Let us set the scene. You are ready to attempt to cook the dish you had last week at your favourite Thai restaurant that you can’t stop thinking about, you’ve got the ingredients and even some optimism, but now what? Food expert, Pailin Chongchitnant helps the curious cook in us to feel capable and confident in the kitchen with four simple and authentic Thai recipes.
Green papaya salad, or som tum, is Thailand’s most famous salad, but it’s just one of many types of tum or pounded salads.
The secret to making this dish quick and easy is using thinly sliced beef and choosing a flavorful but not-too-tough cut so it would not take a long time to tenderize.
Tiny tapioca pearls are folded into a silky coconut cream and topped with fresh, juicy mango. It’s the same flavor combination as mango and sticky rice, yet a vastly different eating experience.
Saam roht means “three flavors,” which in this case refers to the sauce—it’s sweet, salty, and sour in equal measure. It’s an easy dish that looks impressive—a simple pan-seared fish drenched in a glossy red sauce.