Thai

Appetizers

Thai Deep Fried Pork Toast

This deep fried pork toast is incredibly rich and satisfying, whether it is served as a party appetizer or is picked up as a snack...(more)

Thai Sausage Round Up

If you see Thai sausages on a restaurant menu, be sure not to pass them by. Grilled Thai sausages are so delicious it is almost...(more)

Miang Kham: Putting It All Together

Miang kham is a popular appetizer that showcases a classic Thai interplay of spicy, sour, salty, sweet, bitter, and toasted flavors. These flavors come from...(more)

Salads

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)

Wok

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 their western counterparts, because the eggs are whipped into a light frothy mixture and seasoned with fish sauce, which contributes both salt and a deeper flavor to the dish. The eggs are pan fried in a generous amount of very hot oil so that the surface of the omelet becomes brown and crispy. This omelet features cha om, a Thai herb notorious for an overpowering odor that dissipates when it is cooked. The flavors of cha om and fish sauce blend in the background to make this fried omelet even more delicious and traditionally Thai....(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 while the bold flavors are created by wonderfully fragrant kaffir lime leaves and a generous amount of Thai chilis. ...(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, knowing the character of each of these sauces will help you to know which ones to use. Some sauces are extremely versatile and are good choices if you have limited pantry space. Other sauces may provide the characteristic flavor for that one dish you crave. Here are some of sauces which are commonly found in Thai kitchens:...(more)

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