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Galloping Horses -- Vegetarian Version

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Appetizer Snacks Thai Vegetarian


  • 1 1/2 tb Garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 ts Cilantro root, chopped
  • 1 ts Sake
  • 16 Peppercorns, whole or ground
  • 4 tb Vegetable oil
  • 10 oz Fresh shiitake mushrooms, - thinly sliced
  • 2 tb Soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tb Sugar
  • 3/4 c Peanuts, chopped
  • 1 lg Pineapple, peeled
  • 3 Red chili peppers, seeded & - cut into slivers
  • Whole fresh cilantro leaves


Using a blender or mortar & pestle, blend the garlic, cilantro roots, sake & peppercorns into a paste. Add the vegetable oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add the paste & stir-fry until the aroma is released, a few seconds. Add the shiitake & stir-fry until cooked.
Add all the seasonings & fry until the sugar is blended into the mixture. Remove from the heat & let cool.
Slice pineapple into 1/2" thick rings & then cut the rings into 1/2" X 1 1/2" chunks.
Put a small amount of the cooled stir-fry mixture on each pineapple chunk. Decorate each "horse" with a few slivers of chili & a cilantro leaf.
VARIATION: Replace the pineapple with either navel oranges or firm avocado slices.
Puangkram C. Schmitz & Michael J. Worman, "Practical Thai Cooking"