Thai Foods Ep.1


Tom Yum Soup (Tom Yum Goong)

by Thomas M. Tillman
What is Tom Yum Soup? Tom yum (ต้มยำ) is a type of Thai hot and sour soup where the iconic flavours come from 3 herbs: lemongrass, galangal, and makrut (kaffir) lime leaves. I call these herbs the "tom yum trinity." It can be made with any meat or seafood, even leftover cooked meats, but the most popular version is made with shrimp, i.e. tom yum goong ต้มยำกุ้ง (goong means shrimp). If I had to pick a national dish for Thailand this would be a strong contender because it's eaten all over the country and is loved by essentially everyone. It's served at street-side eateries, fancy restaurants, and is commonly made at home. It was also a staple in my elementary school cafeteria! There are tons of different versions, and the tom yum flavour is so good it has been turned into other dishes like tom yum spaghetti, tom yum fried rice - and even tom yum pizza which was introduced by Pizza Hut in Thailand! You can also make a delicious tom yum stir(...)

Chili Garlic Noodles Recipe

by Thomas M. Tillman
A Thai dish...but the way it should be It may surprise you that Thai people actually use pasta quite often, as we love Thai-Western flavour mashups. Some of my favourites are Pad Macaroni and Tom Yum Spaghetti. But there is one I don't love. It is called "spaghetti pad prik hang" or "dry chilies spaghetti" where we stir fry spaghetti noodles with dried chilies, garlic, Thai basil, and salted fish or bacon bits. It SOUNDS good...except I find it dry, and the ingredients are "mixed" but somehow nothing really comes together into a cohesive dish. So I set out to create a version that I think this dish SHOULD be; using the same set of ingredients, because I knew these ingredients have potential to be (...) Continue

Crispy Meatballs with Glass Noodles & Sweet Chili Sauce

by Thomas M. Tillman
A favourite of Thai children everywhere This dish in Thai is called "moo tod woonsen" which means "glass noodles fried pork". It's a popular dish for kids in Thailand, and is often served in school cafeterias because it's a satisfying item that's not spicy. (And also...what kid doesn't love meatballs?!) A plain version without glass noodles also exists, but I prefer these because of the added texture and (...) Continue

Thai Street Food - Pork Bones Soup "Leng Saeb"

by Thomas M. Tillman
A dish made from just...bones? If you think it's crazy that we should be eating a dish made from bones, hear me out. This dish is made from pork neck/back bones, which are most commonly used for making Thai noodle soup broths. But they have a lot of meat on them tucked away in all the nooks and crannies as well. In fact, every time I make pork stock with these, (...) Continue

Tom Kha Gai ต้มข่าไก่ (Thai coconut chicken soup)

by Thomas M. Tillman
What is Tom Kha Gai? Tom kha gai, which is sometimes spelled tom ka gai, is one of the most popular soups amongst Thai food lovers. Tom means to boil, kha means galangal, and gai means chicken. So it's a chicken soup whose main flavour comes from galangal, but another key component not mentioned in the soup is coconut milk. Tom kha gai soup is available (...) Continue