Thai Herb Turkey
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A couple months ago, we had a chance to try a new Thai restaurant in the city where we live (Houston). The menu in this restaurant is different from another typical Thai restaurant.
There's no Pad Thai, Basil Fried Rice, or Red Curry. Their food on the menu is exotic (like the kind that local Thais in Thailand would eat). I recognized more than half of the items on the menu are the food from my hometown, and it made me missed my Chiang Mai so bad.
So I decided to comfort my homesick by cooking a hometown food for myself, and as always, I am the one who cook like I always have and Adam is the one who HELP me modify my food. Yes, sometimes when I wanted my food, I wanted it badly, and my brain wouldn't work at that time.
So, my plan was cooking Nam Phrik Ong or Thai Northern spicy pork salsa, but I used lean ground turkey instead of ground pork. I have to be honest with my friends here!!! I didn't expect my food to come like this. Original Nam Phrik Ong doesn't have lemongrass in it, but I had no idea why I added the herb in this recipe.
Hey! I love when I goofed up sometimes especially in this case. I created a new menu by accident, and I love it!!!
There's so many kinds of salsa in Thailand. Some of them hast meat in it, some of them not. All of the Thai salsa are served with fresh and/or steamed vegetables.
Thai Salsa are mostly a part of the main course, but I think this Turkey Thai Herbs could be a Yummy appetizer that everyone can munch with vegetables that are served on side. Serve this dish to your friends and family instead of corn and/or tortilla chips.
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I admit that I made a mistake here (a perfect one). I promise I'll cook the original Nam Prink Ong in the future, so you know what the original salsa looks and tastes like.
- • 1 lb. lean ground turkey.
- • 15 cut half cherry tomatoes.
- • 2 tbsp olive oil.
- • 1 tbsp shrimp paste. (**use ½ tsp salt and pinch of Stevia if you can't find shrimp paste or feel intimidate about it.**)
- • 10 dried Thai chili.
- • 15 garlic cloves.
- • 5 thin sliced shallots.
- • 2 tbsp thin sliced lemongrass.
- Soak dried Thai chili in warm water about 5 minutes.
- Place soaked dried Thai chili, garlic, shallots, and lemongrass in a mortar and crush all the ingredients till them are smooth or using a blender if you don’t have the mortar and pestle. Then add shrimp paste in and mix it with the paste.
To make the Turkey Thai Herbs
- Heat olive oil in a pan, and then add the herbs paste.
- Stir fried the paste until you can smell the aroma from the paste.
- Add lean ground turkey. Stir fried until the turkey is cooked.
- Add cut half cherry tomatoes. Turn the stove off after the tomatoes are cooked.