Thai-style rice congee with garlic & ginger oil (ข้าวต้ม Khao tom)
For two / meat / No oven / Recipes / Savoury / Thai

Thai-style rice congee with garlic & ginger oil (ข้าวต้ม Khao tom)

A soothing, simple bowl of well-flavoured rice and stock topped with fresh herbs and maybe some cooked shredded meat. This is a savoury yet light dish with lots of bright leafy herbs, but listen: sharing this dish at this time of year, for me, is about a change of palate and a hint of nostalgia. I … Continue reading

Rich, simple chicken stock for Thai food + How to use it (น้ำซุบไก่)
meat / No oven / Recipes / Savoury / Thai

Rich, simple chicken stock for Thai food + How to use it (น้ำซุบไก่)

Let me be clear about what this isn’t: crystal clear chicken stock. This isn’t classic French cooking, alright? That’s not how we do things around here. What this is: a very basic unsalted chicken stock which much more flavourful than any fresh stock you can buy. The catch, of course, is the time–at least 3 hours. … Continue reading

Pork wonton noodle soup (บะหมี่เกี๊ยวน้ำ)
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Pork wonton noodle soup (บะหมี่เกี๊ยวน้ำ)

Classic comfort food perfect for any weather: silky wontons containing pork flavoured with Thai aromatic paste, springy egg noodles, rich broth, and plenty of fried garlic oil. It warms and fills without being stodgy, which is particularly good for this breezily crisp yet sunny spring weather. (You understand, of course, that stodge isn’t inherently bad, but sometimes you … Continue reading

Simple Thai Food’s southern turmeric soup with guinea fowl ไก่ต๊อกต้มขมิ้น
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Simple Thai Food’s southern turmeric soup with guinea fowl ไก่ต๊อกต้มขมิ้น

An aromatic, comforting soup which is like gentle sunshine in a bowl. This is similar to well-loved tom yam, only you add salinity with sea salt and there’s a finger of earthy, complex turmeric for colour and fragrance. I’ve never had this dish, never even heard of it until I was looking through Leela’s wonderful book, Simple Thai … Continue reading

Agreeably lazy roast garlic & winter squash soup + brown butter
Bonfire night / Recipes / Savoury / vegetarian

Agreeably lazy roast garlic & winter squash soup + brown butter

Sometimes I like my soups like this, rich, thick and velvety. This recipe was conceived and written during a bout of sleeplessness. Unlike me, Mr. Pear is consistently excellent at sleeping – barely 2 minutes and zonk. It’s comical. While he sleeps I try to exhaust myself in the quietest way possible, but the inside of my head itches … Continue reading

Kaeng jued with glass noodles, pork mince, egg tofu and watercress
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Kaeng jued with glass noodles, pork mince, egg tofu and watercress

Kaeng jued is comfort food. I’ve written before about this type of dish, gaeng jued, a plain, clear soup that’s largely unspiced except for maybe a tiny bit of ground peppercorn (but not too much, or it might turn into a clear kuay jap). Plain isn’t necessarily boring, though–this deeply savoury broth is often filled with interesting … Continue reading

My Dad’s Thai-style Hainanese Chicken Rice/Khao Man Gai (ข้าวมันไก่) for Two (or One with Leftovers)
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My Dad’s Thai-style Hainanese Chicken Rice/Khao Man Gai (ข้าวมันไก่) for Two (or One with Leftovers)

As Leela notes, this example of well-loved Thai street food isn’t commonly found in Thai restaurants in the U.S., and I have to say that I’ve not really found it in restaurants in my corner of England, either. It’s a shame: I think it’s a marvellous example of Thai-Chinese cuisine that is accessible to a … Continue reading