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Thai Cooking Newsletter

june 2006

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Featured Items: In the Thai Kitchen
Black Thick Soy Sauce, Healthy Boy Watermelon Fruit Basket
Vegetable & Fruit Carving Book: Exquisite Vessels Beef with Black Bean Sauce

Click to find out moreBlack Thick Soy Sauce, Healthy Boy
The big fat mother of all soy sauces, Black Soy Sauce or 'siew dom' in Thai, made with molasses, is black, thick, sweet, and unlike any other Thai sauce. Kick it into stir-fried meat or tofu dishes for a delicious Thai taste. See Healthy Boy's recipe below..

Click to find out moreVegetable & Fruit Carving Book: Exquisite Vessels
In this gorgerous carving book you will find detailed insturctions for carving fruits and vegetables including: pumpkins, papayas, taro root, gourds, and watermelons; Some examples of the carving directions included are a Pumpkin Golden Lotus Dish, Papaya Sea Shell Shaped Container, and Taro Pagoda-Shaped Covered Bowl.

Watermelon Fruit BasketWatermelon Fruit Basket

From the latest addition to our fruit carving book line, Vegetable & Fruit Carving Exquisite Vessel, we offer directions on how to make an unusual covered watermelon basket for serving your fruit salad recipes (or see our fruit salad recipe) for summer picnics and parties.

Materials and Tools :

Watermelon, turnip, carving knives, thin knife, and fruit scoop
  1. Choose a round watermelon with thick skin. Wash with water and towel dry. Peel the green off slightly. Neaten.
  2. Cut the watermelon in half. Scoop out all the flesh, and neaten. For the upper part, cut out 1.5 cm. wide rim. Cut deeply to make the rim stand out. Do the same with the rim of the lower part. Draw the patterns all around as shown.
  3. For the lid, use the carving knife to cut through along the drawing. Then neaten the patterns.
  4. At the top of the lid, cut the turnip to be 8-10 cm. long. Shape the tip to curl slightly. Cut out 0.5 cm. thick base. Make deep cuts to remove the flesh, and neaten. Carving out,the pattern by cutting above the curl to make notched petals. Remove the flesh and neaten. Proceed the same way for one more row. Groove the middle of the petal, and carve out the top. Neaten. Then grove horizontal tracks, insert a stick and attach it to the lid.

See our website for detailed pictures of the steps for this watermelon carving and another watermelon carving and also a fruit salad recipe.

Vegetable & Fruit Carving Watermelon Basket

Recipe source Vegetable & Fruit Carving Exquisite Vessel Copyright © 2005 Srisiam Printing Press Co, Ltd.

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Beef with Black Bean Sauce

  1. Trim away any fat from steak. Cut steak into 5cm x 5mm (2in x 1/4in) strips. Combine in bowl with egg white, sherry, soy sauce and corn flour, mix well. Let stand 30 minutes.
  2. Put beans in bowl, cover with water, allow to stand 15 minutes, drain and rinse under cold running water. Put onto a plate, add sugar and one teaspoon water, mash well. Chop shallots into 2.5cm (1in) pieces, cut pepper in half, remove seeds, cut each half into thin strips.
  3. Add two tablespoons oil to pan or wok, add shallots, red pepper, bamboo shoots and curry powder, sauté two minutes, remove from wok. Heat remaining oil in wok, add meat and marinade, cook until browned.

This copyrighted recipe comes from Yan Wal Yun Company, manufacturers of Healthy Boy Brand.

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