Thailand: Recipes and Cuisine

Country | Thailand | Temple Door

Full of flavor and fiery with spice, Thai cuisine is one of the culinary gems of Southeast Asia. There is an emphasis on fresh meats, seafood and vegetables seasoned with differently flavored curry pastes and the ominpresent nam pla, or fish sauce. Coconut milk, lemongrass, galangal and fresh herbs add unique flavors to many Thai dishes.

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Thai Recipes

Gai Pad Grapow

Poultry | Gai Pad Grapow

(Thai spicy chicken and basil stir fry)

Amazingly easy to make and full of bright flavors, gai pad grapow is a favorite in Thailand. Prepare all your ingredients ahead and this meal comes together in just a few minutes. Thais use a specific type of basil called holy basil (grapow, gapow or kraphao) for this dish. If you can't find holy basil, your standard Thai or Italian basil will do just fine. Read more »

Gai Pad Yod Khao Pod

Ingredients | Baby Corn

(Thai chicken with baby corn)

Gai pad yod khao pod, also known as baby corn chicken, is a simple and quick Thai stir fry. The inclusion of oyster sauce as a seasoning belies a strong Chinese influence. Sometimes spelled kai phat yot khao pot. Read more »

Kaeng Kiao Wan Kung

Fish | Kaeng Kiao Wan Kung

(Thai shrimp in green curry sauce)

Kaeng kiao wan is the Thai phrase that indicates a green curry. Shrimp (kung, khung, or goong) is a very popular type of green curry dish, but you can substitute fish, chicken, beef, or shellfish according to your taste. Read more »

Khao Niao Mamuang

Desserts | Khao Niao Mamuang Image

(Thai sweet coconut rice with mangoes)

This luscious dessert is a form of rice pudding that is paired with mangos at the peak of their ripeness. Sweet and rich, khao niao mamuang is a favorite way to finish any Thai meal. Read more »

Mee Krob

Pastas | Mee Krob

(Thai fried noodles in sweet-sour sauce)

Thai for "fried noodles," mee krob is a popular dish in Thailand that takes crispy fried rice noodles and tosses them with a tasty sweet-sour sauce. Most of this dish's components can be prepared ahead and the noodles tossed with the sauce at the last minute. The noodles will get soggy if you stir them into the sauce too soon before they are served. Read more »

Nua Pad Prik

Ingredients | Peppers, Thai

(Thai chile beef)

Nua pad prik, or chile beef, is a delightfully easy Thai beef dish with a bracing yet refreshing heat from the fresh chiles. You can regulate the heat to your liking by adjusting the ratio of hot chiles to bell peppers. Read more »

Pad Thai

Pastas | Pad Thai

(Thai stir-fried rice noodles)

Pad thai is often considered the quintessential Thai dish, even though it has only been around for the last 60 or 70 years. Pad thai is Thai fast food, tossed up in noodle shops or made on the street at innumerable pad thai carts. Sometimes spelled phad thai, phat thai or paad thai. Read more »

Som Tam

Salads | Som Tam

(Thai green papaya salad)

Green papaya salad is the most popular salad in Thailand and is commonly sold in street stalls, especially in the North of the country. This refreshingly tart and healthy salad is traditionally made in a mortar (som tam means "sour pounded"), but this recipe uses a more Western-kitchen-friendly method. Read more »

Tod Mun

Appetizers | Tod Mun Image

(Thai fish cakes)

Tod mun is one of the most popular snacks in Thailand, especially in the northern reaches of the country. Serve these spicy fried fish cakes as a starter to a Thai meal with a tasty dipping sauce. Read more »

Tom Yum Kung

Soups | Tom Yum Kung Image

(Thai hot and sour shrimp soup)

Tom yum kung is the simple and popular Thai hot and sour soup, familiar to many from Thai restaurant menus. It is sometimes spelled tom yum koong or tom yum goong. Read more »

Yum Pla Muk

Salads | Yum Pla Muk Image

(Thai spicy squid salad)

Serve spicy yum pla muk salad as part of a larger Thai meal. Make sure not to overcook the squid or it will become rubbery. Read more »