This blog is about basic cooking. In Thailand we start the name of food from how it is cooked like Tom-Kha-Gai is coconut chicken soup which “Tom” mean soup for example. So I will tell you about all of the basic Thai cooking that we use the most. Starting with
- Tom : it means boil or soup. Most of this category of food have liquids as the main ingredient. We have a lot of menu from this category of cooking Ex. Tom Kha Gai is coconut chicken soup, Tom yum kung is famous Thai spicy shrimp soup, Tom Hed Hom is dry shitake mushroom soup and anything else that starts with the word Tom you can expect that it is a soup in Thai food.
We still have more I’ll tell you next time.
- Tod : It means fried any kind, deep fried, pan fried EX. “tod mon Pra” is Fried Fish Cakes ground fish mix with curry paste, thin slice green beans and deep fired. “Gai tod Kartaim prik Thai” Fried chicken with pepper garlic . I still have a lot more to tell you about Tod recipes in the future.
- Yum : Yum in Thai means spicy salad. Usually this category will cook the meat first (Some time not even cook the meat) and season with chili, lime juice and fish sauce. Also in this menu I included labb, som-tom, Num tok and anything else that uses the same category. Ex. “Yum won sen” is a spicy clear noodle salad.
- Ping-Yang : It means grill. This is my grandma’s favorite category of cooking (She loves to grill), because Thai food has to have a lot of flavor. So the key to our grilled food is marinade. We have different kinds of marinades that make the food amazing like “Satay”. This is used to marinate meat (Pork or chicken) with coconut and spices. "Gai yang” is a grilled chicken marinated with garlic and peppers. I will deliver the entire recipe from my grandma to you.
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- Anything else: it means anything else that I cannot put it in any category of cooking or a new style of cooking discovered, so I will put it in this category.
That’s all I can think of right now, if I have more I will post it later. I'll see you next time for Pad-Thai recipe!!!