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Sawaddee June!

What’s holding you back in the kitchen? I’d like to pose this question as food for thought this month. With the release of my cookbook, I’ve been talking to lots of people about the book, and inevitably, about Thai cooking. The word that keeps coming up in our conversation, the word that many people use to describe how they feel about Thai cooking, is “intimidating.” I know many of you are Thai cooking pros by now, but if you are getting started, and you know that feeling of intimidation, perhaps ask yourself: What exactly is intimidating you? And what is the worst that could happen? I think you’ll realize that the worst case scenario is that you’ll learn what not to do next time! (P.S. I discuss “the fear of ethnic cuisine” extensively in my book (p.22), so if you’ve got it, give it a read!)

I have made many failed dishes myself. All chefs have. It’s how we learn to be better at what we do. All the recipes I post are preceded by versions that needed tweaking. If all my recipes come out perfect the first time, I wouldn’t have any useful advice to give you about what not to do or what to be careful of. Occasionally, I give a new dish a go and it comes out perfect the first time…and after a brief moment of excitement and self-high-five, I’d almost feel disappointed by it. This is because I’ve come to enjoy the process of fine-tuning, experimenting, and researching new methods to improve a dish, because that’s really what excites me.

So this month, go forth and try dishes you’ve been intimidated to try, and let me know how it goes! 

News & Updates

 

• Book Depository ships my cookbook for FREE to anywhere in the world! HTK fans are spread out all over the world, and if you're not sure how to get my book delivered to your country, I discovered this great site Book Depository which will ship my cookbook for FREE no matter where in the world you are. 

• Take a Thai cooking class with me: I have another cooking class coming up in September, so if you're in the Vancouver area, keep your eyes open for more updates!

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May Videos

shumai

Shrimp & Pork Dumplings (Shumai)

This is a dim sum favourite for many of us! Originally a Chinese dish, these yummy little dumplings have become a solid part of the Thai food culture for a long time, and when we make them, we add our own Thai flare to them (yes, there are chilies involved!). 

 

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lychee Fried rice

Lychee Fried Rice w/ Chinese BBQ Pork

If you like pineapple fried rice, you're going to love this one! This fried rice has everything going on: juicy fruity lychees, nutty cashews, aromatic five spice, not to mention Chinese BBQ pork! 

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Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake 

This is my favourite chocolate cake recipe which I've been making for 10 years! It's super moist and chocolatey, and essentially foolproof!

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Yen Ta Fo

Yen Ta Fo "Pink Noodle Soup"

After SO many requests, here it is! This pink noodle soup is so good it made it to my "Top 5 Noodle Soups in Thailand" episode! 

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Pork toast

Thai Pork Toast

These pork toasts are addictive little appetizers! This version is baked rather than fried as is traditional, so you still get the same delicious flavour but without the grease! 

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Throwback: A good ol' video to watch in June

Top 5 noodles

Top 5 Noodle Soups in Thailand! Pt 1

Since we made noodle soups this month, here are 5 must-tries when you visit Thailand!

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Interesting stuff you might enjoy...

 

• "Eat anything you want, just cook it yourself." A terrific 2-min animated video, voiced by Michael Pollan, that talks about why simply cooking at home will free you from the grip of salt, sugar, and fat you don't need.

• When you go to a French restaurant, how much do you expect to pay? What about when you go to a Chinese restaurant? If you're like most people, the answers to those two questions are vastly different. Why? Here's an interesting article that discusses a theory of why Americans are not willing to pay a lot of money for ethnic food. (And on that note, why we don't usually refer to a French or Italian restaurant as "ethnic food.")

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May Fan Photos!

Thank you to everyone who sent me pictures, please keep them coming, I really enjoy receiving them! Let me know if you're intrigued by any of the pictures and want to know which recipes they are!

Photo Credits: 

Alan L, Brandon P, Ijlaal C, Luisa P, Mark S, Martin D, Mirko M, Oliver F, Pang T, Richard L,Simon P, Yengster H, @xosusiecakes, @vincentko, @serene_quek