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Move over, butter.. Thai seafood dip is here!

I HEART butter. I do.. with all my heart. And it kind of shows, too. 😉 However, there is time and place for it. Many of them, too. However, not with seafood, in my opinion anyways. I grew up eating a lot of fish and seafood. Mostly fresh water fish though. Bangkok – where I grew up- is by the river. As a result, we get lots of fresh water prawns and all kinds of fish. Hmm.. good old days! 🙂

I have a recipe for you today, for a choice for your seafood dip, apart from butter. Let me tempt you by telling you the best part about it, (apart from being ridiculously delish) it has NO FAT. Nada. It is made of lime juice, garlic, Thai chili peppers and salt. Oh, a little bit of sugar to bring out all the flavors.

Recipe:

1 lime

1 clove of garlic

Thai chili pepper (or jalapeno) or not… It’s optional

2 tsp. sugar ( I used my mango jam to add mango flavor, color and sweetness to it this time)

1 tsp. salt 

2 tbsp. lukewarm water.

Directions:

 -Finely chop chili pepper and garlic.

– Put in a little ramekin.

– Add lime juice, sugar, salt and mix well.

– Add the water and stir until nicely blended.

– Dip your fave grilled or steamed seafood in it.

Wasn’t that easy? Here is how mine looked. I had it with grilled shrimp and brown rice with a generous size green salad to start with.

Thai Seafood Dip

Thai Seafood Dip. Yummalicious!

Remember, my friends, 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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Meet my other friend – Tom– Tom Yum

You must think I’m joking and playing around with this name after I pulled the Clawed-ine joke. 😀  Tom Yum is actually a name of a soup that is one of the most famous soups in the world. It is the Thai spicy and sour soup. Usually with shrimp or chicken in it. The soup is chicken broth or vegetable broth-based soup, so it is quite light. A good friend of mine went on a diet of this soup for two months along with eating sufficient servings of fresh whole fruits and vegetables and lost a significant amount of weight. Of course, this is not meant to starve you into being thin, because it is unhealhty. If 5-6 small light meals are the ticket to great health, Tom Yum totally fits the bill. The soup is very satifying, because of all the flavors you get and it is not over powered by fatty creams and too much protein. And you serve it with rice, so it is plenty filling.

Here is how you make it.

Ingredients:

3 cups chicken broth

1 stalk lemongrass, mashed and cut at an angle

3 slices of galangal (it’s ok to use fresh ginger root for substitute, but galangal is better, if you can find it.)

4 leaves of kaffir lime leaves, torn to release the heavenly aroma (or lime zest)

1 Thai chili pepper (or jalapeno)

1/4 cup sliced shallots or red onion

1 lime

3 tbsp. fish sauce or 1 teaspoon salt   – Make me proud and don’t use soy sauce in this dish. 😉

6-10 shrimp ( I like to buy whole and I de-vein and peel them and leave the head and tail on. Don’t freak out. It adds such great flavors to the soup. But you can totaly use whatever shrimp you like. :))

4 mushrooms quartered

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

Serves 2, but you might not want to share!

Here’s how:

– Bring the broth to a boil.

– Add lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, galangal, shallots, and the chili in the boiling broth.

– Season with fish sauce and add mushrooms.

– Once the broth comes to a boil, add the shrimp and cook until they turn pink. Remove from heat.

– Squeeze in the lime and garnish with cilantro.

– Serve fresh and hot on jasmine rice.

– Mmmm.. Yummmmm… 😀

Tom Yum Soup with Shrimp

Best soup in the world! 😀

I hope you will give it a try and let me know how your soup turns out. Feel free to post questions. I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Thai it, you’ll like it! 😉

Well, the weekend starts in about 4 hours. Make sure to enjoy every minute of it!

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Meet my friend, Clawed-ine.

This past weekend was a long and savory weekend spent with friends, family, and relatives. All I need are good food and time with friends and family and I am heaven. 🙂 Really, my friends. These are two, if not the top, of  the most treasured blessings in my life.

I wanted to share with you about this restaurant I went to on Saturday. It is called Tan Cang Newport Seafood in Santa Ana. It is Chinese seafood restaurant, owned by a Vietnamese family. So I assume they are Northern Vietnamese which is influenced a lot by Chinese traditions and ways of life. Lucky for me. 🙂 The restaurant was slam packed. The food is served family style. A friend who is a veteran foodie ordered for our table of eight hungry boys and girls.  

Once you place the order, the food comes out dish-by dish, fast and furious! So bust out your chopsticks and be ready! Seafood doesn’t take long preparing and served as fresh as possible. The highlight of the table was our thirteen-pounder lobster who sacrificed her life for us (which was still alive when we arrived, too. So, very fresh). She was beautiful and luscious. The meat was juicy, the sauce complemented it very well. The lobster was full of row (eggs), which is a delicacy. It was rich and quite yum. We also had orders of garlic pepper squid (THE BEST I have ever had.) It was crispy on the outside and perfectly juicy inside. The seasoning was simple how it should be for good seafood. We also had a crab dish, beef (I didn’t eat that, but heard it was ok), salt and pepper shrimp, chicken, crab and asparagus soup, Chinese broccoli, and mushroom and bok choy in oyster sauce. And boy, did we make a good use of that lazy Susan. We turned it around and around to sample a little LOT of everything.

The freshness of the food was ultimately the best thing I experienced, apart from the feast-like presentation, the hustle and bustle (always a good sign), the reasonable pricing and the fast service. My tip to you is to make reservations, know what seafood you like and they’ll guide you on how it is prepared best, order a kettle of hot tea to help cleanse your palate, and you must arrive there hungry. You will sooo love it!  So, Tan Cang Newport Seafood. Look them up. Hope you will give them a try. Stop by and say hi if you run into me. 😀

Lobster claw

The lobster claw was bigger than my head!

One more shot of the claw

Food is beautiful! 😀

This was the highlight of the night... actually, let's make it the weekend.

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