Food adventures part three! These are photos taken at my family home in Thailand and consists of home-cooked food or takeway/delivery.
We’re a Chinese-Malaysian family, but we like many types of food. The main thing is great taste and LOTS of it. People who have been amazed by the amount that I can eat: be very scared, as I’m the smallest eater in my family :P
Bamboo sticky rice is glutinous rice mixed with red bean or other sweet gloopy things and steamed. It was a gift to us from my little brother’s friend, he sent it over as a tea time treat! I like the red type more than the white type.
Mee Siam is a Malaysian favourite - a spicy, fried, thin noodle dish with shredded egg on top and beansprouts. My sister loves this shit.
Khao Muk Gai is the Thai version of Indian Chicken Biryani essentially - saffron-coloured rice cooked together with chicken in one big pot of spices and served with raw greens. I actually cook this at home in Cambridge for my friends quite often, as it’s an all-in-one dish that I can easily prepare and cook in large quantities.
Sour vegetable soup is a craving I had recently for hot, sour, turkey/ham bone soup :3 In Thailand, we were able to buy some gorgeous freshly made tofu from the supermarket before it sold out! So yummy and sweet with the hot soup!
Suki, or Hot Pot, or Shabu Shabu involves cooking your food at the table! It’s a family favourite as it’s so interactive, but with our family, it’s difficult to fit all the raw ingredients on the table at once! Lots of lovely, marbled, thin slices of beef steak. Mixed seafood like squid, cuttlefish, fish balls, fish cakes, prawns, salmon, seabass. Tofu blocks and mushrooms. Assortments of greens like kale, spinach, Chinese cabbage. And big, fat udon noodles at the end (accompanied by squeals as there will be some inevitable splashes of hot stock when you deal with those). Then at the end when the soup stock has been fully flavoured by all the yummy things you’ve been boiling in it, you crack an egg in and drink it up :)
Pokke is Hawaiian raw fish salad, usually made with tuna and spicy, red sea salt. Chopped up raw fish with salad bits (like onions/shallots, herbs) is known as Tataki in Japanese. This is Thai style = SUPER SPICY. Many birds eye chillis chopped up finely, minced garlic, lots of lime juice and soy sauce. This plate had raw tuna, salmon and octopus :3
Saint Etoile is a sub-brand of Yamazaki Bakery, a popular Japanese chain of bakeries. Frickin’ love their stuff, it’s so soft, sweet and fluffy :3 We buy back bags full of of their various treats. You can just about make out a soft cheese cake on top, and sweet buns with mayo/crab salad, bacon/cheese, and a sliced loaf of Honolulu bread (one of my favourites, a buttery, soft mix with potato flour, soooo nice to eat, even on its own).
My dad brought back a beautiful duck the other day for our lunch. It’s more braised than roasted - this isn’t the crispy type of cooking, it’s a very moist style with lots of spices rubbed into the skin. The gizzards are to the side - I love duck or chicken hearts, myself! Served with a dark, sweet soy sauce and/or chilli sauce and plain, steamed rice.
Amor Bakery is a recent discovery of ours - we’ve tried MANY crepe layered cakes from many bakeries, but this one is extraordinarily good. Just try counting the layers! So light and fluffy, a joy to eat, especially when you add the raspberry sauce!
Ootoya is a Japanese chain of home-style cooking restaurants, and they do home delivery in Bangkok :3 This is a pork hamburger bento set I ordered for myself. At the restaurants, I love the pork belly salad and their freshly made tofu milk pudding.
Christmas traditions in my family are a little different to UK or US ones. We throw a MASSIVE party on Christmas Eve, minimum 30 people. This year, we had over 40 guests :) So typically, my mum cooked enough for 55. Then at midnight, we all open a few gifts (because none of us can wait). Christmas Day is lazing about eating leftovers XD
Mains and starters - We had TWO turkeys (NO ONE makes a better turkey than my mother, everyone who has tried it agrees. The breast is ridiculously buttery and moist - she uses a 30 year old convection microwave oven and adds extra chicken fat to baste the top. I have NEVER asked for roast turkey breast more than when my mum cooks). Leg of lamb. Smoked salmon. Several types of pate. Two joints of ham. Salad greens with vinaigrette. Potato salad. Spicy pasta salad. Smoked meat canapes. Lots of home-made gravy with mushrooms and onions and stuffing.
Desserts - two crepe cakes, two cheesecakes (one of which is my mum’s home-made), forest fruit crumble (made by my little brother), chocolate dipped fruits (brought by a friend). The crazy sweets table is hilarious - lovely things brought from all around the world! Thai bean sweets (shaped as fruit and veg), Malaysian and Indonesian agar-agar/kueh/jellies, American Hershey’s kisses and chocolate sweets, mixed nuts, Swiss nougats, Arabic baclavah, Maltese mixed fruit/nut brittle, mixed nuts and home-made chocolate mint cookies (by my little brother, again!).
I hope you guys are all feeling hungry for dinner now… XD
My next post will be all about my family’s favourite private island retreat :)