Thai & Lao Food

A Thai / Laos girl, Manivan Larprom shows you how to cook Thai & Lao food through her videos. Her authentic cuisine roots from Sakon Nakhon, Thailand and Paksan, Laos. Enjoy!

Friday, March 09, 2007

Thai Lao Steam Bun

Today marks the one year anniversary of Thai & Lao Food blogging. With full time employment and part-time blogging, I am exhausted!

Here is the traditional Thai Lao Steam bun recipe filled with pork, egg, mushrooms, and sweet sausages. I make steam buns on weekends; then I freeze the buns in containers. I would thaw in the fridge overnight and warm in the microwave for 20 seconds. This makes a quick breakfast on the go and I take them to work as a delicious alternative to sandwiches.

Appetizer Recipe: Thai Lao Steam Bun
1 package of steam bun mix. Look for steam bun picture to make sure you have the right package
½ cup sugar
1 cup fresh soy milk
1 tablespoon oil
12 quail eggs or 3 chicken eggs
2 Asian sweet sausages
1 cup ground pork
2 dried shiitake mushrooms soaked in hot water for 20 minutes
2 shallots minced
1 clove garlic minced
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons oyster sauce or hoisin sauce
12 wax paper cut into 2 inches square
2 tablespoons white vinegar

There should be directions on the package of the steam bun. However here are the basic steps:

1. For the Dough - mix the package with fresh soy milk, sugar and oil. Knead dough for 5 minutes. Leave dough aside for 20 minutes. Knead again for 2 minutes and divide dough into 12 equal balls.

2. For Pork Filling - boil quail eggs for 15 minutes or chicken eggs for 20 minutes. Cut large eggs in quarters. Cut sweet sausages into 12 pieces or into very small pieces. For pork filling, add chopped garlic, shallots and mushrooms, salt, pepper, and oyster sauce.

3. Putting it together - Sprinkle flour onto hard surface and roll dough out into a large circle slightly larger than palm of hand. Add eggs, sausages and 1 tablespoon of pork filling. Gather opposite edges and meet in the middle. Pinch dough to seal out any small air holes. Place wax paper under base of steam bun. Place six buns in each stainless steel steaming layer.

4. Add water into steaming pot so it levels 2 inches. Add vinegar and bring water to boil. Add steaming layers with bun over the steaming pot. Steam bun 10 minutes. Lift lid of steamer to remove condensation. Steam another 10 minutes.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Quail Stir Fry in Thick Fish Sauce

I am coming up to my one year anniversary of posting Thai and Lao food recipes. After March 9, 2007 I am going to take a break from my hard work.

This stir fry is called "aw". The sauce is thicken with soaked sticky rice and then grounded. Dill is the preferred herb but you can use cilantro. You must have either Asian eggplants (as seen in Eggplant Chili Sauce) or long beans. You can use any chopped meat.

During my childhood tomboy stage, my brother and I would climb the cherry tree and shoot birds. My aim wasn't good but his was. Then he would cook this dish for me.

Stir Fry Recipe: Aw Quail
3 quails chopped to bite size pieces
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1 tablespoon oil
1 cup chopped dill
½ cup chopped green onions
3 tablespoons sticky rice
2 cups chopped long beans or Asian eggplants (as seen in Eggplant Chili Sauce)
½ cup chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons fish sauce
½ teaspoon salt
3 kaffir lime leaves
3 pieces chopped ginger
2 pieces lemongrass
4 chilies

Soak sticky rice in cold water for 1 hour. Drain water from rice and add to mortar with chilies. Pound until smooth. In a wok over high heat crisp garlic with oil. Add quail until almost cooked. Add salt, green beans, tomatoes and stir fry for 5 minutes. Add water, lime leaf, ginger, lemongrass, and ground sticky rice. Cook 10 minutes and stir occassionally to prevent rice from sticking to the bottom. Add dill, green onions, and fish sauce. Stir fry 2 minutes. Remove lemongrass and lime leaves before serving.

Serve aw quail with sticky rice or jasmine rice and the eggplant chili dipping sauce

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