Omelet with Acacia Leaves: Kai Jeow Cha Om

If you are pressed for time, a Thai omelet served with rice makes a quick, delicious snack or dinner. Thai omelets are slightly different than...(more)

Spicy Thai Bamboo Shoot Stir Fry

This stir fry of bamboo shoots is so flavorful you might not realize you're eating vegetables. Bamboo shoots provide the foundation for this stir fry...(more)

Stocking Your Thai Pantry: Stir Fry Sauces

Thai cooks use an array of sauces to create the distinctive flavors of their stir fries and other dishes. As you stock your Thai pantry,...(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)

Chili Peppers

How to Quell the Pain If You Bite Into a Thai Chili

If you are sensitive to spicy foods, eating a Thai meal can feel like a minefield, literally sprinkled with Thai chilis. Although these spicy peppers serve to balance the other bold flavors in Thai dishes, accidentally getting too much heat in one bite can be unpleasant, or even downright painful....(more)

Tips for Working with Thai Chilis

Thai chilis are some of the hottest peppers out there. Ten to twenty times spicier than jalapenos, these fiery little peppers are used throughout Thai cuisine to bring an invigorating heat to many dishes. Although it may seem a little scary at first, working with Thai chilis is not difficult. ...(more)

Ingredient Spotlight: Thai Roasted Chili Paste (Nam Prik Pao)

An essential ingredient in the Thai kitchen, the roasted chili paste known as nam prik pao is packed with flavor. This seasoning paste has a fantastic smokiness that is balanced by spicy and sweet notes. There are also subtle sour and salty flavors in the background....(more)

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