Thailand Recipe

Title:

MiangKam

Meal:

Main Dish

Ingredients:

1 cup shredded coconut

1/2 cup diced red onion

1/2 cup diced lime

1/2 cup peanuts

1/2 cup dried shrimp

50 to 70 shaploo leaves

1 tablespoon hot greet pepper (optional)

1/2 cup sliced lemon grass (optional)

Shrimp paste

2/3 cup coconut sugar

Directions:

1. Heat the sugar until it is well melted syrup, then add the shrimp paste, stir it while it is boiling or it will be burned; taste if it needs some sugar or shrimp. The right taste should be between sweet and salty.

2. Instruction for the preparing the shredded cocunut: buy a whole coconut from any food market. Break its shell and take the while part out.Wash it thoroughly. Make sure it must be fresh. Then shred it (without peeling the brown skin that attaches the white part to the shell) into 1 by 1 millimeter shreds. Put the shredded coconut in a hot pan and stir it until it is all brown. It should take about 20 minutes with medium heat.

3. Arrange all the ingredients in a compartment dish (if any, otherwise put each ingredient in cup). Each guest will sit around preparing his/her own bite. If Shaploo leaves are not available, lettuce or pinarch could be substituted. Each take some of each ingredient an put them on the leaf, drop about half a tea spoon of the sauce on them; wrap the leave and take it. The combination of the taste and smell is the rule of the game! One can leave anything out if does like it but make sure the lemon slice is taken.

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