If you’ve been to Thailand I know you’ve had Pad Thai. It’s a right of passage, like buckets at the beach or getting scammed by a tuk tuk driver. Now you can have a lighter version of Pad Thai right at home, though if you live in Thailand I imagine you’ll be able to get some while you’re out and about this weekend. If you’re not in Thailand you can follow this authentic Pad Thai recipe and feel like you ARE in Thailand. The image will take you to the recipe:
Gaeng Kiew Waan Gai or Green Curry Chicken is one of the more famous dishes from Thailand, ranking right up there with Pad Thai or Tom Yum Goong for visibility and popularity. After learning how to make your own green curry paste yesterday, it only makes sense that I let you know how to make at least one dish with the curry paste, and here it is. Actually it is far more than one dish, because you could substitute beef, pork, shrimp, fish, or even vegetables for the chicken in this recipe and still have a smashing good dish. Clicking the image will take you there:
If you can’t find green curry paste where you live, or you simply want your green curry dishes to have a fresh flavor where you control the spice levels then give this recipe a try for making your own Gaeng Kiew or green curry right in the comfort of your own home. The image below will take you to the recipe:
You know those great fried banana snacks you can get all over Thailand. The ones with the crunchy coating and soft, warm, sweet banana? Well, you can make those fried bananas right at home if you don’t have access to a Thai street vendor or marketplace and to learn how all you need to do is click the image below:
I have to say that I haven’t seen this particular dish in any Thai restaurants, but it comes to me from Golf, so I’m certain it is at least Thai style. If you’re a fan of the garlic pepper ribs that can be had in many Thai restaurants, then you’re also sure to love this version of garlic fried baby back ribs, which in addition to garlic also features turmeric and coriander seeds. Click the image if you want the recipe:
While it isn’t technically a Thai dish, you’ll find that this cilantro lime rice actually pairs quite well with Thai food. As you may already know, both cilantro and lime are featured in many Thai dishes, and the combination helps brighten rice that could otherwise be bland and uninteresting. Go ahead and click the image for the recipe. It’s a quick and easy way to boost the flavor of your rice.
While it is well known as a Thai dessert around the world, in Thailand sticky rice and mango isn’t really all that common in my experience. Perhaps because the Thais seem to prefer unripe mango with the salt, sugar, chili dip. If you’re craving the fresh, creamy, sweet taste of mango sticky rice look no further than the image below (click image for full recipe).
It’s mid-afternoon, you’re hungry, hot and tired, and you need a boost. To the rescue comes Moo Ping with a little bag of sticky rice. As you know from your travels around Thailand, this grilled pork appetizer can be found nearly anywhere and it’s a great way to replenish your failing energy while out and about. Click the image to learn how you can make Moo Ping at home, and wow your friends with your Thai cooking skills.
I know if you live in Thailand you can get sticky rice on darn near every corner, and if you have a Thai wife or girlfriend she can easily whip some up for you at the drop of a hat.
If you aren’t living in Thailand though, here’s a way to make sticky rice without the traditional bamboo steamer. If you love your sticky rice like we do you might just thank me for this.
Because plain old laab isn’t enough, here’s a version that I personally love – laab moo tod, or fried balls of pork laab. The crunchy exterior and soft spicy interior is a great way to start a meal, and they go down great with an ice cold beer. Click the pic.
After our kickoff recipe of spring rolls, we would like you to have a look at the famous Issan dish of Laab Moo. It is a spicy combination of pork, shallots, chili, limes and other aromatics and if you’ve been to Thailand I’m sure you are familiar with this version as well as the many other types of laab that are available. Again, you can click on the photo below to see the full recipe and post.
So, Golf and I decided that we would try our hands at blogging about food. The new site can be found at http://coolcathotfood.com and features a mix of Western and Asian inspired dishes. Those of you already living in Thailand might find some inspiration from the Western foods, while those who haven’t made the move to Thailand will certainly benefit from Golf’s authentic take on Thai classic dishes.
So, today I give you Thai spring rolls, which as you know can be found on nearly every street in Bangkok, but I assure you that there are better than any street vendor spring rolls. For the full recipe simply click on the picture.
Pattaya is, as anyone with any familiarity with Thailand knows, renowned for its nightlife. The party atmosphere in most Pattaya bars never stops and it really is a place that every nightlife-lover should experience at least once in his or her lifetime. Having said that, there are many other dimensions to the nightlife, it’s not just about late-night partying. Many bars are, for example, just great venues to kick back and relax, or enjoy a meal… or two!
A selection of slower paced Pattaya Bars
There are literally hundreds of bars in Pattaya and regardless of whether or not you know where to go, you will find plenty of entertainment to suit your needs. That is true regardless of your age, your nationality, your music preferences or your food preferences. There are places for singles, places for couple and places for entire families to while away the night.
Since there are already an endless number of reports covering all the crazy late-night stuff that goes on in the bars of Pattaya, I thought a sober reflection on some of the more peaceful options might be in order.
The bar in the Picture above is my favourite bar of all. It is called the Pattaya Beer Garden and it is found at the end of the pier on Beach Road (just before Walking Street). This place is perfect for quality food at low prices in a romantic setting.
Since Pattaya bay is west facing, you get to see the sunset over the sea and that gives lots of photo opportunities. The music played here tends to be Western pop music, anything from the 1980’s to the current time. The menu has a wide selection of Thai and Western food and both are well prepared (quite unusual for the restaurants here as most restaurants tend to excel in either one or the other).
For an altogether different sort of bar, there are a number of converted Volkswagen Camper vans dotted around the city. I really like this sort of thing; if you are from a cold northern hemisphere country you’ll probably agree that there’s something relaxing about the whole outdoor lifestyle in Thailand. That outdoor aspect is typical of most Pattaya bars and it’s something you don’t get in countries with cold climates. A converted Camper van with a few tables and a mobile sound system belting out some songs helps me to kick my shoes off, sit back and enjoy!
Another good thing is that, if you like a smoke, the outdoor aspect means that you don’t have to worry about any no-smoking signs! I don’t care much for cigarettes, but I am a fan of the sheesha (tobacco and molasses) that many of the bars sell.
You can even relax in the busier, louder Pattaya bars throughout the city. With temperatures rarely falling below 22 Celsius (even at the dead of night during the coolest months), you’ll find that most people head out into the nightlife wearing shorts, t-shirt and sandals… it’s all really informal and laid-back… and I love it!
This video is insane, especially if you are scared of snakes. I’m not particularly scared, but I’m not too crazy about them either, especially if they are sharing my living quarters. The worst we’ve had here in Bangkok is some ants and the occasional cockroach. This video of 56 cobras in a home in Krabi is totally off the hook. If you are comng to Thailand and don’t like snakes you should probably stay in Bangkok!