In a foodie generation, we find ourselves craving bout every variety of food. Unfortunately, a foodie isn’t born with master chef skills. Maybe you and your husband have tried out most of the Asian restaurants near you. Or maybe you’re tired of forking over $20 every time you crave your favorite Thai dish. These classic Thai recipes are the first step to the two of you becoming master chefs, not to mention satisfied diners. And they’re guaranteed to help you work on your spice tolerance.
- Pad Thai. Chances are, you’ve ordered this at a Thai restaurant, but the American version of this popular Thai dish is like comparing tomatoes to ketchup. If you aspire to authenticity, try Savory Sweet Life’s authentic version of this traditional noodle dish.
- The Spruce’s Thai Heavenly Pineapple Fried Rice. Fried rice is a staple in Thailand, and when you’ve tried this recipe, you’ll see why. The pineapple makes this dish a great mix of savory and sweet, and if you’re the kind of person to play with your food, you can even serve it the traditional way: right from the pineapple. Also, since this one’s vegetarian and vegan, it’ll sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
- Thai salad with peanut dressing. This recipe from Once Upon a Chef is packed with unique vegetables and spices, including cabbage, edamame, and cilantro that add a flavor punch and a great crunch. The peanut dressing gives this dish the familiar and hearty Thai flavor.
- Thai basil chicken. You can find it in almost every restaurant or street food stand in Thailand. After you try this dish you’ll understand why. This recipe from Eating Thai Food is Simple, nutritious, and packed with flavor. Most often, it’s ludicrously spicy, so if you’re all about that, go for it. But the basil adds enough flavor if you’d rather spare your taste buds. With a fried egg added on top, you’ll be full for hours.
- Papaya salad. This is a hugely popular dish, especially among women in Thailand, and rightly so. It’s super healthy, but the green papayas and (very) spicy dressing make you forget that. Raw fish or salted crab is the go-to add in if you’re in Thailand, but dried shrimp is a common (and less smelly) alternative.
- Pad See Ew. Another hit from Thailand. It’s made with rice noodles and sautéed meat and vegetables. Rasa Malaysia’s recipe is easy to make with a few authentic ingredients, and who could say no to a fifteen minute prep time?
- Summer rolls. This light dish, also known as spring rolls, is super healthy. With Genius Kitchen’s recipe of fresh cilantro, mint, lime juice, chili, and garlic, this meal practically hums with flavor. You might have to take out your entire pantry for this recipe, but you won’t regret the result.
- Chicken satay. Make this street food favorite from the comfort of your kitchen with Food Network’s simple recipe. This is another healthy option disguised by a combination of spices that won’t disappoint you. The marinated grilled chicken with yet more spicy peanut sauce makes a protein-packed delicacy.