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How to cut a lime Thai-style

Most Western cooks cut limes one of two ways:  1) stem to stern wedges, or 2) horizontally across the core of the lime to make lime wheels. One of the things I learned in Thailand is there is another way to cut limes.

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How to cut a lime Thai-style

Thais cut around the core when they cut their limes. Once you cut limes this way, you will realize what a genius technique this is. By cutting around the core of the lime, it makes it very easy to squeeze and maximize the lime juice. Here is what you do:

How to cut a lime Thai-style and other tips for using limes in Thai cooking.Trim the ends off the lime.

How to cut a lime Thai-style and other tips for using limes in Thai cooking. Slice two circles off opposite sides of the lime.

How to cut a lime Thai-style and other tips for using limes in Thai cooking.Trim the remaining piece close to the core so you have two more rectangular pieces. 

 

How to squeeze a lime Thai-style

Thais use a special oversized metal spoon for wok cooking. To squeeze a lime they use the edge of the spoon and press the lime around the edge.

Thais call limes "lemons"

The Thai word for lime is "manao," but when speaking English, Thais generally refer to limes as "lemons." This is important to know if you are cooking an authentic Thai recipe. Lemons require cooler climates and are not typically used in Thai cooking. So if your Thai recipe calls for lemons, you can safely assume it means limes.

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