Thai Recipes

How to make: Thai sweet toast with black sesame seeds

Called kanoom-pang-naneuy, these delectable toasted slices of bread are spread with butter icing and sprinkled with black sesame seeds. According to Appon’s Thai Food Recipes, they are a popular street food in Thailand. Sadly, I never noticed them when I was in Thailand — I was too focused on the noodles, the fish, the rice… But that’s okay because these wonderful sweet toasts are easy enough to make at home. »

How to cook: Fried fish with spicy tamarind sauce (pla rad prig)

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By itself, fried fish does not excite me. But pair fried fish with a good sauce and I get an adrenalin rush.We had a pack of bangus (milkfish) belly fillets in the freezer and it was the fastest thing to thaw for lunch today. I wasn't sure what I … »

How to cook: Thai chicken curry

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Chicken curry is a dish that I grew up with. But the chicken curry of my childhood was just a coconut milk based stew made yellow with curry powder. Homey and really comforting but, well... it lacked fire somehow. Later on, when I learned to cook, I … »

How to cook: Steamed sticky rice and pork wrapped in banana leaves

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The Chinese zongzi -- sticky rice wrapped in leaves then steamed -- has many variations all over Asia. Some are savory while others are sweet. Although bamboo leaves are traditionally used for zongzi, elsewhere in Asia, other leaves like lotus and … »

How to cook: Glass (cellophane) noodle salad

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Unlike Western salads that often feel heavy with ingredients like bacon bits, ham and cheese, this Thai salad is very light in comparison. The flavors are fresh and delicate, the appearance is diaphanous and the texture is light -- but it is quite … »

How to cook: 15-minute shrimp curry

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Summary: Vacuum-packed shelled and deveined shrimps, and curry paste in a jar, conveniently available in groceries and supermarkets, were used in this dish. Preparation time was reduced to a mere five minutes. Cooking time was ten minutes for a total … »

How to cook: Grilled pork in lemongrass stalks

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A popular Southeast Asian hawker food, this dish consists of minced meat flavored with chili, cumin, crushed galangal, ground coriander, coconut milk and fish sauce, wrapped around lemongrass stalks and grilled. There are Thai, Malay, Indonesian and … »