Recipes from Bangkok: Aoy’s Thai Fried Pork Recipe

Aoy in her lush, beautiful garden

This week we’ve been featuring authentic Thai recipes from host Aoy — a passionate food lover who has dedicated herself to teaching other how to prepare Thai dishes! She lives on the banks of the Tha Chin River in the Nakhon Sathom Province, just outside Bangkok. Read on for her recipe on how to make delicious Thai fried pork!

Aoy’s mouthwatering fried pork

A note from chef Aoy: “Moo Kha Chai, or Thai fried pork, is one of our signature dishes at the restaurant. After deep-frying the pork to a flavorful golden brown, it should taste a little like jerky, but not be hard and chewy. The meat should be soft and juicy, and coated with a sweet marinade that’s rich with flavors of coriander root, lemongrass, galangal, finger root, ginger, turmeric, garlic, and shallots.”

Thai Fried Pork with Fingeroot and Herbs (Moo Kah Chai)

Ingredients

10 red fresh chilies
20 dried hot red chilies (can adjust chilies to taste according to spice preference)
7 tsp. coriander seeds
4 roots of fresh cilantro (coriander)
5 stalks of fresh lemongrass, chopped
1 tsp. black peppercorns, whole
4 tbsp. galangal (kha), grated
10 leaves of fresh kaffir lime (sometimes called bai makroot), finely chopped
10 tbsp. small shallots, chopped
1 head, or 12-20 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp. fresh turmeric root, grated
1 cup ginger, grated or chopped
1/2 pound fresh finger root
1 tsp. cumin
1 tbsp. palm (coconut) sugar
1 tsp. salt
1.5 tbsp. light soy sauce
1 tbsp. dark soy sauce
1.5 tbsp. oyster sauce
2 tbsp. pineapple juice
2/3 pound pork shoulder, cut into thin strips
1-2 cups vegetable oil (enough to cover the pan)

Directions

Grind together the chilies, coriander seeds, cilantro root, lemongrass, peppercorns, galangal, kaffir lime leaves, shallots, garlic, turmeric and ginger using a mortar and pestle until you have a coarse paste.

Add the paste to the cut of pork, along with the cumin, palm sugar, salt, soy sauces, oyster sauce and pineapple juice. Let it marinate for 15-30 minutes.

While the pork is marinating, heat oil in a wok or pan on medium heat. When hot, add the sliced finger root. Deep fry the root until golden brown, then remove and set aside on paper towel to dry. Remove any browned bits from remaining oil.

Reheat the leftover oil. When hot, add the pork. Cook until well-fried. Remove the pork from pan with a slotted spoon, letting the oil drain (or you can let it drain on a paper towel if desired).

Plate the pork and added fried finger root to garnish.

Enjoy it while it’s hot!

Thank you, Aoy, for this delicious pork recipe! For more flavorful Thai dishes like this one, visit Aoy in Bangkok today..

Recipes from Bangkok: Aoy’s Thai Fried Pork Recipe

Recipes from Bangkok: Aoy’s Thai Fried Spring Rolls

Aoy in her colorful kitchen

Meet Traveling Spoon host Aoy from Bangkok, Thailand. She is a passionate food and yoga lover who fully commits herself to every task at hand… especially when it comes to preparing authentic Thai dishes! Aoy has dedicated herself to teaching Thai cooking to foreigners and opened a restaurant in her home. She lives on a lush, beautiful property in the Nakhon Sathom Province, and uses fresh herbs and produce grown in the local community in her cooking. Aoy’s home is on the banks of the Tha Chin River, and it is a wonderful stop coming back from the Damnoen Saduak floating market and going into the city.

Read on for her recipe on how to make delicious Thai fried spring rolls!

Aoy’s delicious fried spring rolls

Aoy’s fried spring rolls are a tasty side dish bursting with flavor. These crispy, golden-brown delectables are sure to make any Thai-inspired meal even more delightful.

Thai Fried Spring Rolls

Ingredients

1 egg yolk, whisked
1 tsp. sesame oil
2 cups cooking oil
1/2 pound packaged egg-roll sheets
1/4 pound glass noodles (also called cellophane noodles)
1/2 pound ground chicken
1/4 cup cabbage, thinly shredded
1/3 cup wood ear mushrooms, chopped
1/3 cup garlic, finely chopped
1/4 tbsp. black peppercorns, freshly ground
1/2 tbsp. light soy sauce
1 tsp. salt

Directions

Soak the noodles according to the package directions until soft, then cut into short 1 ½-inch lengths.

Mix chicken, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, pepper, salt, and light soy sauce together and then add the noodles. Mix well.

Heat 3 tbsp. of oil in a pan and add the chopped garlic. Then add the chicken and noodle mixture. Fry until chicken is cooked through and the mixture is fairly dry, then set aside and let cool.

Put the filling on an egg-roll sheet, roll up tightly, and seal the sheet with a small amount of egg yolk. Repeat the process until either the filling or egg roll sheets are used up.

Heat cooking oil in wok or deep-sided pan, then fry the egg rolls over medium heat until crisp and golden brown.

Thank you, Aoy, for this fantastic, vegetable-filled recipe! For more innovative Thai dishes like this one, visit Aoy in Bangkok today..

Recipes from Bangkok: Aoy’s Thai Fried Spring Rolls

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Traditional Thai Recipe: Stir-Fried Lotus Runners with Shrimp

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Here at Traveling Spoon, we strive to do our part in making the world a smaller place through meaningful travel experiences that encourage engaging experiences with locals and opportunities to dig deeper into understanding cultures and places that may be unlike our own. Read on for 7 ways to explore Bangkok like a local along with traveler tips, provided by our hosts and Bangkok residents, Pern and Lae.

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