logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
European Travel
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Thai Food Site

BellaOnline's Thai Food Editor

g

Spicy Eggplant Dip


Lao food is distinct from other Asian cuisines, although it is somewhat similar to the food found in the northeastern part of Thailand in the area known as Isan. The staple food of Laotians is sticky rice eaten by hand often with dipping sauces called Jeow.

In years past and still in the countryside eating is communal sitting on a reed mat on the wooden floor around a raised platform woven out of rattan called a ka toke (Khon Toke in Northern Thailand) Dishes are arranged on the ka toke. Each ka toke will have one or more baskets of sticky rice, which is shared by all the diners at the ka toke.

Traditionally, as also in Northern Thailand, spoons were used for soups, curries, and white rice, and chopsticks were used only for noodles. Most food was handled by hand. The reason this custom evolved is probably due to the fact that sticky rice can only be easily handled by hand.

Lao meals typically consist of a soup dish, a grilled dish, a sauce, greens, and a stew or mixed dish (koy or laap). The greens are usually fresh raw greens, herbs and other vegetables, though depending on the dish they accompany, they could also be steamed or more typically, parboiled.

These meals will always contain some Jaew or Dips. The Lao usually serve jeow, or dips, to eat with sticky rice, dried meat, dried river weed (kaiphen), or raw greens.

The main ingredient can be tomatoes, chilies or eggplant. Cooking the vegetables directly on coals or open flame lends a nice smoked flavor.

Jaew Mak Keua: Dip made from roasted eggplant
Jaew Mak Len: Dip made from roasted sweet tomatoes
Jaew Bong: sweet and spicy Lao paste made with roasted chilies, water buffalo skin, galangal and other ingredients.
Jaew Padeak: Dips made from fried padeak fish pieces,roast garlic, chililes,lemon grass and other ingredients.

These dips are perfect for little balls formed with your fingers of the sticky rice. We often serve these as an appetizer along with Beer Lao which is some of the best beer in the world.

Jeow Mak Keua - Spicy Eggplant Dip

Ingredients:

4 small Japanese or Asian eggplants

2 chilies

1/2 teaspoon of salt

6-8 cloves garlic

1 cup chopped coriander including roots if avalable

green part of 1 spring onion
fish sauce to taste


Method:
Prick eggplant and chilies with a knife to let out extra moisture while charring.

Grill eggplant, chilies and garlic over an open flame or under a griller/broiler, rotating till skin is blackened. Peel.

Pound chile, salt, and garlic in a mortar and pestle.

Add eggplant and cilantro and pound gently until a soft paste.



Add Spicy+Eggplant+Dip to Twitter Add Spicy+Eggplant+Dip to Facebook Add Spicy+Eggplant+Dip to MySpace Add Spicy+Eggplant+Dip to Del.icio.us Digg Spicy+Eggplant+Dip Add Spicy+Eggplant+Dip to Yahoo My Web Add Spicy+Eggplant+Dip to Google Bookmarks Add Spicy+Eggplant+Dip to Stumbleupon Add Spicy+Eggplant+Dip to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Thai Food Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Mary-Anne Durkee. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Mary-Anne Durkee. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Mary-Anne Durkee for details.

g


g features
Red curried Duck

Thai Seafood Salad

Smoked Duck Larb

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor