Those who know us personally know David’s love for food and his desire to always try everything. So that’s what he did, again, in Thailand. Here is his very first article OF HIS LIFE (and believe me, having David write is really something)! Encourage him 🙂
Several people asked us, following our Facebook or Instagram photos, to show them local food. So I took my courage in both hands and I went for it. When I arrived in Thailand, I said to myself, “I have to find a Pad Thai and show it to you.” What was my surprise! Pad Thai is a dish that citizens eat only once or twice a year. Some reasons given is that it takes a long time to prepare, that it takes far too many ingredients and that it lacks “Soul” or among other words, that it is rather bland. So I took a cooking class with the locals to get a little deeper understanding of what Thai food was.
Our course teacher, Oat (not Mr. Quaker), was super friendly and had several answers. We prepared that day, Tom Yum Shrimp Soup, Pad Thai, green curry and sticky rice with mango. There were 5 people in our group: a Korean mother and her daughter, a couple of Chileans and lost in the middle of it all, was there a bald, who was there?
After a visit to the market to obtain the ingredients, we prepared the following dishes, before tasting them.
First meal, Tom Yum shrimp soup:
Followed by a Pad Thaï:
Then, a green curry accompanied by white rice:
Then a pretty and succulent sticky rice with its mango:
Once again, like our cooking experience in Morocco, it was candy happiness! It is certain that I will repeat the experience in our next country.
Now you will be frustrated after me because I did not give any recipes …. Think again my friends, I will give you one in a few moments:
Tom Yum Vegan Soup (yes vegan … but with livestock alternative)
NB: Tom Yum soup is composed of 3 main ingredients as shown in the image below. Without these 3 ingredients, it’s not a Tom Yum soup.
Here are the ingredients:
And here are the quantities now for two people:
– 1 sheet of sweet basil or Thai basil
– 4 kefir leaves broken with your hands
– 1 small French shallot, minced
– 1 chili or 1/2 chopped chili (Gen votes for the half-chili, that’s enough, she says)
– 1 Soup spoon of Galangal in large pieces
– 1 lemongrass stick in large pieces
– 1/4 of a block of tofu
– a handful of mushrooms (shiitake or oyster in small pieces – brunoise)
– 2 tsp. soy sauce soup
– 1 1/2 cups of water
– 1/4 lime juice
Here are the ingredients to add for a cattle soup:
– 4 to 6 shrimps or fish of your choice or half a chicken breast in cubes …
– Replace the soy sauce with fish sauce.
Now the steps:
– Put all the ingredients in the casserole, except the lime, and allow to boil to reduce everything by half. This will give you a concentrate or commonly called broth.
– Add water to obtain 2 portions of soup, as well as the juice of a quarter of a lime.
– Taste and add soy sauce to taste if you wish!
Wishing you a nice day. Let us know via the comments if you would like us to repeat this experience.