Saag Panir साग पनीर

A Nepalese Classic
Limes and Garam Masala Essential

Cooking with limes

Limes

Saag Panir   साग पनीर  is a dish made from soft Panir cheese and Spinach or other greens in the cuisines of Northern India and Nepal.

Recipe adapted from Mrs. Ratna Sarat, head of the Yak and Yeti Hotel, Kathmandu. This recipe makes enought for six to eight servings and takes about 20 minutes to prepare and anther 20 minutes cooking time. Continue reading

Nuoc Cham

A Sauce for Every Meal
Synthesis of Lime, Garlic, Nuoc Mam

Cooking with limes

Limes

Nuoc Cham is a table condiment that appears at almost all Vietnamese meals.  Basically it’s a way of using the standard Nuoc Mam Fish Sauce and picking up the flavor with Chili Peppers, Lime Juice and Garlic. There are a number of different ways of making it; this recipe adapted from Bach Ngo.

One of a family of Asian Dipping Sauces, including Red Ginger Sauce, Stir-Fry Oyster Sauce, Mustard Sauce,, and Ginger Sauce, as well as Red Ginger Sauce.. Continue reading

Thai Papaya Salad

Salad from Shangri-La
Green Papayas Meet Crushed Shrimp

Using green papayas in Thai cuisine

Green Papayas

This is a Thai salad, originally intended for Green Papayas. It’s also good made with Carrots, if Green Papayas are not available at the moment.  The recipe comes from a chef at Bangbkok’s Shangri-La Hotel.

The Crushed Peanuts and Crushed Dried Shrimp, plus the Lime Juice and wedges, are what make this salad special, along with the accent added by the Fish Sauce.

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Pho

When the National Dish Is a Soup
That Often Appears at Breakfast

Vietnam's national dish, Pho

Beef Pho

The Vietnamese soup called Pho is often said to be the national dish of Vietnam.  Unusually for a country’s main dish, it is a soup.  The soup can be eaten any time of day and is often thought of as a late-night food and a street food.  But it is also popular at breakfast.

I first came across the Pho soup in Ho Chi Minh City – we called it Saigon then – in the 1960s. Guests at the small hotel where I stayed near the Saigon Central Market often had it at breakfast time. I tried the soup and immediately became a fan.. Continue reading