Pakuchi som tam papaya, and baby corn

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I took my mortar to prepare a little Thai style lunch around cilantro/coriander green papaya salad.

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So now we have local green papaya, let’s grate it.

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Garlic, green hot chili. Then red hot hot hot chili (very little, it’s so hot), ami ebi salty shrimps, toasted peanuts, kabosu lime juice, a little sugar, nam pla fish sauce. Then red sweet chili, green papaya, coriander leaves and stalks.

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Tam ! Tam ! Tam ! Tam !

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Fresh baby corn from Thailand.

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I’ve used it for a stir-fry. Just oil and a little garlic, to cook the white parts of negi leeks, shishito green peppers, edamame beans, then the baby corn. I garnished with sweet chili sauce.

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Brown rice.

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A nice 3 dish meal.

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Pumpkin curry with wined chestnuts, cilantro falafels

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A deliciously flavored soup curry, with kabocha, wine flavored kuri chestnuts and hanamame giant beans. And a side of cilantro falafels. Some people are genetically designed to hate cilantro/coriander and it takes a really bad taste in their mouth. That’s really sad. I have to luck to appreciate this herb and I never have enough of it.

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Soaked chick peas, mixed with onion, coriander (root, stalk, leaves), chili flakes, Sichuan pepper, salt.

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Served with a dip of harissa… well it’s mixed with tomato sauce. Cucumbers, cilantro (the leaves) and shikwasa citrus salad.

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Mmm… a dream if you love both falafels and coriander.

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Kabocha pumpkin curry :
A cut of steamed kabocha, steamed with skin. Pasted with 1/2 block of tofu, 1 tbs of Japanese curry spice mix, 2 tbs of sakekasu sake lees, salt, water. I simmered the mix till it became thick. Garnished with hanamame beans and wined chestnuts :

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White wine chestnuts :
That’s ideal if you have chestnut that start to dry a little.
Soak them 2 hours, then you can easy cut out the hard shell.
In fresh water, soak overnight, you can then take away the inner skin. Most of it. A large part of it. Actually, you want to leave a small amount for flavor. Break them in 2 or 3 parts.
Then I’ve drained the chestnuts, put in rice cooker, added a glass of white wine, a little sugar, a pinch of salt, 1/2 glass of water (to cover). Switched on. That stopped when the liquid had evaporated. You can do it in a pan or a crock-pot, simply simmer very gently.
They are good to add to sauces and dishes, just a few to pinpoint. You will discover the refined taste.

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A nice meal, rich in legumes and fragrances.

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Black bean sesame burgers and waxy squash red SE-Asian soup

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Beans patties and a soup with flavors of Thailand in company of its exotic rice.

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The patties are a random mix : boiled kuromame (soy black beans), black sesame seeds (pasted), grated garlic and ginger, minced onion, green chili and black miso. A little potato starch to bind. Pan-fried. Glossed with sweet chili sauce. On the place, yellow bell pepper and mitsuba stalks.

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Boiled cubes of tougan (waxy squash) and tororo kombu seaweed.

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I have added red Thai curry paste and fresh coriander to the broth.

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Add Thai jasmine rice. That’s a yummy lunch.

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Fish and broccoli green curry, steamed sticky rice

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Variation on a classic. The green coconut milk curry and balls of rice to dip in it.

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The little originality is I’ve used fish (cod fish) instead of meat. Then broccoli and goya.

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The sticky rice in bamboo basket (recipe).

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Served in a bowl with pakuchi (coriander).

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Grab a little rice and enjoy…

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Kuzukiri crystal noodles in creamy coriander sauce

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Hummus coriander sauce :
In the mortar, stalks and roots of coriander, a handful of chick peas (boiled), then when it’s pasted a generous amount of tahini sesame paste, salt and pepper. That was a bit thick, I delayed with hot water.

Kuzukiri are Japanese noodles made of kuzu starch (more here). These also contain potato starch.

That’s it ! And when you mix :

It’s so creeeeaaaaamy !

Side dish : chicken liver salad with steamed greens, myoga and raspberry vinaigrette.

Coriander lotus chicken

After all those scones and crepes. Let’s eat veggies now…

Renkon (lotus roots) sliced. They stay super crunchy. Mushrooms. Beans.

It’s a stir-fry with some spice red Thai paste for soup, garlic, ginger and lots of turmeric powder.

And pakuchi (fresh coriander/cilantro).
That’s good like a trip to the Tropics.

Som tam ripe : sunny papaya salad

The idea was to make a som tam, a Thai green papaya salad with the ingredients I get here.

The drama : that’s the greenest papaya at the local market. Greener are sold much further, in Kobe’s Chinatown for instance. I hoped it was no so advanced in age inside…

Totally yellow. Well, I was hungry. So let’s go for a yellow papaya salad. Really not the same thing.

Nearly a sweet compote. I added lots of sour lemon… in hope.

I think you are not supposed to include the coriander root in this dish, but I love the roots. And that compensated for the deficient papaya.

  

Japanese dry ami-ebi shrimps. And kamaboko (bought hand-made fish surimi).

That was… totally different. I tried to eat it without comparing. And I really like it.