Simple Thai Food

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  • Copyright: 2014-05-13
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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.

Author Biography

Leela Punyaratabandhu grew up in a traditional Thai home in the heart of Bangkok where cooking was taken very seriously. She created the cooking blog She Simmers, which in 2012 was voted “Best Regional Cuisine” blog by Saveur. Her writing has appeared in CNN Travel, a website on Asian travel destinations by CNN International, and the award-winning food website Serious Eats, among others. Leela divides her time between Chicago and Bangkok.

Table of Contents

Noshes and Nibbles (khong wang)
Sweet Potato Fritters with Peanut–Sweet Chile Sauce 
Pineapple with Sweet Peanut–Chicken Topping (Galloping Horses) 
Crispy Dumplings (Gold Purses)   
Pork Satay  
Herb-Baked Cashews  
Fried Spring Rolls  
Leaf-Wrapped Salad Bites  
Pork Toast with Cucumber Relish
Fish Sauce–Marinated Fresh Shrimp with Spicy Lime Dressing (Naked Shrimp)   
Corn Fritters   
Rice Accompaniments (kap khao)
Stir-Fried and Deep-Fried Dishes
Chicken-Ginger Stir-Fry  
Stir-Fried Pumpkin with Eggs  
Fish Cakes with Cucumber-Peanut Relish  
Stir-Fried Chicken with Chile Jam  
Fried Chicken Drumsticks  
Son-in-Law Eggs  
Shrimp Curry Stir-Fry  
Ground Pork Omelet  
Stir-Fried Glass Noodles with Chicken
Crispy Wings with Three-Flavored Sauce   
Stuffed Egg Crepes 
Stir-Fried Beef with Banana Peppers 
Mushroom–Oyster Sauce Stir-Fry 
Sweet-and-Sour Vegetable Stir-Fry  with Chicken 
Chicken-Cashew Stir-Fry 
Fried Sun-Dried Beef 
Fried Fish and Green Mango Salad   
Spicy Grilled Beef Salad  
Pork in Spicy Dressing with  Iced Broccoli Stems
Broiled Eggplant Salad with Shrimp 
Northeastern Minced Chicken Salad 
Glass Noodle Salad 
Green Papaya Salad 
Mixed Fruit Salad, Som Tam Style    
Herbal Salmon Salad 
Clear Soup with Silken Tofu and Chicken Dumplings    
Coconut-Galangal Chicken Soup 
Hot-and-Sour Prawn Soup with Chile Jam 
Oxtail Soup
Spicy Vegetable Soup with Shrimp and Lemon Basil 
Southern Hot-and-Sour Turmeric-Chicken Soup   
Duck Red Curry with Pineapple  and Tomatoes   
Beef Green Curry with Thai Eggplants
Vegetable Sour Curry with Shrimp 
Sweet Dry Curry of Pork and Long Beans 
Chicken Kari “Yellow” Curry   
Fish in Red Curry Sauce
Beef and Vegetable Curry, Jungle Style  
Spicy Crispy Catfish with Fried Basil  
Phanaeng Curry with Chicken and  Kabocha Squash  
Beef Shank Matsaman Curry  
Shrimp-Coconut Relish with Vegetable Crudités  
Fish with Lime-Chile-Garlic Dressing
Grilled Steaks with Roasted Tomato Dipping Sauce (Crying Tiger) 
Curried Fish Custard 
Grilled Pork Neck with Dried Chile Dipping Sauce   
Turmeric Grilled Chicken   
One-Plate Meals (ahan jan diao)
Noodle Dishes
Rice Noodles with Chicken and Chinese Broccoli 
Pad Thai with Shrimp 
Curry Noodles with Chicken 
Rice Noodles with Beef and Chinese Broccoli Gravy 
Rice Noodles with Beef-Tomato Gravy 
Rice Noodles “Drunkard’s Style” with Chicken 
Egg Noodles with Clams, Chile Jam, and  Basil Stir-Fry 
Rice Dishes
Shrimp Paste Rice 
Rice Soup with Shrimp 
Chicken, Water Morning Glory, and Satay Sauce on Rice 
Rice Congee with Pork Dumplings and Eggs 
Chicken and Fried Garlic on Rice 
Fried Rice with Chicken 
Chicken in Brown Sauce on Rice 
Spicy Basil Chicken and Fried Eggs on Rice 
Sweets (khong wan)
Toasted-Coconut Meringue Cookies  
No-Bake Almond Cookies (Golden Supreme)  
Chewy Banana-Coconut Griddle Cakes  
Coconut Ice Cream with Jackfruit
Bananas in Sweet Coconut Cream (Bananas in Nunhood) 
Pineapple in Scented Iced Syrup  
Crunchy-Chewy Water Chestnut Dumplings in Iced Coconut Syrup 
Mango and Sweet Coconut Sticky Rice   
Pumpkin Custard  
Sticky Rice Pearls in Sweet Coconut Cream  with Poached Eggs   
Basic Recipes and Preparations (sut phuenthan)
Long-Grain White Rice  
Steamed Glutinous Rice  
Homemade Tamarind Pulp  
Coconut Milk from Scratch  
Curry Paste from Scratch  
Basic Aromatic Paste
Curry Powder 
Red Chile Powder   
Toasted Rice Powder
Fried Shallots and Fried Shallot Oil   
Chile Jam  
Fried Garlic and Fried Garlic Oil  
Sriracha Sauce  
Sweet Chile Sauce  
Satay Sauce
Dried Chile Dipping Sauce 
Cucumber Relish 
Vinegar with Pickled Chiles 
Chile Fish Sauce 
Crispy Fried Eggs 
Medium-Boiled Eggs 
Ingredients Glossary 
Note on the Romanization of Thai Words 
Mail-Order Sources 
Measurement Conversion Charts 

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