Coconut and Pandan Agar | Wun Gati Bai Tuey | วุ้นกะทิใบเตยIn cooking Thai food, I’m occasionally reminded of my days growing up in the microbiology lab.  Sometimes it’s simply a reminder of how much fun it is to do experiments, like this curry paste brand comparison “experiment”.  Other times, it will be a specific ingredient that triggers my memory, such as shrimp paste, which always brings me back to the aroma of an autoclave just finishing its run…

But none of these reminders has been quite so literal as this agar-agar dessert, which, as far as I can tell, is made from the same agar used to grow bacteria in the micro lab. [click to continue…]

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Steamed Crab with Seafood Dipping Sauce | Bpu Nung gap Nam Jim Seafood | ปูนึ่งกับน้ำจิ้มซีฟู๊ด

Steamed Crab with Seafood Dipping Sauce | Bpu Nung gap Nam Jim Seafood | ปูนึ่งกับน้ำจิ้มซีฟู๊ด thumbnail

The boyfriend is not one to pass up fresh seafood. So last weekend, when he spotted live, active crabs at our local Asian market, there was no way he could resist.  After convincing me that he would do all of the work of cooking them (I get a little squeamish around live seafood), we came [...]

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Thai Test Kitchen: Which brand of curry paste is best?

Thai Test Kitchen: Which brand of curry paste is best? thumbnail

Ever since the boyfriend's parents introduced me to Mae Anong curry pastes, I haven't had the urge to try any other brand.  Mae Anong has many different varieties of pastes available, they all taste great, and I can find them easily at my local Thai market.  However, one of the most frequent questions that comes [...]

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Pandan Chicken Bites | Gai Bai Tuey | ไก่ใบเตย

Pandan Chicken Bites | Gai Bai Tuey | ไก่ใบเตย thumbnail

These pandan-wrapped chicken bites are perfect party appetizers.  I was aiming to post this recipe before the Superbowl so that everyone could enjoy these succulent pieces of fried chicken during the game, just as we were planning to.  But, well, life got in the way and that didn't happen. Then I thought I'd post the [...]

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Thai Test Kitchen: Which holy basil is best in pad gaprow?

Thai Test Kitchen: Which holy basil is best in pad gaprow? thumbnail

This week, we're changing things up a bit!  Instead of posting a recipe for another delicious Thai dish, I thought it'd be fun to delve a little deeper into some of the questions that come up as I'm cooking Thai food.  Questions like, "Which brand of curry paste is the best?"  or "Is dried galangal a [...]

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Shrimp Paste Chili Dip | Nam Prik Gapi | น้ำพริกกะปิ

Shrimp Paste Chili Dip | Nam Prik Gapi | น้ำพริกกะปิ thumbnail

This shrimp paste chili dip known as nam prik gapi is the embodiment of bold Thai flavors.  It combines pungent shrimp paste and spicy Thai chilis with lime juice for sourness, fish sauce for saltiness, and palm sugar for sweetness.  All of these flavors are present at high levels, making this dip not one for [...]

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Omelet with Acacia Leaves | Kai Jeow Cha Om | ไข่เจียวชะอม

Omelet with Acacia Leaves | Kai Jeow Cha Om | ไข่เจียวชะอม thumbnail

It's funny how much your tastes can change over time.  When I was growing up, I absolutely hated eggs.  I wouldn't touch them, no matter how many times they were presented to me.  Now, not only do I eat eggs, I eat them with a distinctive Thai vegetable/herb known as cha om mixed in!  To [...]

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Year in Review: Our Favorite Thai Dishes from 2013

Year in Review: Our Favorite Thai Dishes from 2013 thumbnail

2013 has been another great year for the boyfriend and me.  Between learning how to cook new Thai dishes and perfecting old ones, meeting new friends who share our love of Thai food, and taking on a Thai food writing gig at Answers.com, this year has been filled with wonderful new Thai food-related experiences.  Like [...]

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Rice Porridge with Pork | Jok | โจ๊ก

Rice Porridge with Pork | Jok | โจ๊ก thumbnail

Although "rice porridge" doesn't sound like the most exciting or enticing dish, I'm here to tell you that it's actually incredibly delicious. The boyfriend has always talked about rice porridge, known as jok in Thai, as a great breakfast food.  It was usually brought up in the context of a mild, easy-on-the-stomach kind of dish, [...]

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Thai Red Curry with Pork Belly and Water Spinach | Gang Tay Po | แกงเทโพ

Thai Red Curry with Pork Belly and Water Spinach | Gang Tay Po | แกงเทโพ thumbnail

I first had this red curry with pork belly and water spinach at the Thai temple in San Bruno.  It was a Sunday morning and I was sitting at my dining room table, trying to bust out some articles about Thai food to meet an upcoming deadline for Answers.com (which is really coming along, by the [...]

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