phuket thai restaurant

i really like the thai food at phuket thai. haha, better than president two (in pasadena) and prices are not that much higher. also, the main dishes are usually pretty big so i am usually pretty full afterwards. the mccully location isn’t very big, but it’s pretty nice. everything always tastes great, and a great deal is the dinner for two. we had it for one our more expensive dinners, but it ended up not being very expensive since we had a ton of food to take home for leftovers.

it’s $20 for each person and you get a spring roll appetizer, tom yum soup, two main dishes (i forget what they’re called already), and a dessert for each person. plus really nice thai tea + your choice of rice (we had the sticky rice). everything was really delicious. i especially liked the soup and the shrimp curry-ish dish with lots of bamboo shoots. the two desserts we had were a creamy tapioca thing and an apple banana thing. i did not know apple bananas were a fruit. sounds so strange. all very good though!

phuket thai restaurant

phuket thai restaurant
1960 Kapiolani Blvd, #109
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 942-8194

caldo verde

here’s another recipe from america’s test kitchen. we’ve tried a couple soups from them (i’ll post more later), and they’ve been especially good. this one is a portuguese soup.

caldo verde

caldo verde
from the best 30-minute recipes (america’s test kitchen)

6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1 lb. red potatoes, cut into 1″ chunks
1 tsp fresh minced oregano, or 1/4 tsp dried
2 bay leaves
salt + pepper
1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
8 oz chorizo sausage, sliced 1/4″ thick
1 bunch kale, stemmed, leaves shredded 1/4″ wide

1. bring broth, potatoes, oregano, bay leaves, and 1/2 tsp salt to boil, covered, in large saucepan. reduce to simmer and ocntinue to cook, covered, until needed in step 3.

2. meanwhile, heat oil in large saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. add onion and 1/4 tsp salt and cook until softened, 3-5 minutes.

3. stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. stir in broth mixture, chorizo, and kale, and bring to simmer. cook until potatoes are tender, 7-10 minutes.

4. off heat, remove bay leaves and mash some potatoes against side of pot to thicken soup to desired consistency. season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

comments: this soup was really tasty! i haven’t eaten much kale in my life, so i didn’t really know how it would taste, but now i am a fan of kale. it is great in this soup. it isn’t bitter at all, and it still maintains a little of its curly texture, which i really like. we used portuguese sausage since we already had that. portuguese sausage is linguisa, but it’s like really cheap in hawaii. people here love it! cameron says the sausage does a really good job of flavoring the soup.

best brownies

these are the best brownies EVER. they are perfect. and so easy to make!

brownies

superfudge brownies
from ben & jerry’s homemade ice cream & dessert book
4 oz unsweetned chocolate
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup AP flour (see update)

1. preheat the oven to 350 F. butter and lightly flour a 13×9-inch baking pan.

2. melt the chocolate and butter in a the top of a double boiler over simmering water. let cool in the pan to room temperature. if you’re in a hurry, you can quickly cool it in the refrigerator, but be sure it doesn’t get solid again.

chocolate butter

3. beat the eggs and salt in a mixing bowl until very fluffy. gradually beat in the sugar and vanilla. fold in the cooled chocolate mixture. add the flour and fold just until blended. (it is important to fold in the chocolate and flour gently to keep the batter as fluffy as possible.)

4. pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. bake 25 to 30 minutes. let cool in the pan completely before cutting.

makes 9 brownies, 4×3″ each.

brownies and milk

comments: these brownies are dense, chewy, not too sweet, have a nice crust outside, not cakey, and PERFECT. great by themselves or with some homemade ice cream! oh yeah, and a nice trick is to use parchment paper so you can just take the whole thing out easily.