Thai Delight

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The sun is rapidly fading here in Eugene. I've been working hard to use all my basil before it withers and I've had a healthy Thai Basil plant that needed to be on my plate. I've been kicking some ideas around and invited a nice family of willing guinea pigs. We had taco fixins left over from yesterday, so I made no attempt to make our meal kid friendly. In the end, we had a nice meal of mostly good food and always good company. Here was my menu:

Thai Fried Rice - I'd made this before. I love it. It's a mixture of fried tofu, thai basil, cilantro, thai peppers and ginger. Not hot, but a nice warm treat.

Thai Sausage - I'd been reading about Thai street food and came across this. Originally cased and skewered, I decided to make patties. I've been eating it all weekend; on a bed of jasmine rice and doused in sweet chili sauce. One day soon, this will make a great hamburger, pot stickers too.

Thai Basil Pesto - I had high hopes for this. I blended cashews with lime juice, thai basil, cilantro, galangal (yum), Kafir Lime leaves (double yum)and birds eye chili peppers. I marinated it in tofu and baked it. . . I'm going to call this a work in progress.

Red Curry - Sweet potatoes and spinach in a red coconut curry. Pretty simple, pretty tasty, but, as you can see, it only barely looked edible. Probably the subject of a future post.

Not on vegan Thai cousine - Thai cooks are amazingly adept at concealing non-vegan food in their meals. Eggs are easy to spot, but sauces and pastes commonly have fish parts. Curry paste, especially red, usually (but not always) has shrimp paste, and fish sauce is in everything. I use Golden Mountain Sauce as a substitute for fish sauce. It has a more authentic Thai flavor and a bit of a fishy taste. Its worth getting. You may sub soy sauce instead, though.

Thai Sausage
Dry Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten
1/2 cup cooked & chilled white rice
1/4 cup shallot, minced
1 tbs galangal (or ginger), minced
1 tbs lemongrass, minced
1 tbs green Thai birds-eye peppers
1 tbs garlic, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Wet Ingredients:
3/4 cup cold vegetable broth
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tbs Golden Mountain Sauce (or soy sauce)
2 tbs vegetable oil
1 1/2 cups vital wheat gluten

Mix the vital wheat gluten with the other dry ingredients. Make sure that they are thoroughly mixed and no lumps of rice remain. Use your fingers! Mix in the wet ingredients, adding a (very) little gluten or water to make a moist dough.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Form into 15 small patties and fry in a large fry pan (or double batch) in a little oil, over medium-high heat until brown on both sides (about 10 minutes). Transfer patties to a 9 x 13 casserole, cover and bake for about 40 minutes, turning once. Test a patty to check consistency and cook more if necessary.

5 servings: 253 cal (7g fat, 19g carbs, 30g protein)

Thai Fried Rice
2 tbs vegetable oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbs ginger, grated
1 tbs chopped red chilies
4 oz fried tofu, chopped small
3 cups jasmine rice
2 tbs golden mountain sauce
2 green onions
1 cup thai basil, chopped
1/2 cup cilantro, chopped

Heat the oil in a saute pan. Add garlic, ginger and chilies. Stir fry for a couple, until fragrant. Add the rice and toss well, breaking up any lumps. Add the golden mountain sauce and toss through with the green onions, tofu, thai basil and cilantro.

4 Servings: 335 cal (13g fat, 45g carbs, 10g protein)

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1 Responses to Thai Delight

  1. Jill Mandley Says:
  2. Hi there,

    love the recipes on your blog. Your photos are great too--easy to figure out my meals by looking at yours.

    I thought i would let you know that i googled "Golden Mountain sauce" as i have never heard of it and came across a startling article about the dangerous chemicals found in that brand.It may or may not be of concern to you, though, I thought i'd share.

    "Yet one of the products, sold under the brand name Golden Mountain, contained close to 5,000 times that figure. Just two teaspoons would be equivalent to 20 times the acceptable daily intake recommended for a woman".


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