Thai Appetizer - Fat Horse (maa uaan) Recipe
 
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Maa ouan is an appetizer with clear Chinese characteristics. It resembles the filling of khanohm jeep dumplings (ขนมจีบ), the crab and pork meat fillings of haawy jaaw (ฮ่อยจ๊อ), or the shrimp and pork meat mix of haae geun (แฮ่กึน). Minced pork and shrimp meat are seasoned with garlic, coriander roots, white peppercorns and salt, then mixed with duck egg and a bit of coconut cream, placed in small ceramic cups (thuay dta lai, ถ้วยตะไล), and steamed. It can be served either as a starter, an hors d'oeuvres, or even as a side dish to curries.
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 15
Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup pork meat, minced
  • 1/2 cup shrimp meat, minced
  • 2 tablespoons shrimp tomalley
  • 4 tablespoons pork fat, uncooked
  • 2 tablespoons coriander roots
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic
  • 2 teaspoons white peppercorns
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 duck egg
  • 2 duck eggs yolks
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream
  • coriander leaves and fresh long red chili pepper for decoration
Method
  1. In a pestle and mortar, pound together coriander roots, garlic, white peppercorns and salt. Set aside.Fat Horse - A Thai appetizer with an amusing name: (ม้าอ้วน ; maa uaan)
  2. Boil thin slices of pork fat until cooked. Strain, and cool to room temperature.Fat Horse - A Thai appetizer with an amusing name: (ม้าอ้วน ; maa uaan)
  3. Slice the pork fat into small cubes. Set aside.Fat Horse - A Thai appetizer with an amusing name: (ม้าอ้วน ; maa uaan)
  4. Place in a mixing bowl the minced shrimp meat, minced pork meat, the pork fat cubes, duck eggs and the garlic-coriander-white pepper paste.Fat Horse - A Thai appetizer with an amusing name: (ม้าอ้วน ; maa uaan)
  5. Mix well.Fat Horse - A Thai appetizer with an amusing name: (ม้าอ้วน ; maa uaan)
  6. Add coconut cream.Fat Horse - A Thai appetizer with an amusing name: (ม้าอ้วน ; maa uaan)
  7. Knead the mixture thoroughly, throwing the mixture into the bowl a few times to help condense the texture of the meats.Fat Horse - A Thai appetizer with an amusing name: (ม้าอ้วน ; maa uaan)
  8. Place small ceramic cups (thuay dta lai, ถ้วยตะไล) on a steaming tray.Fat Horse - A Thai appetizer with an amusing name: (ม้าอ้วน ; maa uaan)
  9. Spoon the meat filling into each cup, leaving a 0.5 cm gap from the rim.Fat Horse - A Thai appetizer with an amusing name: (ม้าอ้วน ; maa uaan)
  10. Steam the cups for about 5 minutes.Fat Horse - A Thai appetizer with an amusing name: (ม้าอ้วน ; maa uaan)
  11. Mix the shrimp tomalley with the duck egg yolks.Fat Horse - A Thai appetizer with an amusing name: (ม้าอ้วน ; maa uaan)
  12. Drizzle the yolks, filling each cup completely.Fat Horse - A Thai appetizer with an amusing name: (ม้าอ้วน ; maa uaan)
  13. Steam for additional 2 minutes.Fat Horse - A Thai appetizer with an amusing name: (ม้าอ้วน ; maa uaan)
  14. Decorate with coriander leaves and julienned fresh red chili pepper. Serve.Fat Horse - A Thai appetizer with an amusing name: (ม้าอ้วน ; maa uaan)
Recipe by Thaifoodmaster at https://thaifoodmaster.com/thai_food_recipes/thai_appetizers_recipes/10284