Category Archives: Thai Ingredients
My Thai edible garden did so well this year!
Top left – Thai holy basil which loves sun and moderate amounts of water. Grows well in soil, but not so great in a planter! I need this for my stir fry dishes.
Top right – Thai chilies loves cool weather and sun, but not too much water. Once they start growing it’s like a chili explosion – every day I go and pick a handful. And always need to cut the plant back, or it will crowd out it’s neighbors.
Bottom left – Chaplu little sun and medium water. Don’t see much of this around here, so it’s nice to have a place to get it when I want some.
Bottom right – Thai sweet basil doesn’t need Nuch sun and water. Easy to grow everywhere.
I also have galangal, Thai red basil and more. I’m so lucky the weather here is similar to Thailand so I can grow the herbs and other plants that I want to use for my cooking!
This is how you make this delicious and nutritious beverage. Just put finely chopped lemongrass leaves and stalks put into the mixer to make concentrated juice.
Strain it through cheesecloth into a pot. Then after you’ve squeezed as much of the juice out as you can, tie shut into a ball, like this:
Then put into the pot that already has the squeezed lemongrass juice and water brought to a boil. This will make the flavor even more wonderful. Your juice will become delicious and fragrant – the ultimate fresh lemongrass drink!!
Today when I woke up my head felt foggy. I didn’t feel refreshed from my sleep at all. I need time to get myself ready for my Thai cooking class tomorrow. Suddenly a great idea came up when I saw my lemongrass plants. I started growing them this Spring and now there is so much lemongrass!
Lemongrass grows very well during summer here in South Florida because they love lots of sunlight and water. I got these plants from a wonderful friend here in South Florida.
☆ น้ำตะไคร้สด (fresh lemongrass drink) ☆
Prep time: 15 mins | 4 servings
- 4 stalks lemongrass
- 2 tbsp honey
- 5 cups water
1. Wash lemongrass and thinly sliced stalks
2. Add 2 cups of water and all sliced lemongrass mixed well in the mixer
3. Squeeze lemongrass juice and boil in the pot, then add the rest of water until boiled
4. Season with honey. You add more honey if you want to.
5. Served with crushed ice.
I’m so glad that the Thai chili seeds I planted early this year grew so well. Now some of them have turned red and green, and are ready to use cooking my Thai dishes.
There are many types of Thai chili used in Thai cooking.
- Bird’s eye chili (Prik Kee Noo) – 1 inch, the hottest one in Chili family
- Chilli Spur Pepper (Prik Chee Fah) – 3-5 inches, it’s not hot, but used its for coloring and for decoration
- Sweet Pepper (Prik Yuak)
- Green Pepper Chili (Prik Noom)
- Dried Chili
Thai chili is also know as พริกขี้หนู (Prik Kee Noo) or Bird’s eye chili. It’s commonly found in South East Asian countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.
These Thai chilis look small but they pack lots of heat inside the seeds. Please be careful if you’re not use to with the fresh chili heat. It’s more spicy than Mexico’s Habanero chili.
Thai gourmets commonly use fresh chili to cook many dishes such as yum (Thai spicy salad), namprik (น้ำพริก), som tam (green papaya salad), pad thai, spicy & sour soup (Tom Yam), pad thai, tom kha gai, green curry, red curry, chicken basil, etc.
Actually Thai chili is rich in vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and has numerous other health benefits. For example:
- Helps stimulate the appetite of the stomach. If eating in a small volume reduces the occurrence of ulcers in the stomach.
- Prevents from cancer, heart disease and stroke.
- Helps relieve pain from muscles, shoulders, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
- Help burn fat and lose weights
- Help clear mucus and reduce sinusities
- Resolve pain, vomiting, tired
- Help fight inflammation
- Help Soothe Intestinal Diseases
We should all eat more Thai chili! If you don’t have a strong tolerance for the heat, avoid using the seeds in your food. Thai chili will give your food a kick, and make your life more spicy 🙂