Stir Fried Chinese Chives with Firm Tofu

This quick and easy vegetarian stir fry features the fresh, garlicky flavor of Chinese chives combined with the mild spice of white ground pepper and...(more)

Vegetarian Thai Broken Rice Congee (Jok)

This vegetarian version of jok, the popular Thai broken rice porridge, is a silky-smooth comfort food. Broken rice is simmered to a creamy consistency and...(more)

Thai Spicy and Sour Tom Yum Soup with Mushrooms

Spicy, fresh, and satisfying, tom yum soups have a depth of flavor that is unforgettable. The traditional Thai tom yum soups, however, frequently contain meat,...(more)


Thai Salads: Five Variations on a Common Theme

When it comes to Thai salads, there is an amazing variety of choice. From the famous shredded green papaya salad to lesser-known selections such as this pomelo and shrimp salad, you can easily find the perfect choice to fit your mood. Thai salads are all variations on a common theme of a bold dressing with spicy and sour flavors and fresh Thai herbs. From this common starting point the possibilities are endless, demonstrated by the fact that five main categories of Thai salads have emerged based on various combinations. This article describes the different types of Thai salads and discusses their commonalities and differences, with links to common examples from each category so that you can try them yourself....(more)

Thai Beef Waterfall Salad: Neua Nam Tok

Featuring thinly sliced char-grilled steak, fresh herbs, and an assertive spicy and sour dressing, the Thai salad known as beef waterfall is unlike any western-style salad. It has a wonderful smoky flavor, which comes partly from the grilled beef, but that is enhanced by the use of dried chili flakes and toasted rice powder. Sprigs of mint and cilantro provide a bright, fresh note while the lime juice and fish sauce based dressing make the flavors of this salad even more bold and exciting....(more)

Thai Herbal Grilled Shrimp Salad: Plah Goong

The allure of this Thai salad comes from the combination of warm grilled shrimp tossed with finely sliced herbs and a powerful spicy and sour dressing. Known as "plah goong" in Thai, this salad features mint, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves, along with tons of chilis and lime juice. If you are craving a powerful burst of fresh Thai flavors, give this salad a try....(more)


Nine Auspicious Thai Desserts

The number nine has a special significance in Thailand, because the Thai word for nine sounds similar to the word for "progress" or "to step forward". It's no wonder, then, that there are nine different Thai desserts served during significant events such as promotions, weddings, and alms giving. These nine Thai desserts each have their own special meanings and are detailed below....(more)

Thai Pandan and Coconut Flavored Dessert

This Thai dessert features the inviting and earthy flavors of pandan juxtaposed against the rich creaminess of coconut milk. When layered together, these flavors meld to form a dessert that is fresh, yet satisfying.Rather than using gelatin, the layers of this pandan- and coconut-flavored dessert are set with agar, a natural vegetarian gelling agent that comes from algae. When it is boiled, the agar is activated so that it will solidify at room temperature. Because of this, no refrigeration is needed for the layers of this dessert to set up, making it more versatile and transportable than typical gelatin-based desserts....(more)

Thai Black Sticky Rice Pudding

Featuring black sticky rice flavored with palm sugar and coconut cream, the Thai dessert known as black sticky rice pudding is incredibly rich and satisfying. The black sticky rice, which lends a nutty, earthy flavor to the dessert, is cooked down to a pudding-like consistency before being sweetened with palm sugar and topped with coconut cream. In the recipe below, pandan leaves are added for additional flavor, but they can be omitted if you don't have access to them....(more)

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