cooking lessons with mee

This Sunday I went over to a friend of mine named Mee’s house for cooking lessons.

We made Tom Yum and Pad Kha Pao Pa – delicious.

achan mee
achan mee with tamarind paste

Here is how to make Pad Kha Pao Pa:

pounding the chilis and garlic
pounding the chilis and garlic

Sauce:

take 3-4 red thai chilis

2 cloves of garlic

1 tsp msg

1 tsp salt

1 tbs sugar

and crush together in a mortar and pestle (or food processor).

don't forget the fish sauce!
don't forget the fish sauce!

Add the juice of 1 lime, and 3 tbs of fish sauce.

Use this to pour over the fish when done.

Fish:

In a bowl, marinate about 1 lb of fish cut into medium sized pieces in:

i prefer not to eat the fish heads.
i prefer not to eat the fish heads.

1 tbs oyster sauce

1 tsp msg

2 tbs fish sauce

for 10 minutes.

Heat about 1/2 cup of oil in a wok.  Once the oil is hot, add the fish and fry until golden brown, flipping once.

Remove the fish from the oil.

Throw in some fresh herbs and deep fry for a minute.  The herb Mee used was something between sweet basil and cilantro – I don’t think it exists outside of Asia.  But try whatever you can get your hands on – it will be delicious, I am sure.

And finally, you have a delicious meal:

pad kha pao pa
pad kha pao pa

If you’re interested in other Lao or Thai recipes, drop me a line, and I might already know how to make it.  If not, I can ask for another cooking class!  At some point in the future I planto post recipes for Tofu (or fish) Laap, and maybe sticky rice ball salad.

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