Stir Fry

Phad Ga Prao / Stir fry with basil leaves ผัดกะเพรา

Stir fried basil – Phad Ga Prao – ผัดกะเพรา

What does a Thai person order when in doubt? Exactly, Phad Ga Prao. Often with minced pork, but as well with a myriad of other proteins like chicken, fish and shrimp.

It’s a really easy dish to prepare and really difficult to ruin.
You can find this dish in many different spellings on the English version of the menus in Thailand, like Pad Ka Prao, Phad Kra Pao and many more but the one most closely resembling the Thai pronunciation is probably the Pad Ga Prao.

Holy Basil

holy basil phad ga prao recipe
The main ingredient, holy basil or “Bai Ga Prao” is sometimes not easy to find in Western countries. However, due to it’s medicinal properties it gets more and more widely available. It’s possible to replace it with Thai sweet basil / purple basil but it’s just not the real thing. The flower is in appearance closer to the European basil than sweet basil and the most distinctive feature are the jagged edges of the leaves. It is home to tropical Asia and has been grown here for more than 3,000 years.

The recipe shown is the most popular version of this dish: Phad Ga Prao Moo with “moo” meaning pork in Thai.

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Phad Ga Prao / Stir fry with basil leaves
Cooking Class Pad Ka Prao
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Thai
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Thai
Servings
Ingredients
Cooking Class Pad Ka Prao
Instructions
  1. Ingredients for the dish
    Cooking Class Pad Ka Prao Ingredients
  2. Heat the oil in a wok and add garlic and chillies
    Cooking Class Oil, crushed Garlic and Chilli
  3. Add minced porc
    Add Minced Pork
  4. Add soy sauce, dark soy sauce...
    Cooking Class Pad Ka Prao 4 Soy Sauce,black Soy Sauce,oyster Sauce,half Tea Spoon Of Sugar And Water
  5. Cooking Class Pad Ka Prao 5 Mix Well And Taste It Add Basil And Red Peppers
  6. Phad Ga Prao is served with rice and often with a fried egg on top
Curry

Phanaeng Curry Paste

Coooking Lesson – Phanaeng Curry Paste (น้ำพริกแกงพะแนง)

The shown recipe is for a slightly altered version of the original Phanaeng Curry Paste. Joy is leaving the shrimp paste away, which is difficult to obtain in western countries and not that great to handle because of its pungent smell. Another advantage of leaving the shrimp paste away is, that this makes the Curry Paste suitable for vegetarian and vegan cuisine.
This Phanaeng Curry Paste works perfect with Joy’s Phanaeng Curry recipe. This is as well an alteration of the original Thai recipe and very popular with our students.

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Phanaeng Curry Paste
Instructions
  1. The shown amounts are sufficient for about 10 portions, depending on how spice you would like the dish to be
    Ingredients Phanaeng Curry Paste
  2. First mince the wet ingredients which are: dried chilies soaked in water, lemon grass, red onions, garlic, galangal, ginger and tumeric.
  3. ...until it looks like this and put aside
    ready to put aside
  4. Roast the dry ingredients for the curry paste which are: coriander seeds, cumin seeds, black pepper and dried chilies
    Roasted Coriander Seeds,cumin Seeds,dried Chilli And Black Pepper And Crush To The Powder
  5. After roasting put the dry ingredients in the mortar and grind them
    Dry ingredients in the mortar
  6. ...until it looks like this
  7. Now it's time to mix the pre prepared dry and wet ingredients together
    Mix well
  8. To save time you can now use a blender with hardly any impact on the taste
  9. Heat up some cooking oil, add the paste, stir well and add some coconut milk for the creamier texture and bring to boil
  10. Here the finished result
    Done
Curry

Massaman Curry

Cooking Lesson – Massaman Curry (มัสมั่น)

Massaman Curry is a relatively mild, but rich Thai curry which is actually a Thai interpretation of a Persian dish. You can find is as well on many menus written as Matsaman, Mussulman or even Muslim Curry since it is believed that the name refers to the Muslims.
Where the dish really originates from is disputed. Some think it is coming from Central Thailand, namely the court of Ayutthaya. Others believe that it is a Southern Thai dish, influenced by Malay and Indian cuisine.
The most common variety of Massaman Curry is Massaman Curry Chicken with other varieties being beef, duck, mutton and goat. Porc is not very often used, since it is “haram”, meaning forbidden, for muslims.
The Massaman Curry paste is quite different to the other common curry pastes in the Thai cuisine. This is due to the use of rather non typical spices in the paste like Cardamom, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, star anise, bay leaves, nutmeg and mace. These ingredients came from the Malay Archipelago and South Asia, a trade route dominated at the time by Muslim traders from the middle east. These ingredients were then combined with local produce spices which are used in the other Thai curry pastes like dried chili peppers, lemongrass, coriander seeds, shrimp paste, galangal, white pepper, shallots and garlic.
If you are a curry fan check out our other curry recipes like Phanaeng Curry, Green Curry and Yellow Curry. If you did the cooking class with Joy you should be able to prepare them after the recipe shown.

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Massaman Curry
Instructions
  1. Heat up the oil in a suitable pan or wok
  2. Add onions and potatoes and fry them until the onions are soft
    potatoes and onions
  3. Add the curry paste and mix it all up
  4. Add the chicken cubes and keep stirring
    Added Curry paste and chicken
  5. Add the coconut milk
    Add the coconut milk
  6. Add salt and some water until everything is covered.
    Add water and salt
  7. Bring to boil and simmer it until the potatoes are cooked - if necessary add more water and coconut milk
    Cook until potatoes are soft
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Spring Rolls

Cooking Class – Popiah (ปอเปี๊ยะ)

In this cooking lesson we are preparing one of the Thai versions of a worldwide popular starter and snack: Popiah, which is the name for spring rolls in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan and Thailand.
Spring rolls are rolled and filled appetizers which come in a large variety. Its origins are from China. The Chinese chūn juǎn (春卷) literally translated means “spring roll” and comes from a pancake filled with fresh spring vegetables.
Cooking Class - small variety spring roll
The popiah we are preparing in this cooking class is the fried one, the most common variety in Thailand. If our cooking students are interested, we teach as well the tiny snack variety shown in the picture. Other varieties of Popiah are “Salad Rolls”. This is often the choice or our more health oriented vegetarian students. The difference to the spring rolls described here is merely that it’s rolled in a different pastry and not deep fried. This way to prepare spring rolls is more common in Vietnam, which is the reason that the pastry used is called “Vietnamese spring roll pastry”. It actually is just rice paper.
For now have fun with the popiah cooking class.

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Spring Rolls
Spring Roll Cooking Lesson 01
Course Snack
Cuisine Thai
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Course Snack
Cuisine Thai
Servings
Ingredients
Spring Roll Cooking Lesson 01
Instructions
  1. defrost the spring roll sheets (pastry)
    Spring roll pastry
  2. Soak the glass noodles for about 10 minutes
  3. Heat oil in a wok or pan
  4. Add all the vegetables and stir fry them for a short time
  5. Add sugar, soy sauce, salt and glass noodles and stir until glass noodles are cooked
  6. Put aside at let cool down a bit
    Spring Roll Cooking Lesson
  7. Take the spring roll sheets out and start wrapping them like learned in the cooking class
    Cooking class rolling spring rolls
  8. Deep fry the spring rolls
  9. Get rid of excess oil and serve
    Spring Roll Cooking Lesson
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Fried Rice

Cooking Course recipe – Fried Rice (ข้าวผัด)

Fried rice is originally coming from China and probably is the most known food export from this marvelous cuisine. It first became a staple dish in almost all surrounding countries and then made it’s way all around the world in myriads of different ways to prepare.
In this cooking lesson we will prepare Fried Rice Chicken. Of course in the variety how fried rice developed in Thailand. Like many other Thai dishes you can cook Fried Rice with a variety of meats. Seafood or just vegetarian with tofu is an option as well. The main difference to the Chinese original is the choice of rice. In Thailand this dish is prepared with Jasmine Rice instead of regular long-grain rice.
The Thai name (ข้าวผัด) is pronounced Khao Phat. Khao means “rice” in Thai, and Phad “being stir-fried.
Thai fried rice is usually served with some lime and sliced cucumber as a side.
Now it is time to get hands on experience. Have fun with this lesson of our cooking course.

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Cooking Class Fried Rice
Cooking Lesson Fried Rice
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Central Thai, Thai
Servings
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Central Thai, Thai
Servings
Cooking Lesson Fried Rice
Instructions
  1. Preheat a large wok or a large pan to medium heat
  2. Pour coconut oil or vegetable oil in
  3. Add garlic and fry until yellow
  4. Add chicken and fry until cooked, add egg and keep frying.
  5. Add carrots, baby corn, cabbage and peas and fry until all the vegetables are soft
  6. Add the steamed rice
  7. Add the soy sauce and the sugar and add at last the tomatoes and the spring onions
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No Name

Thai Cooking Class – No Name Vegetable (โนเนมผัก)

Hardly found in any restaurant outside of Thailand, this cooking class is about a Thai snack, which is very popular with westerners, visiting the island destinations in the South of the country. The dish literally has no name in Thailand. It is a snack originating out of times of poverty, when people scrambled to make a living. This dish was made out of scraps. The name is probably not older than a few decades. It probably was named when American soldiers on leave from the Vietnam War were asking for the name of the dish. The Thai script in the title sounds “No Name Pak” with “Pak” meaning “vegetable”.
In our recipe for the cooking class is already mentioned in the ingredients “… and more vegetables of your choice” which can be taken face value – just experiment with any scraps you have at hand. They work as well with minced meats like pork and chicken and as a more sophisticated variety with prawns.
This snack is served with some tomatoes and lettuce. As a sauce you are usually given the same sweet chilly sauce which accompanies spring rolls when ordered in a restaurant. On our picture the sauce is a homemade sweet chilly sauce which preparation we will show you in another Thai Cooking Class recipe. If you like, you can prepare the curry paste yourself: Red Curry Paste

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Cooking Class No Name
Cooking Class No Name Ingredients
Course Snack
Cuisine Thai
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Course Snack
Cuisine Thai
Servings
Ingredients
Cooking Class No Name Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Have your ingredients ready. The 2 little bowls on the plate are the Red Curry Paste and the finely chopped lime leaves. Behind the plate you see the tempura and rice flour.
    No Name ingredients
  2. Add all the vegetables, egg, red curry paste, salt and sugar into a bowl. If you are vegan, just leave the egg away.
  3. Add tempura and rice flour
  4. Add a little bit of cold water and mix well
    No Name Thai Cooking Recipe
  5. Heat up the cooking oil in a pan
  6. Add more flour if it is too wet and start spooning it into the hot oil. Just take spoon full and scoop the mixture off the spoon with another spoon or fork.
  7. Fry until golden brown
    Cooking Class No Name frying
  8. Serve with sweet chilly sauce and decoration to your liking
    No Name Serving Example
Curry

Phanaeng Curry Chicken

Thai Cooking Lesson – Phanaeng (พะแนง) Curry Chicken

The Phanaeng (or Panang, Penang) Curry is originating from central Thailand and the recipe goes back hundreds of years. The word Phanaeng comes from the Khmer language meaning cross, mostly used for a cross-legged seating position. Traditionally the chicken was placed in a cross legged position upright on the grill. The chicken was bathed in the curry paste with grounded peanuts and then brushed with the same mixture over the whole cooking process. Later the process was simplified by cutting up the chicken in large pieces and, instead of being prepared on the grill, it went to the pot where it was cooked in the sauce. In this cooking lesson you will learn how to cook the Phanaeng Curry Chicken or, if you are vegetarian, Phanaeng Curry can be prepared as well as a vegetarian dish with Tofu.
At home you can use the now widely available ready made pastes. However, more tasty is of course to make your Phanaeng Curry Paste from scratch.

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Penang Curry Chicken
Cooking Class Penang Curry
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Central Thai, Thai
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Central Thai, Thai
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings
person
Ingredients
Cooking Class Penang Curry
Instructions
  1. Ingredients for one portion. As you can see there is quite a bit more curry paste than a tea spoon. One tea spoon is for a European palate with very little tolerance for spicy food. Just start with a tea spoon and add more if you like it more spicy. You can always add more paste until the very end of the recipe. Just keep in mind that you can't reverse the process :-). As for the vegetables the amounts can vary as well according to taste.
  2. Fry the curry paste with the oil in a wok
    Phanaeng Curry Chicken Recipe
  3. Add coconut milk until all the paste is covered
    Phanaeng Curry Chicken Recipe
  4. Bring to boil
    Phanaeng Curry Chicken Recipe
  5. Add baby corn and carrots and a bit of water. Add oyster sauce, sugar and salt. Bring to boil again.
  6. Add chicken and stir it in.
    Phanaeng Curry Chicken Recipe
  7. Add sliced lime leaves and pineapple and bring to boil and add more coconut milk and fish sauce
    Phanaeng Curry Chicken Recipe
  8. Add the sliced long beans and chilly peppers
    Phanaeng Curry Chicken Recipe
  9. Serve with rice
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Morning Glory

Thai Cooking Lesson – Morning Glory ผักบุ้ง

Thai Cooking Lesson Morning Glory
The Morning Glory used for this dish is Ipomoea aquatica, also known as Water Morning Glory or Water Spinach. It is very popular in SE Asian countries as a side or main dish. In most states of the US it is prohibited to cultivate, since it is regarded as a pest but in Texas it is allowed to be grown for personal consumption due to its undeniable culinary potential. This is nothing to worry about, since the consumption is not illegal. Water Morning Glory is now available all over the world at your favorite Asia shop.
A few years ago, when Sairee on Koh Tao still was a swamp in parts, there was a restaurant which was able to harvest their daily supply of the vegetable in a little swamp pond I could see from my office. That stuff really grows like a weed 😉
However, it is a truly popular dish here in Thailand, and, since it is missing on most menus of Thai restaurants abroad, it is a must to taste if you are in the country, and an easy done recipe to learn in your Thai cooking course with Joy.

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Morning Glory
Morning Glory Recipe
Cuisine Thai
Keyword morning glory
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Cuisine Thai
Keyword morning glory
Servings
Ingredients
Morning Glory Recipe
Instructions
  1. Chop the Morning Glory to 1 1/2 " (4 cm)
    Morning Glory Recipe
  2. Crush garlic and chilly (amount to your liking or none) in a mortar
    Morning Glory Recipe
  3. Put sugar, soy sauce, oyster sauce, soy bean paste, crushed garlic and chilly on top of the morning glory
  4. Add a little water to the plate and heat oil in a wok
  5. Make sure the wok is evenly hot. Pour the content of the plate in and stir fry for a short time. If the morning glory turns black you stir fried it too long - start again 😛
    Morning Glory Recipe
  6. Ready to serve
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Thai Ginger Chicken

Thai cooking course – Phad King Gai (ผัดขิงไก่)

Thai Ginger Chicken is a Chinese influenced Thai dish with high popularity all over the country and in Laos. Phad King is as well prepared with a variety of other meats like pork and beef or as well vegetarian with tofu. The most important ingredient is the Ginger which gives this Thai dish it’s unique characteristic taste. It is served with rice.

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Thai Ginger Chicken
The pictures show a slight variation of the recipe with no mushrooms, but sweet corn and a few other amendments. Feel free to experiment yourself since ingredients for every recipe in the world are not written in stone, but a very important thing in good cooking is choosing the freshest ingredients.
Cooking lesson koh tao
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Cooking lesson koh tao
Instructions
  1. Heat oil in a pan and add garlic, ginger and onions
    cooking class phase 1
  2. Then add chicken. Stir until it is cooked.
    Cooking Class Phad King Gai Phase 2
  3. Now you start to add all the sauces - first soy sauce and dark soy sauce
    Add soy sauce and dark soy sauce
  4. Add sugar and a bit of water. Heat until it boils.
    Sugar and Water
  5. Then add oyster sauce and mushrooms.
    add mushrooms
  6. Taste it and add more sauce if it still doesn't taste right.
  7. At the last minute add red pepper and spring onions.
    At last add spring onions and red peppers
  8. Stir a bit, then turn off gas
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Phad Thai

Thai cooking with Joy recipe:

Phad Thai – ” ผัดไทย “

A stir fried rice noodle dish found on literally every single night market in Thailand. Phad Thai is a real street food classic. It is pretty much a national dish, though not with a very long history. It became popular in Thailand during, and after world war II.
The recipe shown here is with the original preparation of the Tamarind Sauce, like taught in our Thai cooking lessons with Joy. It is possible to substitute this with the commonly available Tamarind paste.
Recently the Tourism Authority of Thailand published a video about this popular Thai dish:

The phase pictures in the recipe show preparing the sauce for about 4 portions at once, while the phase pictures for the Phad Thai itself show the preparation for only one portion.  To have a good result, please don’t do more than  one portion at a time or the noodles will stick together.

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Phad Thai - " ผัดไทย "
Cooking Class Phad Thai Goong
Cuisine Thai
Servings
People
Ingredients
Phad Thai Sauce
Phad Thai
Cuisine Thai
Servings
People
Ingredients
Phad Thai Sauce
Phad Thai
Cooking Class Phad Thai Goong
Instructions
Phad Thai Sauce
  1. Mix tamarind with some water and use only the liquid, like learned in the cooking course, put aside. On the pic are the ingredients: Tamarind and the finished Tamarind Sauce, Palm Sugar, Red Onions and Salt.
    Phad Thai Sauce Ingredients
  2. Heat cooking oil in a pot and fry the red onions in it until golden brown.
  3. Add tamarind sauce, palm sugar and salt. Mix well.
  4. Add water, bring to boil and put aside
Phad Thai
  1. Ingredients
  2. Fry the garlic and add the egg(s) and stir until a little solid.
  3. Add Phad Thai Sauce with the noodles. Make sure that the Phad Thai sauce covers the noodles. Bring to boil and let it simmer until the noodles are cooked. At this point most of the liquid should have evaporated
  4. Add Cabbage and Carrots. Mix well.
  5. Add prawns, bean sprouts and chives. Stir well. Add soy sauce and be careful not to overcook the prawns.
  6. Ready to serve