Bangkokamole

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Author Notes: This is my guess at what guacomole would be if it was born in SE Asia. It's enough like aTex-Mex version that you will recognize it as guacamole; it's enough different that your taste buds will perk up and take notice!hardlikearmour

Makes 2 1/4 cups

  • 1 large lime
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 medium shallot
  • 3 medium garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1.5- to 2-inch knob ginger
  • 2 large ripe Hass avocados
  • Mint (about 10 large leaves)
  • Thai Basil (about 20 leaves, less if your subbing regular basil)
  • About 10 sprigs cilantro (or about 15 leaves rau rum if you've got access)
  • 1-2 thai chiles (the little red ones)
  1. Wash lime thoroughly and remove 2 loosely packed teaspoons of zest. Place zest in medium bowl. Juice lime and add 1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons of lime juice to bowl. Add fish sauce to bowl. Mince shallot and add 2 tablespoons to the bowl. Stir to combine.
  2. Using microplane grate the garlic into the bowl (about 1 1/2 teaspoons). Using microplane grate the ginger and add 1 tablespoon to the bowl. Stir to combine.
  3. Cut each avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop out the flesh and add it to bowl. Use a fork to mash the avocado, then stir to thoroughly blend the ingredients. Taste for salt and acidity. Add a splash more fish sauce or lime juice if needed.
  4. Coarsely chop the mint, basil, and cilantro. Measure 2 tablespoons of each by gently scooping it into a measuring spoon (or eyeball it if you're good at that sort of thing.) Add each to the bowl. Finely mince the thai chile(s) and add 1/2 (or less) to the bowl. Stir to combine. Taste for heat and add more chile if desired.
  5. Allow flavors to marry for 20 minutes or longer before serving. Keeps covered and refrigerated for at least 12 hours.
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Carolyn_90

about 1 year ago Carolyn T

This dip was just wonderful. It was a big (HUGE) hit at a recent dinner party - in fact every last smidgen was eaten. Loved the different flavors (fish sauce, ginger and mint).

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about 1 year ago hardlikearmour

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Great to hear!

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almost 2 years ago Denise Skea

Made 1.5 x the recipe. Very popular. Just perfect for a hot summer evening drinks!

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almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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So glad you liked it!

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about 2 years ago Ryan Lapidus

We made this yesterday and it was delicious. While I still have most of the other fresh ingredients around, I'm going to pick up more avocados to make another batch!

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Awesome! Glad you enjoyed it.

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about 2 years ago Ryan Lapidus

We made this yesterday and it was delicious. While I still have most of the other fresh ingredients around, I'm going to pick up more avocados to make another batch!

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about 2 years ago BoulderGalinTokyo

HLA, wow, double WOW! I made Bankokamole weekend, I really liked your play on Thai-style guacamole, THIS REALLY WORKS. With Doritos the lime stands out, with potato chips the mint and basil stand out, and with vegetables the saltiness from the fish sauce was just right! Thank you for a great recipe.

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Double thank you, BGiT! I'm thrilled you tried and enjoyed it. I love that you tasted it with so many things, too.

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about 2 years ago wssmom

Love the name, and the flavors!

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks! Every time I look at this recipe, the song "One Night in Bankok" starts up in my head. It's crazy effective as an ear-worm, too, because I'll be singing it hours later :-)

Smokin_tokyo

about 2 years ago BoulderGalinTokyo

Great marrying of flavors--can't wait to try this! Spiffy name, but I must be slow, I kept thinking 'but there's no panko in this', oh, now I get it.

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Thank you, BGiT. Please let me know if you try it!

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about 2 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Love everything about this from the name to the recipe itself! Great twist on guac!

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, CS!

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about 2 years ago gingerroot

Love your spin on guacamole. Looking forward to trying this soon.

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thank you, gr! Hope you get to try it. I bet they have dee-licious avocados in Hawaii!

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about 2 years ago arielleclementine

what a fantastic idea! love the fish sauce- will try soon!

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, AC! The fish sauce works beautifully - adds a great salty umami layer.

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about 2 years ago lapadia

Definitely "yum factor" and I love the recipe's name!

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thank you, L! It kinda rhymes with guacamole...

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about 2 years ago Midge

This is so clever hla! Can't wait to try it.

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, Midge! I've been borderline obsessed with SE Asian food lately.

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over 2 years ago aargersi

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Major yum factor here - love everything about it. We will try this for our next guac!

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about 2 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, A! I think & hope you'll like it! We polished it off pretty quickly here!