I learn to make this one from a Thai in Thailand many years ago. This burger recipe is the result of my Scottish mate Alan’s wife, Bom, trying to make a “burger” for her Western husband. It doesn’t taste western at all 🙂 but it’s awesome. She called it “A-hahn farang” (อาหารฝรั่ง or “white people food”) but I call bullshit–this is Thai food! I did have her teach me how to make them and now I’ve made them on three continents–New Zealand counts as another continent, right?
- 1 pound of lean pork (not tenderloin) or chicken breast
- 1 teaspoon Golden Mountain Seasoning Sauce (or Maggie)
- 1/2 teaspoons fish sauce
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- cornstarch (optional)
- oil for frying
- chopped onion
- bread–can be white bread, a hamburger bun or sandwich thins. Wheat and multi-grain breads with nuts and twigs does not work as well.
You could buy ground pork or chicken, but you really want a very lean mince and optimally a finer grind that what I see in the stores in the USA. If you have a food processor this task is very easy. If you have a cutting board and a good knife you can make do but it will take some time. So try to get your meat ground finer than what you see at a store but not all the way down to a complete paste. These quantities make 4 burgers.
Mix in Golden Mountain, fish sauce, sugar, and pepper into the meat. Let rest for at least 10 minutes.
There are two options for the next step. Option one is use a steamer to cook them. Option two is a pan with an inch or so of water in it. I have a steamer but never use it for this. I just do the pan option. I get the water rapidly boiling, then form about a quarter pound burger as thin as I can make it (a good inch larger in diameter than a hamburger bun because the meat is going to contract while boiling/steaming). Then drop them into the water. It takes about 10 minutes to fully cook. I flip at least once during that time. You really ought to save the water once you’ve cooked the burgers. It’s a nice start towards a soup.
Remove from the water onto paper towels. Let cool and pat dry. Put a very light dusting of cornstarch on both side of the patty. Shake all the cornstarch that you can off it. Next you can deep fry or fry in an inch of oil in your pan. Get your oil good and hot before frying. Remember, the burger is cooked, you are just adding crunch. 350 degrees Fahrenheit, 180 degrees Celsius is about right. Fry them until nice and brown–should only take a few minutes. Remove to draining rack or paper towels.
To assemble, take two slice of white bread (or hamburger bun–but plain white bread is the “classic”) put American (Kraft/Best Foods/Hellmans/Duke’s) or Japanese (Kewpie) style mayonnaise on both slices of bread. Sprinkle raw, chopped onion on one side. Top that with your patty then the other slice of bread and Bob’s your uncle. Make 3-4 burgers.