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Thai kale ... what is it really?

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This is the very dish . I prefer the pork a bit crispier. The pork is bought roasted/barbecued already.

Kana moo gop is a standard dish in issan. Bbq pork Chinese style, garlic , fresh chilli a bit of soy or mushroom sauce. We grow it in yhe garden up country.

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Tutsi my man...it tastes exactly the same as cabbage.....i eat it 2 or 3 times a week.

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firefox, I was referring the fantastically shaped 'broccoli' in post #30...

dunno about thai kale tasting the same as cabbage...the kale has a bitter taste but not at all unpleasant and chinese cabbage is 'sweet' in comparison...

that's one thing that I miss when away from Thailand at work...an abundance and variety of veges...first thing when I get home is find watever is available and then get out the wok and stir fry with either chicken breast or locally made tofu...

the locally made tofu looks and tastes just like the stuff that you find in provincial markets in Vietnam...(here's tutsi cooking up a storm on his hotplate in his beach cabin on the spectacular north central coast...knockin' back the Vodka Hanoi and singin': 'yew ain't nothin' but a hound dog...')

Tutsi,

Chinese Kale when grown in full sun, can be bitter. The stronger the sun, the more bitter. I grow my own, organically, under a shade cloth and it is my favourite vegetable. Such a great flavour. I eat it nearly every day.

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The peeled stalks of this in long slices are actually one of the ingredients of classic Pad Thai, along with Prawns & flat noodles, & its what I understand to be Thai kale...

Had you said it was an ingredient of classic ratnaa or pad siew you'd have been right. It's not an ingredient of pad Thai. The long strips in pad Thai are pickled radish or turnip.

Not the way my wife & lots of others do it...

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Next time that you see it point to it and ask them if it's Khana. I would guess that the answer is yes.

The Thais seem to shorten the names of vegetables. My wife would ask me to go to the market and buy some Phak Bung (swamp Cabbage) and ma-kheua (eggplant). I would always came back with the wrong thing. There are different types of Phak Bung and many types of ma-kheua ranging from small green pea shaped pods, ma-kheua phuang, to tomatoes, ma-kheus thaeht, with many varieties in between. Even Phak Chee which most think is coriander, but there are many types of phak chee, phak chee Lao is asian dill. You can even go to the market and get a Fuk!

Raunchy market, prices please.

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I think Thai kale is Chinese broccoli (gai-lan). The ones I get at the markets in Thailand are usually younger and more tender. There are many types of kale: lacinato, curly and Russian that I know of. People use it in salads or saute it. Kale is supposedly a very nutritious food. I like the taste of all these vegetables.. Not sure if I have seen kale at the stores... If so, it will most likely be the curly type which many people like in salads or to make smoothies/juice.

Oops. I forgot to say... In the USA, there is or was a big thing about kale and much talk about its high nutritious value. At farmers markets, one can get many varieties of kale = curly, Russian (purple and regular green) and Lacinato are the types that I've seen. Many people like the curly kale in salad or in smoothies, but I like them stir-fried or added to bean soups. I do not know if it is related to the Thai/Chinese kale or not although they all seem to have a slight bitterness.

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On 11/16/2015 at 7:43 AM, KevWaters said:

Cheers for the heads up.

I buy "kale" and "tipped kale" very often from Tops Daily and have only been rinsing it under the tap so far. I have no first hand experience of seeing Thai people use chemicals for farming. Better take precautions.

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Had an empty "building lot" down the street from where I lived in CM, on which a Thai man grew this vegetable for extra income. One day, out for a stroll, I saw him mix and apply a pesticide.

 

Now, saying he "sprayed" his crop would be an understatement; it was more like flea-dipping a dog. I stood far away and found myself holding my breath, while he, in flip-flops, saturated the ground.

 

But, that is not the end of the story. It gets more interesting.This was not a young crop.

 

Two days later on another walk, I saw him loading his harvest for the trip to the fresh market.

 

Wash all you want. Add vinegar or salt or soap. Sandblast it if you like. The plant still takes in the poison along with the water it needs to live, deep inside, where nothing but your digestive process will extract it.

 

Having said that, I count it as one of my favorite vegetables, and, along with crispy porkwhich is on the burner as I typeone of my favorite dishes.

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Anyone know where i can buy "the western version" of kale in Thailand ?

Do they grow them here or is the climate too hot ? 

 

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5 hours ago, balo said:

Anyone know where i can buy "the western version" of kale in Thailand ?

Do they grow them here or is the climate too hot ? 

 

I very much doubt that you will find kale, to my mind it is a winter crop.

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When I lived in Singapore I used to buy Baby Kai Lan a lot, taste almost like spring cabbage in the UK, but have had problems finding it here. Have recently found what they call "brussel sprouts" in the packed veg section in Tops. looks like about 10 small cabbages in a tray with a "My Choice" label. Not bad but tend to be a bit nibbled! Suppose that might mean no pesticides!?

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50 minutes ago, stuartd1 said:

When I lived in Singapore I used to buy Baby Kai Lan a lot, taste almost like spring cabbage in the UK, but have had problems finding it here. Have recently found what they call "brussel sprouts" in the packed veg section in Tops. looks like about 10 small cabbages in a tray with a "My Choice" label. Not bad but tend to be a bit nibbled! Suppose that might mean no pesticides!?

They are cabbage sprouts they do look a bit tatty sometimes but good for stir fry.

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