DINING OUT - RECIPES BY NOI
More than burgers and pizza
The beef dip is a generous
sandwich with a delicious au jus.
By Shana Kongmun
I have to confess, The Duke’s is my “go to” place for
burgers. Every once in a while I am desperate for a burger
and sometimes I go eat at one of the restaurants and when I
feel lazy or am working late I get it delivered. I haven’t
actually tried much of anything else because I always eat
one of the burgers. However, I had visitors in town and they
were craving a pizza so we hit the Duke’s at Promenada.
pork sliders are tender and not too big.
This is a lovely restaurant, with huge
glass windows, comfortable seats and a gorgeous bar. We had
lunch so I didn’t go for the selection of cocktails but it
looked pretty comprehensive, perhaps next time I am there I
will give one a try. The Duke’s also has American craft beer
which was also tempting but a drink at lunch often means an
unproductive sleepy afternoon so, instead I went for the
lemonade. I had to explain to my friends that this not the
same thing as lime juice. In the U.S. lemonade is not Sprite
like it is in the U.K. but lemon juice and sugar water. Not
too tart but also not too sweet, it’s a refreshing drink on
these hot days of late.
We ordered the medium pizza not realizing it is huge.
Remember, I eat the burgers so had no real experience with
the pizza. It was cheesy with a really nice crispy crust
like a pizza should have, not soggy in the middle like
happens sometimes in Thailand.
I ordered the beef dip, I’ve always heard this dish called
the French Dip, its roast beef, sweet grilled peppers in a
French roll with au jus in which to dip the sandwich. The
beef was generous and cooked just right, the au jus was good
and not greasy, sometimes you get oil floating on the top of
the au jus but not here. And of course, the fabulous dill
pickle slice that the Duke’s is famous for. The sandwich
came with home fries and would have been a meal in itself,
but I tried my friend’s pulled pork sliders which were very
tasty, three small little buns with tender pulled pork in a
sauce with lots of grilled onions inside. This also came
with home fries. We ended up taking half the pizza home for
later, nothing beats cold pizza!
RECIPES BY NOI: Eggplant Salad or Sah Makue
Sah Makue (Eggplant salad) Sah is the word for salad in
northern Thai (as a noun it means salad and as a verb it
means to make the salad) We can Sah both meat and
vegetables. Sah meat is a little bit scary because it needs
fresh blood and most people eat it raw. I like to eat Sah
beef but for me it must be cooked.
Sah Makua has less blood, well actually there will be no
blood unless we cut our fingers during cutting eggplants.
The recipe is quite detailed because we need a lot of
ingredients plus special preparations to make the eggplant
for the salad.
You need: Makua Jae (small rounded yellow eggplants), boiled
pork skin, dry chili powder, chopped coriander, Thai
parsley, kaffir lime leaf, lemongrass, galangal and cooked
plara (fermented fish). The eggplants need to be sliced and
soaked in salt water for half an hour and then put them in a
white thin cloth to squeeze the bitter taste out of it
before cooking. We might need to give the eggplants a bit of
a massage and squeeze them over and over again a few times,
this makes sure it won’t harm our throat and tongue.
Now that we have all ingredients we need and the eggplant is
ready, just mix them all together. Some people like to add
Nam Phu (crab paste) which for me has too strong of a taste.