When I came back from my vacation, my garden looked very sad, some of my string beans look like they are dying. I think it didn’t rain the whole time while we were gone, and how ironic that it rains almost everyday since we have been back. My string beans are not as pretty this year.
I made Tuk Mak Tour (Lao String Beans Spicy Salad) for dinner, this would have been good with Thai eggplant but mine didn’t bear any fruit this year.
Ingredients: string beans, cherry tomatoes, chili peppers, shrimp paste, fish sauce and brown sugar.
I like to put Kapee (shrimp paste) in mine but it can smell very fishy sometimes. My second sister suggested that I cook it first and it seems to help. I bake my shrimp paste for about 45 minutes at 350 degree heat. This is not a good idea to do it inside the house since the aroma is to die for, and since my small oven is portable, I was able to take it outside to bake the shrimp paste.
I then mix it with fish sauce and brown sugar, keep refrigerator and this will be good for several months, just stir well before each use.