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Green Papaya Salad

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For this salad, the papaya must be hard and very under-ripe, the flesh almost white with no trace of orange colour.  It is always made by hand, the pawpaw shredded incredibly finely with a sharp chopper, the ingredients pounded together using a mortar and pestle, each order executed separately. If you have a Japanese daikon grater, long, even shreds can be easily achieved.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

Chiang Mai Salad (Larb)

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It can feature chicken or beef, but what matters is the toasty aroma of the rice grains, the sharp, refreshing taste of mint and the sting of fresh chillies.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

Cambodian Lobster and Orange Salad

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Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

Burmese Bitter Gourd Salad

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Ingredients

1 tender bitter gourd
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
lime juice to taste

Directions

Agar-Agar Salad

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

30 g/1 oz refined agar-agar strands
1 bundle flowering garlic chives
3 eggs
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon peanut oil
250 g/8 oz fresh bean sprouts

Dressing
1 clove garlic
1 teaspoon sugar
3 tablespoons light soy sauce
2 tablespoons oriental sesame oil
2 teaspoons honey

Directions

Yellow Curry of Chicken and Bamboo Shoot

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

2 tablespoons yellow curry paste
2 tablespoons oil
500 g/1 lb chicken thigh or drumstick fillets, diced
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup coconut milk
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup water
1 canned bamboo shoot, sliced
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon palm or brown sugar
2 kaffir lime leaves

Directions

Fry curry paste over medium-low heat in oil for 3 minutes. Add chicken and fry for a minute longer, stirring.

White-Cut Chicken

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Serves 6.

Ingredients

1 x 1.5 kg/3 lb roasting chicken
2 spring onions with leaves
6 slices fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
3 sprigs celery leaves
2 teaspoons salt

Directions

Vietnamese Style Quails

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Serves 6.

Ingredients

6 quails
2 tablespoons fish sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine or dry sherry
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1 teaspoon crushed garlic
1 teaspoon finely grated fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder
1 teaspoon hoi sin sauce

Directions

Vietnamese Chicken with Lemongrass

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

1 small roasting chicken
4 stems lemon grass
3 spring onions (scallions)
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons oil
2 fresh red chilies, seeded and chopped
2 teaspoons sugar
2 tablespoons fish sauce
4 tablespoons chopped roasted peanuts

Directions

Velveted Chicken with Snow Peas

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb chicken breast fillets
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon Chinese wine or sherry
1 egg white
1 tablespoon cornflour (cornstarch)
500 ml/1 pint/2 cups peanut oil
1 teaspoon finely chopped ginger
1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
125 g/4 oz snow peas
125 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup chicken stock
1 tablespoon light soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon oriental sesame oil

Directions