Main Dish

Black Bean and Corn Chili

Black Bean and Corn Chili

While I like to cook, I don't necessarily like to spend hours in the kitchen making my daily meals. I like quick dishes as well as some things I can make in advance. Chili is one of those dishes I've always liked, but most recipes I've ever encountered seemed to require hours of preparation. The idea for this recipe came from a dish I was served in the Bahamas, of all places.

'Korean' Grilled Beef

'Korean' Grilled Beef

I put 'Korean' in quotes because I don't know how authentic this recipe is. Everything Korean is extremely popular in Thailand, as it has been for a few years, so I suspect a lot of things get labeled Korean even if they're adaptations of Thai foods or whatever. Curiously, I got this recipe from a Thai cookbook that came with my new microwave oven (it was a Korean brand, I should note).

American Fried Rice

American Fried Rice

Thai name: Khao pat amerigan You don't have to be in Thailand too long or make too many Thai friends before one of them will eventually order khao pat amerigan at some food stall or restaurant. I frequently get asked about it by first-time visitors, who assume that the dish really is American in origin, even if they themselves are from the USA and have never heard of it. American Fried Rice In truth, the origins of khao pat amerigan seem to be a little more convoluted.

Balinese Pork & Ginger in Sweet Soy Sauce

Balinese Pork & Ginger in Sweet Soy Sauce

Be Celeng Base Manis Time to take a break from Thai food and try a little Balinese cuisine for a change. While Thai dishes tend to be quick light stir-fries, many Balinese and Indonesian dishes often take a bit more time and are a bit heavier. Balinese Pork & Ginger in Sweet Soy Sauce served with cooked rice. I got this recipe from the Bali Post, which in turn got it from Bali Guide's food section.

Beef Rendang

Beef Rendang

Rendang apparently has its origins in the Minangkabau ethnic group of west Java, but it can be found all over Indonesia as well as neighboring countries. In many ways, this is a very classic Southeast Asian curry, where meat is simmered in a spicy coconut milk stew until the liquid is completely reduced. Beef Rendang The longer you cook this dish, the better. Tradition has it that it should be cooked at least four hours.