Pork fat sizzles on an extra large cast iron skillet and the meaty aroma immediately fills the air.
My stomach isn’t growling — it’s screaming in anticipation. I’m at Pig and Khao, a Filipino and southeast Asian-inspired restaurant in the Lower East Side of New York City, and head chef (and former Top Chef alumna) Leah Cohen is making pad thai for her new “padcakes."
It’s an inventive appetizer that brings Thai and Korean together in the most delicious way possible. Padcakes aren’t on the menu but customers in-the-know can order them starting at 5 p.m. each day, until the restaurant runs out. Read more. (4/4/2017 1:03 PM)
2 white jelly fungus soaked until tender, quartered (this is available in most oriental supermarkets)
1 large shallot, thinly sliced
2 spring onions, cut into inch long pieces
2 Chinese celery stems
For the spicy dressing:
2 tbsp birds eye chillies, minced
2 tbsp garlic, peeled and crushed
3 ½ tbsp fish sauce
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp chopped coriander stalk
1. For the dressing: Coarsely grind the chillies and garlic using a pestle and mortar. Transfer to sauce dish and add fish sauce, lime juice and sugar. Stir to dissolve an add coriander stalk.
2. For the salad: One at a time, blanch the sea bass, shrimps, squid, mussels and white jelly fungus in boiling water. Drain each item and add to mixing bowl. Add shallots, spring onions and Chinese celery. Toss well with the dressing. Serve with garnish of your choice.
My mom finally cooked! She originally wanted to make a simple shrimp sour soup but I suggested making tom yum instead. (Cambodia adapted this Thai dish w/ the same name.) I love the addition of the quail eggs!
I don’t know that I can fit some of these in “’Cause I’m a Taker, ‘Cause I’m a Giver, It’s Only Nature,” so I’m gonna tell you some of the things that happened when Phichit and Yuuri shared their student 2BR/1BA in Detroit!
-Phichit got into Futurama reruns and when Yuuri finally decided to give the show a try, the episode was Jurassic Bark. Yuuri didn’t talk to Phichit for a week.
-Not only did they, when time, money, and their allowed caloric intakes during the season allow, explore restaurants serving Thai and Japanese cuisine, they tried basically every food they had access too. In the end and of all things, Phichit’s favorite was Taco Bell. Yuuri got really into cacio e pepe and crabcakes.
-They were egalitarian about chores but when the season would really ramp up sometimes things would go a day or two before they’d get handled. Yuuri is the neater of the two, but he hates laundry day because their in-building laundromat costs an arm and a leg. Phichit dislikes cleaning the shower.
-Yuuri informs Phichit there’s a cute anime about a group of hamsters who are friends. Phichit acquires an anime with a hamster on the cover, and Yuuri says “Yeah I’m pretty sure Ebi-chu is right.” No. No it most certainly is not. The name Yuuri wanted was Hamtaro. Phichit is traumatized from Ebichu’s first beating and Yuuri changes to the first season of Digimon, where Phichit is immediately appeased because Patomon my as well be a flying hamster.
-A rinkmate introduces them to more American music than their previous exposure. This is how Yuuri got into groups like Paramore. Phichit tends to like happier dancier music. He also gets super into 80s pop because it’s so candy coated.
-Phichit learned within ten days how difficult Yuuri is to get out of bed early. He gets really good at manhandling him into the shower.
-Road trips to Canada happen when they have time and steam to blow off and so they can go to bars. Phichit’s iCloud has a folder that’s simply called “Yuuri Blackmail.” Yuuri can never run for office is what I’m getting at here. They also ended up in Chicago a few times, and Phichit really loves the Bean. Yuuri almost cried at Mitsuwa the first time and spent an exorbitant amount of money. He mostly bought drinks.
-They almost destroyed their friendship assembling a bookcase from IKEA. (This may seem extreme, but I assure you these kind of arguments happen all the time with IKEA furniture.)
-Phichit’s picked up cursing and other vulgarities from Yuuri in Japanese. He can understand more of the language than he can speak. Yuuri has a better language acumen and has picked up some…choicer Italian from Ciao Ciao in addition to conversational Thai.
-Yuuri took pole dancing for core strength/exercise. Phichit dabbled in trapeze.
-Yuuri doesn’t care much about fashion or wine but when he found out about Menswear Dog and Shiba Sommelier they were instant follows. Poodles are his favorites, but Shibas are a national treasure in Japan (LITERALLY) and he felt fairly compelled.
-Phichit follows fashion bloggers and famous American celebs in addition to skaters and friends back in Bangkok. He is morbidly fascinated with the Kardashians. He is happily fascinated with Jason Momoa, Anna Kendrick (she’s in SO MANY GOOD MUSICALS), and Billy Eichner.