Thai food is internationally famous. Whether chilli-hot or comparatively bland, harmony is the guiding principle behind each dish. Thai cuisine is essentially a marriage of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences harmoniously combined into something uniquely Thai. Characteristics of Thai food depend on who cooks it, for whom it is cooked, for what occasion, and where it is cooked. Dishes can be refined and adjusted to suit all palates.
A proper Thai meal should consist of a soup, a curry dish with condiments, a dip with accompanying fish and vegetables. A spiced salad may replace the curry dish. The soup can also be spicy, but the curry should be replaced by a non-spiced item. There must be harmony of tastes and textures within individual dishes and the entire meal.
Top Thai Meals
Thai Noodle Soup with Lemongrass (Vegan/gluten-free)
This simple recipe offers restaurant-quality Thai noodle soup in just a few steps. It's a great natural remedy if you're fighting a cold or flu bug, and will boost your mood too. It's the lemongrass that does it - this added to a variety of healthy greens and a mound of thin rice noodles (or the noodles of your choice). Combined with vegetable broth and coconut milk, this delicious soup is a complete meal in itself and a bowl of warm comfort on a chilly day. ENJOY!
Tom Yum Soup - World-Famous Thai Soup
Tom Yum Kung is a classic spicy Thai soup that can be eaten as a complete meal, or as an appetizer. It's a great cold and flu remedy, due to its immune-boosting ingredients. Make this famous Thai dish and find out why it's one of the world's favorite soups!
Thai Spring Rolls (with Shrimp or Vegetarian)
Spring rolls recipe can be made vegetarian with tofu, or with baby shrimp if you prefer. Brimming with vegetables and lots of flavor, these spring rolls make a great appetizer or party food. And they're surprisingly easy to make. Get some help from your children or guests with the rolling, and you'll be crunching on these delicious spring rolls in no time.
Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken
Try Thailand's most famous noodle dish with this new and improved step-by step recipe for Pad Thai. It's easy, full of flavor, and healthy too!A faster, easier version of Pad Thai, this yummy recipe will leave you craving more. The key to perfect Pad Thai is in the cooking (or "not" cooking) of the noodles - learn how to get them chewy-perfect with this recipe. Included is a simple, but authentic pad thai sauce which is tangy and a little spicy. When it's all put together, you'll find there isn't a noodle dish better than world-famous pad Thai!
Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 12 minutes Total Time: 27 minutes
Yield: SERVES 2
- 8 oz. Thai rice noodles (or enough for 2 people), linguini-width, available at Asian/Chinese stores
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups raw chicken breast or thigh meat, sliced
- Marinade for Chicken: 1 tsp. cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- optional: 1-2 fresh red chilies, minced
- 3 cups fresh bean sprouts
- 3 spring (green) onions, sliced
- 1/2 cup fresh coriander/cilantro
- 1/3 cup crushed or roughly chopped peanuts (or other nuts, such as cashews)