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Staying at home…so enjoy Thai Chicken w/Sweet Potatoes & Peppers

It’s been a minute since I’ve been on, foodies.  There have been many things going on. A quick catch-up on all that, outside of the obvious of course.

Right around the time the CoVid-19 pandemic got super serious around here and they started shutting everything down, schools, restaurants, facilities,  etc, my father, who has battled Parkinson’s Disease for years, took a turn for the worse and he passed away on March. 19. This was made exponentially more difficult because his skilled care center was on lockdown and only end of life visits allowed.  On top of that, my mom, who had been in the hospital with a non-Covid illness (at least we think so as she tested negative) was just released from the hospital and moving into rehab and then back to HER assisted living facility, which was ALSO on lockdown. So we could visit him and so could she, but she has not been able to receive visitors at all in the past 2 weeks while she grieves. We had to settle for a private graveside service with no hugs, which was very difficult. But we shall celebrate my Daddy’s life in a few weeks, months, whenever it is safe to do so.

So…here we are.
I hope you are all doing well. After a hectic week and a half going back and forth to the Triad, I actually am so grateful for being at home with my family and cooking and only going out for essentials. As much as I like to eat out, I am a homebody. As you may know, I homeschool, so our schedule hasn’t changed too much other than we don’t go to our school co-op on Friday or church on Sunday. I like an excuse to stay home for sure.

I figure no time like the present to pop in for some recipes and what’s going on in the local restaurant world when I hear about it. For one, DO try to support local restaurants by ordering takeout occasionally. They need your support now more than ever. But since you can, enjoy cooking at home too.

So here’s the first of a few recipes I plan on posting that will hopefully get you out of the doldrums and pack your plates with flavor. I didn’t take a lot of photos because I was throwing it together, however it was just so pretty, I decided to snap one.

This dish turned out so great and was gone in a flash.  I cooked it in the Instant Pot but it can easily be done on the stove, you just need to cook longer until the potatoes are cooked through.

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Thai Chicken w/ Peppers & Sweet Potatoes

1 1/2 pounds chicken, boneless thighs preferred here
1 red pepper, sliced in strips
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks
1 bunch of arugula, kale, spinach (optional)
1 large knob of fresh ginger, divided
1/4 onion finely diced
2 cloves garlic, grated
2 Tbs. Thai red chili paste
1 Tbs. ground or fresh turmeric
1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
1 can coconut milk
1 Tbs. fish sauce
juice of one lime
Handful of cilantro (optional but really not)
red pepper flakes or cayenne to taste
green onions for garnish
2-3 Tbs. oil, sesame oil or ghee
salt/pepper to taste

Before you start cooking, rub the chicken with the turmeric and half of the ginger. Let it hang out overnight or a few hours but if you forget, it’ll be fine. Turn the IP to sauté and once hot, sear the chicken on both sides until lightly browned.

Add the onion, garlic, sweet potatoes, chili paste and cook for 3-5 minutes. Add garlic remaining ginger, broth, coconut milk, cayenne or red pepper and fish sauce if using. Here, you may add the red pepper but I like it a little crisper, so you can add it at the end if you prefer.

Turn the Instant Pot to manual pressure and cook on high for 8 minutes. Quick release the pressure, remove the lid, add the red pepper, greens, lime juice and season if needed.  Turn the heat to sauté and reduce the broth a bit, until peppers are tender crisp. This won’t take long. Stir and check for flavor, being careful not to bust up your sweet potatoes. Serve over rice. Top with fresh arugula or cilantro and or green onion.

Stove Top version:

In a dutch oven, heat oil of choice. Follow all the steps as above at medium heat, adding the peppers to the pot, but once you get to the pressure cooking part, turn the heat down to a light simmer and allow to cook partially covered for 20-30 minutes or until the potatoes are mostly tender (you don’t want them falling apart). Add some broth if it gets too thick. Once fully cooked, add your greens, lime juice and spices as necessary.  Top with cilantro or arugula and green onion and serve over rice.

Enjoy!

Thai Harmony

From Chow in YES! Weekly.

It wasn’t so long ago that we were oh-so-excited about Pho and Sweet Chicken (no Sesame) …you can read that story here (if you feel it’s worth your time, ugh).  Then boom! The restaurant that we reviewed was gone. Oh…and just for fun (not), here’s what my little one thought about the closing.

Without missing a beat, enter in Thai Harmony & Sushi, which has taken up residence in the former Xia Asian Fusion in the Sharpe building at 102 West 3rd Street in downtown Winston- Salem. To say we were shocked by Xia’s closing is an understatement. We have an office very near there and we visited a lot. For the sweet chicken (really Sesame chicken, no sesame) and the Pho. So good. My little one was truly devastated. And I questioned the need for yet one more Thai restaurant in Winston-Salem, particularly downtown.

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Thai Harmony is definitely different than its predecessor. No pho.

Okay here’s where this blog post gets different than the article.  I asked if  there was pho and I swear and was told not yet. I looked and looked on the menu on my 3rd visit and could not find the words pho and I am not an expert, but noodle soup is not always pho, or am I crazy?) Anyway in the above linked article, I said there’s wasn’t pho, but there IS! That’s good news. I love love love pho. So stay tuned soon for an update pho sho! 

There’s a good amount of curry. Much more noodles. And we still have sushi. And fortunately for the under four-feet in my crowd, we still have sweet chicken. And it’s pretty great. Dare I say better?

Thai Harmony has pretty decent sushi from what I’ve tried. They offer an incredible deal of two rolls for $9.99 for lunch and it includes the soup of the day. Actually all lunch items include the soup. The sushi offerings on the lunch deal are quite simple, but fresh.

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2 sushi rolls for $9.99

I recommend some curry dishes or noodle dishes such as Pad Thai or Drunken Noodles. They are pleasantly spicy with plenty of flavor. There’s an item on the menu called American Pad Thai. And described as “Our favorite Pad Thai but with a flavor you are familiar with.”

“What’s American about it,” we asked.

“It has ketchup in it,” was the reply. Hmmm …as an American, I am slightly offended that to make it “American” it needed ketchup.We’ll give them a pass this time. I didn’t ask if they sell a lot of it and I pray that they don’t.

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Drunken Noodles w/ Chicken 

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Chicken Pad Thai

Mr. foodie ordered the curry and he said the flavor was on par with some of his favorite curry, but Thai Harmony’s version is packed with crispy, colorful vegetables which make it more filling. And beautiful. It looks like a small bowl, but you actually get a nice portion.

About that sweet chicken? We just get sesame without the sesame and all is right in our little ones’ worlds. The lunch version comes with rice, spring roll, salad and soup. Plenty of food. You like spicy? Order General Tso. It’s lightly fried with that great rich sauce and with just the right amount of heat. The sauce isn’t too sweet and the breading isn’t too thick.

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Sesame Chicken w/ no Sesame aka Sweet Chicken to a microfoodie

 

Service is excellent and speedy. The bar is still there. The servers are polite but be mindful of that possible language barrier. Use the numbers if needed on the menu.

Speaking of the menu, it’s pretty extensive and we’ve only had a chance to try a few things. And only at lunch. But so far, everything has been stellar enough to give it a thumbs up. Now for the pho!

What’s your favorite Thai restaurant? ThaiHarmonysign

Thai Harmony 
102 W. 3rd Street
Winston-Salem, NC

 

foodie b’eat: The Best of Asian in the Triad via CHOW in YES! Weekly

This might be more of a refresher for some of you who are more regular readers of the blog. Here’s a checklist of some of our fave Asian spots across the Triad.  It’s all in my latest CHOW article in YES! Weekly.

By the way, since we went to press, we found another that we really love. nOma Food is a new fast casual restaurant on Battleground Avenue. They officially open Monday, August 24. You must check them out. They are fab. Especially love their curry and the beef rice bowl! Enjoy, foodies! PS…if you don’t see a fave, let me know what I’m missing.

Sushi Republic