My Thai sister-n-law Oi was looking at a Thai recipe on her computer, and got super excited. I asked her what it was, and she said it was a Thai omelette with Mama (Thai instant noodles) and cheese, and I thought I heard her wrong. Continue Reading
One of my favorite parts about having my sister-n-law, Oi, from Thailand in town for the last month was cooking with her. I’ve never seen Dom’s mom lift a pan or Chef’s knife, unless she was slathering it with soap and water at the sink. Continue Reading
When I taught in Thailand, almost every morning one of my fellow teachers would come in the door holding a white plastic bag that had steam rising out of it.
When Rocco was 4-months-old and just starting to eat solid foods, I wanted him to try Thai baby food that most Thai babies eat, jok, aka Thai rice porridge/rice congee that Thais love to eat for breakfast, but really any time. Jok is pureed rice with chicken broth, pork dumplings, a coddled egg, and sprinkled on top of the steaming white goodness are green onions, cilantro and ginger.
When people hear that I’m not Thai, but I’m American and that I usually cook Thai food five out of seven days a week (if it’s an awesome week) and my Thai food has gotten five star ratings not only from my Thai hubby, but my Thai mother-n-law, they think I must be a super talented Thai chef.
This is so not the case, and to prove my point, here are five reasons why if I can cook Thai food, you can too: Continue Reading
I had written out our weekly menu earlier in the week, but for Wednesday I had written “Random”— aka I had run out of ideas for what to make for dinner, so I thought I’d figure it out later. Continue Reading
A friend asked me what was in one of my Thai recipes the other day. I started listing off the ingredients, and I almost cringed when I got to, “fish sauce,” because right when I said it, I saw it in her eyes, the disdain, and “Eww, gross!” flashing quietly through her mind.
I try to be crafty, but usually whenever I bring home the “crafts” I make during my Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group, my hubby takes one look and says,”Umm, honey…what’s that?”
Crockpots are nonexistent in Thailand because why would you need one when you can get a quick, authentic Thai meal for a dollar when you walk out your door down the street a few blocks?
But in America, it’s impossible for me to walk out my door and get cheap, legit Thai food—especially if just 10 days ago I had just given birth to a sweet baby girl and could barely walk around my apartment.