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Tue Sep 24, 2019

Thrilla in Meatnila

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Thrilla in Meatnila

Part of the reality of Meatwave NC is that the dead of summer months are just too hot to host a comfortable cookout. So we took all of July and August off and got things going again last weekend with a Thrilla in Meatnila. I originally had an entirely different theme planned out, but then I realized I have never cooked Filipino food for my Durham friends and got too excited to do so to hold off. I've done a couple Filipino themed events while in NY though, which covered a lot of foundational territory with the cuisine, so this time around I took some liberties and veered from the classics to serve up more creative Filipino-inspired dishes that all turned out pretty kick ass.

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Thu Aug 29, 2019

Grilled Scallion-wrapped Mochi

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Scallion-wrapped Mochi

I couldn't wait to make bacon-wrapped mochi earlier this year and have all my friends enjoy this soft, salty, and chewy treat that I already knew was amazing. Not to leave vegetarians out in the experience, I also made a version that wrapped the mochi in scallions instead of bacon, and the the oddest thing happened—just about everyone preferred the scallion version. I wasn't planning on sharing this on the blog, so at the time of cooking, I didn't take much care in presentation for photographs, but since it was the clear favorite, it seemed silly of me not to do a post on this variation as well, no matter how it looked in pictures.

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Thu Jul 18, 2019

Nam Tok: Thai Beef Waterfall Salad

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Nam Tok

I feel like I've been openly lamenting the state of Thai food in the Triangle region of North Carolina a lot recently. I feel a little bad about that, but it's hard for me not to think about it when I'm left unsatisfied too often by not being able to get one of my favorite cuisines in a way that tastes true to its origins. This has led me to learn how to cook a lot more Thai food at home—and it's really not hard, it's mostly just a matter of procuring the correct ingredients—but I'm not always in the mood for cooking, so I still find myself eating out at Thai joint somewhat regularly. Despite my complaining, there have been a few bright spots I've come to rely on at the restaurants around here, one of those being nam tok, otherwise known as beef waterfall salad. This grilled beef salad is simple and doesn't require as many special ingredients as some other dishes, which may be one reason why its has faired better at restaurants, although homemade has still been best!

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Thu May 30, 2019

Vietnamese Pork Chops

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Vietnamese Pork Chops

Pork chops? Meh. That's my general feeling on this cut of meat. I am a sucker and order them now and again when I see them on menus, but I think the times I've been disappointed by them have outnumbered the instances when they've left me with something to talk about. I do have a soft spot though for Vietnamese lemongrass pork chops, but I've been burned by these too before, adding to my soured perception overall. I figured if I make them at home though, they're bound to be delicious, and on my first shot at cooking them I used Kenji's recipe, which outputted the best Vietnamese pork chops I've ever had, and maybe just the best porks chops overall too.

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Thu May 9, 2019

Grilled Pineapple Fried Rice

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Pineapple Fried Rice

We eat a fair amount of rice in my household, and that means pretty consistent rice leftovers, which translates to a lot of fried rice. While I find myself making fried rice often, I've stuck to two variations—most often it's Filipino-style garlic fried rice, and every now and then I do a Thai fried rice. When planning my Tiki-themed Meatwave last month, I started to think that fried rice would be an apt and plentiful side to serve, and it would also allow me to spread my wings a bit into new fried rice territory. Since I was thinking along Tiki lines, it should be no surprise that pineapple was on my mind, and that led me to this great grilled pineapple fried.

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