We all love Thai food, it is one of the main attractions of living in Thailand but there are so many different types of dish available that sometimes the choice can be somewhat overwhelming. This month we will look at some of the most popular stir-fry dishes that are available. You will find these dishes in almost every restaurant and, in many cases, sold as street food or from mobile carts that travel around the city.
Pad Kapow – Meat or Fish With Holy Basil
This is a particular favourite for many expats and tourists as it contains ingredients that most of us are familiar with. The most commonly used meats are pork and chicken but anything can be used. The dish contains garlic, meat, chilli, and, of course, Holy basil which is added right at the end of the cooking process. The dish is often served with a fried egg and you can add pik nam pla (fish sauce with chilli) to season the dish to your liking.
Khoa Pad – Fried Rice
Fried rice is a quick and easy dish to make and is something that is very filling. Almost any meats and seafood can be added to the dish along with vegetables. This is a great way of using up any unwanted leftovers whilst still creating a tasty meal. Again, this can be served with a variety of condiments so that you can get the dish just to your liking.
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Pad King – Meat with Ginger
Pad king (ginger) is usually made with chicken and is a very tasty option. Normally, garlic and chilli are also added making this a very healthy meal. Other meats can be used but tend not to go quite as well as with pork. This would usually be served alongside other dishes.
Perhaps one of the most famous Thai dishes is Pad Thai. This is a straightforward stir-fry dish that is often sold as street food and includes rice noodles, eggs, onions or shallots, garlic, chilli, peanuts and lime with shrimp, chicken or pork added. Other ingredients that are frequently used include tofu, tamarind, and fish sauce to the enhance taste.
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Pad Kana Moo Krob – Crispy Deep Fried Pork with Kale
If ever you have walked past a food cart or local restaurant there is a good chance that you have seen a large piece of belly pork that has been deep fried hanging up. This is often used to create a dish called Pad Kana Moo Krob and involves mixing kale, garlic, chilli, and sauces together with the pork to create a very tasty meal or snack.
Lad Na Moo – Thick Noodles Served With Pork
The Lad Na (noodles) are fried with a range of sauces and then removed from the pan whilst the pork is cooked with garlic. Once cooked, the noodles are returned to the pan along with a fairly thick sauce. This is quite mild but still very tasty. You can, of course, add fish sauce, chilli or Thai vinegar to get the dish just to your liking.