1 1/2 pints/3 cups water
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups milk
125 g/4 oz/1/2 cup sugar or to taste rose water (optional)

Directions

Young Coconut and Basil Seeds

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While in most recipes basil seeds are simply an addition, there are some desserts in which they are a major component, as in the following recipe for a cool thirst-quencher featuring basil seeds and young coconut or palm sugar seeds.

Serves 6-8.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons basil seeds
125 g/4 oz/1/2 cup sugar
400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut milk
400 ml/14 fl oz can young coconut in syrup

Directions

Transparent Steamed Dumpling Pastry/Wrapper

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Ingredients

125 g/4 oz/1 cup Chinese wheat flour
3 tablespoons cornflour (cornstarch)
210 ml/7 fl oz water
1 tablespoon lard

Directions

Toast of the Shah

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Serves 6.

Ingredients

6 slices firm bread, cut thick as for toasting
4-6 tablespoons ghee
300 ml/10 fl oz milk
250 ml/8 fl oz cream
1/4 teaspoon saffron strands
250 g/8 oz/1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1 tablespoon rose water
1 tablespoon each slivered blanched pistachios and almonds

Directions

Thai Taro Balls in Coconut Cream (Bua Loi Phuak)

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Makes 4-6 servings.

Ingredients

1 cup cooked taro, mashed
2 cups glutinous-rice flour
1 cup corn flour
4 cups coconut milk
1 cup palm sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
6-8 tablespoons water

Directions

Put the glutinous-rice flour and the corn flour in a bowl. Add a little water at a time and knead to a soft dough.

Thai Custard in Pumpkin (Sangkhaya Fakthong)

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Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients

small pumpkin
5 eggs
1/3 cup palm sugar
pinch of salt
1 cup coconut cream

Directions

Cut a slice off the stop of the pumpkin, remove the seeds and most of the soft pulp. In a mixing bowl, lightly whisk the eggs, add the sugar, salt and coconut cream and stir until well blended.

Pour the mixture into the pumpkin and cook in a steamer (for approximately 20 minutes) until the custard is set.

Recipe from Team Thailand, 2004

Thai Bananas in Coconut Milk (Kluai Buat Chi)

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Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients

2-3 small, slightly green bananas
4 cups thin coconut milk
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions

Slice the bananas lengthways, then in half.

Pour the coconut milk into a pan, add the sugar and salt. Bring to the boil, add the bananas, bring back to the boil for 2 minutes and then remove from the heat.

Serve hot or cold.