This Crispy Fish brings tears to my eye..over at Sala Thai!

Did you know….

Thai cuisine is a simple yet clever combination of Eastern and Western influences harmoniously combined into that je ne sais quoi. Sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy flavours work together to make each dish come alive. Thai food varies depending upon the area or region of Thailand the dish originates from. These regions include the north, northeast, south and central.

Historically, aquatic animals, plant and herbs were popular ingredients included in most meals. Large quantities of meat were mainly avoided, thanks in part to the Buddhist background, and instead strips of meat were flavoured with herbs and spices, or meat was cooked or roasted and then shredded.

Traditional Thai cookery involved stewing and baking, or grilling. However, the area that is now Thailand, Laos, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia and Vietnam were settled by the ancient Chinese an estimated 1,400 hundred years ago. With the migration of Chinese people into Southeast Asia, frying, stir-frying and deep-frying of food became more popular techniques, and to this day pad thai (fried noodles) and khao pad (fried rice) remain classic Thai dishes.(tasteofthailandfoodtours)

Today’s Restaurant

Sala Thai – Fremont, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

ROTI CANAI, CRISPY FISH WITH SWEET GARLIC SAUCE, BEEF EGGPLANT

When I need some spice and action in my life there is only type of dish that satisfies this racy temptation of mine…

Thai food!!

From the delicious coconut soup, to the outrageous flavor punching power each dish contains; Thai food is satisfying regardless of the time of year.

When I want to dine at the cream of the crop, I go to Sala Thai..

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So I’m sitting at home and my spidey senses are tingling wanted some action on my tongue and in my belly.

My wife asks me, ” What do you want to eat tonight?”

Her: Burgers?

Me: Shaking my leg.. Nah..

Her: Fried Chicken

Me: Eyes slightly opened with a tad of excitement… Uhhh.. No..

Her: I know.. Thai Food!!

Me: Jumping out of my chair… Yes! Yeeees!! Let’s go!!

Throwing my jacket on immediately we both race to the car.

We jump in and pedal to the medal,we swerve side to side through lanes of traffic to get to Sala Thai.

We make it before the crowd shows up and miraculously get seated within 15 minutes.

We throw in our orders immediately and get the Tom Kha soup, which is a delicious soup made up of a Coconut base, spicy and sour soup with onion and mushroom.

We also order the Roti Canai, which is a flaky crusty thin sort of pancake with this amazing curry dip that will blow your socks off.

And not to forget the crab fried rice to shock the palette..

For the main courses we order the crispy fish with sweet garlic sauce and beef eggplant with bell pepper, and basil in black bean, and chili garlic sauce.

 Time to dive in!!

The Tom Kha soup and Roti arrive first…

We dive in to the Roti first while our soup is being poured into our bowls..

I stretch a piece of the Roti, rip then dip in the curry and into my mouth.

Kaplooooow!

Perfect light crunch with all kinds of succulent flavor from the curry.

Now the soup..

Thick but soothing coconut flavor punching me in the face! 

Combined with the suttleness of the chicken, ginger and lemon grass; it will make your day!

Now the main dishes arrive..

I can feel the drool growing like a balloon in my cheeks.

I grab some crab fried rice with a bit of the beef eggplant and a few piece of the garlic sauce fried fish on my plate. 

The fish is calling me. Let’s go!

Shaaaaabaaaang!

Instant crunch with super duper flavor in your palette. Officially the best fried fish I’ve had!

Next up I dive into the egg plant..

Firm but soft texture, heat searing within..

Kaploweeeee!

Massive flavor doing the running man on my tongue..Yum!

Back for more fish…

Boooooom!

More eggplant..

Baaaaaang!

A bite of the fried rice..

Pooooow!!

All together in my mouth…

Booom! Baaaang! Poooooow!

Nothing but live action eating! Good job Sala Thai!

Thanks for joining me on today’s adventure! I look forward to seeing you on the next run! Keep hope alive!

Eating is an enjoyable way of life. Live it..Learn it..Love it!

Trevis Dampier Sr.

References

tasteofthailandfoodtours.org (2017)
The History Of Thai Food Retrieved from http://www.tasteofthailandfoodtours.org/the-history-of-thai-food/

Saturday Night and I can hardly wait to Wine and Dine with friends at Straight’s!

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Fusion Cuisine is actually not new. It has been around for a couple of decades. Chefs started to merge cuisines around the ’70s. Culinary legends like Wolfgang Puck among others introduced this concept. He actually laid down the foundation for this technique. He is the brains behind the common culinary fusions and pairings. An example of which is the fusion of European cuisine with Asian cuisine, commonly referred to as Eurasian cuisine. This was easy for Chef Puck because of his knowledge of both cuisines. He was originally trained in Europe, but he is thoroughly familiar with the Asian dishes. Eurasian basically combines two cooking techniques and dishes, so you can end up with poached tofu, for example, which generally mixes European and Asian method of poaching.

Over the years, fusion cuisine restaurants emerged all over Europe. Many of these restaurants were established in urban areas. In fact, you would likely find these restaurants still offering the same mixed cuisines. Urban areas are actually prime spots for fusion cuisine restaurants since these are also the areas where cultural integration is more predominant. Thus, people are more acceptable of the combined culinary dishes.

Of course, this form of cooking is not limited to Eurasian cuisines. Asian foods are also combined. You can find dishes that combine Thai food with Malaysian food or Malaysian cuisines with Vietnamese dishes. Combining cuisines of countries from the same region, however, is less challenging. It is actually easier to combine ingredients from the same region because these countries have, more or less, influenced each other in their cooking.(multiculturalcookingnetwork)

Today’s Restaurant

Straits – Santana Row, San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Spare Ribs, Crispy Chicken Lollipops, SeaBass, Roti Prada, Satay Sticks, Pulled Pork Sliders

So it’s one of our family friend’s birthday celebration and they are holding it at one of favorite Asian Fusion restaurants.

We love this restaurant because of the hip music, classy bar/lounge environment with Asian Fusion cuisine that will knock your socks off.

Let’s talk Straight’s in San Jose’s exquisite location of Santana Row..

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Malaysian Food so Good it’s Hard to Speak When You are Eating at Banana Leaf!

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Malay cuisine is known for its vibrant and diverse flavors, eclectic influences and rich history. Generally, Malay cuisine refers to food from Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Indonesia, Mindanao and Southern Thailand. It is within these areas that food enthusiasts will find some of the most interesting and complex flavors in the world. Malaysia specifically is comprised of 13 states, and is home to predominantly Malays, Chinese and Indians, but the population is a wonderful hub of cultures and ethnic groups, making the gastronomy here an exciting blend of spices, flavors and cooking techniques. Historically, Malaysia was part of an incredibly successful spice trade, most records of which date back to the 15th century.(theculturetrip.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Banana Leaf – Milpitas, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

9

Recommended Dishes: 

Tom Yam Soup, Malay Sizzling Beef, Roti Prata, Coconut Rice, Indian Nasi Goreng

If you love Thai food, Indian food and Chinese food then you will love Malaysian cuisine!

This can be a spicy food eaters heaven with the delicious exotic masterpieces of flavor so be prepared.

Don’t get me wrong you can ask for mild spicy dishes, but to me when you do that, you lose about 10-15% of the flavor.

Enough with the foreplay..

Let’s dive in and talk about it..

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Words can’t express, Thai food at its best!

Tom Kha Kai, Calamari in Garlic Sauce, Chicken in Thai Basil

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Coconut oil, high in saturated fat, has many a use in the kitchen from frying to candy making while coconut milk is a highlight to many cuisines characteristic of the tropical islands. Coconut milk is popular with curry dishes, quite often infused with the spice. In Burma, Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand curry and coconut milk go together like butter and toast in the Western world. It’s a pretty simple recipe. Coconut milk is cooked over a high heat so that the milk and cream break down allowing the oil to separate. The curry paste is added at that point and mixed well, and then all other ingredients from seasonings to vegetables and meat are added and left to simmer to steep and converge. A delicious dish!

Coconuts trees bloom up to thirteen times a year and though it takes a year for the coconuts to mature, new fruit is constantly being produced. One full-blossomed tree may produce 60-180 coconuts in a single harvest.(milk.gourmetrecipe.com)

Today’s Restaurant

Siam Thai Cuisine – Cupertino, Ca

Average Cost

$11-$30

Rating (1-10)

10

Recommended Dishes: 

Tom Kha Kai Soup, Calamari in Garlic, Chicken with Thai Basil

If you like spicy flavorful food then Thai food is a delectable treat for you!

The savory nectar of rich and exotic flavors is what makes Thai food one of my favorite dishes!

One of my favorite places to go to get my injection of this sinful pleasure is Siam Thai Cuisine in Cupertino, Ca. 

Let’s talk about it…

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Flavor so Good that Your Eyes Get Blurry; Digging into Some Spicy Thai Curry!

Gaeng Dang Red Curry

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Until 1939, the country we call Thailand was known as Siam. It was the only Southeast Asian country never colonized by the West. This helped Thailand to maintain its own special cuisine (cooking style). However, that cuisine had already been influenced by Thailand’s Asian neighbors. Outside influences such as Chinese cooking methods, IE, the introduction of frying, be it stir frying or deep frying have become what is now probably Thailand’s favorite cooking method, especially stir frying and the use of the Wok.

From nearby India came not only the Buddhist religion, but also spicy seasonings such as cumin, cardamom, and coriander, as well as curry dishes. The Malays, to the south, further shared seasonings, as well as their love of coconuts and the satay. (simon-sauces.com)

Today’s Restaurant

KrungThai Restaurant – San Jose, Ca

Average Cost

Around $13 -$15 for a dish

Rating (1-10)

8.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Gaeng Pla Duk, Gaeng Dang Red Curry

It’s the weekend and time to start off the weekend with a bang!

Are you going for burgers and beers? Or Hot Wings and Beers? Or maybe tacos and beers?

If you are looking for a spice party in your mouth while cooling it down with a beer then maybe Thai food is in your horizon….

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My Oh My… He love the Pad Thai!!

peanut sauce with shredded carrots, lettuce, and shredded cabbage

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The Royal Thai Cuisine or “Aharn Chao Wang” or “Kapkhao Chao Nai”, the original recipes were prepared in the Royal Palaces. The royal Thai cuisine became well-known in the beginning of the Rattanakosin Era when some royal members prepared meals or “Phra Khrueang Ton” for the royal families..(amazingthaifood)

Today’s Restaurant

Pad Thai – 500 Lawrence Expy., Sunnyvale, CA 94085

Average Cost

Around $8- $13 per plate depending on the dish

Rating (1-10)

8.5

Recommended Dishes:

Spicy Catfish Plate, Tom Kha Soup with chicken

Flavor upon flavor upon flavor!! I should begin and end this blog post with just the pictures alone and in my Forest Gump voice state, “and that’s all I have to say about that.”

Thai food is awesome, Thai food is scrumptious, Thai food is a 4th of July in Las Vegas in your mouth! It is a craving that I must hold in the grasp of my gums at multiple times in a month.

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What the Pho you talking about?

Pho Soup - Eye Round Steak, Well Done Brisket, Flank, Soft Tendon & Tripe

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Vietnam has a unique/odd habit of adding broth/soup to the rice bowl, which appears nowhere else in the planet. In Latin America, people add pop corn or fried plantains to their soup but Vietnam is the only, in terms of rice.(vietnamonline)

Today’s Restaurant

Pho Minh – 10118 Bandley Dr, Cupertino, CA 95014

Average Cost

Around $7-$9 per Pho Bowl of Soup, $5 for egg rolls

Rating (1-10)

9.5

Recommended Dishes: 

Rare Steak, Well-done Flank, Tendon, & Tripe Pho, Egg Rolls

So it’s Sunday and we just did an hour drive from visiting Virginia’s mom’s house in Vallejo,Ca and we have some errands to do before we get home. We have to visit with our photographer for our wedding which will be coming up in June which is stressful enough and then we need to look for a wedding band as well.

Sounds like a day where we are going to need some serious comfort food to make the smiles stay steady with us today.

If we planned on having a nice cold beer then a burger and fries, chicken strips or fish sticks would most likely be the lunch of choice. However, we need to run around and I need a fix that is going to keep me filled but bring us great pleasure of enlightenment without needing the alcohol consumption to go with it since we already indulged ourselves with wine and Glenlivet last night. 🙂

When I am in this kind of mood a sodium filled, flavor explosion of Pho soup and egg rolls tickles my fancy just fine!

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