Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Thai Oliang Coffee Drink

Oliang Coffee Mix (454 g) by Pantai
The unique Thai coffee drink known as "oliang" is a blend of coffee, sesame and corn served over ice. Oliang preparation is a unique process and you can see particular Thai coffee street vendors in Thailand doing it so fast you'd think they can do it with eyes shut.

Thai Coffee Preparation:What You Need (in addition to the coffee).
1. One stainless muslin filter
2. Two small saucepans or extra-wide cups with handles
3. One container full of boiling water

Step 1. Place 2 tablespoons of coffee in stainless muslin filter (filter is seen below in his left hand). Position the filter over saucepan or wide cup and pour about 10 oz boiling water through filter. Then lift the filter, let drain and quickly move filter so it's over another saucepan or wide cup.

Step 2. Pour the liquid coffee back through filter and into saucepan. Then lift the filter, let drain and quickly move filter so it's over the other saucepan or wide cup (basically repeating step 1). Pour through the filter one more time.

Step 3. Place 2-3 tablespoons white granulated sugar into a glass.

Step 4. Pour coffee into glass with sugar.

Step 5. Stir well.

Step 6. Pour coffee into a large mug filled with crushed ice.

Step 7. Serve with a straw, enjoy!

Friday, 5 November 2010

Fresh Authentic Japanese Ingredients make Thai Cuisine Tasty for Dinner Parties

One of the secrets to Asian cooking outside of Asia is that the freshest, most authentic Japanese ingredients are used to make the best meals possible. Thai foods are known worldwide for their diversity of ingredients, complex flavor, delicate and intricate spiciness and fabulous fragrance. Many Thai and Japanese restaurants get business off the street on their food’s aroma alone.

In cities such as New York, London and Frankfurt Asian food is incredibly popular and growing in demand. Weekend workshops in all major cities in the western world are available to those who want to learn to make the most popular Asian foods. What most of these workshops lack is high quality, authentic ingredients!

Thai and Japanese foods, while distinctly different, do share many of the same fresh herbs, spices, fruits and vegetables that simply aren’t grown in the western world. To find ingredients isn’t easy. The international foods aisles in most supermarkets do have basics, but can’t possibly stock all the specialty items found in a Japanese shop or Japanese supermarket. After all, it isn’t economically feasible for major supermarket chains to supply many of the ingredients so few cooks know how to use but are essential to true Thai cuisine. To please your guests use the best.

The Thai ingredients most difficult to find in supermarket aisles are Betal nut and leaf, Acacia leaf, Galangal; Kaffir lime leaves, Chinese chives, and Thai grown basil, turmeric, garlic, lemongrass and more. To make foods like Pad Thai, an incredibly flavorful and popular dish, dried shrimp, rice sticks, authentic herbs and spices and sauces are necessary. Substituting real Japanese ingredients will leave the chef with subpar results.

To impress dinner guests with your abilities and knowledge of international cuisine, use some Japanese ingredients found in a Japanese supermarket, local Japanese shop or order Japanese food online. The best ingredients can be found easily, along with recipes for dishes like Pad Thai, fried rice, green curry and more by shopping online.

Setting up a nice Japanese or Thai dinner party takes some effort. After creating a relaxing ambience with candles, soft Japanese music and a few simple touches of Asian d├ęcor, impress guests with your skills in the kitchen. Better yet, get them involved in the cooking process by teaching them about authentic Asian cuisine. Use sushi mats and your own homemade ingredients to help guests make their own sushi rolls. Be sure to set out dishes of fish sauce and other genuine Asian sauces and condiments. Guests are sure to be have a memorable evening where their newly learned skills can be used for years to come.