vegetarian

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

Vegetarian Burrito Filling

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.