Vegetable Pad Thai

August 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

12-16 ounces flat rice noodles (pad thai noodles) (pre-soaked )
2 tablespoons tamarind paste
1 tablespoon yuzo rice vinegar
½ cup tamari
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
¼ cup turbinado sugar
½ cup water
2-3 tablespoons peanut oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 shallot, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, sliced fine
1 red thai red chili, sliced fine
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup bean sprouts
½ cup roasted peanuts, chopped
½ cup cilantro leaves
Lemon wedges

Directions

Make sure the noodles are not over soft they should be soft but not overly soft. In mixing bowl whisk together the tamarind paste, vinegar, tamari, lime juice, sriracha, brown sugar and water. In a large skillet or wok, heat the peanut oil to a high heat and cook the garlic, shallots, red chili and green onions until they are beginning to brown. Add the beaten eggs and scramble. Add the sauce to the mixture and the noodles still on high heat mixing well and making sure all liquid is mixed together, allowing the noodles to cook. Add the bean sprouts and mix well, cooking a few more minutes. Take off heat and mix in peanuts and cilantro leaves. Serve with lemon wedges.

Cold Garden Pad Thai Salad

August 24th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

12-16 ounces flat rice noodles (pad thai noodles) (pre-soaked and cooked until soft)
2 tablespoons tamarind paste
1 tablespoon yuzo rice vinegar
½ cup tamari
Juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
¼ cup turbinado sugar
½ cup water
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 shallot, chopped fine
1 bunch green onions, sliced fine
1 cup bean sprouts
½ cup zucchini, matchsticked in two inch long pieces
½ cup carrots, matchsticked in two inch long pieces
½ cup roasted peanuts, chopped
½ cup cilantro leaves
Lime wedges

Directions

Make sure the noodles are not over soft they should be soft but not overly soft. In a mixing bowl whisk together the tamarind paste, vinegar, tamari, lime juice, sriracha, brown sugar and water. In another large mixing bowl toss together all salad ingredients (garlic, shallots, green onions, bean sprouts, zucchini, and carrots) until well mixed, set aside. Combine the noodles and the vegetables and toss together with the dressing. Let stand about 4-5 minutes and toss with cilantro leaves. Garnish with lime wedges.

Beef Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
A 1-inch piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
3-5 pounds of good beef bones, preferably leg and knuckle
1 pound beef chuck, cubed
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 pounds London broil or flank steak sliced thin and cooked in the broth for about 1 minute.
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin Sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, galangal, ginger, beef bones and beef and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the salt, fish sauce, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Making sure you spoon away the “scum” that rises to the top of the soup ban from the bones. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the raw beef into the pot of boiling stock and cook for 1 minute. Remove and place atop the noodles, ladle broth over the noodles and beef and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Chicken Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serve 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
A 1-inch section of galangal, peeled and chopped
A 2-inch section of ginger, peeled and chopped
3-5 pounds of chicken pieces, wings and other bones
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 chicken breasts, poached in the broth and shredded with fingers and set aside
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers sliced thin, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, galangal, ginger, chicken bones and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the salt, fish sauce, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Making sure you spoon away the “scum” that rises to the top of the soup ban from the chicken. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the shredded chicken into the pot of boiling stock to reheat, for about 10 seconds only. Remove and place atop the noodles, ladle broth over the noodles and chicken and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Tofu Vegetable Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
3 cloves garlic
1 shallot, chopped large
A 1-inch piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
A 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
2 small carrots, cut into large pieces
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
¼ cup dried shitakes
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 pounds of tofu, cut into bit sized squares, seasoned with tamari and fried
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin Sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, shallots, carrots, galangal, ginger, and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the dried shitakes, salt, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the fried tofu on top of the noodles and ladle broth over the noodles and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

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