Myanmar: The Stunning Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon

Last December 2017, we traveled to Myanmar to spend our Christmas/winter break there. Our first stop was in Yangon, the former capital city of Myanmar. Before going there, we didn’t really have a lot of expectations about the city since some of our friends who have been there were not really impressed about the place. Before our trip, we were also never aware of Shwedagon Pagoda being one of the famous ones in the world. However, we were pleasantly surprised when we found the place very imposing. After our visit, we understood why it is one of the wonders of the religious world.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

Here are some highlights of this super stunning Shwedagon Pagoda we learned during the tour:

Shwedagon Pagoda is the crown of Myanmar and the most iconic landmark in Yangon! It is at least 2,500 years old – the oldest Buddhist Stupa in the world. I have learned that it is the holiest Buddhist site for the people of Myanmar as it houses the relics of the four Buddhas who had attained enlightenment.

It is an archive of Burmese heritage – architecture, sculpture, history and art.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

It stands about 110 meters on the Hill of Dagon Township in the center of Yangon City.

Shwedagon Pagoda

The amazing Shwedagon Pagoda is covered with thousands of gold plates. The top of the stupa is encrusted with about 5,450 diamonds, 2,300 rubies, sapphires and other gems and at the tip is a single 76-carat diamond.

Shwedagon Pagoda

The main stupa is surrounded by so many colorful temples, stupas and statues where devotees from all over the country could come and pray.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

There are also several planetary posts, and each planetary posts has a Buddha image and people who were born on that particular day offer flowers and pour water on the image with a prayer and a wish.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

While wandering around, I observed many devotees doing many different activities – washing the statues, offering flowers, worshiping, meditating, and doing other rituals. I saw fabulous names of each area such as Shrine of Sun and Moon, Victory Ground, Hall of Wizards, Hall of Great Prosperity, Pagoda of the Eight Weekdays, and many more. I love the beautiful ornate architecture.

Shwedagon Pagoda

Certainly, no visit to the Union of Myanmar is complete without a visit to this mesmerizing tourist and pilgrim attraction. So, enjoy yourself – it’s an impressive and beautiful pagoda!

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

Shwedagon Pagoda

Little Lilly travel tip:

  • It is located in the center of Yangon, walking distance to some gardens, restaurants, shops and other pagodas.
  • It is open daily, and last admission is at 21.45.
  • The entrance fee is US$ 8.
  • It is best if you visit around sunrise or sunset, so you can beat both the crowds and the heat (you won’t burn your feet as you explore the place barefoot).
  • There are 4 entrances to the Shwedagon Pagoda (North – Arzarni Road, South – Shwedagon Pagoda Road, East – Gyatawya Road, West – U Wisara Road).
  • Wear appropriate clothing. Women should wear loose trousers or long skirts (up to toe level) otherwise the security won’t let you in.
  • Shoes, socks and stockings are not allowed inside. So, bring a plastic bag for your shoes. Bring some wipes (wet tissue) as your feet are putrid by the end.

 

 

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7 days backpacking trip with my friends

Traveling with my old good friends is to me one of the healthiest and most positive things I can do to strengthen our friendship.

Angkor Thom

I was chuffed to bits that my friends who I hadn’t seen for so many years visited me and my family in the Penh. I was also grateful that my boys gave me some time to join backpacking trip with them!

Bayon Temple [Thanks to my friend Gb for taking this photo]

Our 7 days backpacking trip provided us the opportunity

  1. to develop a deeper bond and to get to know each other more. Those fun, crazy, and stressful situations helped me get to know them even better. Even though we have known each other for a long time, traveling together allow us to deepen our friendship in ways neither of us expected.
  2. to make lifelong memories and mutual experience to savor together. These shared stories would be things that we can reminisce about forever especially since we haven’t lived near enough to each other to have many common experiences in recent years. Personally, these shared travel stories become really, really important.
  3. to break the ice when the 4 of us meet new people on the road and these travel stories bring about some genuine laughs.

with my good friends at the Angkor Wat

Also, one of the best parts of our trip was the planning stage. We didn’t tire of our endless travel chat and it was perfectly acceptable when Ga messaged us at midnight with all her urgent and essential questions like which hotel we were going to book, flight changes, which clothes to bring, or simply talking about all the amazing places we wanted to visit together – got all of us super excited for the adventures

Ta Prohm [Thanks to Carl for this photo]

My friends and I backpacked from Siem Reap, Cambodia to Phnom Penh City, Cambodia, to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and then back to Phnom Penh for 7 days. And since it was my first backpacking trip with them, I decided to share our awesome memories together.

with my friends in Angkor

Wander the wonder of the Angkor Temples in Siem Reap

Wandering the wonder of the Angkor Temples (one of the most important archaeological sites in South-East Asia) with good old friends was just awesome. First we visited the amazing relic and extraordinary Angkor Wat, built in the 12th century and dubbed as the largest religious monument and one of the finest monument in the world. We spent a half-day exploring the Angkor Wat, and even though there were hordes of tourists at that time, the view was still breathtaking, and it was worth it.

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Bas reliefs

After lunch, we headed to the most fascinating temple in Angkor – The Bayon Temple – where there were 200 plus gigantic mesmerizing faces adorn this incredible temple. Truly it’s the cheeriest of them all.

Bayon Temple

Then we continued to Ta Prohm Temple, a temple known for massive trees growing out its walls. This temple was also featured in a movie “Tomb Raider”and Indiana Jones movie. These giant trees appear to melt into the meticulously hewn stones, binding them together or tearing them apart in extraordinary fusion of nature and man is a juxtaposition of order and chaos. Indeed, Ta Prohm is a perfect harmony of nature and architecture.

Ta Prohm

Ta Prohm [Thanks Gb for this photo]

Chill at the PUB Street in Siem Reap

After temple trekking, we chilled at the PUB Street – a happy pedestrian with amazingly excellent vibe. It was a very lively place and there was so much fun and joys. We grabbed a bite at the Temple Restaurant. We had Cambodian soup and Tom Yum and it was good.

Temple Restaurant [Thanks to Carl for this photo]

PUB Street [Thanks to Carl for this photo]

Early morning splash in the pool

I love how we started our day – quick early morning splash in the pool at Naga Gate Hotel. To me, it was an easy way to get my exercise for the day and provide me some poolside relaxation. Plus, it was cool making the half-awake commute to the pool and getting into a completely still, flat, placid, calm and cold pool while the rest of the world was still asleep.

@ Naga Gate Hotel in Siem Reap [Thanks Gb for this photo]

Exploring the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda in Phnom Penh

When we were rested and refreshed, we explored the Royal Palace and the Silver Pagoda. We went there at around 3.30pm, and I think it was the perfect time to visit the palace as there were only few tourist. We paid $10.25 for the entrance fee (which is quite expensive) and we stayed there for an hour. My friends were awed by the beautiful architecture and the magnificent collection of gold in the Silver Pagoda. The Royal Palace is certainly a place of history; and a worthy place to visit if you are in the city.

The Royal Palace

The Silver Pagoda

The Royal Palace

Strolling around the River and Lazying at Le Moon Sky Bar in Phnom Penh

From the palace, we strolled around the Riverside, a colourful place and a nice spot for tourists and Khmer people alike where you can enjoy a nice breeze and local activities – play different games, walk, and relax. It’s also a great place for everything – restaurants, bars, markets, Mekong boat cruise, and many more. After strolling, we lazed at the Le Moon Sky Bar while savoring tea and coffee and enjoying the commanding views and the open-air rooftop breeze.

Visit S-21 (Tuol Sleng) Museum and Choeung Ek Killing Fields in Phnom Penh

The Tuol Sleng Museum and the Choeung Ek Killing fields are the saddest places we’ve been to. Our tour there was very interactive and the audio guide provided us with very good information of the events – about 3 million Cambodians were tortured and killed by their own people. The recorded testimonies from the survivors and guards are very grounding. Such a harrowing and sad piece of history but a must go if you visit Cambodia and definitely worth having the audio too as it gives you a very descriptive and realistic outline of the two places! We spent about an hour in Tuol Sleng Museum and an hour and a half walking quietly in the Choeung Ek Killing Fields.

Choeung Ek Killing Field

Choeung Ek Killing Field

Choeung Ek Killing Field

Devour Vietnamese Street Food and walked around the walking street

One thing I love about Vietnam is their sooo delicious street food. After our tour at the Cu chi tunnels, we dropped off at the Ben Tanh Market to grab Vietnamese street food. It’s an ideal inexpensive spot selling many types of food and drink. The atmosphere there was relaxed. We especially enjoyed sitting the hustle and bustle. In the evening, we walked around the very lively Bu Vien walking street, a great street of bars, clubs and streetwise food. There were a lot of tourists and locals alike, jamming the road. We walked up and down the street and sampled some drinks and food as we went along. We sat into a few little local bars, devoured local tasty food while we watched the world went by. It was fun!

Vietnamese food

Vietnamese food. [Thanks to my friend Carl for this photo]

Bui Vien Walking Street

Bui Vien walking street [Thanks Ga for this photo]

Crawl at the Cu Chi Tunnel

We spent half day to visit the Cu Chi Tunnel. Our guide showed us how the Viet Cong outwitted the Americans at every step with their primitive but quite effective weapons. We learned how the Viet Cong and the local people constructed the tunnels, the infrastructures (hospitals, kitchen, conference room, etc) and the various traps – booby door trap, window, rolling, etc. Our guide also pointed out the bomb craters with collapsed tunnels entrance, the termite mounds covering the bamboo air tubes to the tunnels and the camouflage entrance to the tunnels with multiple firing positions. We also learned that the Viet Cong used sandals made out of used rubber (from an old motor bike or car tire) and cut out a foot print to trick the American soldiers as they thought that the trail of footprints they had picked up was heading one way but instead they were heading the opposite way. During the tour, we crawled 60 m out of 200 km tunnels – it was really an amazing experience! Can you imagine living in the tunnel for many years? Certainly our visit to the tunnels was a wonderful insight into life during the war in Vietnam.

Inside the tunnel. [Thanks Carl for this photo]

The rubber slippers used by the Vietcongs.

The rescue entrance

Shop in Ho Chi Minh

We went shopping at the Ben Tanh Market, one of the huge markets in Ho Chi Minh with a large range of products – food, bags, clothing, etc. It has a good atmosphere and good products. Just like in Cambodia’s markets, there is no fixed price in this market, so you need to learn how to bargain. If you are foreigner ask for 40-50% off when you bargain across the board. Overall, we had so much fun in the market especially when bargaining.

@ Ben Tanh market [Thanks Carl for this photo]

Meet my family in the Kingdom

My friends got to meet my family in the Penh for the first time. As a way of welcoming them into our simple abode, we offered them cooked meals. I’m grateful that my hubby cooked food (Gratin Dauphinois, Coq Au Vin, Cantonese Rice, toast salmon, etc.) for my friends. And on the last night (before they fly back home), we took them to one of our fave bistro in town to chill. For two nights, round the table with good food and a fine wine, we had one of the best and most fun discussions. Indeed, it was such a fun and great moment for all of us!

Fun Tuktuk ride

Tuktuk ride is one of the most common public transportation here, and it was one of the fun experiences we have had while showing some places in Cambodia to my friends. We took a tuktuk wherever we went. While riding a tuktuk, we felt alive in traffic from the fellow tuktuks, motorbikes and cars. It was fast, cheap, fun, we got “fresh air”, and we love the wind in our hair.

tuktuk ride

Enjoy the long bus ride

Even though there are local flights available from Siem Reap to Phnom Penh and from Phnom Penh to Ho Chi Minh, we opted to travel by bus to see more of the countryside. We traveled with the Giant Ibis Bus Company and the ticket (one way) was $18 per person. From Siem Reap to Phnom Penh, we nearly missed our bus as we were 10 minutes late. Luckily, the staff was kind enough to wait for us. It took us about 6 hours to reach the capital city. On our way to Ho Chi Minh City from Phnom Penh, we missed our bus at 8.30AM. We tried to catch it but we couldn’t – it already went far, so we decided to go back to the bus station. Fortunately, there were still some seats available for the next bus trip at 12.30PM – we were relieved! We went to the bus the station 30 minutes early before the departing time to make sure we wouldn’t miss it again. The entire bus trip was good and comfortable. The bus provided us a wet tissue, and small snacks (savory bread and a small bottle of water). There was wifi and there were outlets on every row. The bus stopped 3 times (1 stop for lunch and 2 stops for toilet). The road occasionally took us to the river, we saw stilt houses, small children walking on the road from school and we past beautiful scenery of rice paddies. We saw the countryside – poor but beautiful. Indeed, the 22 hours bus trip (6 hours SR to PP, 8 hours PP to HCM and 8 hours HCM to PP) was a nice journey, and no such thing as dead time.

Bus ride to Ho Chi Minh from Phnom Penh [Thanks Carl for this photo]

Bus ride to Phnom Penh from Siem Reap [Thanks Carl for this photo]

Certainly, traveling with these 4 good friends was awesome as they augmented the epic-ness of the adventure.

 

Review: Naga Gate Boutique Hotel in Siem Reap

Early in November this year, me and 3 of my good friends from elementary and high school traveled to Siem Reap to see the majestic temples of Angkor. The city of Siem Reap is rapidly expanding. There are new infrastructures being built everywhere from hotels and residences to high-rising commercial buildings.

So, in keeping with our budget while exploring a new place with comfort, we stayed at Naga Gate Boutique Hotel, a new nicely designed contemporary hotel in Siem Reap.

Naga Gate Boutique Hotel

Naga Gate Boutique Hotel

It is conveniently located along Makara St, Chun Lung Village. It’s 2 km away from the city centre, but it’s easy to get around – about 7 minutes by tuktuk ride to the PUB Street, the place to be if you need a range of options for restaurants and for evening entertainment in Siem Reap.

The tuktuks that picked us up. Photo credit to my friend, Carl G. Fernandez.

Arrival – at the hotel’s reception. Photo credit to my friend, Carl G. Fernandez.

Upon arrival they picked me up at the bus station, and they picked my friends up at the airport. At the hotel, the staff were very welcoming and we were greeted with a towel and a complimentary welcome cocktail – it was so refreshing!

Me…enjoying the complimentary welcome cocktail by the pool. 🙂

Since we were 5, we opted to stay in a Family Interconnecting Pool View Room so that we would have ample time to catch up since we haven’t seen each other for so many years (2 of them I haven’t seen for 18 years and for 14 years). The rooms are interconnected to each other and there was enough space for everybody. It was very spacious, very tidy and very comfortable.

Naga Gate Boutique Hotel

Our room has 1 large double bed, 2 extra double beds, 2 private bathrooms and a bathtub. The beds were very comfortable; it’s firm and pretty good for your back. The blanket is thick and soft too, and the pillows are fluffy.

Naga Gate Boutique Hotel

Naga Gate Boutique Hotel

The windows are huge to ensure sunlight when you need it. It has a sitting area – a small couch, a small round table and 2 chairs where we could relax or do some work.

Naga Gate Boutique Hotel

Our rooms were well furnished with 2 safety deposit boxes, 2 flat screen TVs with cable channels, 2 small refrigerators, 2 air conditioners, 2 kettles. Other extras include free toiletries, 5 bathrobes, slippers and many more.

Naga Gate Boutique Hotel

Naga Gate Boutique Hotel has also a lovely restaurant which offers Cambodian and western cuisine. We had breakfast there and it was super – plenty of choice and very generous portions. The food was fresh, healthy and luscious.

Photo credit to my friend, Carl G. Fernandez.

Photo credit to my friend, Carl G. Fernandez.

Photo credit to my friend, Carl G. Fernandez.

Photo credit to my friend, Carl G. Fernandez.

I highly recommend the chicken soup. My friends and I loved their salad, too, as well as their coffee and fresh homemade fruit juice.

Photo credit to my friend, Carl G. Fernandez

Photo credit to my friend, Carl G. Fernandez.

Photo credit to my friend, Carl G. Fernandez.

What I loved about Naga Gate was its facilities. They have a nice sea water swimming pool with sun loungers as well as a fitness center and a spa. Due to our hectic schedule, I never got to try out the gym and massage. The hotel facilities are excellent – keeping with any top class hotel, and provides free strong WiFi which is accessible everywhere in the hotel.

Naga Gate Boutique Hotel

Photo credit to my friend, Julie Ann D. Manzano.

Photo credit to my friend, Julie Ann D. Manzano

Early splash in the pool, 6AM. 🙂

The staff were absolutely lovely and always greeted us with a beautiful smile. We like the kindness and politeness of the staff. They were attentive – always there to help us, and they really tried to make sure that our stay would be a special one.

with the staff of the hotel.

The best thing about Naga Gate is definitely its price. A room, complete with breakfast and complimentary use of swimming pool, as well as a discount to services like massage. Talk about good value for money! 🙂

Naga Gate Boutique Hotel

Naga Gate Boutique Hotel

Naga Gate Boutique Hotel is certainly a true oasis – quiet, fabulous and a real touch of luxury! It’s chic and cosy in a busy street but managed to remain remote from the noise and movement of the city. Its location, helpful staff and its facilities, not to mention its affordable rate, makes it the perfect place for family and friends visiting the gateway to the ruins of Angkor.

Taste of Home: Baked French Omelet

Ever since I was a small child I love omelets! I enjoy to eat this dish for breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner. I just stuffed it with the vegetables I like or cheese and it makes a super yummy meal.

Baked French Omelet

My mom has always made incredible omelets and since I was in elementary she taught me how to make it – her way, the Filipino way. But, through the years, and as I continue to immerse myself into different cultures, I learned several ways of making omelet.

At the moment, the oven baked French omelet, which I learned from Alan, is the one that inspires me the most especially when they are perfectly baked and stuffed with cooked fresh yumminess of carrots, tomatoes onions, ham and cheese – it’s downright healthy, absolutely delicious and gorgeously sumptuous.

Fresh eggs, fresh vegetables and fresh ham – combine them in such a pleasant way, would definitely inspires you to get up early in the morning, and probably not any kind of omelet you may have encountered before.

One technique to make this elegant bright yellow cheesy-doused omelet is to whip the egg mixture until it is very foamy. The mixture will still be foamy while coking, so that the bubbles of air trapped inside will expand while in the oven making the omelet lighter.

Baked French Omelet

If you wish to try this melt-in-your-mouth egg dish, here’s a simple recipe: I hope you enjoy eating the way we savor it.

Ingredients good for 6 servings:

  • 10 fresh medium-sized chicken eggs
  • 300 grams of ham, cut into thin stripes
  • 2 medium-sized carrots, grated
  • 1 medium-sized onions, diced
  • 1 kilogram of tomatoes, diced
  • 200 grams of Emmental cheese, grated
  • ½ cup of milk
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

Method:

Step 1: Prepare the ham and vegetables mixture.

  • Cook the tomatoes and onion in the pan.
  • When it’s half-cooked add the carrots.
  • When it’s fully cooked, add the ham. Stir occasionally.
  • Let it cook for about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Step 2: Prepare the egg mixture.

  • Put all the eggs in a big bowl.
  • Add salt, pepper and a bit of milk.
  • Whip the mixture until it is very foamy.

Step 3: Putting together.

  • Put the egg mixture in an oven dish.
  • Add the vegetables and ham.
  • Stir until it becomes homogenous.

Step 4: Bake it.

  • Put it in the oven at 200 degrees Celsius for about 45 minutes.
  • Ten minutes before the dish is cooked, add the cheese on top.

Step 5: Et Voila! Serve, share and enjoy!

Taste of Home: Chicken Fajitas

I love cooking Chicken Fajitas! And, it’s the family’s favourite too!

Chicken Fajitas

It’s a feast of flavours and colours! It looks so colorful and so pretty. It’s mouth-watering, tasty and healthy!

We love it even more because it’s as easy as pie to cook and perfect for parties.

Indeed, I’m tickled pink to share with you my colorful recipe.

Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients good for 6 servings:

Marinade:

  • 400 grams of boneless chicken breast, cut in stripes
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • lemon juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 10 spring onions, chopped
  • 1 piece jalapeno, seeded and cut in stripes

Fajitas vegetables:

  • 1 medium-sized green bell pepper, cut into thin stripes
  • 1 medium-sized red bell pepper, cut into thin stripes
  • 1 medium-sized yellow bell pepper, cut into thin stripes
  • 1 medium-sized onion, cut into thin stripes

Fajitas vegetables

Methods:

Step 1: Prepare the marinade. In a mixing bowl, put in the lemon juice, olive oil, cumin, black pepper, salt, garlic, cilantro, spring onions, and jalapeno. Mix thoroughly. Add the chicken. Combine it well. Marinade it for about 15 minutes or, if you can, marinade it longer or overnight, the better so that the chicken could absorb the mixture.

Step 2: Sautéed the vegetables. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan. Put in the vegetables. Stir occasionally, and sautéed it for about 3 minutes. Put it on a plate.

Step 3: Cook the meat. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the same frying pan. Put in the meat. Stir occasionally. Add 1 tablespoon of tomato paste. Stir. Add a small glass of water, and cook it for about 10 minutes over high heat.

Step 4: Putting together. When the meat is cooked, add the sautéed vegetables. Mix well. Cook for about 3 minutes.

Step 5: Serve, share and enjoy. Put the chicken fajitas to a large bowl, and serve with warmed tortillas, guacamole, and tomato salsa.

Taste of Home: Chicken with Lemon Pepper Cream Sauce

Chicken with lemon pepper cream sauce is a new addition to family’s food favorite – it’s lemony, creamy, peppery, and tasty.

Chicken with lemon pepper cream sauce

Here are the reasons why we love this dish:

  • We love the freshly crashed Kampot peppercorns and the combination of pepper and lemon as it creates a really wonderful full flavor.
  • It’s an easy-to-make meal – easy enough to make it for a weeknight but gorgeous enough to make for a special occasion.
  • The velvety consistency of the sauce transforms our table into chic and elegant French dining room.

In my recipe, I use boneless, skinless chicken breast and fry it quickly about 3 to 4 minutes each side. I also add a wee bit of salt and some complementary spices like garlic and shallots for more flavor. In addition, I use Emmental cheese as it is fruity and tastier than cheddar and it doesn’t taste strong. It is best served with hot steamed rice, or steamed fresh vegetables like asparagus or broccoli, or sautéed spinach.

If you do not have a lemon pepper powder spice you can make your own lemon pepper powder by using pepper powder, garlic powder, salt,  and lemon juice of half a lemon. Then mix it well together.

It’s definitely a dish that would make everyone happy.

Chicken with lemon pepper cream sauce

Ingredients for 3 servings:

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 100 grams Emmental cheese, grated
  • 206 grams of fresh cooking cream
  • 2 tablespoons lemon pepper powder
  • 1 small cup water
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of spring onions, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

Seasoning: (substitute in case you do not have lemon pepper powder)

  • Lemon juice of half a lemon
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Chicken with lemon pepper cream sauce

Method:

  1. Season both sides of the chicken with lemon pepper powder.
  2. Put some olive oil on a pan in a high heat. Spread the oil on a pan and get it hot.
  3. Cook the chicken. Wait until the chicken turns into a beautiful golden brown caramelized color. Flip over the chicken. Cook each side of the chicken for about 3 to 4 minutes.
  4. Once the chicken is cooked, deglazed the pan with a little bit of water and let it boil just to get all those flavor that stick in pan.
  5. Put in some of your favorite cheese.
  6. Add fresh cooking cream. Mix well.
  7. Add some spring onion and parsley. Mix everything well together.
  8. Put it on a serving bowl. Finish it with some grated cheese and chopped parsley.
  9. Serve it with steamed rice or steamed fresh vegetables – asparagus or broccoli or sautéed spinach.
  10. Share and enjoy!

 

 

Taste of Home: Thai Beef Salad

Tonight, I fancied a simple yet tasty and healthy meal, so I decided to make Thai Beef Salad for dinner, one of the Thai dish I really like to eat whenever we go to a Thai Restaurant.

I love this aromatic Thai Beef Salad. It tastes heavenly. Plus, I love the combination of fresh vegetables, lime dressing, and cook meat.

Thai Beef Salad

When I started tossing the veggies together, the pungent of the spices was luscious! And, when I took a bite – it was a WOW – I could taste the sweetness, sourness, saltiness, spiciness…all at once.

In my recipe, I don’t use red chili since my family do not really like spicy food that much.

Certainly, it’s a wonderful recipe – it’s super easy and you can find the ingredients in any grocery store.

Ingredients good for 3 servings:

Marinade:

  • 500 grams of beef, cut into thin slice against the grains
  • juice of 3 limes
  • 3 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon of fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Salad:

  • cherry tomatoes, cut into half
  • 2 pieces cucumber, sliced
  • cilantro, chopped
  • 1 small shallots, cut into thin (very thin) slice
  • Ice berg lettuce or lettuce of your choice.
  • 1 small piece of carrot

Dressing:

  • juice of 4 lime
  • 3 tablespoons of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of fish sauce
  • soy sauce to taste
  • pepper

Thai Beef Salad

Method:

1. Marinade the beef. In a bowl, put the beef, lime juice, minced garlic, fish sauce, and salt. Mix it well. Cover the bowl and put it in the fridge. Marinate the beef for about 3 hours.

2. Prepare the salad. Slice all the vegetables – cherry tomatoes, cucumber, shallots, cilantro, carrot and lettuce. Mix well. Put the greens on the plate, and set aside.

3. Prepare the dressing. In a small bowl, put the juice of 4 limes, sugar, soy sauce, fish sauce, and pepper. Stir it thoroughly. Set aside.

4. Cook the meat. In a frying pan, cook the meat – about 2 minutes on each side.

5. Putting together. On a plate, put in first the salad. Next, put the meat on top of the salad. Then, put some dressing.

6. Serve with steamed rice, share and enjoy.