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Unbelievably Delicious Yam Plah Duk Foo

Yam Plah Duk FooAmong Thai friends, the equivalent of “How are you doing?” seems to be “Have you eaten yet?” In many ways, this expresses the Thais deep love of food, and among their favorites is Yam Plah Duk Foo. The word yam in Thai means salad, the word duk refers to a type of fish, while fu and doo mean fluffy.  Sometimes this dish is simply called yam pla fu, but whatever the name, it is just as crunchy delicious.

Because it requires quite a bit of preparation, this culinary delight is not as readily available as it should be in Thai restaurants outside of Thailand. That is truly unfortunate because yam plah duh foo is definitely worth the effort expended to create it. [Read more…]

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Thai Khao Pat – The Ultimate Fried Rice

Khao Pat

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Everyone knows what fried rice is, but until you’ve had a taste of Khao Pat, you cannot know just why all that carbo is so worth every “ooh” and “aah”. In a list of 50, khao pat, the Thai version of fried rice, was named the 24th most popular food in a survey that include 35,000 responses, and it certainly lives up to that esteemed position.

What Khao Pat is All About

Thai fried rice is a very popular dish in Thailand, but it is fast gaining a following all over the world. There are many types of khao pat, and you can choose whatever central ingredients you fancy. You can have khao phat mu, which has pork, or khao phat kai with chicken, khao phat goong which has shrimp, khao phat pu, which has crab, khao phat che which has veggies. You can also ask for mixed seafood, or beef, and some versions of this dish even contain pineapple, or basil, or nuts and raisins. [Read more…]

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Classic Tom Yam – The Soup with Thailand’s Aroma

Tom Yam

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Tom yam has been referred to as the “national aroma of Thailand”, and it is a hot and spicy combination of tangy lime, lemon grass, galangal (a close cousin of ginger), mushrooms, and chilies. Depending on the kind of tom yam you want, meats and seafood are used as central ingredients in this dish, but prawns are the exceedingly popular choice. To the uninitiated, a first taste of this soup is truly a culinary adventure, and a first sip usually elicits an involuntary indrawn breath from those who are used to Western fare.

The Different Kinds of Tom Yam

This dish is at the very heart of Thai traditional food, but it is also a staple soup in Cambodia, Laos, and some Malay territories; these were part of the Rattanakosin Kingdom, which began in the 18th century.

Some versions of seafood based tom yams feature the addition of coconut meat, or coconut milk, or both. If you want your dish to have the creamy flavor of coconut milk, ask for tom yam nam khon. [Read more…]

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