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I absolutely love the first PokPok cookbook and cook from it at least 1-2x per week. The recipes are delicious, use ingredients that for the most part are obtainable in the US and are reasonable easy to prepare. This third cookbook in the PokPok trio however has been a bit disappointing. While the recipes and techniques seem to be quite authentic and do open new doors , so far many have been impractical for home cooking as its hard to find many of the necessary ingredients (even via Amazon and our local Asian groceries) and only a minority of the recipes are as strikingly delicious as the ones in PokPok so far.. As an encyclopedias of Thai cooking this is an important and valuable publication but as inspiration and education for home cooks, it does not live up to the very high bar set by the original PokPok cookbook.
So far I have made the pork balls and it was quick, easy and good. ..except it only made 17 balls instead of 30. I quickly cooked some shrimp in the same cooking water and they were great.The noodle soup with chicken was delicious but took two days ( not including trying to source the ingredients) but it was worth and my guests loved it. Ended up not making the cucumber salad as I had run out Of time and patience.
Pok Pok book #2. Fantastic. Down side many ingredients are hard to find and recipes are written in an awkwardly long list with no helpful tips and typically in grams to a single portion. So you’ll need basic math to make a meal for 4... But, it is a great stepping off point for inspiration
Everything this dude writes is informative and entertaining. Might be hard for those living in the wilderness to find some ingredients but still has solid technique information to enhance the home cook's skills.