Thai Foods Ep.2


Thai Grilled Steak Salad - Neua Yang Nam Tok

by Thomas M. Tillman
Nam tok น้ำตก is a grilled meat Thai salad that hails from the northeast of Thailand. This version made with beef is a "steak salad," but this isn't your average bowl of leafy greens with a sliced steak on top. Nam tok is made almost entirely of steak; no vegetables, just lots of fresh herbs and a spicy, tart dressing. Served with sticky rice, it's one of the best dishes the Northeast has to offer, and is so easy to make at home! What is "Nam Tok"? Nam tok literally means "falling water" or "waterfall," so you might have seen this steak called "waterfall salad" on some menus. The name refers to the dripping (i.e., falling) of meat juices as it’s being grilled; so the one requirement for this dish is that the meat has to be grilled. There are two common types of nam tok: one made with pork, usually grilled pork jowl, and the other made with beef. Ingredients Ingredients for the Steak Marinade This marinade is a simplified version of my ultimate steak (...)

Epic Thai Red Curry Tacos!

by Thomas M. Tillman
Can You Cook Delicious Thai Food Without an Asian Grocery Store? Turns out not only is it possible, but this was one of the best things I've ever made on the show! Our good friends at the Thai Trade Centre Vancouver asked if I could make a recipe that uses only ingredients people can buy at their regular non-Asian grocery stores. No problem! Especially because nowadays most grocery stores stock at least a few basic Thai products. I was sure I would find coconut milk, at least one type of curry paste and fish sauce. Indeed those were what I found, but not much more! You Don't Need to Make a Traditional Dish to Enjoy Authentic Thai Flavours I decided to make a Thai taco with what I was able to find because I (...) Continue

Crab Fried Rice

by Thomas M. Tillman
The Most Popular Fried Rice in Thailand Yes, this is arguably the most popular type of fried rice in Thailand - so much so that there are restaurants in Thailand specializing only in this one dish. It's certainly my favourite fried rice, especially as a kid growing up in Thailand. Simple, unfussy, delicious, no vegetables to contend with; what else could a child ask for? Choosing the Right Crab Use good (...) Continue

Crispy Garlic Fish

by Thomas M. Tillman
There are a ton of fish in the sea, or the river, lake, or stream, and as a seafood/fish lover, it's easy to get lost in the variety of options available in the seafood section of my local grocery store. Two of the varieties I find myself bringing home most often are Trout and Salmon. While similar in texture, flavor, and appearance these two fish are quite different.(...) Continue

Thai "Laab" Salad for Your Leftover Roast

by Thomas M. Tillman
Laab is a very basic Thai salad made with a simple dressing of fish sauce, lime juice and roasted chili flakes. The defining element of a laab (and the most delicious part) is the toasted rice powder, which is easy to make using any kind of white rice, though traditionally it is done with Thai sticky rice. It is not laab without toasted rice powder! For a true laab(...) Continue