Monday, 9 September 2013

Tomyam Fried Rice and My Lucky Streak....


Last week I finally went to consult a doctor to get my back fixed. I was diagnosed with a slipped disc. The good doctor performed a few tests, did an x-ray and prescribed me with anti-inflammatory drugs and a session of physiotherapy. I am happy to say that I am recovering very well and I am back in action (albeit in slow motion). Many thanks to my mum for her prayers, my partner for his love and support and all of you for your get well wishes.

Recently I have been experiencing a bit of good luck (except for the slipped disc hah! hah!). In April 2013, I won Shannon's Sunkist Kitchen Goodies Giveaway and again in June 2013 I was one of the lucky winners of Shannon's Nourish Magazine Giveaway. And when I went back to work on 3 September 2013 (7th day of my backache), this was sitting on my office table :


It was Yen's Worldfoods Giveaway. Actually I won because the winner did not claim her prize and Yen did a re-draw and lucky me was picked :) Inside the package was a bottle each of Worldfoods Tom Yum Paste, Indian Tikka Masala Stir-Fry Sauce, Thai Green Curry Paste and Thai Sweet Chilli With Kaffir Lime Dipping/Stir Fry Sauce.


Not only that, there was also a beautiful black apron, a recipe note book and a recipe card. All that certainly cheered me up a lot as I was quite miserable coping with the backache. Thank you, Yen! And thank you Worldfoods!


Now that I am feeling a whole lot better, I have decided to try the Tom Yum Paste first. Oh no, the Worldfoods products are not going to sit pretty on my pantry, I am putting them to good use! When I tasted a bit of the tom yum paste, initially it did not make an impression on me. It was quite mild and the saltiness was just nice. That gave me an indication that I needed to add cili padi to heat things up and I might not need to add anymore salt to my fried rice. 


When I sauteed the tom yum paste, the smell was wonderful. I am very pleased to say that the tom yum fried rice turned out very well. It was very tasty, thanks to the very flavorful and aromatic tom yum paste. Though not impressive right out of the bottle, sauteing the paste brought out all its goodness. For someone who is skeptical about ready made pastes and sauces, I will have to say that I would not have any reservations using ready made stuff once in a while. Good quality ingredients and a well balanced blend makes for a good spice paste.


And to up the ante, I poured some of the Worldfoods Thai Sweet Chilli with Kaffir Lime Sauce on my fried rice (this was in addition to my two cili padi) and oh, very nice! This sauce is very mild on the hotness scale and I find the kaffir lime aroma quite mild too. But I think this is a good move by the manufactures because the consumer would then be able to make their own adjustments by adding more chilli and fresh kaffir lime leaves to enhance the flavors. Not everyone can withstand too much heat and some people may find the smell of kaffir lime too strong.


I really enjoyed my fried rice and I can't wait to try the other sauces soon.









Tom Yum Fried Rice
Recipe source : Phong Hong

Ingredients :
- 3 cups overnight cooked rice
- 2 cups long beans, cut onto 1/2 inch length
- 1 big onion, thinly sliced
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 3 strips chicken fillet, cut into cubes and marinated with 1 tablespoon fish sauce
- 10 prawns, peeled and deveined
- 2 tablespoons Worldfoods Tom Yum Paste (or more!)
- A handful of coriander leaves
- 4 young kaffir lime leaves, thinly sliced
- Fish sauce to taste
- Cooking oil

Method :
1. Heat oil in wok and saute onions until wilted.
2. Add garlic and continue to saute until fragrant.
3. Add tom yum paste and saute until aromatic.
4. Add chicken fillet, fry until cooked followed by the prawns. If ingredients appear dry, sprinkle some water into the wok.
5. When prawn change color, add the long beans and fry until they are tender but still crisp.
6. Add rice and stir to coat evenly with the tom yum paste and other ingredients. Taste and add fish sauce if necessary.
7. Lastly, add the coriander leaves and young kaffir limes leaves, toss and serve.

Note : I served with cili padi on the side and Worldfoods Thai Sweet Chilli with Kaffir Lime Sauce.


41 comments:

  1. Aiyoo, you are super lucky ler..I not yet cook lunch, wish I can have a plate of your fried rice.

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    1. Sonia, so late belum cook ah? Just tapau lah :)

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  2. Lucky you, congrats! Fried rice looks good, but no egg? I will always add an egg, never mind how I cook my fried rice.

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    1. Arthur, in my excitement I forgot about the eggs. After I dished out only I realised that hah! hah! I could have fried eggs to go with it but too lazy.

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  3. Eh Phong Hong, was it you who told me b4 that you didn't have much luck, this isn't true anymore. Pls don't underestimate a slipped disc. Few years ago, my hubby also had a slipped disc & took him a year to do the physio before he recovered but his physiotherapist tole him that he can never be 100% recovered. So, do take good care. Don't drink too much of cold drink(from the chinese doctor point of view). And congratulations for your winnings!

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    1. Jessie, ya lah it was me. I have never won any prizes before. Feel so happy :) Aiyo, scared lah after hearing about your hubby's case. I hope mine is not that bad.

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  4. Aah.....now you have luck in contest and giveaway, right? Neverthe less, Im glad to hear that you have recovered from your back pain....do take good care in future. This fried rice of yours sure looks very inviting as it has the spicyness and flavourful too

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    1. Mel, I still have to go through physiotherapy to get better. So sian....

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  5. Congrats on your wins! This fried rice looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks, Mich! There's still enough left in the bottle for another round :)

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  6. Hi PH, am glad you liked your WORLDFOODS goodie pack ;) Also pleased to hear that you are recovering from your back pain.

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    1. Thanks, Yen! I was very excited when I received the goodie pack :)

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  7. You are so lucky! Congrats on your wins. The fried rice looks yummy. Please do take care of your back. Health is Wealth.

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    1. Thanks, Cecilia! You are right, Health is Wealth.

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  8. That's quite a lucky streak indeed! Glad to hear that the bad one is on its way out already with your back getting better already. Your fried rice must be delicious, tom yam topped with chili and kaffir lime sauce, yummy!

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    1. Hi Phong Hong, congratulation to you. Lucky lady! :))
      Your fried rice certainly look inviting and delightful.

      Wishing you speedy recovery and take care.
      Have a nice week ahead.

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    2. Thanks Lite Home Bakes and Amelia!

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  9. Phong Hong, you are so lucky. Happy to hear that you get well. nice nasi goreng. yummy.

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    1. Thanks, xing hui! Must have a lot of cili padi then only syiok :)

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  10. Congratulations Phong Hong! You are really lucky! :) My mouth is drooling looking at the fried rice... tom yam is one of my favourite! I hope you recover soon, take care!

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    1. Thanks, Jasline! I must make tom yum soup next!

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  11. Wow! you are one lucky lady! Glad to know that you're feeling better . I've never knew that I can fried rice with Tom Yim paste . Now this truly make my day & save a lot of my time ! easy yet very yummy! hehehehh Your fried rice looks appetizing & I can smell the lovely arome from here! :p

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    1. Thanks, Kit! You should try the tom yum fried rice. It is really good!

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  12. Hi Phong Hong

    Slipped disc is not a small thing. Please take care.
    You are indeed a lucky girl! Congrats! :D

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    1. Thanks, Amy! Yes, slipped disc is serious business and a painful one too!

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  13. Congrats! I would love a plate of steaming fried rice anytime - yum!

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    1. Oh yes, I love any kind of fried rice too!

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  14. Hi Phong Hong,

    Glad that you are feeling a lot more better... I thought of you when I slightly sprained my back yesterday. I'm alright... I reckon mine is caused by bad posture :p

    Congratulation with your winning! This must be the lucky fried rice!

    Zoe

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    1. Thanks, Zoe! Please be careful with your back, don't ever get slipped disc!

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  15. Hi Phong Hong,

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    1. Thank you, Krishna! I will explore the possibility.

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  16. Hi Phong Hong, your are really lucky. Believe me or not, I can't remember when ever have I won anything all my life. Everything is hard earned. Congrats and just to let you know, I never can resist Tom Yam fried rice or noodles...Nice

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    1. Thanks, Kimmy! This is a recent thing because in the past I never win anything, not even a miserable pen! I am going to try tom yum noodles or soup next :)

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  17. Ph dear how are you ?Cm doakan agar Ph kembali sihat.oh nasi goreng tom yam ?********terus pengsan hehe.Suka sangat ..lagi lagi jika pedas :)

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    1. CM, terima kasih, PH dah beransur pulih. Sakit tu ada lagi tapi sikit-sikit jer. Nasi goreng tom yum memamg meletup, kena letak cili padi banyak sket!

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  18. Hi Phong Hong,
    I'm glad to hear that your back is getting better.
    Congratulations on all your winnings, surely put a smile on your face!
    The tomyam paste sounds good, my daughter loves tomyam beehoon and she would not eat beehoon any other way.
    I love mine with extra chili padi too for the added oomph...!!

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    1. Thank you, Joyce! I am going to try tom yum beehoon next. I hear that it is very good. And oh yes, I must have loads of cili padi!

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  19. Glad you are recovering well. :)

    Back in action ya..can dish up such yummy fried rice.

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    1. Thanks! Can do cooking so it is a good sign :)

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  20. good morning phong hong, glad to hear that you are recovering well and whoh! you lucky girl! getting gifts one after another! me too i dont boycott ready made sauce, they are convenient and some are really nice too! There must be a lot of oomph in your fried rice !

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    1. Thank you, Lena! If the ready made sauce is good, then I can accept and use it. This one is very good but too bad they don't sell at Aeon.

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