Simple Thai Food: Classic Recipes from the Thai Home Kitchen by Leela Punyaratabandhu

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  • Sweet potato fritters with peanut-sweet chile sauce (Man thot)
    • Categories: Dips, spreads & salsas; Fried doughs; Sauces, general; Appetizers / starters; Snacks; Thai; Vegan; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: sweet potatoes; rice flour; unsweetened dried coconut; sesame seeds; garlic; white peppercorns; cilantro roots; vegetable oil; dry-roasted peanuts; cilantro; Thai long chiles; cornstarch; baking powder; sweet chile sauce
    • Categories: Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; Snacks; Cooking ahead; Thai
    • Ingredients: garlic; white peppercorns; cilantro roots; shallots; ground chicken; shrimp; fish sauce; dry-roasted peanuts; pineapple; cilantro; palm sugar; Thai long chiles
  • Crispy dumplings [Gold purses] (Thung thong)
    • Categories: Fried doughs; Appetizers / starters; Canapés / hors d'oeuvre; Cooking ahead; Thai
    • Ingredients: green onions; vegetable oil; garlic; white peppercorns; cilantro roots; white mushrooms; ground chicken; oyster sauce; fish sauce; canned water chestnuts; spring roll skins; thin soy sauce; granulated sugar
    • Accompaniments: Sweet chile sauce (Nam jim kai)
  • Pork satay (Mu sate)
    • Categories: Snacks; Thai; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: raw cashew nuts; limes; cilantro; green onions; honey; chile powder; vegetable oil; fresh mint leaves
    • Categories: Fried doughs; Appetizers / starters; Snacks; Cooking for a crowd; Thai
    • Ingredients: glass noodles; wood ear mushrooms; vegetable oil; garlic; white peppercorns; cilantro roots; ground chicken; fish sauce; oyster sauce; mung bean sprouts; spring roll skins; lettuce
    • Accompaniments: Sweet chile sauce (Nam jim kai)
  • Leaf-wrapped salad bites (Miang kham)
    • Categories: Salads; Sauces, general; Appetizers / starters; Thai
    • Ingredients: dried shrimp; lemongrass; unsweetened coconut; shallots; galangal; fresh ginger; shrimp paste; fish sauce; dry-roasted peanuts; limes; bird's eye chiles; cha plu leaves; palm sugar; dark brown sugar
    • Categories: Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Appetizers / starters; Cooking for a crowd; Thai
    • Ingredients: sandwich bread; ground pork; white pepper; cilantro; vegetable oil; cucumbers; shallots; thin soy sauce; Thai long chiles; cornstarch; garlic; eggs
    • Accompaniments: Cucumber relish (Ajat); Sriracha sauce (Sot si racha)
    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Appetizers / starters; Thai
    • Ingredients: green cabbage; bird's eye chiles; limes; fish sauce; large shrimp with heads and shells; granulated sugar; garlic; fresh mint leaves
    • Categories: Fried doughs; Appetizers / starters; Snacks; Cooking for a crowd; Thai; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: red curry paste; rice flour; vegetable oil; Thai sweet chilli sauce; Sriracha sauce; corn on the cob; eggs; baking soda
    • Categories: Stir-fries; Main course; Thai
    • Ingredients: dried wood ear mushrooms; chicken thighs; young ginger; green onions; fish sauce; oyster sauce; chicken stock; granulated sugar; garlic
    • Categories: Stir-fries; Main course; Thai
    • Ingredients: kabocha squash; fish sauce; oyster sauce; eggs; white pepper; vegetable oil; garlic
    • Categories: Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Main course; Thai
    • Ingredients: halibut fillets; egg whites; tapioca flour; red curry paste; vegetable oil; long beans; kaffir lime leaves; cucumbers; dry-roasted peanuts; Thai long chiles; granulated sugar; Thai sweet chile sauce
    • Categories: Chutneys, pickles & relishes; Spice / herb blends & rubs; Stir-fries; Main course; Thai
    • Ingredients: chicken breasts; onions; oyster sauce; fish sauce; Thai chile jam; vegetable oil; Thai long chiles
    • Categories: Dressings & marinades; Fried doughs; Sauces, general; Main course; Thai
    • Ingredients: garlic; white peppercorns; cilantro roots; ground coriander; fish sauce; oyster sauce; palm sugar; chicken drumsticks; rice flour; vegetable oil; thin soy sauce; Thai sweet chile sauce
    • Accompaniments: Long-grain white rice (Khao suai); Steamed glutinous rice (Khao niao nueng)
  • Son-in-law eggs (Khai luk khoei)
    • Categories: Egg dishes; Fried doughs; Sauces, general; Main course; Thai
    • Ingredients: vegetable oil; hard-cooked eggs; palm sugar; fish sauce; tamarind pulp; cilantro; Thai long chiles; crispy fried shallots
    • Categories: Stir-fries; Curry; Main course; Thai
    • Ingredients: curry powder; onions; Chinese celery leaves; Thai chile jam; Thai long chiles; store-cupboard ingredients; eggs; whole milk; chicken stock; vegetable oil; garlic; jumbo shrimp
    • Categories: Egg dishes; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Thai
    • Ingredients: duck eggs; ground pork; fish sauce; limes; vegetable oil
    • Accompaniments: Long-grain white rice (Khao suai)
    • Categories: Pasta, doughs & sauces; Stir-fries; Main course; Thai
    • Ingredients: glass noodles; chicken thighs; tomatoes; onions; fish sauce; oyster sauce; white pepper; Chinese celery leaves; thin soy sauce; vegetable oil; garlic; granulated sugar; chicken stock; eggs
    • Accompaniments: Long-grain white rice (Khao suai)
    • Categories: Sauces, general; Main course; Cooking for 1 or 2; Thai
    • Ingredients: chicken wings; oyster sauce; fish sauce; rice flour; vegetable oil; bird's eye chiles; garlic; shallots; cilantro roots; palm sugar; tamarind pulp; cilantro
    • Categories: How to...; Sauces, general; Thai
    • Ingredients: fish sauce; rice flour; vegetable oil; bird's eye chiles; garlic; shallots; cilantro roots; palm sugar; tamarind pulp; cilantro; granulated sugar
    • Categories: Egg dishes; Main course; Thai
    • Ingredients: eggs; ground pork; onions; oyster sauce; frozen peas and carrots; tomato sauce; white pepper; cilantro; thin soy sauce; vegetable oil; garlic
    • Categories: Stir-fries; Main course; Thai
    • Ingredients: beef rib-eye steaks; banana peppers; onions; fish sauce; thin soy sauce; vegetable oil; garlic; granulated sugar
    • Categories: Sauces, general; Stir-fries; Main course; Thai; Vegetarian
    • Ingredients: thin soy sauce; sesame oil; Chinese rice wine; mushrooms; wild mushrooms; scallions; vegetarian oyster mushroom sauce; garlic; cornstarch

Notes about this book

  • ellabee on July 02, 2014

    Excellent run-down by the author of the differences between her blog and the cookbook: ...Pad Thai series:

Notes about Recipes in this book

  • Spicy grilled beef salad (Yam nuea yang)

    • kari500 on May 04, 2022

      We Loved this. I basically doubled it (2 rib eye, 4 tomatoes, 1 full UK cuc, double dressing). I also added a bag of salad greens. I'd add some oil to the dressing next time as the fat from the steak wasn't quite enough, but this is an excellent meal. I served with sliced baguette instead of rice.

    • twoyolks on July 09, 2019

      Other than marinating, this was quick and easy to make. The flavor was good but not quite excellent. I added mint and Thai basil as I had plenty and liked their addition.

  • Chicken in brown sauce on rice (Khao na kai)

    • kari500 on April 12, 2022

      Agree, this is simple, good, comfort food. I didn't have any cilantro, and it was still delicious (we did love the sliced peppers - I used serrano). I used all thigh meat, marinated 10 hours. This is so easy, and delicious. Be careful about salting - it didn't say to salt, but I've been burned by books that assume you'll salt, so I salted. This made it a little too salty, so next time I won't salt, or will salt very sparingly.

    • bernalgirl on August 24, 2021

      What a sleeper recipe! This is perfect weeknight comfort food, after making this I understood her story in the head note about eating this all the time when she first moved to the US. I served this over brown rice without the egg, which would be delicious but wasn’t in the cards tonight. The cilantro and chile are key to adding some bright fresh flavors to complement the sauce, we also topped this with Thai chile vinegar. I had intended to make a stirfry of romano beans to go with but ran out of time, so I added them here. I blistered them in the wok, added the broth and brought that to a boil before adding the chicken mixture. They were perfectly tender, and it made a complete meal over brown rice.

    • twoyolks on September 23, 2021

      This was really fast to make and quite tasty. I only marinated it for 4 hours and I used Thai basil instead of cilantro all of which worked fine.

    • rhb on October 31, 2022

      A bit bland but good - I will definitely make this again! I only use one kind of chicken (breast or thighs) so that it cooks evenly. Added some chiu chow chile oil.

  • Chicken-cashew stir-fry (Kai phat met mamuang himma-phan)

    • mziech on September 15, 2018

      Loved it. Can make this on weekdays, really easy and delicious.

    • meggan on January 05, 2022

      This was ok - I don't think so much oil was necessary and the cashews would have been just as good toasted.

    • Kduncan on March 23, 2021

      Simple quick recipe albeit a good amout of chopping. Results are great, will definitely be making again.

  • Beef green curry with Thai eggplants (Kaeng khiao wan nuea)

    • sarahcooks on August 08, 2016

      I made this using Leela's green curry paste recipe. It was so so good. I had a timing issue so I added the beef and after simmering a few minutes, stuck it in a 250F oven for an hour, then finished when I got home. The beef was so tender and added a lot of flavor to the sauce.

    • wcassity on July 07, 2017

      Very delicious. I added way more curry paste than suggested, and it was still mostly mild with just a nice kick at the end. I added diced zucchini and green beans as well.

    • hirsheys on May 13, 2018

      This was good, though I used brisket, which was the wrong choice because it got chewy. I also got the little tiny eggplants, which are lovely, but full of seeds. The process of this curry was easy and worked well, and the taste was great with the homemade curry paste from the book.

    • pattyatbryce on February 25, 2022

      So easy! If you use remade curry paste, it's weeknight friendly. I might use more curry next time and had to sub regular eggplant (cut smaller). We both loved.

  • Rice noodles with chicken and Chinese broccoli (Phat si-io kai ["Pad see-ew or Pad si-ew"])

    • sarahcooks on July 01, 2017

      The whole family loved this. I managed to make double it by turning my gas stove up to power boil, but I wouldn't really recommend it. I used leftover Chinese bbq pork instead of chicken and it was fantastic.

    • wcassity on January 31, 2021

      Delicious! Basically pad see ew, but more rounded flavor. Bought the soybean sauce she recommends on Amazon. Added dashes of Korean chili flakes and fish sauce at the end. Used regular broccoli.

    • twoyolks on January 17, 2015

      It took me longer to cook than the time specified but my chicken was in larger pieces. He finished dish needs to be seasoned with fish sauce, dried chili pepper, and salt.

  • Chicken and fried garlic on rice (Khao kai kra-thiam)

    • sarahcooks on April 12, 2022

      I agree with twoyolks. The white pepper was dominant without making it very spicy, and the fried garlic was at least a different taste to what I'm used to.

    • twoyolks on January 22, 2015

      This was tasty but wasn't particularly special. The dominant flavors were the soy and the white pepper.

  • Curry noodles with chicken (Kuai-tiao kaeng sai kai)

    • TrishaCP on November 30, 2018

      I thought this dish was good. It is very saucey. The first night we ate it with noodles and the second night with rice and I liked it better with the rice. I used homemade yellow curry paste from the book, and store-bought red curry paste. I don't think the hard-boiled eggs are vital but you definitely need the fried shallots (crispiness and bite) and cilantro (fresh herbiness).

  • Fish in red curry sauce (Chuchi pla)

    • TrishaCP on April 06, 2022

      This was just ok for us- though it was simple enough for a weeknight. I definitely wouldn’t make it without including the optional makrut lime leaves for additional flavor. The main problem seemed to be that the curry itself was quite thin, even though it was described as a “thick” curry. I would definitely wait to add the water next time.

    • patioweather on August 16, 2021

      Simple and delicious. Only takes a few minutes.

  • Phanaeng curry with chicken and kabocha squash (Kaeng phanaeng kai kap fak thong)

    • TrishaCP on October 24, 2019

      This is a great version of a Panang curry. Pretty much flawless, though more veggies wouldn’t be bad. The squash is the best part.

    • patioweather on April 06, 2018

      Trust her timing and do not overcook the squash!

  • Spicy basil chicken and fried eggs on rice (Khao rat phat ka-phrao kai khai dao)

    • bernalgirl on June 02, 2021

      Savory and delicious, a perfect easy dinner with steamed rice and sliced cucumbers

    • twoyolks on July 31, 2017

      Ground chicken just doesn't have enough flavor to stand up to the sauce ingredients. This is similar to Stir-fried minced beef with chillies and holy basil (Neua pat bai grapao) from Thai Street Food but I like that much better.

    • meggan on June 10, 2021

      Nice simple dinner. You will likely need to add stock as it is a little dry.

    • hirsheys on April 18, 2022

      I made 1/3 of this recipe tonight and very much enjoyed it. Otherwise, I made it as written, though I believe my basil was Thai, not holy, and I cooked my crispy eggs separately in far less oil than the recipe prescribed (using Julia Turshen’s crispy egg method from Small Victories - worked great!) I didn’t make the recommended chile fish sauce to serve with it, and ended up using a little sweet chile sauce instead, which nicely cut the richness of the runny yolk and the salt of the meat. I think the cucumber relish also would have been great with it, though. Maybe next time!

  • Rice noodles with beef and Chinese broccoli gravy (Rat na nuea)

    • bernalgirl on January 19, 2023

      I followed the recipe except I used flowering cauliflower because that’s what I had, and wheat noodles, because my kids don’t like rice noodles, and cut the stock and corn starch by 1/3 based on the comments. We loved this recipe. Yes there is a lot of gravy but it thickens nicely and is full of flavor. I’ll make this again and try to get my kids on the wide rice noodle boat.

    • twoyolks on March 08, 2018

      This was really soupy. I liked the beef the best. The rest was simply okay.

    • Lovestocook on December 17, 2015

      Really enjoyed this. Reduced the stock and cornflour (used instead of cornstarch) by 1/3 and still way too much liquid. Really flavourful gravy though and very tender beef.

  • Satay sauce - the easy version (Nam jim satay)

    • bernalgirl on August 22, 2022

      A snap to prepare for a weeknight dinner.

    • hirsheys on April 25, 2022

      I agree - this is SOOOO good and super easy. I used Maesri choo chee curry paste because I had no red curry paste as I'd thought, plus a smooth organic peanut butter. Also used the lower amount of sugar and would not want more. It is a fabulous sauce and makes a lot - I'm looking forward to the leftovers.

    • patioweather on April 17, 2018

      Everyone adored this. It makes a huge amount, so you can use it for multiple applications. The "easy version" was so delicious and easy that I'm not sure why I would ever make the non-easy version.

  • Cucumber relish (Ajat)

    • bernalgirl on August 22, 2022

      A straightforward Thai cucumber relish, easy to prepare and well-balanced

    • patioweather on April 09, 2018

      Delicious but extremely sweet, so serve alongside something tangy or spicy.

  • Beef and vegetable curry, jungle style (Kaeng pa nuea sap)

    • bernalgirl on February 11, 2022

      This is a delicious curry. I’ve been interested in this recipe because the technique of simmering the curry paste in water at the start is new to me, and the use of ground meat makes for an easy weeknight meal. I didn’t have brined green peppercorns, or fingerroots, but I had fresh galangal, Thai lime, and Thai basil. I also changed the vegetables to please my eggplant-hating kids: green beans, baby corn, and Napa cabbage. Finished with lime juice, this is a wonderfully balanced dish.

  • Sweet dry curry of pork and long beans (Phat phrik khing)

    • bernalgirl on August 22, 2022

      A great and easy recipe resulting in complex flavors

    • patioweather on April 09, 2018

      Recipe does not say when to add the shrimp. I did it when I added the fish sauce and sugar.

    • Chef_Penelope on September 23, 2021

      Per Leela's website, the dried shrimp should be pounded with a mortar until reduced to cottony flakes. The flakes should be added along with the oil and curry paste at the beginning. She also suggests serving with rice.

  • Pork satay (Mu sate)

    • bernalgirl on August 22, 2022

      An easy and delicious satay, the marinade is outstanding and the peanut sauce is a snap. The marinade also works beautifully on pork loin chops

    • hirsheys on April 25, 2022

      I really enjoyed this version. The flavors worked really well with the pork shoulder and it all ended up being delicious and tender. (I was worried it wouldn’t be, because I didn’t cut my strips quite as thin as she prescribed. Didn’t end up being a problem!) I used orange juice rather than pineapple, but otherwise followed the recipe exactly, broiling the meat to cook. I loved the pork, but chicken thighs would also work well. (Next time I broil, will use an oiled rack over a pan with aluminum foil. Also not sure extra coconut milk basting is necessary...) Delicious with easy peanut sauce and cucumber relish.

  • Ground pork omelet (Khai jiao mu sap)

    • bernalgirl on August 12, 2021

      My family absolutely loved the flavor of this dish, but did not like what the cornstarch did to the texture of the eggs. The mixture spattered into pieces when frying and the crispy bits were slightly grainy. Next time I’ll try rice flour in place of cornstarch (a suggested option).

  • Mango and sweet coconut sticky rice (Khao niao mamuang)

    • wcassity on April 02, 2022

      Delicious! I used sushi rice and a can of coconut milk with perfect mangoes - really great.

  • Rice noodles "drunkard's style" with chicken (Kuai-tiao khi mao kai)

    • twoyolks on November 29, 2015

      I made this with beef instead of chicken and with a poblano chile instead of a Thai long green chile. I also omitted the tomato. The sauce just wasn't quite right. It was a lot darker than what I'm used to.

    • meggan on April 26, 2018

      This was good and easy but I have had better drunken noodles.

    • chawkins on August 14, 2019

      This was absolutely delicious. My chicken breast was close to a pound and I used 3 Thai bird chiles from the garden. Instead of the Thai long chile, I used a poblano chile. This will be in regular rotation in our house in the summer as I usually have the chiles, tomato and Thai basil in the garden and I'll add shrimp to the mix.

    • patioweather on April 18, 2018

      We loved this recipe, and it was easy so I'm definitely going to make it again. I made it with half chicken and half seitan. The chicken is not contributing that much, so it's easy to swap it out for whatever protein you'd like. In the future, I will add bamboo shoots to improve the veggie to noodle ratio.

  • Fried rice with chicken (Khao phat kai)

    • twoyolks on January 30, 2015

      This isn't amazing but, at the same time, is quite satisfying.

  • Northeastern minced chicken salad (Lap kai)

    • twoyolks on November 29, 2016

      This is extremely spicy. It calls for 2 tablespoons of chile powder for 12 oz. of ground chicken. It was too spicy to eat.

    • laurenlangston on July 09, 2016

      Really tasty -- I used cilantro instead of sawtooth coriander. I also used some ground chicken that I had in the freezer; I might do better by this recipe next time and whack it up myself, instead. Citrusy, spicy, herbaceous, great food for a hot day.

    • damjih on April 24, 2020

      This was pretty good, I halved the spice, the toasted rice powder is a must, which I made with the only rice I had (basmati) and it still worked out fine.

  • Crispy wings with three-flavored sauce (Pik kai thot sot sam rot)

    • twoyolks on September 24, 2015

      The wings were very crunch with a good mix of hot, sour, and sweet. I used two "red Thai chiles" and it provided just about the right amount of heat. I think there's a typo in the recipe as I only needed to fry my chicken wings for 8 minutes instead of the 20 to 25 listed in the recipe.

  • Sweet-and-sour vegetable stir-fry with chicken (Phat priao wan kai)

    • meggan on July 09, 2020

      I felt the cukes became slimy so next time I would just garnish with them but otherwise this was good. I used jarred banana peppers and it was fine.

    • imaluckyducky on June 24, 2020

      5 enthusastic stars! This dish comes together quickly and is really easy to balance out. The addition of cucumber to the stir fry was something new for me, and a delightful surprise - it adds a really nice toothsome texture and a refreshing bite. I made a double batch and only a small portion remains (3 adults and one 4yo had seconds). Do not be scared about the amount of fish sauce in the sauce, it does not overpower the flavor of the sauce. The stir fry sauce is also more liquidy than, say, a Chinese stir fry that you may be used to. My Thai partner defends that this is normal.

    • patioweather on June 15, 2021

      Not my favorite stir fry in this book but extremely enjoyable. I garnished with the cucumber as another commenter suggested.

    • valbe on December 07, 2021

      Subbed zucchini for the cucumber, lime juice for the vinegar; added celery, lightly steamed broccoli, a tiny bit of Thai red pepper along with the red pepper, didn't use the tomato and added Chinese noodles cooked according to the package. With all the extras there could have had a bit more sauce! Delicious.

  • Rice noodles with beef-tomato gravy (Kuai-tiao nuea sap)

    • meggan on May 06, 2022

      Very good - I opted out of the lettuce leaf part and I didn't have rice noodle so we just used pappardelle. Could have used some fresh herbs on top.

  • Bananas in sweet coconut cream [Bananas in nunhood] (Kluai buat chi)

    • hirsheys on August 28, 2022

      I found this cozy, but not necessarily something I need to make again. Love the baby bananas, though.

  • Chicken, water morning glory, and satay sauce on rice ["Swimming Rama"] (Khao phra ram long song)

    • hirsheys on July 11, 2022

      Good “recipe” to use up satay sauce. (I made the less easy one this time - I actually prefer the other one!) Loved the water morning glory texture and taste. Couldn’t find the Nam prik even at a fantastic Thai grocery store, so I just used a little sambal oolek.

    • rhb on October 31, 2022

      Very good! Used less salt (I usually add more to recipes), used broccolini instead of water morning glory, and added some chile jam.

  • Green curry paste [from scratch] (Nam phrik kaeng khiao wan)

    • hirsheys on May 14, 2018

      Green curry is my absolute favorite, and this paste came out really delicious. I was incredibly impressed with myself. I used my mini food processor to grind the paste, but I felt that I had to add a little liquid to help it puree. I used coconut milk, which worked well. It seemed like the paste was going to be super hot, but it wasn't at all - just a nice kick at the end, and some good umami from the shrimp paste. (Which smells absolutely disgusting, btw.) Note to self: next time, don't forget that you diluted the paste a bit with the coconut milk, so increase the amount in the curry.

  • Satay sauce - the less-easy version (Nam jim satay)

    • hirsheys on July 11, 2022

      This isn’t all that much tougher than the “easy” version, but also isn’t much better, and in fact, I prefer the vinegar flavor in the other one to the tamarind (feels sacrilegious to say that, but I do!) I had to add the coconut milk to my peanuts to grind them smooth, but that worked fine. The sauce is very thick. The taste is just as amazing as the other one, but it’s far easier to use commercial peanut butter. (Also, I used a lower amount of sugar, as I do with the other one, though this one calls only for the high amount).

  • Herb-baked cashews (Met mamuang himma-phan op samunphrai)

    • hirsheys on July 11, 2022

      Tasty and easy, but not necessarily something I need again. A bit sweet for my taste (and sticky, which isn’t great for a nibble). A good change from the usual spiced nuts though.

    • julesamomof2 on May 16, 2018

      A delicious, easy nibble. I should have made a double batch, my guests loved them so much.

  • Chicken-ginger stir-fry (Kai phat khing)

    • imaluckyducky on November 09, 2019

      5 stars! So please know that this stir fry isn't dry or has a thick sauce - it ends up being quite brothy. That said, the flavor is beautifully nuanced despite it being heavy on ginger. White button mushrooms do well in this recipe. Thai boyfriend and 3yo enthusiastically approved.

  • Stuffed egg crepes (Khai yat sai)

    • rmardel on November 09, 2020

      Love these! The filling can be made in advance which helps with the prep. They are a little tricky at first, but delicious. Marvelous on some lightly dressed greens.

  • Fish with lime-chile-garlic dressing (Pla nueng manao)

    • stockholm28 on April 09, 2022

      This is very simple and makes a quick and easy weeknight dinner. I made 1/4 of the recipe with a halibut fillet. I baked the fish in a foil packet for easy clean up. I served it on rice; you need something to sop up the sauce. It had a bit of a kick from the chilis. It is not terribly exciting, but I’d make it again as it was very easy and healthy.

  • Green papaya salad (Som tam malako)

    • laurenlangston on July 09, 2016

      This is a solid recipe -- everything I want in a som tam. It's the third som tam recipe I've made (the other two by way of Kurt Kahrs and Andy Ricker), and I'll probably check out a few more, but I absolutely see myself returning to this one.

  • Duck red curry with pineapple and tomatoes (Kaeng phet pet yang)

    • runoutofshelves on October 31, 2019

      This was great. On a very hot night. I love recipes using bbq duck from chinese restaurants. We made the paste and stashed away two portions in the freezer.

    • MmeFleiss on April 12, 2018

      I used chopped roast duck from my local Chinese grocery store and a pineapple that I cut up a few days ago. Dinner took less than 10 mins and everyone raved about how good it was. A keeper for sure.

  • Spicy crispy catfish with fried basil (Phat phet pla duk thot krop)

    • lkgrover on March 04, 2018

      This is excellent! The catfish has great flavor. The other ingredients seasoned the fish, but didn't create much sauce. I substituted jalapeno chiles for Thai chiles (for less heat).

  • Stir-fried chicken with chile jam (Kai phat nam phrik phao)

    • lkgrover on February 24, 2022

      Good chicken stir fry. I used one red onion & one yellow onion; I liked the variety. Served over jasmine rice.

    • rhb on October 31, 2022

      We've made this countless times and love it - so easy! Serve with rice. We add 1/8 t Chiu Chow Chili Oil. Have used chicken breast, chicken thighs, and ground chicken. Cold leftovers are a nice addition to salads.

  • Coconut-galangal chicken soup (Tom kha kai)

    • gallucci on December 29, 2023

      used a packet of Lobo brand Tom Kha paste and prepared as directed. Delicious!

  • Chicken kari "yellow" curry (Kaeng kari kai)

  • Shrimp curry stir-fry (Kung phat phong kari)

    • patioweather on November 05, 2020

      I was dubious about the egg and while it felt a little strange, it was delicious.

    • valbe on January 18, 2022

      I was dubious, patioweather, about the whole milk so subbed coconut water and coconut milk. And was not disappointed. Great little recipe and I'll be making it again. The Note about reviving less than fresh curry powder is a good one and a good one to remember for other recipes.

  • Sweet chile sauce (Nam jim kai)

    • patioweather on April 04, 2018

      Flavorwise, this is exactly what I expect from a Thai dipping sauce for fried spring rolls. Next time I make it, I will dramatically decrease the amount of tapioca starch. After sitting it turned into a sludge.

    • rhb on October 31, 2022

      Great chile sauce. I substituted 1 T chili garlic sauce for the Thai chiles and skipped the blender step. I used Clearjel plus 2 T water for the binder. Worked great.

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Reviews about this book

  • Boston Globe by T. Susan Chang

    ...what it says: unusually simple, and still really Thai. It’s written with grace, dedication, and humor, and there’s nothing like it on the market...if you want a single Thai book, this is it.

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  • Advocate by Diane Anderson-Minshall

    ...a great new collection of 100 Thai recipes that are simpler, quicker, and easy to manage than we’ve seen before. The foodie that Saveur’s dubbed the best regional cuisine blog...

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  • NPR by T. Susan Chang

    2013 Top Summer Cookbooks: ...seems to pull it off, coming up with recipes that are weeknight-doable yet electric with ingredients you can just about find...Shortcuts or not, they're delicious.

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  • ISBN 10 1607745232
  • ISBN 13 9781607745235
  • Linked ISBNs
  • Published Mar 27 2014
  • Format Hardcover
  • Page Count 240
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Ten Speed Press
  • Imprint Ten Speed Press

Publishers Text

Thai takeout meets authentic, regional flavors in this collection of 100 recipes for easy, economical, and accessible Thai classics--from the rising star behind the blog She Simmers.

Who can say no to a delicious plate of Pad Thai with Shrimp; a fresh, tangy Green Papaya Salad; golden Fried Spring Rolls; or a rich, savory Pork Toast with Cucumber Relish? Thai food is not only one of the most vibrant, wonderfully varied cuisines in the world, it also happens to be one of the tastiest, and a favorite among American eaters.

The good news is, with the right ingredients and a few basic tools and techniques, authentic Thai food is easily within reach of home cooks. Take it from Leela Punyaratabandhu, a Bangkok native and author of the popular Thai cooking blog She Simmers. In her much-anticipated debut cookbook, Leela shares her favorite recipes for classic Thai fare, including beloved family recipes, popular street food specialties, and iconic dishes from Thai restaurant menus around the world.

All of Leela’s recipes have been tested and tweaked to ensure that even the busiest cook can prepare them at home. With chapters on key ingredients and tools, base recipes, one-plate meals, classic rice accompaniments, and even Thai sweets, Simple Thai Food is a complete primer for anyone who wants to give Thai cooking a try. By the end of the book, you’ll be whipping up tom yam soup and duck red curry that will put your local takeout joint to shame. But perhaps more importantly, you’ll discover an exciting new world of Thai flavors and dishes—including Stir-Fried Chicken with Chile Jam, Leaf-Wrapped Salad Bites, and Crispy Wings with Three-Flavored Sauce—that will open your eyes to all the wonderful possibilities that real Thai cooking has to offer.

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