Thursday, 30 August 2012

Gai Pad Yod Khao Pod (Chicken with baby corn)

Gai Pad Yod Khao Pod (Chicken with Baby Corn)

This Thai dish I first tasted at a street food stall in Pattaya. I was there to eat prawns, but when I saw them preparing this dish I could not stop myself from ordering a plate. The best part of eating food at a road side stall is, you can see the whole cooking process and learn it before you actually taste the dish. Eventually I found this stir fry dish soooo tasty that during my stay in Thailand, I made it a point to eat it almost everyday. This is an absolutely fast and easy recipe. I'm sure you will enjoy preparing and eating this dish as much as I do.

Preparation time  :  10 minutes
Cooking time       :  15 - 20 minutes
Difficulty               : Easy
Serves                   :  4

Ingredients :

  • 3 tablespoons Oil (use any vegetable oil, but I prefer to use Peanut oil) 
  • 500 grams Chicken breast or thighs, boneless, skinless and thinly sliced 
  • 1/2 Onion, thinly sliced
  • 3-4 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Baby corn, cut into rounds or Thin battons 
  • 1 cup Straw mushrooms (use can use Oyster/Button mushrooms as Straw Mushrooms are not easily available in India except in China Town of Kolkata)
  • 3 tablespoons Oyster sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Finely sliced Green Onions and Coriander leaves to decorate


    Method :

     1) Wash and clean Chicken very well and drain all the liquid off the chicken. You can also soak the excess water by placing the pieces in between two kitchen towels.
     2) Heat the oil in a wok or large pot over medium-high flame.
     3) Once the oil is hot enough add the chicken and stir fry until halfway cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes.
     4) Add the onions and garlic and continue stir frying until the chicken is cooked through and the onions are lightly translucent, another 2 or 3 minutes.
     5) Reduce heat to low and add the corn, mushrooms, oyster sauce, fish sauce, sugar, salt and pepper.
     6) Simmer for another 5 minutes to cook through.
     7) At the end of 5 minutes check if the chicken is perfectly cooked, check and adjust seasonings and serve hot with rice. Don't forget to sprinkle the greens on top.
    Gai Pad Yod Khao Pod Variations :
    Add some julienned red peppers along with the onions if you like.
    Substitute chopped, blanched cabbage, blanched broccoli or bok choy for the straw mushrooms if you like. Or use a mixture of vegetables.


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