Quick Pho Ga

 

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A couple of weeks ago I had a flu, and what’s a better way of curing a flu than eating a large amount of chili, garlic and ginger? I made a delicious Pho Ga, which is a Vietnamese noodle and chicken soup. I did a fast version, as I didn’t want to start boiling a broth for several hour. 

Start with marinating some chicken drum sticks (500g) in 4-5 tbsp of soy sauce and 2-3 tbsp of hot chili-garlic sauce. Combine everything in a plastic bag and rub around, let sit in the fridge for 1 hour, then bake in a 180 degree oven for 30-35 minutes until cooked. Then just pull apart the meat with two forks. 

  

Meanwhile the chicken is cooking, start making the broth. As I made this for two persons, I used 1 liter of water, 1 vegetable and 1 chicken stock cube, 1 large chili, 3-4 cloves of garlic, 2 spring onions, 1 thumb sized piece of ginger, 1 lime and 2 tbsp of fish sauce. Just chop everything roughly, add water to a pot and squeeze in the lime.  Let come up to a simmer and let simmer for about 5-10 minutes. Check for seasoning and add more fish sauce if it needs saltyness. 

  

Then you can start assembling your soup, I added some thick rice noodles and pak choi that I boiled in the broth, then the chicken. I topped the soup off with coriander, chopped chili and spring onion, sesame seeds and Sriracha sauce. You could add also roasted onion and thai basil. 

Enjoy!

  

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Zucchini and eggplant lasagna

As it is the end of the month, and you never have too much money as a student, I usually cook a large dish that can be eaten during several days to save some money. The absolute favorite dish of mine at this moment is vegetable lasagna. Instead of lasagna sheets I use vegetables such as eggplant or zucchini, but it is completely fine to use a few sheets of whole grain pasta, as I did this time in order to make it more hardy. I use a ton of veggies, so even though there is a little cheese, this is extremely healthy, and you can leave out the meat completely by adding some soy protein or chopped cauliflower. 



Zucchini and eggplant lasagna:

– 1 large eggplant

– 1 large zucchini

– 500g of crushed tomatoes

– 1 chili

– 3-4 cloves of garlic

– 1 large onion

– 1 large carrot

– 1 red pepper

– vegetable stock cube

– 500g of minced meat (or soy protein)

– spices such as salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, smoked paprica, basil etc.

– 100g of buffalo mozzarella 

– 70g of any grated cheese 

Start with washing the eggplant and zucchini, then slice thin strips with the help of a cheese slicer, the eggplant is easier to slice with a large knife into thin strips. 



Then in a hot, slightly oiled pan, fry the strips until golden and season with salt and pepper. 





Then start with the tomato sauce, chop onion, garlic, chili and paprica, grate the carrot. Add olive oil to a pan and on a slow heat gently fry the vegetables. Then add the minced meat, vegetable stock and spices and cook the meat through. Add then the cruched tomatoes and 1-1,5dl of water and a splash of wine if you will. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Meanwhile slice the mozzarella.

As I don’t use any bechamel sauce (cheese sauce), I usually combine 3dl of milk with 2 eggs and add it to the lasagna. This is not necessary when only using vegetables, but as I used a few layers of pasta, it needs some additional liquid. 

Then you can start assembling the lasagna, in an oiled oven tray, put a little sauce, then either pasta or vegetables, sauce, vegetables, sauce, cheese, vegetables… Etc, you know the drill! I like to put the cheese as the middle layer! Then just top the lasagna with the shredded cheese and put in a 220 degree oven for about 30 minutes until beautifully golden! 



Dinner

My sister and her little family visited this weekend us in Tallinn, so I made them some dinner. As appertizer I made scallops, pea puré and crispy chorizo, recipe Here!



For main, I made a fresh duck dish with butternut squash and a herb vinaegrette. 



Duck with oven roasted butternut squash and herb vinaegrette:

Roasted butternut squash: peel and cut one butternut squash into smaller pieces, put in an oven tray and drizzle with olive oil, salt, 2 tsp coriander powder and chili flakes. Bake in a 220 degree oven for about 30-40 minutes until golden.

Herb vinaegrette:

– juice of half a lemon

– 0,5 dl olive oil

– 0,5 dl chopped fresh coriander

– about 3-4 tbsp of chopped parsley

– 1 garlic clove

– salt and pepper

Squeeze the juice of the lemon into a bowl, add the olive oil and chopped herbs. Press or grate the garlic and add salt and pepper. Stirr well and taste that the acidity is good, othervise add more lemon. Toast some sunflower seeds in a dry pan and season with salt and chili flakes. 

The duck I simply seasoned with salt and pepper, then scored the skin. Heat up a large pan and fry the duck with the skin side down for about 4 minutes until golden and crisp, then 1 minute on the other side. Then remove from the pan and finish the cooking in a 200 degree oven for about 10 minutes for medium rare, 15 for pink. Then let rest wrapped in tin foil for 10 minutes before slicing. 

Plate up the butternut squash and duck on a bed of arugula, drizzle over the vinaegrette and toasted sunflower seeds. Voilà! 

Asian meatballs in coconut-lime sauce and noodles

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I have been extremely lazy with grocery shopping during the past week. I have been extracting every little corner from the fridge! So, I came up with this dish as I found; a carrot, a chili, garlic, half a red onion, two limes, some coriander, noodles and ginger. All I needed from the store was then coconut milk and minced meat.
Lamb and beef mince is quite a common sight in the meat counter in Estonia, and it costs 5-6€/kg, which is a bit more expensive than beef-pork mince, but I like the flavour of the lamb.

Asian spiced meatballs:
– 400g of lamb-beef or beef-pork mince
– 2 cloves of garlic
– 1 thumb sized piece of ginger
– 1/2 red onion ( you can also use spring onion, I just wanted to get rid off it)
– handfull of coriander
– cest from 1 lime
– 1 tbsp of sriracha sauce/ or 1 chili
– 2 tbsp of sesame seeds
– 1 egg
– salt

Coconut lime sauce
– 1 can of coconut milk
– 1 chili
– 2 tbsp of soy sauce
– thumb-sized piece of ginger
– juice of one lime

Start with chopping the red onion and coriander as small as you can, add to the bowl with the meat. Grate the lime cest (try not to grate any white parts), ginger and garlic. Add the sesame seeds, salt, sriracha and egg and stirr well. Let sit in the fridge for about 10-15 minutes.

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Meanwhile you can do the noodle salad. For the salad you need: rice noodles, 1 carrot, 1 tbsp of soy sauce, 1 tbsp of fish sauce, juice from 1 lime, 1/2 chili and 1 tbsp of water, top off with coriander and spring onion.Put on some water and let boil, add noodles. Boil according to instructions on package and drain. To a bowl, add soy sauce, lime juice, fish sauce, chopped chili and water. Stirr, and add noodles. Peel the carrot, and slice thin strips of the carrot with the vegetable peeler. Add carrot to noodles and toss.

Form the meat into small balls, if it sticks to your hand, wet your hands a bit with water. Fry the meat balls quickly just to get some color on every side, because they will cook through in the sauce. When fried on every side, remove meatballs from the pan, and add the coconutmilk to the pan and the chili, lime juice, soy and ginger. Let simmer 2-3 minutes before adding the meatballs. Let simmer on a low heat for about 6-8 minutes (depending on how big your meatballs are) and serve with the rice noodles.

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Gotsu Kyuho’s kitchen

Last week, I took a break from reading and met up with Annina for some catching up and lunch in Gotsu Kyuho’s kitchen, which is a Korean restaurant. Typical bloggers taking 50 pictures before eating, haha!

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You might remember that I’ve been there before last autumn ( read here). It’s a small and cosy place which is open from monday to friday. The place is more suitable for lunch than dinner, but I love the food! This time I ate crispy chili and garlic chicken which was reaally good.

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Gotsu Kyuho’s Kitchen, Pärnu mnt 62A

Easy dinner

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You will need;

– 400g of pork tenderloin
– 1-2 chilis
– 2cloves of garlic
– 1 thumb sized piece of ginger
– 0,5 tsp of toasted sesame oil
– 2 tbsp of soy sauce
– 2 tbsp of fish sauce
– coriander stalks
– drizzle of honey

If the pork has excess fat or other white parts, cut them away.
Begin with combining everything for the marinade, slice rougly chili,coriander, ginger and garlic. Stir around and put pork in, rub in the spices. Cover with plastic film and let sit in the fridge 1-2 hours.

Then just take the meat out from the fridge, let sit in room temperature for 10 min. Then fry all the sides in a hot pan until the meat is golden.

Put in 200 degree oven for about 20 minutes. When cooked let the meat rest for 10 minutes under tin foil.

Then boil some rice, drain and add sesame seeds to it. Top off with fresh coriander. Yumyum!