An easy Thai dish that can be cooked while on the road…
One of the perks of living and travelling through Southeast Asia has been the exposure to some of the most exceptional culinary dishes.
What I love about travelling here is that you quickly learn that the love of food is an intricate part of culture, and often a hot topic of conversation for most locals.
I first fell in love with Asian food in Thailand. The explosion of so many contrasting flavours all in one bite. Sweet, salty, spicy and bitter, and all coming from the freshest ingredients. After travelling for a couple of months I took every opportunity I could to learn how to make some of my favourite dishes. If you like cooking or are following a vegetarian diet its easy to embrace Thai cooking, especially if you’re on the road. Fresh produce markets are easily accessible and although most accommodation in Thailand do not have great cooking facilities, most dishes you only need one wok and a good chopping board.
Taking a cooking class is a good way to get started. There are plenty about and most offer a tour of local markets, which is an excellent way to find out what type of vegetables and ingredients are available. My favourite dish is stir fried fresh noodles or Phat-See-Ew, as it is known in Thailand. It is a simple, cheap and flavoursome dish packed with nutrients, especially since kale is considered a super food. Perfect for staying healthy while on the road. Here is my recommended recipe that can easily be adapted for vegetarians. Just replace chicken or pork with mushrooms, and replace the fish sauce with mushroom sauce, and you’re good to go.
Quick and Easy Stir-fried Fresh Noodles with Chicken/Pork/Mushrooms.
250g. Fresh rice noodles. (Ideally use the wide noodles).
50g. Chicken or Pork or Mushrooms
1 Bunch of Chinese Kale, chopped into one inch width.
1 Tbsp. chopped garlic.
2 Tbsp. fish sauce.
1 Tsp. dark soy sauce.
3 Tbsp. cooking oil.
- Mix fresh noodles with the dark soy sauce until the noodle are light brown.
- Heat the oil in a wok. When the oil is hot, fry the garlic.
- Add the chicken/pork/mushrooms and stir constantly until cooked.
- Add the noodles and stir to break up the noodles.
- Add the fish sauce and sugar then stir to mix the seasoning into the noodles.
- Break the egg slightly to one side of the wok/pan and cook gently for 3 seconds and then scramble the egg into the noodle mix.
- Lastly add the Kale and cook for 1 minute.
Have a passion for food?
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