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No, it's not some old-timey dance step. Or something draped over the lights in a brothel. Chiffonade is a technique used to cut leafy vegetables and herbs into slender ribbons.
To complete this How-To you will need:
A chef's knife
A cutting board
A leafy vegetable or herb
Step 1: Wash vegetable
Wash the vegetable or herb, cutting off any stems that are still attached.
Step 2: Stack leaves
Stack a handful of leaves on top of each other.
Tip: If you're using basil, stack up about 8 leaves at a time; for leafy greens, stack about 3 leaves.
Step 3: Hold stack
Roll the stack up tightly and hold it horizontally on the board in front of you with one hand.
Step 4: Grasp knife
Grasp the knife in your dominant hand, holding the handle close to the blade with three fingers: your middle, ring, and pinkie. Curl your forefinger around one side of the blade while holding your thumb on the opposite side.
Step 5: Hold roll
Hold the roll with your non-knife-wielding hand close to the area you will cut.
Tip: Curl your fingers so that the tips are firmly planted on the roll and the knuckles point outward—in the food world, this is called the 'claw grip.'
Step 6: Slice on angle
Starting at one end, make thin slices with your knife at a 60-degree angle to the roll. Make the slices about 1/16 to 1/8 of an inch apart—creating very slender ribbons.
Tip: When cutting, be sure to keep your fingers tucked in from the blade and allow your knuckles to guide the blade across the roll.
Step 7: Add more greens
If you need more greens, stack, roll, and cut another handful of leaves until you have enough for your garnish.
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Many people coming to Krabi, Thailand don't know things there are to do. Sure there are the normal tourist attractions - but here is one thing to do you won't see on any tourist trip.
This is a rather well hidden Buddhist temple that didn't even have a sign for it over the first 3 years I was here. Now they've got an updated sign and it's more likely you'll find it so I did a video of the experience.
The temple is located near Wat Tum Sua - Tiger Cave Temple (http://youtu.be/F01c3JYaaoQ), and Wat Tum Sang Pedt (Diamond Cave Temple) off the road leading to Huay Toh waterfall just outside Krabi town.
I'll have full directions at http://www.seekrabi.com. The name of this temple is: Wat Thep Rattan. The full name is Wat Promthep Rattanporn.
There used to be just 2 elderly monks at this temple - with a skeleton hanging from their porch. Now there are some younger monks as well and some construction taking place to add a pavilion and some Buddha statues.
There is a large wide-open cave to the right as you pull your vehicle in. It's up about 30 steps. It's really amazing to look at, though there is no real cave to explore up there. Go get photos.
Across the grounds are the other caves - and I walk you through them with the monk leading my way. They now have lights in the caves so you may not need a flashlight. Of course if none of the monks come to see you and take you through - you WILL need a flashlight, so best to bring one.
The mosquitoes are everywhere here. Bring lotion.