vegetarian

Fruit Compote

Fruit Compote

This is an old recipe that I've changed and adapted over the years to accommodate what was available in Bangkok. The original recipe called for dates rather than figs, but lately the dates you can get here, in addition to being very expensive, aren't really the kind suited to this dish. Fruit Compote The original recipe also called for chopped or sliced nuts, but after trying out the ground almonds, I found I liked the cake-like texture they gave the dish.

Glass Noodles Stir-fried with Mushrooms

Glass Noodles Stir-fried with Mushrooms

Glass noodle stir-fries are a frequent feature of the curry stall. They are almost always vegetarian dishes with no meat. This recipe makes use of both shiitake and cloud ear mushrooms. Glass Noodles Stir-fried with Mushrooms To make this dish completely vegetarian, just leave out the fish sauce and use vegetable broth instead of chicken. I usually leave out the fish sauce anyway, since the soy sauce makes it salty enough for my taste.

Instant Noodle Salad

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.

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.

String Bean Som Tam

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. Leave out the dried shrimp to make it vegan. String Bean Som Tam Ingredients Servings: 4