Monday, July 18, 2011

Minced Pork Salad (Laab Moo)

Thai Translation – Laab = Minced Meat Salad, Moo = Pork

Laab is a very tasty, and healthy salad that is quick and easy to make. It is common in northern Thailand and Laos with variations on the ingredients depending on the region. You can make laab it with any kind of minced meat, including fish and tofu and it can be made as spicy or as mild as you like. It is traditionally served with sticky rice which you form into a ball in your hand and flatten before scooping up some of the meat.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Spicy Sour Soup with Chicken (Tom Yum Gai)

Thai translation – Tom = Spicy Soup, Yum = Sour, Gai = Chicken

Tom Yum soup is a flavoursome and aromatic soup that is a favourite of many people. It is a simple and fresh dish that is made with chilli, galangal, lemongrass, coriander and kaffir lime leaf. It is made with prawns (tom yum goong) or in this case, chicken but is also often made with mushrooms (tom yum het), frog (tom yum kob) or fish (tom yum pla).

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Stir Fried Chicken with Tamarind Sauce (Gai Pad Makahm)

Thai Translation - Gai = Chicken, Pad = Stir-Fry, Makaham = Tamarind

This dish has been made at the request of one of our readers who had the pleasure of sampling it at a restaurant some years ago in Germany. It is a thai-take on the sweet-and-sour dish that is very popular all over the world, but combines the crunch of cashew nuts and the crispiness of the basil too! Ensure that your work is hot and your ingredients are all ready before you make it as it is a quick and fast dish to make.

Green Curry Paste (Krueang Gaeng Keow Wan)

Thai Translation – Krueang = Paste, Gaeng = Curry, Keow Wan= Green

Green curry is a favourite Thai dish of many people around the world. It is a smooth, creamy soup-like curry that can be made with any type of meat, seafood or vegetarian versions. This curry paste is made without shrimp paste making it perfect for vegans or vegetarians to enjoy. If you do not like your curries too spicy add large green chilli's which are not particularly spicy, alternatively, use more small green chilli's if you like dishes that pack a punch!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Stir Fried Tofu with Basil (Pad Krapow To Hu)

Thai Translation - Pad = Stir Fried, Krapow = Holy Basil, To Hu

Pad Krapow is a very popular and full flavoured dish that usually is made with pork or chicken. It has a uniue earthy flavour but can also be very spicy. In this version, I made it using tofu, cauliflower and mushrooms which makes it very nutritious and delicious too! The key ingredient to Pad Krapow is krapow – or holy basil. Holy basil can be substituted for regular Italian basil but it wont have the same earthy taste to the dish. You should be able to find holy basil in some supermarkets or specialty Asian grocery stores and it can be identified by the woody stems and slightly furry leaves.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Welcome to Our New Site

This is the new site of our recipes, posts and everything Thai cuisine that we are excited about. We have moved to blogger as this site is more user friendly, easier to post interesting and exciting things and we have new opportunities here.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Bamboo Shoot and Pork Soup (Naw Mai Moo Nam)

Thai Translation - Naw Mai = Bamboo Shoot, Moo = Pork, Nam = Water

This soup is a distinctly northern dish. It is made with fresh bamboo shoots that are cut from the base of certain types of bamboo plants. The shoots are then shredded and boiled with pork bones to make a delicate soup with soft pork meat.

Bamboo shoots can be purchased in jars or tins from Asian grocery stores. You should endevour to buy whole bamboo shoots rather than the pre-cut ones as they will have a better flavour for the soup. Some Asian grocery stores will also have the fresh ones which are much better to use though!