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Thai Vegan Recipes >
See below our index of Thai recipes that are suitable for vegans, and more information on Thai food below:
Background on Thai Food
Thai cuisine has been heavily influenced by Chinese and Indian cuisines. However, unlike Chinese food, Thai dishes often make prodiguous use of chillies. And unlike Indian food which uses dried herbs and powdered spices, Thai meals use fresh herbs and spices.
When experiencing food in Thailand for the first time, one can be forgiven for thinking that some dishes are rather unsophisticated or overpowering in their delivery of flavours. However, a good Thai dish is a harmonious blend of spiciness, sweetness and sourness.
There are 4 regional cuisines that make up Thai food; these are Northern, Eastern (Isaan), Central and Southern. Reputedly, southern Thai food is the spiciest, although after experiencing authentic Isaan food, one could easily be mistaken! There are also a number of highly refined dishes known as Royal Thai Cuisine which were developed and cooked only for the Thai royal family.
Many Thai recipes are suitable for vegans or can easily be adapted. Typical ingredients to look out for are fish sauce, oyster sauce, shrimp paste and egg, which are sometimes used in otherwise vegan foods. The easiest way to get around this is to ask for "Ahaan jay" (“อาหาร เจ”), which is something close to 'vegan' in meaning.
Some popular Thai recipes that can be made for vegans and vegetarians (i.e. with vegetables ('Pak') and/or firm tofu ('Taohoo kaeng') include Green Curry ('Gaeng kiao waan'), Paneng Curry ('Gaeng Panaeng'), Massaman Curry ('Gaeng massaman'), Red Curry ('Gaeng pet'), Sour curry ('Gaeng som'), Yellow Curry ('Gaeng lueang'), Pineapple Curry ('Gaeng khua saparot'), Morning glory in yellow bean paste ('Pak bung fai daeng'), Fried mushrooms with Thai holy basil, chillies and garlic ('Pad grapaow hed'), Hot and Sour Soup ('Tom yum'), Spicy Coconut Milk Soup ('Tom kha'), Glass Noodle Salad ('Yam woon saen'), Traditional Noodles with tofu ('Pad Thai'), Stir-fried spicy noodles with chilli and basil ('Pad kee mao'), Stir-fried noodles with soy sauce ('Pad si-ew'), Stir-fried noodles in bean gravy ('Raad naa'), Spicy green papaya salad with peanuts ('Som tam Thai'), Spicy Waterfall Noodles ('Kuaytiaw nam tok'). 'Khao niao mamuang' is a wonderful dessert that you can find on most city streets; it is made from sweet mango, sticky rice and cocnut milk and sesame seeds.
Some herbs and spices that are central to Thai cookery include green and red chillies, lime and kaffir lime leaves, lemongrass, holy basil, galangal (a type of ginger), garlic, shallots, turmeric, and soy sauce. Typical vegetables include carrot, eggplants, tomato, bean sprouts, cucumber, green beans, pumpkin, Chinese kale, water spinach, and bok choy. There are also many varieties of mushroom. Fruits of Thailand include durian, banana, water melon, mango, papaya, jackfruit, mangosteen, longan, pomelo, coconut and pineapple.
In October each year, Thailand celebrates a vegetarian festival for 10 days, when nearly all restaurants will offer vegetarian/vegan dishes on their menus.
Unlike the peoples of many Asian countries that use chopsticks or their hands to eat their food, Thais prefer to dine with a fork and spoon. Most dishes are served with rice or a variety of noodles, and a selection of condiments including soy sauce, sugar, chilli slices in vinegar, and dried chili flakes. We hope to bring you more vegan Thai recipes soon.
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