Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Recipe 68 - Vishnu's got this

Well hello again!
It's my last January doing this blog.  Soon I'll be going through old files, backing up photos and conglomerating everything into a cookbook.  How exciting is that?

But let's talk about you.

I've missed you!   How is 2013 treating you so far?   If the fact that I've heard about many ppl's paycheck is an indication of how it's going to treat me, I might have to shut this whole thing down right now.

But let's stay positive.  For, if we aren't positive, we're negative and that's just not becoming, my friends, especially to Hindu deities..  Remember those less fortunate, like a hen laying eggs or a fish getting ready to be caught for some rancid sounding sauce.

We'll start there. ;)

Welcome to Thai month here at the RoVL kitchen!
For many of you, Thailand conjures up visions of that here to your right.  But we're not actually GOING to Thailand, no..for the next three weeks we're going to delve into the fantastical world of Thai food!  And if I'm lucky that means the use of Holy Basil which is one of my very favorite spices of evermore.

Are you looking to get Thai lucky?   Want me to share?   All you have to do is ask I like to share my creations!
So what am I getting myself into?   Well, I'm about to  attempt a dish full of egg, chicken, fish and spices.  So with those hints can you tell me what Thai inspired dish am I looking at making this weekend?

(enter Jeopardy music here).

Time's up!

Pad Kee Mao
(also known as drunken stir fry)
This traditionally has eggs and chicken and fish sauce in it
(sometimes pork or steak as well).
So, from the land of meditation - let's learn a little about 'Pad Mee Kao'.

"Drunken noodles (or Pad Kee Mao, less frequently Pad Ki Mao or Pad Kimao, Lao: Thai: ผัดขี้เมา, is a Chinese-influenced dish that was made popular by the Chinese people living in Laos and Thailand. It is a stir fried noodle dish very similar to Phat Si Io, but with a slightly different flavor profile. It is made with broad rice noodles, soy sauce, fish sauce, mirin, garlic, meat or tofu, bean sprouts, and various seasonings. Chili and Holy Basil give rise to its distinctive spiciness. Drunken fried rice or khao phat khimao is a similar dish.
The name of the dish refers to the alcohol content of mirin, a type of rice wine similar to sake."

Hmm, well ok.  Look, there I go again, typing in Thai.  Isn't that sexy?
I'm planning to make my own fish sauce and oyster sauce for this recipe.  This should be interesting.  I made faux 'crab' the other day so it can't be ALL that hard, right?
No matter.. I do hard things all the time, besides anything has to be better than REAL fish sauce, right?
Fish weird me out.  I went scuba diving in Hanauma bay once and they would skim past your legs.. fish bigger than you and...
Oh right, we're talking about Thai food not my brief 1987 vacation to Hawaii where I scored a really bad jersey that says "HAWAII 87"  and had a very bad spiral perm and braces.  (Should I dig that photo up?  Show of hands?)

Well anyway.  Let's take it from here, shall we?
We need some numbers:

Pad Kee Mao                             Pad Vee Mao
Calories - 596                                 237  
Total Fat - 15.4                               6.2
Cholesterol -   46.8                           0
Sodium -      991                             789
Total Carbs - 27.4                          18.5
Fiber - 3.9                                       3.5
Protein - 15.9                                 12.7
WW Pts -   8                                     4

Well I have Sunday night slated for this meal.   I have a very long weekend ahead of me, getting my car fixed, prepping for and going to a baby shower.. and I have to do housework, yoga, a 5k, lift weights and.. there I go going on about stuff you didn't sign on to hear about.

Sunday though will be full of Thai.  Thai basil, Thai food,some yoga, maybe Mulan will show back up on Once Upon a Time.. (although she's Chinese).
REGARDLESS...  Sunday is the night.
Stay tuned.
You won't want to miss it if I start chanting in Taiwanese during my yoga session.

Music enjoyed while blogging:
The chattering of my cold teeth

Current Craving:
Stupid benedict.

Current Motivation:
I'll walk 10 miles to your house if you want to feed me.  This juicing stuff is for the birds. (not even!)

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