Monday, December 19, 2011

Khao Moo Daeng

Thai’s love their rice they love anything on top of it. Khao, meaning rice, is their staple of their diets and they would probably not be able to live without it. One dish that I eat regularly here is Khao Moo Daeng, (ข้าวหมูกรอบหมูแดง) or Rice with red pork and sweet sauce. Its like out barbeque pork with a nice thick sauce and some mashed potatoes on the side, except Thai style. They take a nice piece of pork belly and marinate it in red pork seasoning, tons of garlic, cilantro, sugar and salt. Then sear both sides and place the whole thing in the oven with the sweet sauce covering it. The sweet sauce contains: brown sugar, soy sauce, oyster sauce, sesame oil and white wine. This pork becomes so sweet and so tender. Thai’s place this pork on top of some rice, poor the sauce over it and serve it with some pieces of cucumber, a boiled egg and green onions. The sauce is so sweet and the pork so moist making this dish is hard not to like. Its so easy to make and so cheap here. You can also get this dish with the many different intestines and parts of the pig. The many parts of the pig that Americans tend to not use are great pieces of meat with tons of flavors.  They will put liver, intestines, pig snout, pig ears and pretty much anything else you can think of. All of these things are something very different from what we are used to but they taste so good.  The snout is so gelatinous but sweet and the pigs ears stewed for hours to make them full of flavor. Khao moo daeng is my favorite unknown Thai dish that for them is a staple and for us: well we should pick up on their use of simple ingredients and introduce this to our diet for good. 
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