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

String Bean Som Tam

Thai name: Som Tam Tua Kaek There are those that would insist that som tam can only be made with green papaya, but in fact Thais have created an almost infinite number of variations on the dish, using a variety of fruits and vegetables. This one offers an interesting way to dress up a simple vegetable like fresh green beans. String Bean Som Tam … 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

Sweet Dipping Sauce

This sauce is perhaps most commonly served with chicken, although it can also be good with deep fried spring roles. The Thai original of this recipe also called for a half-cup of pickled garlic liquid. Since pickled garlic is hard to come by outside of Thailand even in Asian groceries, you can probably leave it out. … More

Sweet Tapioca Pearls with Coconut

This is a rather basic recipe that will allow you to experiment with tapioca pearls. This dish is best served relatively warm. If refrigerated, the pearls will become dry and hard. Sweet green tapioca pearls with coconut For the picture, I used pandan flavored pearls, which gives them a lovely jade-green color. You can achieve a similar effect by adding 2 to 3 tablespoons of pandan juice to the pearls while they're cooking. This dish really wants fresh 'young' coconut meat, which is still soft. Unfortunately that can be hard to find, even in Bangkok supermarkets, so grated coconut works fine. … 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

Thai Tuna Salad

This can be a nice and easy side dish, or a way to quickly dress up tuna for a light meal. Tuna seems to offset the spiciness of the chilies, so this salad may not be as hot as it might seem from the recipe. Use whatever type of lettuce you prefer. I like red coral but regular iceberg works nicely as well. Thai Tuna Salad … More

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