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Fermented Rice Noodles Served with Pineapple, Fish Balls in Coconut Milk, Grilled Curried Fish Cakes, Young Ginger and Dry Shrimp Powder
(ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam )

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By: Hanuman, Thaan Khun and Chef Thapakorn Lertviriyavit (Gorn)

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ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naamKhanohm jeen saao naam is a dish of Fermented rice noodles served with pineapple, fish balls in coconut milk, grilled curried fish cakes, young ginger, dry shrimp powder and more…..

Although the weather in Thailand is relatively hot throughout the year, the months between March and June are called summer. And there is no escape from the Thai summer: It swathes you in a humid heat blanket. These days, however, you can find refuge on picture-perfect tropical beaches, or hide in modern, comfortable air-conditioned buildings.

But back in the old days, when air-conditioning and ice cream were not available, Thai conventional wisdom prescribed summer dishes that refreshed with predominantly sour and sweet flavors, and naturally chilled things up via the stomach.

Here are few well-known refreshing summer dishes:

  1. Dtohm sohm (ต้มส้ม) – a sour soup made mostly with fish.
  2. Laawy gaaeo (ลอยแก้ว) – a dessert of sour fruit in sweet syrup.
  3. Bplaa haaeng dtaaeng mo:h (ปลาแห้งแตงโม) – dry fish relish served with watermelon.
  4. Khaao chaae (ข้าวแช่) Rice soaked in cold jasmine-scented water and served with a range of condiments and side dishes, including stuffed shallots, seasoned fermented shrimp paste balls, stuffed banana peppers, shredded sweet fish, beef and pork, just to mention a few.
  5. And finally, the dish we will prepare today: khanohm jeen saao naam (ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ).

Khanohm jeen saao naam is a fairly simple dish to prepare but it can get as detailed and sophisticated as your time and skills, as well as the ingredients available to you, permit.

The basic version consists of fermented rice noodles (khanohm jeen), which are served with sweet and sour pineapple, pounded fluffy dry shrimp powder, young ginger, sliced garlic and bird’s eye chilies, and seasoned with sugar, fish sauce and lime according to taste.

It is usually served with a side dish of jaaeng laawn (แจงลอน), freshwater fish balls cooked in coconut cream.

The resulting dish is a harmonious orchestra of colors, textures and flavors – all coming together beautifully.  This is a dish celebrated for its cooling, refreshing and satiating qualities.

ท่านผู้หญิงกลีบ มหิธร Thanpuying (Lady) Gleep Mahithaawn

ท่านผู้หญิงกลีบ มหิธร (2419-2504)
Lady Gleep Mahithaawn (1876-1961)

For the khanohm jeen saao naam version that we present today, we turn again to the writing of Thanpuying (Lady) Gleep Mahithaawn for her unique take on the dish. Her version is quite similar to the common recipe encountered nowadays, but Lady Gleep enhances it with more ingredients, elevating the dish yet another notch to the level of a majestic masterpiece.

In addition to using pineapple as the featured fruit, Lady Gleep suggests sweet-sour fruit varieties such as pomelo, salacca (ragam – ระกำ) and green mandarin orange (sohm men – ส้มเหม็น).

Lady Gleep also serves the dish with a further variation on the fish balls. As well as the usual fish balls cooked in coconut cream, Lady Gleep adds grilled curried fish cakes called jaaeng laawn bping (แจงลอนปิ้ง)

Jaaeng laawn (แจงลอน) – Fish balls in coconut cream
In her recipe Lady Gleep uses Snakehead fish but we preferred using Clown Featherback (bplaa graai – ปลากราย): The meat of this freshwater fish has a wonderful consistency suitable for making fish balls. Its texture should be developed by intense pounding and kneading, all while maintaining a cold temperature; please do not use a food processor, as it generates unwanted heat that will spoil the texture of the final product.

Start by scraping the flesh of the fish with a spoon. Keep the meat chilled, to prevent the fat from disintegrating and ruining the texture.

The fish meat must be pounded with a pestle in a mortar for quite a long time with pure muscle force – pound it until it thickens and becomes gooey and sticky. You will know you are there when the meat becomes so sticky that you cannot easily lift the pestle.

Use concentrated salt water to rub the pestle from time to time, as this prevents the fish meat from sticking to the pestle and also introduces some saltiness to the meat. Also, keep the pestle cold. You can freeze it before you start working, or soak it in iced water at intervals.

ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam

To improve the fish meat texture even further, after pounding it, knead it vigorously, shape it into a ball and throw it forcefully into the pot from a height.

To maintain cold temperatures during the process of working the fish meat, we recommend using two bowls – with one mixing bowl placed in a bigger bowl filled with ice.

In commercial fish ball production, crushed ice is added to the meat and, in some cases, sodium bicarbonate; but we tend to avoid these mass production techniques, preferring to use the authentic, old culinary techniques that are rarely applied nowadays.

Once the fish paste becomes sufficiently gooey and sticky, roll it into balls and cook them in under-boiling temperatures of around 80c (176F). The balls will float when they are fully cooked.

However, today, for our khanohm jeen saao naam, we won’t make round fish balls, but will shape them into a flat, not-too-thin fish cake. We will also use fresh turmeric-tinted coconut milk seasoned with a pinch of salt to cook them. The final product is known as jaaeng laawn (แจงลอน).

ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naamJaaeng laawn bping (แจงลอนปิ้ง) Grilled Curried Fish Cakes
To make the grilled curried fish cakes, we will first prepare the curry paste from dry chilies, lemongrass, galangal, coriander root, shallots and garlic. We will incorporate grated coconut into the meat and season it simply with fish sauce. The fish meat will again undergo the arduous process of pounding and kneading before we shape it into oval cakes and place on skewers.

We will then grill the fish cakes over low heat, periodically brushing them with coconut cream to create a shiny glaze and retain the moisture.

ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naamServing the dish
You can serve this dish on individual plates or buffet-style,  where each guest selects side dishes to add over the noodles.

We recommend steaming the rice noodles for 10-15 minutes before serving, to freshen them up. Serve with the following side dishes:

  • Fish balls in coconut cream (jaaeng laawn – แจงลอน).
  • Grilled curried fish cakes (jaaeng laawn bping – แจงลอนปิ้ง).
  • Chopped and sliced sweet and sour fruits: pineapple, pomelo and salacca.
  • Pounded dried shrimp powder.
  • Boiled eggs.
  • Thinly-cut julienned young ginger.
  • Sliced garlic.
  • Fresh, julienned long red peppers.
  • Julienned, hair-thin coriander leaves and kaffir lime leaves.
  • Sliced lime and green Mandarin orange.
  • Nam bplaa phrik (fish sauce and bird’s eye chilies).
  • White sugar.

ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam

When you are ready to taste this delicious dish, just roll a bite-sized serving of fermented rice noodles onto your plate. On top of the noodles, place some pomelo, pineapple, ginger, a bit of garlic and chopped salacca. Sprinkle some dry shrimp powder, sugar, and squeeze some lime or green Mandarin orange juice, and don’t forget to add chilies and a piece from the fish cakes.

What a heavenly bite! I will leave you now to enjoy it.

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Khanohm Jeen Saao Naam Recipe
 
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Rice noodles (khanohm jeen), which are served with sweet and sour pineapple, pounded fluffy dry shrimp powder, young ginger, sliced garlic and bird’s eye chilies, and seasoned with sugar, fish sauce and lime according to taste. The resulting dish is a harmonious orchestra of colors, textures and flavors – all coming together beautifully. This is a dish celebrated for its cooling, refreshing and satiating qualities.
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Recipe type: Main
Cuisine: Thai
Serves: 4

Ingredients

 
  • Fermented rice noodles
  • Jaaeng laawn in coconut cream
  • Jaaeng laawn bping
  • Pounded dry shrimp
  • Pineapple, cut into small pieces (preferably Thai Si-Racha variety)
  • Pomelo, separated into chunks.
  • Salacca, cut into small threads
  • Young ginger, thinly-cut julienned
  • Garlic, thinly sliced
  • Kaffir lime leaves, hair-thin julienned
  • Boiled eggs
  • phrik naam bplaa (Chili and Fish Sauce)
  • Lime or green mandarin orange
  • Granulated sugar
For Making Jaaeng laawn bping
  • 1 cup Clown featherback fish meat
  • 2 tablespoons Fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup Coconut cream
Curry paste for Jaaeng laawn bping
  • 2 Large dry chilies
  • 2 tablespoons Lemongrass
  • 2 tablespoons Coriander roots
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Shallots
  • 4 tablespoons Grated fresh coconut
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Ground white peppercorns
For Making Jaaeng laawn
  • 1 cup Clown featherback fish meat
  • 1 1/2 Coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh turmeric
Curry paste for Jaaeng laawn
  • 2 tablespoons Garlic
  • 2 tablespoons Fresh Turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 teaspoon Ground white peppercorns
Method
  1. Using a spoon, scrape the fish meat.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
Making Grilled Curried Fish Cakes
  1. Add salt to a pestle and mortar.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  2. Add the curry ingredients, dry chilies soaked in water, chopped lemongrass, galangal, coriander root, garlic and shallots.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  3. Pound the ingredients into a smooth paste.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  4. Add fish meat.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  5. Pound the fish meat in a pestle and mortar.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  6. Add grated coconut.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  7. Wet your hand with a concentrated salt and water solution.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  8. Clean the fish off the pestle with your hand.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  9. Season with fish sauce.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  10. Knead the fish meat mixture.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  11. Use two bowls, one filled with ice, to maintain cold temperatures.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  12. The fish meat is ready.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  13. On flat skewers, shape the fish meat into elongated balls.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  14. Charcoal grill over low heat, brushing the fish balls with coconut cream, until done.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
Making Fish Balls in Coconut Cream
  1. In a pestle and mortar, pound together into a fine paste the salt, garlic and fresh turmeric.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  2. Add fish meat.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  3. Pound the fish meat in a pestle and mortar.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  4. Season with ground white peppercorns.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  5. Wet your hand with a concentrated salt and water solution and clean the fish from the pestle with your hand.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  6. The fish meat is ready.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  7. Place a pot with coconut cream over low heat, season with a pinch of salt.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  8. Add few slices of fresh turmeric.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  9. Shape the fish mixture into flat balls.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
  10. Cook them in the simmering coconut cream until done.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam
Plating The Dish
  1. Serve and plate as described in the article.
    ขนมจีนซาวน้ำ ; khanohm jeen saao naam

 

22 comments… add one
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  • minitoast & cappuccino Mar 26, 2016, 7:37 am

    ชอบทานขนมจีนซาวน้ำมากที่สุดเลยค่ะ
    เห็นแล้วหิวเลย น่าทานมากๆ

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  • สามปอยซูงิ Mar 26, 2016, 7:37 am

    เป็นเมนูที่ชอบมากอีกเมนูนึงค่ะ แต่ว่าหาทานยากมาก
    ชอบที่คนคิดเมนูนี้ช่างสรรหาวัตถุดิบบ้านๆ ไทยๆที่มีอยู่ มากินคู่ ผสมกันได้ลงตัว
    รสชาติมันกลมกล่อม เปรี้ยวจากผลไม้ มันจากกะทิ มีเนื้อคาวๆจากเนื้อปลาป่น ตัดหวานด้วยสัปปะรด ลงตัวมาตอนกินกับขนมจีน

  • คลองห้า Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 am

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    มาชอบกิน ตอนแก่ตัวนี่แหละครับ แต่หาได้ยากนะครับ

  • Twinnie Rider Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 am

    ไม่เคยเจอจัดหนักอย่างนี้เลย จะหากินได้ที่ไหนเนี่ย

  • jiri Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 am

    คุณหนุมานชาติก่อนต้องเป็นคนไทยแน่ๆเลย
    เมนูนี้น่ารับประทานมากๆค่ะ

  • rin1975 Mar 26, 2016, 7:39 am

    ไม่เคยทานเลย แต่รีวิวมา น่าทานมากกก

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