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...(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...(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...(more)


Clams with Roasted Chili Paste and Basil

This seafood dish is easy to make, and is loaded with delicious Thai flavor. Much of the flavor comes from the all-in-one Thai roasted chili seasoning paste, which imparts a fantastic smoky spice and subtle sweetness. The addition of Thai basil adds an herbal aroma and Thai chili peppers create some heat. The combination is winner. Best of all, once you have the ingredients on hand, it is literally a matter of minutes before dinner is served. Often made with a specific type of clam known as hoi lai in Thailand, this recipe also works well with Manila clams, which are more commonly available....(more)

Thai Seafood Dipping Sauce: Nam Jim Seafood

Thailand has over 2000 miles of coastline and its southern regions boast an abundance of fresh seafood. Because of its inherent freshness, seafood in Thailand is often prepared very simply, such as steaming or grilling, to highlight its natural flavors. The cooked seafood is then often served with a dipping sauce known as nam jim seafood. The main flavors of this seafood dipping sauce are spicy and sour, making it a perfect accompaniment to the sweet, rich flavors of fresh fish or shellfish. The spiciness comes from green Thai chilis, which are pounded together with garlic and cilantro roots. The sourness is provided by lime juice and is balanced by saltiness from fish sauce and some sweetness from sugar or palm sugar. The bold flavors of this dipping sauce are a delicious accompaniment to a succulent steamed crab, char-grilled lobster, or any seafood recipe of your choice....(more)

Steamed Fish with Ginger and Soy Sauce

This healthy steamed fish with ginger and soy sauce is as easy to make as it is delicious. A fresh, whole white fish is seasoned with Thai soy sauce, black bean sauce, and plenty of thinly sliced ginger to produce an incredibly flavorful and succulent seafood dish. ...(more)


A Quick and Dirty Guide to Thai Table Manners

When it comes to Thai table manners, following your common sense goes a long way towards making a good impression. However, some manners stem from the way in which Thai dinners are typically served and may not be so intuitive for non-Thais. Here is a quick and dirty guide to some key table manners for your next Thai meal....(more)

The Dos and Don'ts of Setting a Thai Table

If you've gone to the effort of cooking a delicious Thai meal, you'll want to present it in style. The types of utensils and dishes used to set a Thai table are influenced by the way Thai people typically eat. Here are some tips on setting your table, whether you want to make a Thai guest feel more comfortable or simply want to enjoy your meal the way they do in Thailand....(more)

Clay Pot Cooking 101

Using a clay pot is a popular cooking technique because of the delicious flavors it imparts. Covered earthenware vessels that seal in moisture and retain heat, clay pots are the ultimate in healthy, delicious one-pot cooking....(more)

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