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Thai Desserts – Pumpkin and Bananas in Coconut Milk

Gluoy Bwod Chee might not be the most appetizingly appealing dish, but bananas in coconut cures any sweet craving! Thais also like to use pumpkin in their sweet dishes, so I’ve included it as a substitute in the recipe.

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You will need:

  • 1 cup bite size pieces of pumpkin or 2 ripe bananas peeled and cut into bite size pieces
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp palm sugar
  • pinch of salt

This is the easiest dessert to make! Simply put it all into a sauce pot and boil it for about 4-5 minutes! Adjust the flavour with a little more sugar and/or salt.

Pad See-Ew – Fried Flat Rice Noodles

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So quick and easy to make!

This is one of my favourite dishes as it’s super easy to make and I get a whackload of kale in one meal. According to WebMD, 1 cup of kale has just 33 calories but:

  • Nearly 3 grams of protein
  • 2.5 grams of fiber (which helps manage blood sugar and makes you feel full)
  • Vitamins A, C, and K
  • Folate, a B vitamin that’s key for brain development
  • Alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid. (While kale has far less omega-3 than fish, it is another way to get some of this healthy fat into your diet.
  • Lutein and zeaxanthin, nutrients that give kale its deep, dark green coloring and protect against macular degeneration and cataracts
  • Minerals including phosphorus, potassium, calcium, and zinc

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Massaman Curry with Tofu

This is a curry from the south, as evidenced in the use of typically large pieces of chicken and in the spice combination of turmeric and star anise. These are distinctly Indian qualities, which come up from Malaysia.

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In this picture, I was too lazy to grind the peanuts. Also, I used regular potatoes which had been boiled for a few minutes before adding to the curry.

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Mango with Sticky Rice

Thai mangoes(ma-muang) are probably different from the ones you’ve experienced, if you’re from the west. They are not perfectly round, red, or coarse. In actual fact, they turn from green to that lovely yellow colour and are so delicious when ripe, there is simply no comparison! I find mangoes from South America are usually quite tart, whereas these ones are not. The inside seed is also flat, allowing you to get the most out of this delectable fruit!

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Guide to Thai Spices

thai_spicesThai Cuisine is popular around the world for its rich use of spices and unique flavours. Here’s a list of common spices you will find in popular dishes. Many of them are similar to other spices you may know, but if you don’t use the Thai version in your cooking, your dishes will taste very different (as I found out with basil when I first moved here!)

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