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You have probably noticed that politics and economics are not my topics. Well I could write you a lot about Belgian politics, so complicated (and equally boring), but Argentina’s economics and politics are yet another level (Siiii! Argentina tiene sus problemas!). So lets just keep it to the daily life of an expat.

The food. What I most miss living here. As said many times before, the food here is good. Where ever you go, expensive or cheap, in the city or in the country : the food is always good. I never had a steak that felt like shewing gum, and as the cuisine is very simple, there is not much that can go wrong. If only they used more herbs! Different tastes! Different dishes!! But no…

What I enjoy the most when I travel is the big variety of food. And when I get back, it is what I miss the most. Going out to La Bourgongne every day would be a solution of only my husband would work a bit harder and make a bit more money. So I decided that, although I am not a kitchen princess (not sure of the meaning, in Dutch this means someone who loves to cook and feels great in the kitchen), the only solution would be to make what I crave for myself. Sometimes that is easy, sometimes it isn’t (mostly because of lack of ingredients, sometimes lack of talent. Who will tell.)

This is one of my cravings, it’s called Tom Kha Kai in Thai kitchen, in other countries they just call it ‘chicken and coconut soup’. It is absolutely delicious, and I miss it like crazy. So I will share the recipy with you. The hardest thing actually is going to Barrio Chino to buy the ingredients, the rest is a piece of cake. Believe me-ask my friends- : I am not a kitchen princess. If I can do it, so can you!

step one :

go to Barrio Chino and buy :

  • 1/2 liter Coconut milk
  • 1/2 liter fish broth (you can make this yourself, but I just get the cubes)
  • 400 gr chicken brest (chopped in little pieces)
  • 4 cm galanga (I didn’t find this and replaced it with ginger)
  • 1 lemon grass (in pieces of 5cm, bruised)
  • 1 (or 2) hot peppers, chopped.
  • 250 gr of mushrooms (any will do, I used the shitake)
  • 2-4 spoons of fish sauce.
  • 5 kaffir lemon leaves (I only found the dried ones)
  • fresh coriander, chopped
  • peper and salt

Step 2 : start cooking

  • boil the coconut milk, the fish broth, the galanga (ginger), the lemon grass, the hot peppers, the fish sauce, 3/4th of the coriander, the lime leaves, for about 10-15 minutes.
  • sieve and throw away the uneatable things : the ginger, the lemon grass, the lime leaves
  • add chicken, mushrooms and rest of coriander. and boil another 15 minutes.
  • Serve hot…

It is absolutely delicious, and I hope you will love it the way I do!!!! Enjoy! It’s time for me to go to Barrio Chino and do some shopping.