If anyone can simplify cooking, one of them would be my sister. With a busy job and two hyperactive kids running around and screaming and fighting for tv, she is one who does not bother cooking up meals that takes the whole day to prepare and cook.
And when I was with her recently, she made me some Tom Yum and some really yummy "Thai" fried chicken. This has got to be the best fried chicken I've ever tasted, when it comes to the Southern Thai style that I normally eat out around town.
I call it Thai style, as the marinade consists of Thai ingredients, such as fish sauce and chili paste. A very simple dish to prep up. I asked her for the recipe, and here it is:
:: Stir Fry Spicy Thai Marinade Chicken ::
1 cup chicken small chicken breast cutlets
3 dash of fish sauce
1 teaspoon turmeric powder
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon chili paste
2 bird's eye chili, pounded
1 shallot, chopped
1 garlic, pounded
Marinate the chicken with fish sauce, turmeric, & oyster sauce. Heat up the wok with some oil and fry the shallots & garlic. Add chicken and fry, adding the pounded chili and chili paste. Continue frying till the chicken is golden brown - a little crispy but don't let it dry out.. And serve with steamed jasmine rice.
Tom Yum are very easy to prepare, once you found your favourite Tom Yum paste. It is widely available on the racks of your local supermarket, so grab one. Cook up tom yum soup, add it in fried rice, noodles, they are very tasty and convenient. My tip: Add fresh ingredient to it, such as lemongrass, kafir lime leaves, veges, meat, and fresh lime juice to make it delicioussss...
:: Seafood Tom Yum ::
This makes about 1 medium pot of Tom Yum Soup
2 lemongrass stalks, pounded
1 green onion, cubed
1 garlic, pounded
fresh meat - squids, prawns, chicken
1/2 carrot, cubed
1/4 cabbage, cut in 2 cm strips
2-3 tablespoon tom yum paste
2 tablespoon lime juice
1 red tomato, cubed
3 kafir lime leaves
5 bird's eye chili, pounded
Boil water in the pot, add lemongrass, garlic, tomatoes. Add in the rest, starting with the meat, yom yum paste, chili, lime leaf and juice. Add salt and you wish, or fish sauce. Taste the soup to check if the tom yum paste, salt, lemon is enough, and adjust if necessary according to how you like your tom yum - more paste, or more sourness...
I enjoy tom yum and now, I'm signing off to the kitchen to make some!