20 THAI RECIPES YOU MUST TRY BEYOND PAD THAI

20 THAI RECIPES YOU MUST TRY BEYOND PAD THAI

Sure, you’ve stocked your Thai pantry and you’ve mastered some classic dishes, like mango salad and Pad Thai. But branching out into other areas of Thai cuisine is easier than you think. 

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Whether you’re in the mood for vibrant Thai curries, crispy tod mun pla (Thai fish cakes) or something else entirely, we’re here to help you bring the tastes of Thailand to your kitchen with these Thai recipes. Here’s how. 

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Start with Classic Thai Soups and Salads

There’s nothing more satisfying than a refreshing salad in the summer, so use the warmer months as a chance to try out classic Thai salads. This Wing Bean Salad, or Yum Tuapu, combines chicken, shrimp, and eggs for a satisfying meal. Or try out this Cold Rice Noodle Salad with Spicy Lime Vinaigrette for an easy and refreshing lunch or weeknight side. 

Looking for something more comforting? Try a classic Thai soup. This fiery Thai Chicken and Coconut Soup, also called Tom Kha Gai, is a great place to start. A mix of lemongrass, ginger and crushed red pepper add intensely satisfying Thai flavour, while a creamy coconut milk base adds richness. Or go for a quick, hearty bowl of Beef Noodle Soup

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Make Next-Level Pad Thai and Noodles

Chances are, Pad Thai was one of your entry points to Thai cuisine. And if you’ve mastered traditional Pad Thai at home, you can up your Thai cooking skills by trying out different variations on this classic Thai recipe. 

Start with Easy Chicken Pad Thai. It has all the Thai flavours you love- Original Pad Thai Sauce, chopped peanuts, cilantro and lime. It also has protein and uses up those chicken breasts in your freezer!

Of course, Pad Thai isn’t the only way to enjoy Thai noodles. Branch out with this Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry with Rice Noodles and Basil. Thai basil infuses this dish with a subtle anise aroma, while fish sauce, garlic and Thai chilies add the classic Thai flavours you love. 

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Try Thai Fried Rice

Rice is a staple grain in Thai cuisine, and there’s no easier (and more delicious!) way to turn it into an entrée than with Thai fried rice. This classic Chicken Fried Rice recipe packs in plenty of flavour thanks to our Fish Sauce. And, because it can be made with any protein or vegetables in your fridge, it’s also endlessly adaptable!

Have leftover rice in the fridge? Turn it into Spicy Thai Fried Rice, or Khao Pad Goong, in just 20 minutes!

And if you want a fun twist on a classic Thai fried rice recipe? Try this Green Curry Fried Rice option. Made with Green Curry Paste, Coconut Milk and the protein and vegetables or your choice, it’s a great weeknight dinner for the whole family.

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Serve Up Thai Stir Fries and Curries

One-pot meals are the simplest way to get dinner on the table quickly, and Thai cuisine has plenty of options for busy weeknight meals. This Thai Beef and Peanut Stir Fry is both easy to make and intensely flavourful— Peanut Satay Sauce adds a luxurious touch to the quick meal! This Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry with Green Curry offers a simple-but-delicious alternative to takeout. 

Speaking of curries, explore Thai cuisine by trying out different curry bases. Pick up Thai Kitchen® Red Curry Paste, which gets its rich flavour and gorgeous hue from a mix of red chilies, to make Thai Red Curry and Red Curry Pork with Tomatoes. Or go with Thai Kitchen® Green Curry Paste, infused with lemongrass and fresh green chili, for creamy Green Curry Beef and Green Curry with Chicken Dumpling.

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Make Tasty Thai Sides and Starters

Finally, round out your Thai meals with finger foods, which work equally well for weeknight dinners as they do for entertaining. Try out traditional Thai Crispy Fish Cakes, also called Tod Mun Pla, for a satisfyingly crunchy side. Fresh Pork Salad Wraps are a great option for dinner parties, as guests can make their own wraps.

Or make homemade Thai spring rolls as a better-for-you alternative to takeout. These Chicken Spring Rolls or Green Curry Spring Rolls are simple to make and sure to please any crowd- then show off those spring roll-making skills on your Instagram feed!

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