Here are five Thai recipes that you can try at home:
- Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup): In a pot, bring water to a boil and add in some sliced lemongrass, sliced galangal, sliced kaffir lime leaves, and crushed chili peppers. Let the broth simmer for a few minutes, then add in some sliced mushrooms and diced tomato. Finally, add in some raw shrimp and cook until they are pink. Serve the soup hot, garnished with fresh cilantro and lime wedges.
- Pad Thai (Stir-Fried Noodles): Cook some rice noodles according to the package instructions and set them aside. In a wok or large pan, stir-fry some diced tofu or chicken until it is cooked through. Add in the cooked noodles and stir-fry until they are coated in the sauce. Make a sauce by mixing together equal parts tamarind paste, fish sauce, and brown sugar. Pour the sauce over the noodles and stir-fry until it is well combined. Serve the noodles hot, garnished with crushed peanuts, sliced scallions, and wedges of lime.
- Green Curry Chicken: In a blender, blend together some green curry paste, coconut milk, and chicken broth until the mixture is smooth. In a pot, bring the curry mixture to a boil and add in some sliced chicken, diced bell peppers, and diced eggplant. Let the curry simmer until the vegetables are tender and the chicken is cooked through. Serve the curry hot, garnished with fresh basil and cilantro.
- Mango Sticky Rice: Cook some glutinous rice according to the package instructions and set it aside. In a saucepan, bring some coconut milk, sugar, and salt to a boil and let the mixture simmer until it thickens slightly. Pour the coconut milk mixture over the cooked rice and stir until the rice is well coated. Let the rice sit for a few minutes to absorb the coconut milk. Serve the rice with sliced mango and a sprinkle of toasted sesame seeds.
- Som Tum (Spicy Green Papaya Salad): Peel and shred a green papaya and place it in a large bowl. Add in some diced tomato, sliced shallots, and sliced long beans. Make a dressing by mixing together some lime juice, fish sauce, sugar, and chili flakes. Pour the dressing over the papaya mixture and toss until the vegetables are well coated. Serve the salad cold, garnished with crushed peanuts and fresh cilantro.