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BANGKOK 25 March 2019 15:27
Jingthing

Thai kale ... what is it really?

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Recently I've been eating a lot more Thai kale.

Like entire orders of it. Just Thai kale.

Now I now Thai kale is not the same vegetable as kale in the west.

But what is it exactly?

Is it a different kind of kale?
Is it not really kale, just called kale?

Is Thai kale as wonderfully nutritious and health promoting as western kale?

In the U.S. kale is absurdly trendy to the point of there being tons of jokes about it, but I've not lived there during the age of Kale.

So those who know the answers to my queries, please spill the beans.

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JT...please post a photo...what is 'thai kale'? and what is the thai language word?

I useta grow magnificent kale in my garden in N California about 35 years ago...quite nice freshly picked inna salad...

never seen nothin' in Thailand suitable for that purpose...

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It's on menus all over Thailand. It's Thailand so here they just call it kale. But I know it's not the same as western kale. So it's Thai kale. Like a French kiss. In France, that's just a kiss.

Edited by Jingthing

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I googled 'thai kale' and it came up 'thai kale with pork' which indeed is a common dish...my folks just refer to it as 'pak' like all other veges...

it's the most ubiquitous leafy green vege in Thailand, it seems...always available everywhere...I usually wash thoroughly, remove the tough stems, chop once roughly diagonally and add to a stir fry (on top, any stir fry; chicken , pork, tofu, etc) cover and steam during last few minutes of cooking...

not bad....

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Edited by tutsiwarrior

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Yes, it's in many dishes.

Such as pad see yu.

It so totally different than western Kale.

It seems similar to Chinese broccoli but not Chinese broccoli either.

How did something so different than western Kale get named Kale in English in Thailand?

Edited by Jingthing

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just thought of something...remove the stems after washing then stir fry with the other ingredients..add the leaves and steam as previously described...

I gotta try it when I get home next...

tmw, I'm back on the road to.....work bah.gif

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Yes when you order a plate of it you get the leaves and the stalk. That's what you want!

I just googled Chinese kale and it comes up as Kailan, Chinese broccoli.

NO!

Thai kale is definitely not the same thing as Chinese broccoli!

Order a plate of Chinese broccoli in a Chinese restaurant and then a plate of Thai Kale in a Thai restaurant.

Cooked differently yes of course but not the same vegetable either.

I actually prefer Chinese broccoli but you don't usually see that on standard Thai menus.

Edited by Jingthing

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There must be different varieties of it. This is what we buy in the market known as Phak Khana. If you goggle Phak Khana it comes up as Chinese broccoli or Chinese kale. If you go to any vegetable vendor and ask for Phak Khana this is what you get. It's grown just down the road from us.

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There must be different varieties of it. This is what we buy in the market known as Phak Khana. If you goggle Phak Khana it comes up as Chinese broccoli or Chinese kale. If you go to any vegetable vendor and ask for Phak Khana this is what you get. It's grown just down the road from us.

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yeah...what wayned's got is what I'm talkin' about...I find the stalks inedible but there's no accounting fer local taste as a westerner...

however, if they were removed after washing and precooked or simmered inna cooking sauce awhile like cauli or broccoli after initial stir frying, perhaps...

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yeah...the various local names for veges always have me confused...best to personally go down the market and see what's best on the day and then load up...

(and here comes tutsi from the market...shufflin' under the weight inna coolie hat with a stick on his shoulder with dangling baskets fulla veg and then his wife exclaims with dismay: ' whatsamatta wid ye...')

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