At first glance the dish may be interpreted as a spaghetti sauce given the defined color of the dish and its meaty appearance. In fact this is one of the well known dishes originating from the Northern regions of Thailand. One spoonful of this dish and it is without doubt that the flavor is nothing similar to any Italian meat sauce. A wave of flavors excite the sensors on your palettes as you dive into another spoonful of the ‘Nam Prik Ong’.
Laid upon a mountain of white jasmine rice rest a well seasoned crispy grilled beef patty. A blanket of thick brown sauce consisting of mushrooms and sliced sweet onions is drizzled over it. A beautifully fried egg is gently placed atop the gravy lathered beef patty. As a fork pierces into the egg, a river of yolk oozes out onto the dish. The combination of flavors are divine. This my friends, is one of the well-known comfort foods of Hawaii known as ‘Loco Moco’. Continue reading
At first glance you might interpret it to be a kitchen cloth mixed with a variety of herbs and seasonings. In fact the name of this popular Isan dish is called ‘Yum Pah Kee Riew’ (ยําผ้าขี้ริ้ว) which translates into a rag salad. Rest assure, no rags were utilized into the making of this dish and the main ingredient is that of cow tripe.
As my fill of typical rice dishes from the culinary flavors of Thai cooking gets monotonous, an unbearable craving for a good stir fry begins to engulf me. Don’t get me wrong, rice is great, but a noodle dish once in a while would be even better. I envision a metal wok being laid upon red flames brightly dancing over a stove as a consistently thick, dark sauce is being poured onto silky threads of golden noodles. My tummy begins to grumble, yes, now I am hungry. Continue reading