For those who have traveled to Southeast Asian countries know far to well of the exotic dishes that greatly distinguish itself from the culinary flavors of Western Cuisine. Food is a way of life, and to most people, it is the backbone of their very heritage. With every spoonful, I had the opportunity to open my heart and experience powerful flavors from the south of Thailand. With one dish in particular, was Stink Bean with Shrimp Paste. Don’t let the name discourage you, just give it a try.
As the curry powder is sprinkled into the wok consisting of garlic and chilis, the crackling sounds signal the aromas are released giving this tasty seafood dish its distinct flavor. Combined with fresh eggs and prawns cooked to a vibrant red complexion, this dish is ideal for a beach setting where each bite of this dish can be enjoyed as the ocean breeze gently caresses your face. With bold flavors such as this, no wonder it has become one of the better known dishes to Thai cuisine, known as Koong Pad Phong Garee (กุ้งผัดผงกะหรี่).
With many assorted types of noodles in the market today there was one type which stood out when deciding what to prepare for dinner that evening. Translucent threads of noodle made from mung beans had been selected. Also known as glass noodles, these deliciously silky strings are popular in Asian cuisine and are frequently used. Thus, I decided to make a stir fry called Pad Woonsen (ผัดวุ้นเส้น), Stir Fried Glass Noodle.
When living in Thailand it is typical to be exposed to the typical flavors of North Eastern regions of the country. Given food is cheap, delicious, and remarkably easy to make accounts to the availability of this food from street corners to well-known restaurants. This dish takes one of the well known dishes of the North Eastern region and turns it to a crispy appetizer that exudes fantastic flavors.
A brilliant dish combining wonderful flavors of chili paste and shrimp. This culinary favorite can be made with a few simple ingredients that burst flavor with every bite. A dish that gloriously highlights the magnificent cuisines found near any coastal regions of Thailand’s gulf. So be sure to dive in and give this recipe a try and release your inner chef.
Looking for a cheap alternative to preparing your next meal? A fan of instant noodles? Well, this simple dish can be prepared in about 30 minutes or less. With binding flavors of sweet, salty, sour, and spicy this dish is a culinary favorite in Thai cuisine.
At first glance the dish may be interpreted as a spaghetti sauce given the defined color of the dish and its meaty appearance. In fact this is one of the well known dishes originating from the Northern regions of Thailand. One spoonful of this dish and it is without doubt that the flavor is nothing similar to any Italian meat sauce. A wave of flavors excite the sensors on your palettes as you dive into another spoonful of the ‘Nam Prik Ong’.
Laid upon a mountain of white jasmine rice rest a well seasoned crispy grilled beef patty. A blanket of thick brown sauce consisting of mushrooms and sliced sweet onions is drizzled over it. A beautifully fried egg is gently placed atop the gravy lathered beef patty. As a fork pierces into the egg, a river of yolk oozes out onto the dish. The combination of flavors are divine. This my friends, is one of the well-known comfort foods of Hawaii known as ‘Loco Moco’.
At first glance you might interpret it to be a kitchen cloth mixed with a variety of herbs and seasonings. In fact the name of this popular Isan dish is called ‘Yum Pah Kee Riew’ (ยําผ้าขี้ริ้ว) which translates into a rag salad. Rest assure, no rags were utilized into the making of this dish and the main ingredient is that of cow tripe.
As my fill of typical rice dishes from the culinary flavors of Thai cooking gets monotonous, an unbearable craving for a good stir fry begins to engulf me. Don’t get me wrong, rice is great, but a noodle dish once in a while would be even better. I envision a metal wok being laid upon red flames brightly dancing over a stove as a consistently thick, dark sauce is being poured onto silky threads of golden noodles. My tummy begins to grumble, yes, now I am hungry.