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Thai Food Recipes

Thai food is renowned for balancing five fundamental flavors in each dish- spicy, sour, sweet, salty and bitter, the latter being optional. Thai food is also considered very nutritious. Thai food restaurants have sprung up all over the western world and Thai food menus are a must have at any event. For the calorie conscious, Thai food is just perfect. Here’s a meal you can easily recreate in your own kitchen.
Hot and sour shrimp soup (Tom Yung Soup)-: Serves 4
A delicious soup made in traditional Thai style. Pay close attention to details.

  • 3 cups (750 ml or 24 fl. Oz) chicken stock
  • 8 oz (250 grams) shrimps/prawns, shelled and divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 3 slices fresh galangal
  • ¼ cup fish sauce (nam pla)
  • 2 stalks lemon grass, cut into 1 inch lengths
  • 5 hot green Thai chili peppers
  • ½ cup sliced straw mushrooms
  • ¼ cup (60 ml or 2 fl. Oz) lime juice
  • 1tsp roasted chili paste (nam phrik pao)
  • 1tbsp chopped coriander/cilantro leaves
  • Bring the stock to a boil over medium heat
  • Add the garlic, lime leaves, galangal, fish sauce, lemon grass, mushrooms and chili peppers.
  • Let it cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the shrimp.
  • Cook till shrimp appear pink and opaque and firm. (should not take longer than 1 minute)
  • When the shrimp is cooked, place the lime juice and chili paste in a serving bowl.
  • Pour soup into the serving bowl and garnish with cilantro leaves.

Thai fried noodles (Phat Thai)-: Serves 4
Main course, a delightful dish of noodles cooked in authentic Thai style.

  • 3 cups narrow rice noodles
  • ½ cup thinly sliced chicken
  • 4 shrimps
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup soya bean curd
  • 1 tbsp chopped, pickled white radish
  • ½ cup cooking oil
  • 1tsp chopped garlic and 1tsp chopped onion
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 4tbsps sugar and 4tbsps fish sauce
  • 4tbsps vinegar
  • ½ cup bean sprouts
  • 1 lime (garnishing)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced carrot (garnishing)
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced cabbage (garnishing)
  • 2tbsps ground roasted peanuts.
  • Fry the chopped garlic and onion until they turn a pinkish yellow
  • Add chicken and fry till cooked
  • Add the shrimp, pickled white radish, soya bean curd.
  • Break the eggs into the pan and scramble.
  • Add sugar, fish sauce, paprika and vinegar and stir well
  • Pour in the noodles. Stir fry until well mixed
  • Add bean sprouts and stir fry till cooked
  • Transfer to a serving platter and garnish with carrots, cabbage and peanuts

Custard pumpkin (sangkhaya fakthong)-: Serves 4
A popular dessert commonly found in the local food markets

  • Small pumpkin
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • Cut a slice of the top of the pumpkin, remove seeds and pulp
  • Whish eggs, add sugar, a pinch of salt and coconut cream. Stir till well blended
  • Pour into the pumpkin and cook in steam till custard is set (20 minutes)

Enjoy cooking!