Thursday, February 26, 2009

Thai iced tea - Thai ชาเย็น

Thai iced tea or "cha-yen" (Thai: ชาเย็น) when ordered in Thailand, is a drink made from strongly-brewed black tea[1] ("red tea" in East Asia). Other ingredients may include added star anise, tamarind or red and yellow food coloring, and sometimes other spices as well. This tea is sweetened with sugar and condensed milk and served chilled. Evaporated or whole milk is generally poured over the tea and ice before serving to add taste and creamy appearance. However, in Thailand, evaporated milk and the tea are mixed before serving and topped with more milk. Locally, it is served in a traditional tall glass and when ordered take-out, it is poured over the crushed ice in a clear (or translucent) plastic bag. It can also be made into a frappé at more westernised vendors.

It is popular in Southeast Asia and in many American restaurants that serve Thai food, especially on the West Coast. Although Thai tea is not the same as bubble tea, a Southeast and East Asian beverage that contains large tapioca pearls, Thai tea with tapioca pearls is a popular flavor of bubble tea

1 Servings

1-2 tablespoons Thai tea
1 tablespoon sweet condensed milk
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon milk
1 cup hot water

Add sugar and sweet condensed milk to a glass or cup. Put one tablespoon of Thai tea to a tea sock. Place the tea sock directly above the glass. Pour hot water into the tea sock. Set the tea sock aside. Stir until the sugar and sweet condensed milk are dissolved. Add ice and top the tea with milk.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Thai Chili Squid Recipe

This thai chili squid recipe is super-yummy, healthy, and easy to make. And if you serve it with glass or rice noodles (as in this recipe), it makes a one-pot meal complete with plenty of nutritious vegetables. The squid is stir-fried briefly, so it is very tender and never rubbery. You can also simply serve the stir-fried squid with plain rice. Makes a terrific seafood dish for any occasion, even in the winter (frozen squid works just as well as fresh!). Includes gluten-free instructions.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes


2-3 frozen or fresh prepared squid "tubes" (the kind you would use for calamari)

1 heaping Tbsp. ground bean sauce (ground soy beans, available by the jar at Asian stores)
2 tsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. fish sauce
1 Tbsp. soy sauce or wheat-free tamari
1-2 tsp. chili sauce, OR 1-2 fresh red or green chilies, minced, OR 1-2 tsp. dried chili flakes

1 carrot, sliced
1/2 to 1 cup green beans, cut into 2-inch lengths
other vegetables of your choice, such as a handful of shiitake mushrooms, or 1 small eggplant, chopped
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves
handful of fresh coriander leaves (optional)
3 cloves garlic
1 thumb-size piece galangal or ginger, sliced into matchstick-like pieces
oil for stir-frying
1/2 package glass or "cellophane" noodles, OR 1/2 package rice noodles (rice and glass noodles are gluten-free)
1/2 cup chicken or vegetable stock
2 Tbsp. oyster sauce, OR for gluten-free diets: 2 Tbsp. wheat-free soy sauce
1 tsp. sesame oil