Wednesday, April 05, 2006

all kitchens are not created equal...


some kitchens are smaller than others... but that don't mean you can't shove a whole lotta people into 'em. especially if you gotta cleaver

i almost cancelled this dinner cause i am trying to get out of town, and i still gotta lot to do. but tom, sarah, jenni came over and i made some tam makhoung with padek. nobody ate it. i think its cause i make it poorly. (not cause padek smells bad).

in case you wanna see a picture of what tam makhoung looks like, or wanna try to make it yourself, here is a recipe to check out:

http://laocuisine.net/2006/02/03/lao-green-papaya-salad/#more-13

the problem with this recipe is that she says that you may substitute fish sauce for padek; i haven't seen many people do this: tam makhoung is usually made with some of both. and i don't like crab paste all that much. and forget peanuts, they don't belong in LAO tam makhoung.... peanuts are only good when eaten with raisins (or if you don't have allergies, right Lisa?). reference the previous post: the fish sauce is the bottle to the right. three crabs brand is the only way to go for fish sauce. don't be fooled by the cheaper squid brand (green bottle). the extra $1.21 that you pay for 3 crabs is worth it...

ok... gotta get back to work so they will let me leave tomorrow. it is crazy busy around here.

4 comments:

ewesa said...

everything tasted fabulous! (once we squeezed ourselves out of the tiny kitchen filled with hefted sharp objects)

plainoldsarah said...

sounds delicious! i need to practice more foreign recipes anyway - just wondering if i really want to invest in this padek stuff - i may never ever want to use it again - sounds a bit scary.

Lisa said...

I'm glad to hear peanuts are not part of real Lao tam makhoung...maybe it will be my favorite food when I'm able to join you all next time...have so much fun!

jrm said...

just up your spicey food intake, and you'll be ok!