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Valentine’s Diary&Thai Northern Style Tomato Chili Paste

14.02.16 So today I woke up LATE at about 10.30, made myself some peanut butter toasts, replied all the mails and thought to myself what I should do today. Homework? Nah, I got Monday off. Study? Nope, not on Valentine’s Day. Shopping? Interesting but I also want to save some money for my traveling list. Stepping outside doing whatever will always cost some money and that was the biggest problem I had in mind today because I didn’t want to stay home, being lazy, thinking ‘whooaaa I should have done something fun’ and ended up doing nothing.

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No one was available. No date. No friends. They were all out with their partners. Ahah and all my single friends all wanted to stay home with their family. Of course I wanted to stay with my family too. Only if my family was with me, I wouldn’t be wanting to go out this badly. And even if I’ve got NO ONE to go out with me, I still insisted myself on stepping out of the ROOM. It sounds pitiful, doesn’t it? Ahaha.

Pausing my indecisive mind, I went to the gym and ran for almost an hour. Working out is always a great idea when you can’t make up your mind. So after working out, I eventually knew what to do. I decided to spoil and treat myself some HEAPS of FOOD for one day ehheh. Surely, it has to be Korean food. I’m currently crazy about KOREAN FOOD and the Bibimbab restaurant was the first place in mind. They serve the BEST tteokbokki and Kimbap. The thing I like about this place is that I can ask them for the vegan version.

Then I took a shower, dressed up as if I was going out on a date. Ahaaha. Anyway, the minute I arrived at the mall, I was literally “WHOAAA” there were people everywhere, COUPLES walking around like ants hunting for food. Especially at the restaurant. I got there around 4 so it was about time people having dinner here in Thailand. It felt good though to see people enjoying their time, laughing, smiling with their love ones. So I decided to walk around and do some ‘window shopping’. Yup, that’s right. Just window shopping. You know, looking at things but not going to buy it. I did window shopping for about 2-3 hours. I like to just looking at clothes and admire its pattern, styles, and cutting work. However, there was this one really pretty dress caught my eyes and I knew I liked it and I would buy it if I’d stayed longer. It was pricey so I walked away immediately and went to the supermarket looking for some chocolate for myself instead. And man I couldn’t stop thinking about that dress! So I walked back. When I got there, I told myself ‘NO!’ so I walked out again. Then I walked back to The Bibimbab restaurant and there were still so many people so I went back to that shop again. Yup, I went back, tried on that dress, and bought it. (It was a black dress with lace sleeves and open back and it was a new collection dress from CPS Chap in case you’re interested  link )

So, after I bought that dress I went back to the supermarket and bought Sriracha sauce (I can’t live without Sriracha) then I was already quite tired and exhausted from walking for hours so I decided to go back to the dorm. And for dinner, I had just a slice of whole wheat bread with soy yogurt, banana coins and some cashews. In case you noticed, yes, I forgot to feed myself lunch. I really did spoiled myself today. It was good though. Eheheh

Now, nibbling on chips and wanting to share you guys my favorite Vegan Thai Northern style tomato chili paste (น้ำพริกอ่องเจ).

I have always loved this chili paste because it’s not too hot and it goes really GOOOOD with rice.

Ingredients: 1 cup of any type of vegan meat or minced extra firm tofu, 1 cup of chopped soaked dried shiitake, a half cup of sliced oyster mushrooms, 1 cup of chopped Seeda tomatoes, 4 tablespoons of roasted chilies, 3 tablespoons of any kind of vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons of bean paste, 2 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1 cup of juice from soaking dried shiitake mushrooms, 1 table spoon of sliced kaffir lime leaves, and 2 tablespoons of sliced culantro.

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The juice from soaking dried shiitake

At medium heat, stir the oil with roasted chilies.

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Then add chopped tomatoes and vegan meat.

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bean paste

When the tomatoes start to juice and soften, add shiitake and oyster mushrooms. Stir untill they are all soften then add bean paste and soy sauce.

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Stir them until soften, thicken, and juicy. Add sliced kaffir lime leaves and sliced culantro.

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Kaffir lime leaves
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Ooo I like eating them with sticky rice and steamed veggies.

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ENJOY 😉

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Always, breakfast like a king.

 

 

 

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