FLOODS ARE NEAR!
Bangkok has really been on edge as of late. With the flood waters nearing closer and closer to the capital of Thailand everyone is shitting bricks. People are lining their homes with sacks of sand to protect their property while some are even going as far as building brick barricades around their homes to keep the water out. As of last night flood waters have already reached shoulder levels at Pathumthani, the north part of Bangkok.
Here, have a look at this satellite image a friend of mine shared on Facebook. The light blue represents the flood waters while that little grey spot in the middle is Bangkok.
Eating in a time of fear
In the past week, many people in Bangkok have been panicking (and rightfully so). Instant noodles and bottled water are sold out at many shopping areas. Heck, I came home one day to a jumbo pack of tom-yum flavoured instant noodles that my mom had bought out of fear that we’d get trapped in our homes.
Last week I came across this little gem on the internet: a recipe for what has been named the “Man-Dog”. It’s supposed to be a manly version of a hot dog, you know because the original wasn’t already manly enough.
Last Friday, as I was walking through Tesco Lotus with Alex to buy some supplies for the evening and the fishing the day after, I looked around and saw the families rushing to the imperishable foods sections. Instant noodles, canned foods and bottled water filled up people’s shopping trolleys as they prepared for the worst.
Heck, I already have enough instant noodles to last me and my family a month so I figured I needed some soul food to raise my morale a little so I proceeded to the section where they keep the beer, bacon and sausage. It was time to make my version of the Man-Dog.
The Deep Fried Man-Dog version 1 Recipe (makes 2 Man-Dogs)
What you will need:
- 300g of minced meat (beef or pork will do)
- A packet of bacon.
- Two hotdogs (I got cheese hotdogs for this one).
- Two slices of processed cheese or whatever sliced cheese you can get.
- tablespoon of corn starch
- one egg
- bread crumbs
- lots of cooking oil
- First up cook up those dogs in some boiling water for about 5 minutes or sticking it in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.
- Lay out some strips of bacon in a line on some parchment paper or a sushi mat.
- Make a bed of meat with the minced meat of 2cm thickness on top of the bacon.
- Place cheese slice on top of the meat bed.
- Coat sausage in corn starch and place it on top of the cheese.
- Roll that meat monster up homie.
- Hold this meat monstrosity together with as many toothpicks as you need. Make sure the contents don’t leak or fall apart.
- Beat the egg and then dip your meat monster into it.
- Coat that soggy bitch up with bread crumbs.
- Fill up a deep pan with enough oil to submerge your meaty goodness, so like about 8-10cm would do.
- Heat up the oil to about 160 Celsius or until it bubbles mildly when you drop some some leftover egg in there to test.
- When the oil is hot enough give your meat monster a hot sexy oily bath. Hear that bubbling sound? That’s the sound of winning.
- Let it cook for 20-30 minutes.
- Remove from the oil, shake off excess grease and place on grease paper because you don’t want to get fat.
- Serve with cold beer and barbeque sauce while watching two girls make out.
The original Man-Dog recipe called for an oven instead of a deep-fryer but seeing that most kitchens in Thailand don’t come with ovens (like Alex’s one where this one was made) I substituted the oven for a sexier method.
The minced meat didn’t require any seasoning as the sausage and bacon were already salty enough however in the future I think that I will recreate this by adding chopped onions to the minced meat while possibly making a mustard-infused gravy to drench the whole thing in.