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It will not be an overstatement to say that banana trees accompany Thai people from their birth to the afterlife. Starting with the decorative objects made out of banana leaves newborns receive to invite protective spirits, and continues their entire life with the endless uses for banana leaves, trunks and fruits; finally ending with the female spirit ghost, maae praai taanee (แม่พรายตานี), who resides in banana trees and Thai beliefs.

If you are looking for a quick and tasty snack try this one. Like a beautiful jewel studded with gems, the yellow corn kernels are peeking through the golden crust… a festive choice for a party, afternoon brunch, or for a buffet table. The sweetness of the corn is beautifully enhanced by the aromatic seasoning; it is truly irresistible that warrants this caveat: double the recipe.

Ajat is extremely simple yet elegant, and when you include it side to deep-fry or oily dishes, it is a knockout. Ajat is commonly served alongside Satay, Murtabak, Fish cakes and other deep fried snacks. Its sweet and sour syrup helps to mellow down the oily richness. You can prepare the syrup ahead of time and assemble it just before serving.

กะปิคั่วเป็นเมนูอาหารประเภทหลนที่ในทุกวันนี้ค่อนข้างที่จะหารับประทานได้ยากตามร้านอาหารทั่ว ๆ ไป และ น้อยคนนักที่จะรู้จัก

โดยอาหารประเภทหลนนั้นเป็นการนำหัวกะทิมาเคี่ยวกับของที่หมักทั้งหลาย เช่น แหนม ปลาร้า เต้าเจี้ยว กะปิ เป็นต้น เพิ่มเนื้อปลา กุ้ง หรือ หมู และ ปรุงรสโดยใช้น้ำปลา น้ำตาลมะพร้าว และ น้ำมะขามเปียก ซึ่งหลนที่อร่อยนั้นจะต้องมีลักษณะเป็นน้ำขลุกขลิก และต้องใช้เนื้อสัตว์ที่บดอย่างละเอียดเป็นส่วนประกอบ

nam phrik ong chili relish traces its origins to the “Tai Yai” minority (ไทยใหญ่ Shan people) and is traditionally made with a local variety of grape tomatoes ( บะเขือส้ม; ba kheuua sohm) and fermented soybeans cakes (Tua Nao ; ถั่วเน่า). The local tomatoes variety is especially sour and juicy but you can safely substitute them with cherry tomatoes and skip the Tua Nao if not available.

Here is a wonderful spicy Nam Tok recipe; you may as well go for it! A crispy fried fish dressed with plenty of fresh herbs, plenty of chilies than some lime juice and fragrant ground roasted rice as a textural binder. It is an unpretentious dish, that is just about what is around and what is available; there is some sort of truth about it, which makes it so wonderful.

If you are trying your first Issan style recipe, than this is the one to go for. It is not complicated to prepare and will show off beautifully the hearty and rustic flavors of Issan.

The whole point of salting fish as a preserving method to the Thais goes back way before refrigeration and that is why slated fish is so deeply rooted in the Thai cuisine.

The salting process produces a new ingredient that is different and equally good to the original. The method is simple, the clean fresh fishes are rubbed with plenty of salt and let to dry in the sun.

Best quality fish is the sole factor of a great final product. That is why I was so excited the other day to find at the market a rare offering of salted queenfish (ปลาสละเค็ม ; bplaa sala khem). These fast predators are not commercially fished. Praised for their superb quality meat this game fish offers a challenge to catch both to the fisherman and the foodie alike.

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