A whole process of making the special combination noodle might look complicated but don’t be scare of trying it with your friends. This is a great activity to spend time cooking and learning together - Parita Nobthai of @thecrafthumpy
Relocating to the Australian outback is a memorable experience, especially figuring out how to feed yourself yummy Asian food that is bought with ease from Thai restaurants in the big cities like Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne. However, I live in Roxby Downs where the only Woolworths in town is a place where you hang out and to do any Asian grocery shopping, you have to travel about six hours south to get to Adelaide. Of course, my life has changed completely because nowhere else in town can I get a favourite of mine, Tom Yum noodle with pork mince.
One of the best thing about living in a small town is I found a very friendly Thai community and we always visit each other over the weekend to cook Thai food together. One of us will come up with a Thai dish that we are all craving for. Noodles are almost always what we select to cook together as it requires a lot of ingredients, take a lot of time and at it is something a few people can make together. Today, I and my friends are going to make noodle soup with a combination of seafood and pork mince (Thai: ก๋วยเตี๋ยวหมูสับต้มยำทะเล). We will try our best to replicate the Sukhothai noodle by adding snake beans or green beans, preserved radish and dried shrimp.
Today Chutiman, our big sister in Roxby Downs, who used to own a popular noodle place in Thailand will show us her secret recipe for a special combination of Tom Yum noodle. I and Naramol will be her kitchenhands to assist with preparing and mainly with tasting. Let's have a look at all ingredients.
How to make marinated ground pork or “Moo Deng”
A marinated ground pork or “Moo Deng” (Thai: หมูเด้ง หรือ หมูบะช่อ) is a special element that we prepared a day earlier to make our noodle menu look more fancy. Its softness, fluffiness and juiciness make Moo Deng one of our childhood favourites that we always save to enjoy last.
How to make a pork soup base for Tom Yum noodle
Before making a soup base, we cooked soft pork bones separately in a pressure cooker to make it soft and tender. We will add this ingredient to our soup base later. Now, let’s take a look at how to make the pork soup.
How to combine all elements for a single serve
And then we are done, all the hard work for three of us has paid off really well. We had two bowls each and have enough to take home for the next day. There is no strict rules about noodles in term of flavour. As I have mentioned on my previous blog that you can still add some sugar, lime juice, chili flake or fish sauce to personalise your own noodle soup. A whole process of making the special combination noodle might look complicated but don’t be scare of trying it with your friends. This is a great activity to spend time cooking and learning together. It is ok to adjust or reduce some ingredients that you would like to have for your noodles. Just make it your own way and enjoy the delicious Thai noodle dish at home.
Special thanks to Chutiman and Naramol for making my Tom Yum noodle dream come true!!
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