Ceviche and sashimi in the middle of the Gulf of Thailand
At this point, my At-Home Thai-Cooking Recipes project is running full-steam-ahead. I cook&taste, and cook&taste relentlessly, and not until I am satisfied with the aformentioned steps do I proceed to document the recipe. Writing is such a great way to bring memories to the surface, and I can't help but share them with my audience. In writing my up-coming eBook for the sticky rice meal, some steps in the cooking process reminded me of the day my parents rented a boat and took us out to the middle of the Gulf of Thailand. This fond memory has nothing to do with my recipe, which originates from the northeast -The Isaan- region of Thailand; but, to my surprise, it somehow tied in with that recipe (which has to do with sticky rice, pan-fried nampla-marinated salmon, and minced pork&chicken in lime sauce).
Here's the story
Read it well and you will gain yourself a great recipe.
"Step 3 reminds me so much of the trip my sister and I took with my parents, my mother's brother, sister and her husband, during which my mother rented a fishing boat- along with its captain and crew- for a day. All the adults packed their brand new sets of sushi knives and other prepping and cooking gear.
My youngest uncle soon joined us with a bowl of fresh and still "dancing" shrimp. He peeled them and expertly julienned stalks of lemongrass, chopped quite a bit of red prikkeenoo -the "heat"- and put them in the same bowl with the shrimp, as he squeezed in lime, piece-by-piece. He then added nampla (I remember distinctly that it happened to be the brand from Rayong which was made from baby shrimps -but still bore its trademark title, "nampla"), and then applied the finishing touch by adding fresh mint leaves (from the cooler) as garnish. With his bare hand, he mixed everything. I will never forget how he licked each of his fingers, all the while teasing us with suckling noises; and, at the same time, he offered the "dancing" shrimp ceviche to us. It's hard to picture my family without seeing a trip or involving any meal. This was one of many, many fond memories that I have from my Thai family."
Did you find the hidden recipe? Go ahead, comb through the story one more time.