Laotian Beef Salad

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Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon vegetable oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ pound very lean (94% lean, plus), ground beef
½ cup fresh squeezed lime juice
½ cup of roasted rice powder
½ cup finely chopped Spanish onions
½ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
½ tablespoon ground Thai chili peppers (or paprika for the less adventurous)
1½ tablespoons fish sauce
½ head Boston lettuce, for serving

DIRECTIONS

In a nonstick saucepan, over medium heat, place oil and add garlic. Saut̩ until fragrant (approximately 1 minute). Turn heat to low and add ground beef until it just cooks Рdo not brown. Stir in the lime juice and immediately turn off the heat. Add the rice powder, onions, cilantro, chili peppers, fish sauce, stirring between each ingredient. Serve with lettuce.

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Laotian Coconut Sweet Rice with Mango

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Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 cup of sweet/gluttonous or “sticky” rice
2 cups of coconut milk
¾ cup of refined sugar
1 teaspoon of coconut essence
1 tablespoons grated lemon rind
2 teaspoons rice flour
1 ripe mango, sliced to your preference
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup of toasted coconut shavings

DIRECTIONS

Wash rice three times in cold water, draining after each wash. Then completely soak washed rice in water overnight or for 10 hours.

Place drained rice into a tea cloth and steam it, covered in a “huat” (bamboo steamer) or in a rice-cooker that has a steaming function. Steam for 40 minutes or until the rice is cooked and is chewy/sticky.

In a small saucepan, add 1 cup of coconut milk and sugar. Over very low heat, dissolve the sugar into coconut milk. Do not overcook or let the coconut milk boil. Place aside. Take steamed rice and place into a non-metallic bowl. Pour coconut/sugar mixture over rice, cover and set aside for 30 minutes.

In a small bowl, dissolve rice flour in 18 cup of water. In a small saucepan, over low heat, add 1 cup of coconut milk, salt, coconut essence and dissolved agar (flour mixture). Stir over low heat for 2 minutes. Do not let milk come to a boil. This is your coconut sauce.

After the rice has set for 30 minutes in coconut mixture, place 1 serving of rice (¼ to ½ cup of rice) alongside sliced mango. Drizzle coconut sauce over rice only. Sprinkle grated lemon rind and toasted coconut shavings over rice. Enjoy!

*Tip: Adjust the sweetness by drizzling simple syrup (2 parts sugar, 1 part water, dissolved over low heat) over plated rice before pouring coconut sauce over rice.

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Laotian Spring Rolls

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Makes 12 rolls

INGREDIENTS

1 cup finely chopped yellow onions
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup grated carrots
½ cup finely chopped mushrooms
¼ cup scallions, sliced
½ tablespoon salt
½ tablespoon black pepper
1 cup (8 ounces) ground beef
1 cup chopped, boiled, drained, and air-cooled mung-bean vermicelli noodles
2 eggs
12 spring roll pastry skins
Canola oil, for frying
1 cup sweet chili sauce (store bought)

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl, add onions, garlic, carrots, mushrooms, scallions, salt, pepper, ground beef and noodles. Crack one egg over the mixture, and mix together with your hands.

In a smaller bowl, beat one egg. You will use this to seal shut your pastry skins.

Peel one pastry skin onto a plate. Using the envelope method as taught in class, place approximately 2 tablespoons in one corner and roll. Brush egg to the final tip to seal.

Fry rolls in deep fryer or large pot filled with oil until golden brown. Dip in sweet chili sauce and enjoy!

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Laotian Summer Rolls

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Makes approximately 15 rolls

INGREDIENTS

For rolls

4 oz rice vermicelli noodles
15 spring roll rice paper skins
5 ounces deep fried tofu, sliced into rectangular pieces (appx. 2 inches x ½ inch)
3 carrots, peeled and julienned
1 cup oyster mushrooms / other julienned vegetable of your choice
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup fresh cilantro sprigs, cut into 2 inch long sprigs
1 cup fresh mint leaves
1 cup scallions, sliced into 3 inch long sprigs

For dip

2 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
½ cup of hoisin sauce
½ tablespoon of fish sauce

DIRECTIONS

Bring a pot of water to boil and turn off the heat. Soak the noodles in the hot water for 3 minutes or until the noodles have softened. Bring another pot of water to boil, turn the heat off and then put it aside (you will use this water to moisten spring roll skins). Ladle several cups of hot water into a large bowl.

Dip a spring roll skin into the bowl of warm-hot water. Spread onto a large plate. On the edge closest to you, assemble a “sleek palm-full” of noodles as instructed in class. On top of the noodles, place one piece of tofu, an amount of carrots, oyster mushrooms, julienned vegetables of your choice (if using), some bean sprouts, 2 cilantro sprigs, 2 mint leaves and one sprig of scallion. Carefully roll, again, using the “envelope method” as instructed in class. Repeat for each roll.

For the dip, in a saucepan, over low heat, stir peanut butter until smooth. When the peanut butter has started to become a smoother consistency, add the hoisin sauce and stir for 1 minute. Add fish sauce, and stir.

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Malay Chicken

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Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons of canola oil
3 chicken thighs (with the skin on the bone)
3 cloves garlic, minced
½ cup julienned ginger
1 yellow onion, halved and then sliced into lengthwise pieces
1½ tablespoon dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon preserved black beans
½ cup boiled/hot water
1 tablespoon fish sauce
½ teaspoon minced Thai chilies (optional)
Juice of lime (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon scallions, to garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a large sauté pan over medium heat, add oil. Add minced garlic, julienned ginger and sliced onion. Do not stir. Place chicken thighs, skin-side down on the bed of garlic, ginger, onion. Cook until skin begins to crisp, and then flip. Add soy sauce directly to the chicken.

Add black beans to the cup of boiled hot water, and let sit for 3 minutes. Strain the beans themselves and pour the liquid mixture over the chicken. Let cook for 5 minutes. Add the beans and turn to low heat for another 5 minutes. Add fish sauce, Thai chilies, and fresh lime juice. Sprinkle cilantro and scallions over and bring off heat.

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