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Thai Soup with Banana Flower

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Food & Recipes

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

Thai Pumpkin Soup (Photo by <a href=Kitchen Wench/flickr)" src="http://asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/thaipumpkinsoup.jpg">
Food & Recipes

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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Food & Recipes

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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Food & Recipes

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

Spicy Chicken Soup

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Food & Recipes

This is a Malaysian version of a one-pot meal, substantial and spicy.

Serves 4.

Ingredients

Sour Soup

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Food & Recipes

Serves 4.

Ingredients

1 chicken thigh and drumstick
1 lean pork chop
2 tablespoons dried shrimp
1 onion, sliced
1 cup roselle leaves
fish sauce and pepper to taste

Directions

Cook chicken and pork in 1 litre (2 pints) water with salt to taste. Cool and shred into small pieces. In the same liquid simmer the shrimp, onion and roselle leaves for 10 minutes. Add fish sauce and pepper to taste, return chicken and pork and serve hot.

Korean Sweet Potato Noodles

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Food & Recipes

These noodles are sold in quite large packets, each packet holding 3 hanks of noodles, each one held by a paper band. This makes it convenient to cook noodles sufficient for 6 people by using one of the hanks. This is a simple version of japchae.

Ingredients

Chicken and Galangal Soup

Tom Kha Gai Soup (Photo by <a href=MadMan the Mighty/flickr)" src="http://asiasociety.org/files/imagecache/small/tomkha.jpg">
Food & Recipes

Serves 6.

Ingredients

1 roasting chicken
10 slices fresh, frozen, dried or brined galangal
400 ml/14 fl oz can coconut milk
4 coriander plants with roots
12 black peppercorns, pounded
2 stems lemon grass, thinly sliced
4 fresh green chillies
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
6 fresh or frozen kaffir lime leaves
1 tablespoon fish sauce
lime juice to taste

Directions