Banana & Tapioca Pearl in Coconut Milk ចេកខ្ទិះ

07.14.15 – this recipe has been updated. A video is also available.

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Originally posted – 04.13.10


Soursdey Chnam Tmey which means Happy Cambodian New Year! Wishing each new day brings you happiness, prosperity and continued success. :)

Banana is one of the fruit which plays a major role in Cambodian holidays especially during Lunar New Year and Pjum Ben. It is used to make a Cambodian New Year’s Rice Treats (Nom Onsorm Jake), where the bananas are hidden inside a coconut flavored sticky rice then wrapped with banana leaves before they get steamed or grilled which adds a nice smoky flavor.

I did not have a chance to prep myself in advance so there were no banana leaves nor sticky rice soaked overnight. Therefore, I’ve decided to make this tasty Banana & Tapioca Pearl in Coconut Milk instead using the very same method and ingredients from my Jackfruit & Tapioca Pearl in Coconut Milk. These delicious sweet bananas are added to a thick rich tapioca pearls and coconut sauce. Toasted sesame seeds are sprinkle on top to add that nice nutty flavor in each and every bite.

Banana & Tapioca Pearl in Coconut Milk (makes 3-4 servings)
(Jake Ktiss) បង្អែម​ចេកខ្ទៈ

Ingredients
8 baby bananas
1 ½ cup water
4 tablespoons small size tapioca pearl (more if you prefer a thicker consistency)
1 can coconut milk (13 oz)
1/3 cup sugar
a pinch of salt
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds (optional)

Method:
In a pot bring water to a boil and add tapioca pearls. Cook for 2-3 minutes then simmer for another 10 minutes or until the pearls turns translucent (no whites). Stir occasionally so they don’t stick to the bottom. Larger tapioca will take longer to cook.

Meanwhile, peel banana and first cut them lengthwise then in half on an angle. You should be get 4 pieces out of each banana. Repeat with the rest of the bananas and set aside.

Once tapioca pearls turns translucent add the remainder ingredients and cook for about 5-7 minutes stirring. Then simmer low until the sauce thickens. Again, stir occasionally so they don’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Taste and adjust the sweetness to your preference. Turn off the heat and add bananas.

Serve warm or cold.

Cook’s Note: I like my bananas to hold it’s shape and not too mushy therefore I usually add them about 5 minutes after I turn off the heat. Also, as the sauce cools it will continue to thickens.

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07.15.15 – This recipe has been revised and now a video is available as well.

Originally post – 08.21.09

Instant Noodle Salad

Instant Noodle Salad

Growing up Instant Noodle is like on of the item my parent always stock in the kitchen. I don’t think there’s a day that our shelf goes empty. We would switch from different brands over the years. Some brands that I recall are those that were purchase from the Asian market such as Kung-Fu, Mama, WaiWai, Top Ramen and Nissin Cup O’ Noodle. Now that I am out on my own I stock Mama Instant Noodle (either shrimp or ground pork) and Indomie Mi Goreng.

Eating the same instant noodle can get boring so I try to find way to spice things up. I’ve showed one way how I jazz up my instant noodle soup in my website and today I want to share with you another way.

Taking instant noodle to a whole new level. My Instant Noodle Salad ញុំាមីកញ្ចប់ (Ngorm Mi Kang-jop) adapt from a clip I saw at importfood.com. I tried it out and we enjoy it ever since. With the addition of the noodles to the salad, it’s heavy enough to serve as a main meal. I usually make this for lunch or dinner and every time I do it’s never the same. There’s just so many ways to make a salad. I usually use what ever is left in the fridge. I tried it with steam pork, left-over roasted chicken, and most often shrimp because it’s handy.

Instant Noodle Salad Ingredients

Instant Noodle Salad Ingredients

Ingredients serves 2
(concentrate on taste and not quantity)
3 pkg instant noodle – pick your favorite flavor, used here is Mama Instant Noodle Minced Pork Flavor
1 cup shredded green papaya – these were left over from making Papaya Salad
1 cup of pickled carrots & daikon
½ cup squid – I used the tentacles because they were left over from cleaning out a box of frozen squid
10-15 shrimps, peel and devein
1 lime
10 chili (optional)
2 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons crush peanuts
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 tablespoon sugar

Method:
Start by pounding garlic and chili into a paste. Set aside.

Cook the shrimp and squid tentacles (or your choice of meat) with 2 cups of water. You can add a splash of distilled vinegar and a pinch of sugar for flavor. Set aside.

Open your instant noodle and separate the noodles and seasonings. Combine all the seasoning packet (if using more than 1 packet). Cook the noodles 1-2 minutes in boiling water and strain. Set aside.

Now it is time to combine everything together. In a large mixing bowl add the garlic and chili paste, sugar, fish sauce, lime juice, noodle seasonings, and your choice of meat. Mix thoroughly.

Next toss in the shredded papaya and pickled carrots & daikon. Toss to combine. Then finally add in the cooked noodles. Give it one final toss and adjust to taste then plate it up. Sprinkle with crushed peanuts and garnish with some herbs.

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Pandan Coconut Waffle

Pandan Waffle

I have some days off work to recover and so I asked my Mother to show me how to make Pandan Waffle. “It’s so easy!” she said. “Well Mom, I want to see you make it and I also want to record it to share it with my viewers.” my reply to her. She agreed and so we set a time to make it happen and here it is.

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Pandan Coconut Waffle (makes about 10 waffles)

Ingredients
1 pkg (12 oz) banana & shrimp batter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 pk grated coconut
3 cups sugar
3 cups cold water
1 teaspoon pandan extract
waffle maker
oil for brushing

Method:

In a bowl or pot, add the batter follow by the salt and grated coconut.

Next add the sugar and water, gradually. Mix all the ingredients well.

Add pandan extract slowly and mixing as you go to incorporate it into the batter. Minty green is the color you want to aim for. Set the batter aside once color is achieved.

Heat waffle maker and brush the top and bottom grid with oil. Allow some time for the oil to sizzle a bit. Once ready, ladle some of the pandan waffle batter onto the grid. Close the lid and breathe in that wonderful coconut and pandan aroma.

When the waffle maker signals that your waffle is ready carefully open the lid. Use the back of a knife to help life the waffle off the grid and allow to cool.

Repeat the process until you have used all the waffle batter. ENJOY!

Note:
– You can also substitute grated coconut with coconut milk. If you decide to do so, make sure to also adjust the amount of water or not use it at all.

– If your waffle maker tend to stick, you can add a little bit of oil into the waffle batter. Brushing a lot of oil into the waffle grid will make the waffle crispier but also greasy as well.

– You can also add sesame seeds to the batter for a nutty and toasty flavor.

Cambodian Ratatouille

Cambodian Ratatouille known in Khmer as សម្លកកូរ, (Somlaw Koko) is a simple-basic hearty stew which uses assorted vegetables and strong flavorings from pickle fish or fermented fish (prohok), Khmer Kroeung and ground toasted rice. It’s also consider Cambodia’s National Dish.

Over the years, many different versions of Somlaw Koko has been created. Some added coconut milk to this stew. Growing up, my Mother never used coconut milk to make Somlaw Koko. Personally, I think the flavor is too rich and if you were to substitute the ground toasted rice with tamarind soup base, it would turn into Cambodian Sour Soup with Coconut Milk with assorted vegetables or similar to Cambodian Curry. I will leave it up to you, the Chef, to decide what works best for your taste bud.

The vegetables I used here came in a convenience package all mixed together. If you don’t have all or any of these listed you can surely use what’s in season or available in your area. Depending on the type of vegetables use you might want to separate them and add them in the order it takes to cook. My group contains pumpkin which probably might need to be added first, however at this quantity I did not bother dividing them and I did not mind a bit of crunch to my pumpkin either, again a personal preference.

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Cambodian Ratatouille (makes 5 servings)
(Somlaw Koko) សម្ល​​​កកូរ

Ingredients
1 teaspoon oil
2 tablespoons palm sugar
1 tablespoon ground pickle fish (prahok)
2 tablespoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons ground toasted rice
4 tablespoons lemongrass paste (Khmer Kroeung)
1 lb your choice of meat (chicken, pork, or fish) cut into bite size pieces (I used pork ribs)
2 lbs assorted vegetables (pumpkin, shredded papaya, green beans, aubergine, Thai eggplants, fuzzy squash)
8 whole bird’s eye chilies (optional)
3 cups water

Method:
Heat oil in a pot and add palm sugar. Stir quickly until partly dissolve. Becareful not to burn the sugar. Remove the pot or adjust the heat if necessary.

Add in pickle fish (prohok) and stir these two ingredients together until fragrant.

Next add the meat. Stir fry until the meat is coated and slightly brown.

Add lemongrass paste and stir to combine followed by fish sauce and some salt.

Carefully slide in the assorted vegetables. Add in the chilies too if using them.

Scatter the ground toasted rice all over the vegetables. Mix it in slightly, and finally add the water.

Cover and allow the soup to return to a rapid boil. The meat on the bottom is now fully cooked. Give it a stir so the vegetables have a chance to cook and soak up all the flavors. It’s a good time to taste and adjust accordingly. Cover the lid again and continue to cook just a few more minutes.

Ladle into bowls and serve with steam rice. ENJOY!


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