Thai Street Food

Thai Chicken Satay and Peanut sauce. Serving Presentation

Thai Chicken Satay

The mere mention of the words “Chicken Satay” to someone who has travelled in Southeast Asia is enough to bring that far away look into their eyes, and for good reason. There has to be something special about a dish that can be found throughout the countries of the region, taking on national and local culinary characteristics on its travels and so often delivering on an incredible taste experience. It is invariably at its best as a street food rather than in a restaurant. Frequently, the Satay vendor’s stall may be providing the income for a whole family, and there is fierce competition for customers from other street food vendor’s. If you want to stay in business then your Satay has to be good, very good. The marinades and peanut sauce are always prepared by hand and closely guarded recipes are the norm in this business rather than the exception!

Thai Fish Cakes or Tod Mun Pla Serving Presentation

Thai Fish Cakes or Tod Mun Pla

Yes, yes, I know. Thai fish cakes are supposed to be round and flat. No worries, you can still use this recipe to make them as round and flat as you like. That is exactly what I have been doing with umpteen varieties of fish in an attempt to determine the most suitable type of fish to make Thai fish cakes. It got a little repetitive, so to relieve the boredom instead of making round and flat fish cakes I started to make some fishcakes that were, well, just round. These also have the advantage of being grilled rather than deep-fried which some people may prefer.

Thai Green Curry Chicken Wrap Serving suggestion

Thai Green Curry Chicken Wrap

I’m that rarest of creatures; a Thai who loves Indian food. Believe me, if you live in a Bangkok condominium, and want to fall out with your neighbours, there is no better way to do it than to cook lamb Rogan Josh. The aromas will escape despite all your precautions and you will encounter a frosty silence the next time you step into the elevator. Been there, done it, got the T-shirt!
In the UK I’ve developed a particular affection for chicken tikka wraps. This normally follows a night in the local pub and the realisation that I’ve managed to survive several hours without food, another very uncommon trait for a Thai!

Miang Kham ingredients for wrap

Miang Kham

I come from north-east Thailand, a region also known as Issan. Every year there is a festival called Bun Bang Fai  which is held to celebrate the coming of the rainy season so essential to our rice crops. It takes place over three days starting with Buddhist ceremonies and traditional dancing, by the second day events become far more raucous thanks to the liberal use of alcohol and the Thai desire for “sanook” which means “fun” in English. This means by the third day most of those taking part awake with huge hangovers for which the most popular cure is usually more beer or rice whisky. It is at that stage that they stuff huge tubes with around 100 kg of gunpowder which they then haul up rickety wooden scaffolds and launch their rockets into the sky. Or not:-)

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