Posts Tagged gourmet cooking

Little Saigon – Foodie’s Paradise

Where do I buy all of my intimidating/exotic/God-knows-what-it-is ingredients for the classes and recipes I share with you?? I go to a few places- 99 Ranch Market off of Jeffrey (5 freeway), Little Saigon in Westminster, and Laguna Niguel Farmer’s market which I posted a blog about earlier this month. Although, it might seem daunting to take on this challenge and go shopping for Thai ingredients in the beginning, you will slooooowly start to recongize things and become more open to the adventure of what you might find each time. Come on, give it a Thai! 🙂 (I’m just enjoying the Thai-try play on words too too much!!)

Live crab in a tank

Does it get fresher than this? 😉

Jasmine tea.

These, my friends, are banana blossoms… I know whatcha thinkin’. They are kind of exotic. 😀

An alternative for our same old latte. 😉

If you have taken my class, I don't want you anywhere near these! You know how to make them from scratch!

Some of my groceries. Fresh fruits and veggies are mmm mmm good!

Always remember, Thai it, you’ll like it! 😀

Ciaociao!

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Spicy Thai Glass Noodles

Have you ever been to a Thai restaurant? Have you had certain dishes that you can never figure out what’s in them. Your tastebuds go, “what just happened?!” The visual, aromas, flavors and colors are still lingering on in your mind for the next couple of days? Well, it is my job to demystify those secrets for you. Today, I am going to share with you a recipe that my students LOVE. It is yummy, easy to make, easy to find ingredients, very low in fat and best of all, it will turn you into the most desirable friend, spouse or anything in between. You will have that POWER! I will show you how to make Spicy Thai Glass Noodles.

I like to have my spicy glass noodles with lots of lettuce. It helps cool down the spiciness of the dish and also, adds fiber to your diet. You’ll love it.

Glass noodles

Glass noodles. They come in rolls like this.

Dressing in the making.

Dressing in the making.

Chinese celery is refreshingly pungent. Great for salads. Thai it! 😉

Voila! Spicy Glass Noodles!

Voila! Have this with lots of greens and with someone you love. 🙂

Ingredients:

1 roll of glass noodles (found in Asian stores) 

1 Lime

2 Tbsp. of fish sauce (Tiparos brand is the best!)

1 Tbsp of sugar

1 Thai chili, chopped (optional)

1/4 cup sliced onion (you can use red onion or shallots, too)

1/2 cup diced tomatoes

1/4 cup of roasted unsalted peanuts

1/2 cup of cooked shrimp (or any favorite meat, just cut in smaller pieces)

2 Tbsp. Chinese celery (or cilantro) for garnish

* Did you notice? Very low fat. 😀 As promised.

Here is how you do it:

1. In a bowl, make the dressing with lime juice, fish sauce, sugar and chili pepper. Mix well and let rest for a few minutes.

2. Cook the glass noodles in boiling water for about 3-4 minutes, until soft. You have to try it and make sure it is not to chewy. Watch out, it will be hot.

3. Rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Cut into 4 inch length.

4. Add onion, tomatoes, cooked shrimp and peanuts.

5. Toss in the noodles and mix well.

6. Garnish with Chinese celery and serve immediately.

7. Enjoy!

Remember, Thai it, you’ll like it! 🙂

Til next time, my friends.

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Step by step – how to clean cilantro roots for Thai cooking.

Cilantro is a fragrant herb that can light up a blah dish. The leaves are delicate and are usualy used for garnishing. Did you know that the roots have even stronger aroma but have the strength to withstand mashing and heat and deliver that aroma to many of your culinary creations? A good example, if you make your own chicken stock, try using the roots when you add the celery, onion and carrot for the mirepoix. The mashed roots will take the stock to another level. Cilantro root is good excellent for killing fishy smells. So next time you marinate fish, try a root in your marinate. Your fish will smell like roses.. Just kidding. They will smell noticably fresh.

In superstores, cilantro comes with their roots chopped off. If you buy it at your local farmers market, you will have better luck. See the following pictures on how to clean them up. The good news is that they freeze so well, that you can store them for months of usage.

As always, Thai it, you’ll like it!! 😉

Cut them about 4 inches from the base of the stems.

See the dirty roots? That's what we're cleaning.

Run a pairing knife up and down the surface of the roots. That is my attempt to make it look like I am moving. 😛

See the difference??

Repeat until finish and rinse well. Then, dry on a kitchen towel. Store in a zip top bag and freeze.

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