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Thai “Beef” with Basil (Pad Gra Prow)

This is a very traditional Thai street food. Great for breakfast, lunch or a snack. The Thai name above is a bit generic, as it doesn't mention beef as pad refers to stir frying and gra prow or kaphrao refers to basil. I was craving this dish, as I used to  eat it frequently in Thailand. It’s commonly made with minced pork, beef or chicken. It’s a bit of Thai/Chinese fusion dish, which is quite popular in Thailand, due to strong Chinese community. I like to make a big batch of fried rice and then eat the leftovers for breakfast with a fried egg on top. I wanted to create a non meat version so I used the Boca Crumbles from the frozen food section. If you have another favorite non meat product, feel free to use it, but I do think the minced texture works well. If you want to use meat, then pork, beef or chicken work as well. Should you want a completely vegetarian version, just omit the fish sauce and add a bit of lime juice and some extra soy sauce. Ingredients 2 Tbsp Veget

Mojo- Cuban Citrus Marinade

This marinade was a revelation to me. I got the recipe from a friend in Puerto Rico, but she said it was originally from Cuba. I decided to make a batch to marinade some meat for the grill and it was incredible. Here are a few hints: Try to use the freshest ingredients and grind the black pepper and cumin as needed. Cumin has a nasty habit of turning bitter when it has been ground for a long time. Put your meat into a large plastic bag that seals and then lay it into an oven proof dish to avoid spills. Trust me on this one. Cleaning up leaked mojo is no fun. Turn over the plastic bag occasionally, so the marinade stays evenly  distributed. If you want to use this to marinade seafood or fish, reduce your marinading time to one or two hours max. Otherwise you will end up with mushy cerviche. Ingredients Juice from 4 lemons Juice from 4 limes Juice from one Orange 4 Tbsp Olive Oil 5 cloves of garlic mashed 1 Tbsp freshly ground Cumin Seed 1Tbsp fresh ground Black Pepper

Ponzu Sauce- Japanese Liquid Gold

Since its finally grilling season, I wanted to share this wonderful marinade. This is perfect as a dipping sauce and/or basting sauce for most any meat, seafood, gyoza/dumpling or vegetable. However, I think it really shines on anything grilled. Traditionally from Japan, it is made with the yazu fruit, which has a distinctive citrus flavor. As yazu are not easy to find here and the the prepackaged juice can be quite expensive, I wanted to find a recipe to recreate that flavor. You can certainly buy ready made ponzu sauce, but they are packed with salt and sugar. I vastly prefer the cleaner taste of homemade. This a relatively small batch, but feel free to double or triple it. It stores well in the refrigerator for up to two or three weeks. Ingredients 4 Tbsp low sodium Soy Sauce 2 Tbsp Mirin Juice of one Lemon 2 Tbsp Orange Juice Juice of 1/2 Lime 1/2 cup Dashi, dried bonito flakes 2 inch grated Fresh Ginger Root 1 tsp Sugar, optional Mix all ingredients into a lidded container

Tom Yum Koong - Thai Hot and Sour Shrimp Soup - Updated

This is a traditional Thai soup. To make it properly, you need to layer the flavors, rather than throwing everything into the pot at one time.  Done properly, this is one of the world's great soups. Even better, it is very low in fat and very tasty. Note: I've adjusted some of the quantities of ingredients to make it even better. I have heard from a few people that some of the ingredients are somewhat hard to find. If you have a local Asian market, they often keep the galangal and kaffir lime leaves in the freezer section. Both freeze very well.  Barring that, here is a great Thai produce site to find everything you need. Use what you need of the lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves and freeze the rest. Ingredients 6 cups low sodium Vegetable Broth 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil 1/2 - 3/4 lb Shrimp, shelled and deveined with shells, heads and tails retained. 3 pieces of sliced Galangal, softened with back of your knife. 2 stalks Lemon Grass, pe