the appetizer:

The Elements of Life: A Contemporary Guide to Thai Recipes and Traditions for Healthier Living by Su-Mei Yu, includes excerpts and recipes like Thai Curries; Jungle Soup Gaeng Paa; Almond Milk; Stir-Fried Okra; and Ceviche, Thai Style Plah Pla.

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Stir-Fried Okra


Stir-Fried Okra

Makes 4 servings


Stir-fried okra is crunchy and not slimy, as its bland flavor succumbs to the pungency of garlic, ginger, and chiles, creating a delectable integration among Water, Wind, and Fire elements.


Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat for 1 minute. Add the oil and let heat for another minute. Add the garlic and ginger and stir-fry until the garlic turns golden, 10 to 15 seconds. Add your choice of protein and stir-fry until partially cooked or heated through. Season with the salt and soy sauce, then add the okra and chile and stir-fry until the okra turns slightly limp. Transfer to a serving platter and serve with hot white, brown, or red rice.


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