Instant Noodle Salad

In Thai: Som Tam Mama Instant noodles - often called Ramen noodles in the US - are a very popular light meal or snack in Thailand. While they may be something you thought you left behind when you left college, chances are you never ate this well back in school. This is not a very common dish, but I have seen it on the menu of some Thai restaurants, although not those that cater to westerners. The Thai-language version I translated this recipe from called for shrimp paste and fermented fish sauce (and by 'fermented' they mean rotten). Since I'm not a … More

Jade Sticky Rice

I noticed that a few visitors coming here were looking for a "jade" sticky rice recipe, so as it's December, even here in Bangkok, I thought I'd make a nice "Christmassy" version. The green color ostensibly comes from the addition of pandan flavoring to the sticky rice layer, but you will probably need to add a bit of green food coloring to get a good color. Jade Sticky Rice - The Christmas Version … More

Jungle Curry

Thais who are surprised that I enjoy their spicy foods such as som tam and lahb are positively shocked when I list jungle curry (gaeng ba) among my favourites. This is one dish even some Thais find too spicy. Consider yourself warned! This is one of the few Thai dishes that's most often made with beef rather than pork. That, and the fiery spiciness points to southern origins. While beef is the most common meat, it can be made with pork or chicken. Jungle Curry made with beef Due to its 'extreme' nature, jungle curry is not as common as many … More

Lemongrass Pork

Grilled meats with lemongrass are rather less common on the street than a similar looking dish using only garlic and pepper. Still, the lemongrass adds a special flavour that makes this recipe a bit more interesting than what you will normally find. This recipe works well with pork or chicken, and could also be used with beef. I've shown this as a main dish, which you might serve in a more western style, with vegetables, potatoes, etc. But you could just as easily cut the pork into small strips and serve this as an appetizer or one of many … More

Mangoes with Sticky Rice

This has to be one of the desserts many people identify most with Thailand, at least if the visit at a certain time of year, when mangoes are in season. It's quite a filling dish; one worth of being shared with a friend. It can also be quite sleep-inducing! Mangoes and Sticky Rice … More

Mock Pomegranate Seeds

This simple dessert, also sometimes called “red rubies” is often served with crushed ice, like many Thai sweets. The gem-like quality of this dish makes it a rather elegant finish for a dinner party. Although red is the traditional color, you can try other colors to suit your mood, or match the décor of your dining room. Mock Pomegranate Seeds … More

Mussaman Curry

Mussaman curry is probably the most 'un-Thai' style of Thai curries. It's more like a stew than other Thai curries. The word mussaman has no meaning in Thai, other than as the name of this curry. It may be, like several words in the modern Thai language, a corruption of a foreign word, probably Persian if the stories around this recipe are to be believed. The legend of the dish's origin is that it is derived from a recipe bought by the first Persian ambassador to the Court of Ayutthaya (the capital of old Siam). The envoy remained … More

Mussaman Curry Paste

This curry paste is the essential ingredient to Mussaman Curry, a Thai favorite. … More

Northern Thai Style Pork Salad

Minced meat salads called larb are a very popular "country" food among the Thais. The dish is mostly identified with the regional cuisine of north-eastern Thailand, which the Thais call Isan, but Chiang Mai has its own variation, which can be a bit more like a soupy curry than the Isan style, which is usually rather dry by comparison. Mint predominates the taste of the north-eastern style, but in this northern variation, two kinds coriander provides the taste. Like many northern Thai curries, this recipe calls for the chillies, shallots and garlic that make up the spice base of … More

Pad Thai Noodles

Although pad Thai is well known to tourists, and so expected on the menu at every Thai restaurant in the west, the dish is actually not all that common in Thailand. You will find stalls that sell it and Thais do enjoy pad Thai once in a while, but the dish is not nearly as common as many westerners think. It is very much a street food, and perhaps a good example of a strange sort of snobbishness about food. Some things, it seems, just belong on the streets, and are almost never found in restaurants. The recipe most typically … More

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