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    Who cooks in Thailand?

    The wonderful variety of available delights is overwhelming everywhere and the convenience that goes with it, but long term cooking for yourself would be a better option if you are single. Healthier too as you know what goes into it and nobody is pissing in the soup or wiping their snot in your Pad Thai. ( and getting a tip for it)

    What do most on here do? What set up do you have if you live in a condo? Prices in supermarkets for western foodstuffs are on the high side so not planning on that all the time. Probably easier and less expensive to eat without the prep time of shopping and cleaning up, but I want to have home cooked meals now and then. Crack a beer and watch a movie at home.

    What do you dudes and dudesses do?

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    My wife is a chef; no worries here - thank god as the food here sucks.

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    Send her over

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    Food in my area is uneatable, do my own breakfast, no bacon round here, so thin sliced pork, fired eggs, tomatoes on toast.
    Wife worked part time in a Thai restaurant in OZ, so can cook farang Thai food.
    Throw a roast in the oven now and then.
    Grown to hate rice, luckily can get potatoes, won't starve, but mis a good burger, pizza and the like. Jim

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    Lots of great food and ingredients in Thailand...if anyone has any modicum of skill, imagination or initiative....nothing you cannot cook or duplicate..Asian or European..cheap as chips too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister
    fired eggs

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    I pretty much only cook Indian and Italian food these days.

    NZ Shoulder of lamb from Makro is a pretty good deal for a Rogan Josh.

    OK so it's frozen, but still in a different league to the mutton/goat with which this dish is mostly cooked in Thailand.

    The length of cooking, spices and taste are all conducive to copious beers while cooking and consuming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamescollister View Post
    Food in my area is uneatable, do my own breakfast, no bacon round here, so thin sliced pork, fired eggs, tomatoes on toast.
    Wife worked part time in a Thai restaurant in OZ, so can cook farang Thai food.
    Throw a roast in the oven now and then.
    Grown to hate rice, luckily can get potatoes, won't starve, but mis a good burger, pizza and the like. Jim
    Jim ....guess you buy some belly pork..thin slice,add a bit of fish sauce ( can marinate too) fry to a bit crispy....great ersatz/pseudo bacon??... with eggs, papaya, potato, tomato etc...Before I met her, my wife worked several jobs..Thai restaurant cook, Farang restaurant cook....ain't we lucky..lol
    Rice is sooo boring except as filler in soups maybe or my darling's worldfamous fried rice....went to a church social in Canada ..wife brought a few kilo of her fried rice...disappeared within minutes..lol

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    Not tried the fish sauce way, usually give the pork a bit of Worcester sauce soak.

    Long way to Makro for us and few farangs out here, so Tesco's in town has little western foods, cheese, bacon etc.
    Never been much of a cook, take away sort of guy. Jim

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    Do not eat Thai food as it's rank.

    Cook me own or starve.

    Cyrille used to love me cooking threads on SZS and I use the term cooking loosely as it was more a fusion of chucked together and blackened.

    Setting the fire alarms off and emptying a whole condo complex was quite an achievement whilst attempting to fry chips using an electric meat grill thingy.
    Landlubber.

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    If it fits in my slow cooker ............

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    My staff cook for me.
    I've taught them all I know about our western menu, and now they cook it better than I ever did.

    As for Thai food, they are excellent at that of course, and can adjust the spices to cater for all our guests needs.

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    Family, extended family, friends....

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    Used to cook most of the time when I was there, but I never cooked Thai food (too easy & cheap to just go out to eat). Now I'm back in UK, I attempt quite a lot of Thai food (and pay through the nose for some of the ingredients!)

    An essential for me, while I was there, was one of those glass fishbowl type convection ovens. Amazing what you can cook in them.

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    Wife cooks for Us, now have a slow cooker and 2 fecking Kitchens! She better cook something!
    after We eat out for 300+Bht Wife says 'Rip off' me can do better so does!

    We still enjoy the 1 Bht restaurants but, good atmosphere too..

    /\ Halogen Kookers, have 1 also, great Fat free Pork etc

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    We cook most of the time mainly because we pass the local market everyday.
    Gert just has to buy something,look darling good for cooking .
    Like a kid in a toy shop when there's food on display.

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    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain
    An essential for me, while I was there, was one of those glass fishbowl type convection ovens. Amazing what you can cook in them.
    Insufficient data. More please.

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    I cook regularly, it is easy, relatively cheap and you can control what you put into the food. I have a fresh market close to me and also a Makro.

    I will normally cook roasts, pasta dishes, grilled chops and steaks etc but always go out for Thai. I live on my own and have no intention of feeding another 6 times a day just for a bonk at night.


    No disrespect intended to those that do have Thai relationships.

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    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain
    An essential for me, while I was there, was one of those glass fishbowl type convection ovens. Amazing what you can cook in them.
    Some of those fishbowls can hold a lot...So I've heard...

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    Durian and bacon baguette - glorious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain
    An essential for me, while I was there, was one of those glass fishbowl type convection ovens. Amazing what you can cook in them.
    Insufficient data. More please.
    I don't know what you call them. They're made of glass/pyrex they have 2 racks inside and a fan/convection heating element in the lid. The lid also has a couple of knobs which control timing and temp. They're not expensive and you can grill or oven roast almost anything in them. I've done a (small!) turkey in one & used a deep fat fryer to make roasties for Christmas dinner. Cheese on toast, homemade pizza, anything, really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OhOh View Post
    Durian and bacon baguette - glorious.
    Sounds like that might be an interesting mix with a panini press - the baguette would hold up nicely.....

    Plenty of bacon to offset the creamy durian..

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by November Rain
    An essential for me, while I was there, was one of those glass fishbowl type convection ovens. Amazing what you can cook in them.
    Insufficient data. More please.
    I'm sure NR means one of these: Accord Prevail

    There's a lot of different models/sizes of this available, never used one myself (I've always had a full Western kitchen) but friends that do use them swear by how good they are. One friend used one in his kitchen-less condo for cooking roasts and now he's living in a house with an oven he still uses it for his roasts, put it that way.

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    Made this 'Yorkshire' in above said oven.


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    ^That looks great mate!

    I hardly ever cooked when I was living in Thailand. Now back in NZ, I cook every night.
    Useless at cooking Thai food though.

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