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Pandan Milkfish

1 banana leaf, clean
a lot of pandan leaves, clean
foil to wrap

Scale, remove stomach and wash fish thoroughly.
Stuff pandan leaves inside fish stomach.
Rub salt on the fish and set aside.
Prepare big piece of aluminium foil, place banana leaf on top, lay pandan leaves evenly on top of banana leaf.
Place the fish on the prepared leaves.
Lay pandan leaves on top.
Disperse evenly in such a way that the fish contacts with pandan leaves more than banana leaf.
Wrap the foil around the fish and either

1) bake in the oven at 220-250 celcius for at least half an hour


2) grill with charcoal fire till fragrant

Thai dipping sauce for seafood

5 chilli padi
1 whole garlic
2 tablespoons palm sugar
freshly squeezed lime juice

Pound together garlic and chilli padi till fine.
Add sugar, lime juice, and salt to taste.
Mix well.

Seabass is a good substitute of milkfish
Milkfish widely known as Bungus among Philippinos
To find out more about Milkfish


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Mango salad

1/4 cup Thai palm sugar
(Indian jaggery is the best sustitute for it)
2 tbsp fish sauce

1 sour green mango*, shredded into long strips
1-1/2 big red onions, sliced thinly
3 chilli padi, cut finely
1/4 cup dried shrimps, pounded
1/3 cup roasted peanuts, crushed coarsely
1/4 cup anchovies, deep fried till golden and crispy
1 stalk coriander, chopped

*add freshly squeezed juice of green lime if the mango is not sour enough

1) In a plate, put together shredded mango, sliced onion, coriander, chillies.
2) Microwave palm sugar and fish sauce together for 2 minutes. Once done, stir instantly to mix until achieve texture of caramel, taste to ensure not too salty or too sweet.
3) Pour the sugar mixture onto the prepared ingredients. Mix well.
4) Top with pounded dried shrimps, crushed roasted peanuts and deep-fried anchovies
5) Taste. Add in lime juice, fish sauce, or palm sugar if desired.
6) Garnish with coriander


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Som tam (papaya salad)

Som Tam

- fish sauce ('Thiparos' brand found in NTUC, Cold Storage)
- Thai palm sugar (Indian Jaggery is the best substitute/ brown sugar is quite ok)
- lime juice or lemon juice (do not use calamansi)
- 1-2 garlic cloves, pounded
- 1-2 chilli padi, crushed

- green papaya, shredded into long strips
- long beans, cut into 2 cm size pieces & crushed using pestle and mortar
- selected grade dried shrimps (coz we're gonna eat them uncooked!), pounded
- crushed peanuts
- small honey tomatoes

In the mortar, pound garlic and chilli. Add in and lightly pound to blend the palm sugar, long beans, shredded papaya & small honey tomatoes one kind at a time. Add fish sauce and lime juice to taste. Mix well and scoop on to a prapared plate. Top with crushed peanuts and pounded dried shrimps. Mix before eat.

V a r i a t i o n s

Carrot Som Tam
Replace green papaya with carrots, shredded into long strips

Mixed Vegetable Som Tam
Replace green papaya with round chinese cabbage (purple) and carrots, sliced/ shreded into long strips
*No need to pound shreded vegetables

Mixed Fruits Som Tam
Replace green papaya with :-
- green apple cubes
- pineapple cubes
- guava cubes
- rose apple (jamboo) cubes
- green mango cubes
- china pear cubes
etc. whatever you can think of
*No need to pound cubed fruits


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Aglio Olio

3/4 package linguine
1/4 cup cold press extra virgin olive oil
4 tbsp garlic, minced
1 red onion, chopped coarsely
1/8 cup salted fish, washed and chopped finely
(reduce portion if very salted)
a handful big dried chillies, seeded and cut into 1' long pieces
10 leaves fresh basils
3-4 tbsp water from pasta pot
1 tsp red hot pepper flakes
Fish sauce to taste

Cook linguine. Timing as per directed on package. Strain and set aside in dish.

In frying pan, heat up olive oil in high heat, add dried chillies, cook until dried chillies start to turn brown and very fragrant. Remove from heat. Leave oil in the pan.

Add garlic, onion and salted fish, cook until fragrant and golden in color.

Mix in cooked linguine. Stir well. Take 2 or 3 tablespoons of water from pot and mix in.

Add in fish sauce. Stir well.

Add basil and stir.

Remove from heat and sprinkle with red pepper flakes.



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Dark chocolate

Dark Chocolate Is Healthy Chocolate

It's the best medical news in ages. Studies in two prestigious scientific journals say dark chocolate -- but not white chocolate or milk chocolate -- is good for you.

Dark Chocolate Lowers Blood Pressure

Dark chocolate -- not white chocolate -- lowers high blood pressure, say Dirk Taubert, MD, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Cologne, Germany. Their report appears in the Aug. 27 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

But that's no license to go on a chocolate binge. Eating more dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure -- if you've reached a certain age and have mild high blood pressure, say the researchers. But you have to balance the extra calories by eating less of other things.

Antioxidants in Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate -- but not milk chocolate or dark chocolate eaten with milk -- is a potent antioxidant, report Mauro Serafini, PhD, of Italy's National Institute for Food and NutritionNutrition Research in Rome, and colleagues. Their report appears in the Aug. 28 issue of Nature. Antioxidants gobble up free radicals, destructive molecules that are implicated in heart disease and other ailments.

"Our findings indicate that milk may interfere with the absorption of antioxidants from chocolate ... and may therefore negate the potential health benefits that can be derived from eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate."

Translation: Say "Dark, please," when ordering at the chocolate counter. Don't even think of washing it down with milk. And if health is your excuse for eating chocolate, remember the word "moderate" as you nibble.

The Studies

Taubert's team signed up six men and seven women aged 55-64. All had just been diagnosed with mild high blood pressure -- on average, systolic blood pressure (the top number) of 153 and diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) of 84.

Every day for two weeks, they ate a 100-gram candy bar and were asked to balance its 480 calories by not eating other foods similar in nutrients and calories. Half the patients got dark chocolate and half got white chocolate.

Those who ate dark chocolate had a significant drop in blood pressure (by an average of 5 points for systolic and an average of 2 points for diastolic blood pressure). Those who ate white chocolate did not.

In the second study, Serafini's team signed up seven healthy women and five healthy men aged 25-35. On different days they each ate 100 grams of dark chocolate by itself, 100 grams of dark chocolate with a small glass of whole milk, or 200 grams of milk chocolate.

An hour later, those who ate dark chocolate alone had the most total antioxidants in their blood. And they had higher levels of epicatechin, a particularly healthy compound found in chocolate. The milk chocolate eaters had the lowest epicatechin levels of all.

Chocolate for Blood Pressure: Darker Is Better

What is it about dark chocolate? The answer is plant phenols -- cocoa phenols, to be exact. These compounds are known to lower blood pressure.

Chocolates made in Europe are generally richer in cocoa phenols than those made in the U.S. So if you're going to try this at home, remember: Darker is better.

Just remember to balance the calories. A 100-gram serving of Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Bar has 531 calories, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. If you ate that much raw apple you'd only take in 52 calories. But then, you'd miss out on the delicious blood pressure benefit.

A hint: Don't replace healthy foods with chocolate. Most people's diets have plenty of sweets. Switch those for some chocolate if you're going to try the truffle treatment.



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