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smilesWai!- Hello again in Thai. I cannot believe it is the latter part of February. Does it feel like spring to you already? In parts of North Carolina it is feeling quite warm. Cooking Thai food when it feels warm doesn’t feel right. Maybe it’s because I’m thinking about the beaches in Thailand. But I do have a couple of recipes coming up that are warm weather salads.

Last weekend I prepared this one dish. It was intense with flavor with just a few ingredients. It will be one of the easiest Thai recipes you make.

Before I share the recipe, here’s a bit of culture you may or may not know about Thailand- a smile can go a long way in Thailand. Thailand is known as “the land of smiles” because the people in Thailand are ready with a smile. They are a peace-loving culture desiring harmony over conflict. I don’t think that this is a bad way to live. Maybe we can all take a few lessons from this country in our country!

Thai Pork with Garlic and Black Pepper (adapted from Frugal Gourmet on Our Immigrant Ancestors)thai-pork

3 tbs sesame or peanut oil

4 tbs garlic, finely chopped

1 lb boneless pork, thinly sliced

2 tbs fish sauce

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp coriander

Heat a wok or large pan and add the sesame oil. Saute the garlic for a moment and then add the pork. Cook 3 to 5 minutes and then add the rest of the ingredients. Stir for another minute and serve.

Have some stewed cabbage with a drop or two of fish sauce, garlic powder and pepper in the cabbage with the pork on the side.

WAI!

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