6.131 Gung Grapao

6.131

16 (Sat) May 2015

Gung Grapao

0.75

by me

in my apartment

-Ermita, Manila-

solo

A total bust, this first attempt at making kra phrao.  The recipe from David Thompson’s cookbook Thai Street Food*.  Though 2 tablespoons of fish sauce plus a “good pinch of salt” seemed excessive for a mere 4 tablespoons of water/stock and 200 grams of meat (the recipe calls for beef, but I substituted shrimp) — not to mention the 4 additional tablespoons of fish sauce for a separate dip, which I didn’t bother to make — I followed the recipe faithfully, as I tend to do with any dish that I’ve never done before.  As anticipated, it turned out mouth-puckeringly salty, and fishy.  After draining away as much of the sauce as possible, I barely managed to eat the solid components

*Purchased on a recent trip to Thailand, selected because of the photos and historical explanations of dishes; TLC Asia features a cooking program of the same name hosted by the same guy**.

**I should’ve been skeptical because the guy opens the show saying : “Thailand … it’s all about the food”***.

***One of my pet peeves****, someone telling me what something is all about.  Invariably, the phrase is never used when the something is actually all about that particular thing, like : “Orange juice … it’s all about the oranges.”  Instead, the phrase is used only when it’s partly about the thing, like : “Wine … it’s all about the grapes.”

****I also hate someone telling me what they’re talking about, as in : “That’s what I’m talking about!”

2 thoughts on “6.131 Gung Grapao

  1. I think it’s Thompson, not Thomson. Also, the saltiness of fish sauce can vary quite a bit depending on brand/source…a lot of people say the American brands are “watered down.” Don’t know myself, don’t cook with it…also, I personally am more tolerant of salty meat compared to salty seafood. But yeah, that sounds pretty salty.

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  2. thanks for the typo catch.

    even if fish sauce does have differing degrees of saltiness, this guy purports to be “all about” authenticity, and I used Thai fish sauce for this recipe.

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