Spicy Tom Yum Noodles

Even though many people strongly identify the spicy tom yum soup with Thai food, the dish is actually quite rare on the street. You almost never find it among the other spicy foods at the curry stall. However, you can easily find "tom yum taste" at many noodle stalls. Either small strands of rice noodles or wheat noodles can be found tom yum style, but to my mind, wheat noodles deliver the best taste. Spicy Tom Yum Noodles For those unfamiliar with the dish, Tom Yum noodles is not simply the classic Tom Yum soup with noodles, but rather … More

Stir-Fried Mixed Vegetables

Thai name: Pat Pak Ruam-mit This is one of those "standard" dishes you'll find in almost every Thai restaurant. When ordering ala-carte dishes, Thais will normally include one or two vegetable dishes, and this mixed vegetable recipe is the easiest choice; one all guests can agree on. You can, of course, vary this dish to use whatever you have on hand. It's one of those recipes that you rarely make exactly the same way twice. To make it truly vegetarian, use mushroom sauce in place of oyster sauce. … More

Stir-Fried Noodles with Soy Sauce

In Thai, this dish is simply called kwit-teeo pat see-eew, or rice noodles stir-fried with soy sauce. You'll not it uses all three kinds of soy sauce commonly used in Thai kitchens. I think this dish goes best with pork, but you'll also easily find it on the street with chicken. Seafood is less common due to the over-powering tastes of the sauces. Rice noodles stir-fried with soy sauce and pork … More

Sweet and Sour Stir-Fry

Some people turn up their noses at sweet and sour stir fry because "it's not Thai". The dish is perceived as Chinese, although if you're going to quibble, Thai food is largely a mix of Chinese and Mon influences so a lot of dishes are Chinese to some extent. Be that as it may, the dish is popular at the curry stall. Its mildness forms a good counterbalance to spicier dishes. Sweet and Sour Pork I also like sweet and sour stir fry because you can use just about whatever is at hand, in truly typical Thai fashion. Some kind … More

Thai Fried Chicken

Thailand has long enjoyed its own special style of fried chicken, made with their very own blend of 'secret' herbs and spices. Fried or grilled chicken is found throughout the kingdom with regional variations. For me, fried chicken always makes me think of the beach. Just about any stretch of beach in Thailand that is well visited will have a string of shacks selling fried or barbecued chicken, along with som tam and sticky rice. It's the perfect beach food, since you can eat it all with your hands and not care about how sticky your … More

Thai Pork and Ginger Stir-Fry

Moo Pad King Although it is perhaps not so well know among Western Thai food fans, this dish, made with either pork or chicken, makes a frequent appearance at the street stall. You can also make it with beef. If you can only get dried wood-ear mushrooms, soak them in warm water for a few minutes to soften them up. Stir fried pork, ginger and mushrooms. Variations: If you'd like the dish less spicy, use banana chilies instead of the much hotter spur chilies. They give the dish a distinctive flavor that I like. You can also use … More

Vegetarian Burrito Filling

This is one of my favorite lazy bachelor recipes. It makes enough to keep me from having to cook for a week or so. In fact, not only does it make good leftovers, it actually improves with age - so much so that I generally make it a day ahead of when I want to start using it. I got the original recipe for this off the Internet many, many years ago, and I don't think I've changed it too much. This is a really easy recipe, as it basically just takes "one of everything" - one whole … More

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