Sounds like something you'd find in the pasture or something you might like to
smoke doesn't it? Well, if you were in Northern Thailand, or anywhere in
Thailand, you could walk into a restaurant, sit down and shout those two words,
with a big emphasis on the vowels and you'd get a lovely meal, the Thai version
of 'dinner in a dish'. Cow Pot is a fried rice. It was one of the few dishes
that my former wife always enjoyed when I cooked it up. There are many
variations so, if you don't mind, I'll just wander through a preparation and you
may add or subtract to meet your preference and supply stash.
A rice cooker is nice. Otherwise, make blue rose (short grain) one cup of rice
to one cup of water... that's the same proportion and type you use for sushi
rice (for sushi rice add white vinegar and sugar). Long grain white rice takes a
little more water and brown rice is one cup of rice and two cups of water. You
don't want the rice mushy but you do want it fully cooked and tender. Add salt
and MSG if you like. I usually add the MSG and haven't noticed any negative
eff-eff-effects. Hey, they use it all the time in asia. You might experiment
with the amount. A nice rhythm in your temples gives an added dimension to the
While the rice is cooking you can get together bowls of these other ingredients.
The characteristic ones are: chopped green onions, sliced cucumber, some meat,
(remember that 'di', and 'di' sound the same in the local language but for a
subtle pitch difference. One means water and the other dog. Be careful when
ordering) juice of lemon or lime and soy sauce.
Now, there are tons of other things to add if you like. I scramble an egg or two
in sesame oil to be chopped before mixing in. Shrimps, vegetables like carrots,
peas, mushrooms, peppers, asparagus, tomatoes, (easy on the tomatoes and watery
veggies as the can turn the whole thing into mush and you don't want that)
cilantro... check your fridge... most veggies add to the overall complexity of
flavors, and a variety of colors indicates you are on the right track. Nuts:
peanuts are great as are cashews and almonds. It's good to cook up some of the
veggies in peanut oil (Correct pronunciation is 'penis oil' if the cook is
chinese. This could explain something about the dishes popularity but I'm not
sure what. Please let me know your theories.) so that when you finish the rice,
everything may be mixed up and served almost immediately. Peanut oil adds a nice
flavor. Pork, beef, chicken, most any meat goes well. A little chili oil is a
nice for cooking with too.
So your rice is done and you have lots of bowls of things ready to be mixed in.
If you use a wok or big frying pan, pour a little vegetable oil in and get it
hot. Dump in the rice and add soy sauce to give it a richer color, not too
much... more soy may be added to individual servings to taste. Soy sauce is what
you use to add salt. Stir it for a bit, till you get some crackle action
happening. Then add your cornucopia of treats. A little white sugar is good too.
You want to have some brown bits in there. Last you add the cucumber and green
onion and hold it until they are at least warm. Squirt on the juice of the lime
or lemon, mix and serve it up immediately. Mmmm. I recommend making a big batch
and having leftovers for a few days. Makes a good burrito filling. You will
learn about proportions each time you cook. It's hard to go wrong with good rice
and good ingredients. Dog is considered a politically incorrect ingredient for
american guests... trust me.