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Thai Snack: Fried Mung Beans (Tua Thong)

Today, we are making a nice and easy Thai snack and appetizer: fried mung beans which are called ‘Tua Thong’ (ถั่วทอง) in Thai. Fried mung beans are also a common topping on popular Thai desserts like sweet sticky rice with mango (khao niew ma muang).

Fried Mung Beans

Fried mung beans (photo credit: cooking.kapook.com)

Fried mung beans (photo credit: cooking.kapook.com)

Here is what you need to prepare 3-4 portions:

  • 200g mung beans
  • 1 litre water
  • 500ml palm oil
  • 1 TSP salt

Preparation:

Take a large pot and bring the water to a boil. Put the mung beans in a large bowl and pour hot water on the beans. Let them soak for about 3-4 hours. Then drain the mung beans and let them dry on a plate or tray. Then take a pan or wok and heat the palm oil on a medium heat. Now fry the mung beans for around 5-6 minutes and then remove them from the hot oil. Finally put the fried beans in a container, add salt and mix everything together well. You’re ready to serve!

The following video shows you how to prepare fried mung beans. You can easily learn how to prepare this appetizer 🙂

Hope you’ll give this Thai snack a try!

Yours, Sirinya

(P.S. Please check out my Thai Food Dictionary for more general information)




Thai Pork Toast: Khanom Pang Na Moo

Thai pork toast is a popular snack and appetizer similar to Thai fish cakes. This kind of fried bread is also referred to as Thai canapés. Commonly this snack, which is bread covered with minced pork and fried, is served with a cucumber relish. In Thai, it is called ‘khanom pang na moo’ (ขนมปังหน้าหมู).

Thai pork toast (photo credit: pantip.com)

Thai pork toast (photo: pantip.com)

Thai pork toast recipe

Ingredients for 2-3 portions:

For the toast:

  • 10 slices of white toast /sandwich bread
  • 300 gram of minced pork
  • 1TSP soy sauce
  • 1TSP corn starch
  • 1/2 TSP ground white pepper
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 3 coriander (cilantro) roots, chopped
  • 40 fresh coriander (cilantro) leaves
  • 2 eggs
  • Palm oil for deep frying

For the cucumber relish:

  • 2 cucumbers, sliced
  • 4 shallots, sliced
  • 1 red chili, sliced
  • 3TSP sugar
  • 2TSP vinegar
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 1/4 cup of water

Preparation:

In a first step, cut the bread slices into quarters. Put the bread quarters on a rack and let them dry for at least two to three hours. Meanwhile prepare the minced pork spread – take a large bowl and put in the chopped coriander roots, garlic, soy sauce, pepper, the ground pork and the corn starch. Mix everything together well and them let the mixture rest for about 15 minutes.

In a second step, spread the pork paste evenly on the toast squares and garnish each piece with a coriander leaf on top. Take a wok or large pan for frying and heat the palm oil. While the oil is heating, put the two eggs into a bowl and dip the bread pieces with the pork side down into the eggs. Then drop the pieces quickly into the oil with the pork side down. When the pork side is golden brown after one or two minutes of frying, flip the bread squares. Fry until the other side is golden brown too. Finally, remove the bread pieces from the hot oil and let them cool down on a rack.

Now it is time to prepare the cucumber relish: take a pan and put in the water, sugar, salt and vinegar. Mix until the ingredients are well combined.

khanom pang na moo with cucumber relish (photo credit: topicstock.pantip.com)

Khanom pang na moo with cucumber relish (photo credit: topicstock.pantip.com)

It is time to serve: arrange the toast squares on a plate, take a small bowl and put in some cucumber slices, shallots and chili adding the vinegar mixture.

This recipe for Thai pork toast comes from the marvellous cooking channel WhatRecipe.tv. In the following video you can easily learn how to make this snack.

Hope you’ll give this recipe a try!

Yours, Sirinya

(P.S. for more information, check out my Thai Food Dictionary)




Talad Baan Mai: Nostalgic Market in Chachoengsao Province

The Baan Mai Riverside Market is located on Baan Mai Road next to the serene Bangkapong river in Chachoengsao province (จังหวัดฉะเชงเทรา) in central Thailand.  It is about an hour’s drive east of Bangkok.

At Talad Baan Mai

At Talad Baan Mai*

At Talad Baan Mai*

Talad Baan Mai (ตลาดบ้านใหม่) has been in this sleepy province for over 100 years and thus visitors can enjoy a glimpse of traditional town life there. The market is open on weekends and on public holidays.

A vintage market, selling all kinds of wares*

A vintage market, selling all kinds of wares, Talad Baan Mai in Chachoengsao province *

This market is mainly a vintage and nostalgic Thai streetfood market where you can find numerous Thai and Chinese delicacies and treats. There are also local dishes that you hardly find anywhere else.

A Thai streetfood market*

A Thai streetfood market, the Baan Mai Riverside Market*

The stalls sell mainly traditional Thai street food. The dishes range from aromatic curries to chilli pastes and fried and dried river fish.

Selling river fish*

Selling river fish at Talad Baan Mai*

Of course there are also plenty of Thai sweet snacks like coconut sticky rice in banana leaves and Thai crispy rice crackers with cane sugar drizzle on top (Khanom Nang Led), for instance.

Coconut sticky rice in banana leaves*

Selling coconut sticky rice in banana leaves*

Selling Thai crispy sweet rice crackers*

Selling Thai crispy sweet rice crackers (Khanom Nang Led)*

What is more, there are vendors selling all kinds of retro but also modern wares such as plenty of children’s plastic toys and souvenirs.

Plenty of children's plastic toys*

Plenty of children’s plastic toys*

All kinds of wares and souvenirs*

All kinds of wares and souvenirs at the Baan Mai Riverside Market*

The old wooden shop houses, which have been preserved from at least 50 years ago, contribute to the nostalgic flair of the market. They are reminiscent of how Thailand must have been six to eight decades ago.

A market with nostalgic flair*

A market with nostalgic flair and wooden shop houses*

Rustic market restaurant among wooden shophouses*

Rustic market restaurant among wooden shophouses*

There is also a stall that sells live fish to be released. Since many Thai Buddhists like to make merit by releasing live fish into the river, it comes in useful that Talad Baan Mai is situated next to the Bangpakong River. This river flows through Thailand’s eastern provinces of Chachoengsao and Prachin Buri. Hence, go right ahead bestowing the fishes their freedom and thereby making merit 🙂

Make merit by releasing live fish*

Make merit by releasing live fish*

Finally, I think that Talad Baan Mai is an authentic Thai street food market that offers numerous delicacies and treats. In addition, you find many retro wares there but also plenty of souvenirs.

Yours, Sirinya




Easy Thai Snack: Sesame Peanuts – Tua Krob Kaew

Today, I have a recipe for an easy Thai sweet snack (khanom): Crispy sesame peanuts which are called ‘Tua Krob Kaew’ (ถั่วกรอบแก้ว) in Thai. This snack is quick to make at home, only few ingredients are needed. Instead of peanuts, you may also take any other kinds of nuts.

Thai sesame peanuts

Thai sesame peanuts (photo credit: tuktajurairat.blogspot.com)

Thai sesame peanuts (photo credit: tuktajurairat.blogspot.com)

Ingredients for 3-4 portions:

  • 250g peanuts (or other kinds of nuts)
  • 250g sugar (white or brown)
  • 250ml water
  • 1TSP cocoa powder
  • 1/2 TSP salt
  • 2TSP unsalted butter
  • 2TSP white sesame

Preparation:

Take a wok or pan, put on medium heat and mix sugar, cocoa powder, salt and water together. Add the peanuts and let them boil until the mixture thickens and dries. Then add the white sesame and finally the butter. Mix everything together well and then let the nuts cool down on a tray. You’re ready to serve 🙂

peanuts with white sesame (photo credit: topicstock-pantip.com)

Tua krob kaew (photo credit: topicstock-pantip.com)

This recipe comes from the marvellous cooking channel WhatRecipe.tv. In the following video, you can easily learn how to prepare this Thai dessert.

Hope you’ll give Thai sesame peanuts a try! It’s a yummy and delicious snack 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

(P.S. for more general information, check out my Thai Food Dictionary)