The Epestle

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In which author and illustrator Leela Punyaratabandhu shares with you her barely filtered thoughts on things related to Thai food and culture, her candid chats with experts with strong opinions, and recipes and tips from her home kitchen and garden.
Created 02 Nov 2020
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  • Beef Khao Soi - Part Two
    26 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Please read Beef Khao Soi - Part One before you proceed. Read more
  • Beef Khao Soi - Part One
    26 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    This issue of The Epestle was supposed to go out before Thanksgiving, but that didn’t happen as planned due to a mistake on my end. My apologies. I also had to split the post into two parts because Su...
  • Preserved Cabbage from Scratch - Part Two
    16 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Please read Preserved Cabbage from Scratch - Part One first if you haven’t already. Read more
  • Preserved Cabbage from Scratch - Part One
    07 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Nearly two years of being almost always home means many food-preservation projects. I don’t know if we can say this pandemic has any redeeming factors at all, but that and a chance to really reevaluat...
  • Five-Spiced Baked Kabocha
    02 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read
    Nothing went as planned these past several days, and I wasn’t able to send out last week’s issue of The Epestle before taking off on a week-long road trip to Pittsburgh through Cleveland, then through...
  • Fish Sauce from Scratch - Part One
    20 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    [This is part one of the three-part series on how to make fish sauce.] Someone commented to me when I mentioned on social media about making fish sauce on The Epestle that the making of fish sauce mus...
  • Braised Pork Shoulder with Pineapple Relish
    13 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    This issue of The Epestle is short because next week’s issue—we’re making FISH SAUCE!1—is going to be pretty long. Here’s a dish one of my aunts always made for us when her children—my cousins—and I w...
  • Sweet Dry Red Curry of Young Jackfruit
    07 Oct 2021 • < 1 min read
    The annual Nine Emperor Gods Festival, informally referred to as the vegetarian festival in Thailand, started yesterday, October 6. The festival is Chinese in origin and associated with Mahayana Buddh...
  • Pork Curry with Pumpkin
    29 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    This curry is inspired by the classic northern Thai curry featuring bone-in chunks of chicken and winter melon, redolent of prickly ash berries, makhwaen or makhaen (Zanthoxylum limonella Alston). Sic...
  • Quick Pickled Red Kuri
    22 Sep 2021 • < 1 min read
    After having told you about my love for dense, low-moisture pumpkins, especially Red Kuri, how can I not tell you about pickled Red Kuri? I developed this recipe recently just to see how many things I...
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