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Water Lily Sour Soup

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In the Philippines the water from washing rice is used as the cooking liquid. It is the second washing water which is used, the first rinse carrying away dust and impurities.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

1 litre/2 pints rice water
4 whole pods green tamarind, fresh or bottled
4 small fish steaks
or 500 g/1 lb fillets cut in pieces
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 cup sliced water-lily stems
1/2 cup sliced spring onions (scallions)
with green leaves salt and lime juice to taste

Vietnamese Sour Soup with Pineapple

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It may be made with chicken or beef, thinly sliced, instead of the prawns.

Serves 2.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz raw prawns
4 spring onions (scallions), sliced
2 tablespoons oil
750 ml/11/2 pints/3 cups water
or light chicken stock
2 tablespoons fish sauce
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 small pineapple, peeled and cored

Directions

Vietnamese Pho

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

Soup
2 kg/4 lb beef bones
500 g/1 lb shin (gravy) beef
1 whole onion, peeled
6 cloves
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 knob of ginger, sliced
1 stick cinnamon
3 star anise
5 cardamom pods
2 carrots
1 sprig celery leaves
2 tablespoons fish sauce

Thai Soup with Lily Buds

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Serves 4.

Ingredients

60 g/2 oz bean thread vermicelli
20 dried lily buds
6 dried shiitake mushrooms
300 g/10 oz raw prawns
2 tablespoons peanut oil
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons Thai pepper-coriander paste
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 spring onions (scallions), sliced

Directions

Thai Soup with Banana Flower

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Serves 4-6.

Ingredients

1 banana flower
1.5 litres/3 pints/6 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
2 stems fresh lemon grass, thinly sliced or 4 strips lemon zest
4 kaffir lime leaves
4 slices galangal
3 fresh chillies
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup thick coconut milk
2 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons lime juice
3 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander
3 tablespoons chopped spring onions (scallions)

Directions

Thai Pumpkin Soup with Shrimp

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Serves 6.

Ingredients

500 g/1 lb butternut pumpkin (squash),
peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons lime or lemon juice
1 rounded teaspoon dried tamarind
60 g/2 oz/1/2 cup dried shrimp
6 shallots or 1 onion, finely chopped
3 hot red chillies, chopped
1 stem lemon grass, finely sliced
1/2 teaspoon dried shrimp paste
1 2 400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut milk
1 tablespoon fish sauce
250 ml/8 fl oz chicken stock
about 30 small basil leaves

Millet Pilau

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Ingredients

1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons ghee
3 green cardamom pods, bruised
1 small stick cinnamon
270 g/9 oz hulled millet
750 ml/1 1/2 pints/3 cups water
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Thai Hot Sour Prawn Soup (Tom Yum Goong)

Food & Recipes

This is the famous Tom Yum Goong which anyone who knows and appreciates Thai food has experienced.

Serves 6.

Ingredients

Spicy Fish Soup (Moh Hin Gha)

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Food & Recipes

A meal in a bowl, in the city of Rangoon it is mostly bought from itinerant vendors who call their wares through the streets, carrying their portable kitchen on a bamboo pole slung over one shoulder, ingredients at one end, fire and cooking pot at the other. If banana heart proves unobtainable, slices of canned bamboo shoot may be substituted.

Serves 6-8.

Ingredients

Mangoes with Sticky Rice

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Serves 6.

Ingredients

250 g/8 oz/1 1/4 cups white glutinous rice
250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup canned coconut cream
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
few drops pandan essence
or strip fresh pandan leaf
2 or 3 ripe mangoes
extra thick coconut milk (optional)
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (optional)


Directions