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Thai Feast

July 27th 2009 01:50
Seeing so many Thai recipes here on Orble, and elsewhere, I was inspired to try some Thai recipes. The problem is, there are no Asian markets near me, and many of the ingredients are hard to find - especially things like lemongrass, galangal, and kaffir lime leaves.

I decided to try to find acceptable substitutes, and to find out more about what a typical Thai meal would be (you know, if you were eating at home in Thailand).

I found that for galangal it is ok to substitute ginger and a little lemon juice. For lemon grass, lemon juice and some lemon zest will add similar flavor, and lime juice and zest will provide a similar flavor to the kaffir lime leaves.

I read that Thai cuisine usually consists of Jasmine rice, and several other dishes - some hot and spicy, some sweet, some fried, etc. I actually found a box mix for the Jasmine rice - it already had the flavorings added, so that was easy. I chose six other dishes to try: hot & sour shrimp soup, crab fried rice, red beef curry, ginger & chicken stirfry, and spicy ground pork salad. We also had grilled pineapple and mango slices for dessert.

Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup
Thai - Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup

Crab Fried Rice
Thai - Crab Fried Rice

Beef Curry
Thai - Red Beef Curry

Ginger & Chicken Stirfry
Thai - Ginger & Chicken Stirfry

Spicy Ground Pork Salad
Thai - Spicy Ground Pork Salad

Grilled Pineapple & Mango
Thai - Grilled Pineapple & Mango

This Thai feast was AWESOME! My family loved it. I guess I'll have to try more Thai recipes to try now. The recipes above - with my adaptations - can be found at Real Home Cooking.

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