'Tom Vandenberghe and Eva Verplaetse' on Serious Eats
This Crispy Fish and Green Mango Salad from Bangkok Street Food is a dish that you'll most likely never seen on the menu of your local Thai joint. And it's quite a shame since this intriguing combo of crisp-smoky fried fish served with salty-spicy green mango salad is pretty outrageous. The layers of texture and flavor are all over the place in the best possible way, with the sour dressing working its way into the crunchy little fish cake and the mango salad tying it all together with crunchy veggies and punchy heat.
Basil is serious business in Thai cooking, so much that there are three different cultivars used in distinct dishes. This Stir-Fried Chicken with Holy Basil from Bangkok Street Food by Tom Vandenberghe and Eva Verplaetse calls for bai krapao (holy basil), a favorite for stir-frying. Holy basil is heartier with a peppery nose that can stand up to the big flavors like the chiles, garlic, and fish sauce in this dish.
[Photograph: Luk Thys] Reprinted with permission from Bangkok Street Food by Tom Vandenberghe and Eva Verplaetse. Copyright © 2010. Published by Lannoo. Available wherever books are sold. All rights reserved....
At most Thai joints, the papaya salad is rarely one of the more memorable plates. Swimming in a cloyingly sugary dressing or wilted beyond recognition, these sub-par salads do nothing to showcase the vibrancy of a truly exemplary Green Papaya Salad. To experience the salad the way it's meant to be enjoyed, we turn to Tom Vandenberghe and Eva Verplaetse, the Thai food-loving co-authors of Bangkok Street Food.
This recipe from Bangkok Street Food comes from years of on-the-street research—that is,loads of spicy-fresh papaya salads made streetside, pounded with a mortar and pestle for optimal enjoyment. Aside from the papaya and a really fabulous dressing of chiles, garlic, and fish sauce, this salad calls for a few other veggies: long beans and Thai eggplant. Finished off with a handful of roasted peanuts and chewy dried shrimp, this papaya salad is tasty on so many levels—crisp, hot, sweet, crunchy, and fishy in the best possible way.
Isan, a rural area located in northeastern Thailand, is a place where salad magic happens. It's the birthplace of the wonderfully fresh green papaya salad as well as meatier options like this Grilled Beef Salad. Adapted from Bangkok Street Food by Tom Vandenberghe and Eva Verplaetse, this salad is best enjoyed with chargrilled tenderloin but a stovetop sear will do the trick in a pinch.
[Photograph: Luk Thys] Adapted from Bangkok Street Food by Tom Vandenberghe and Eva Verplaetse, this salad is best enjoyed with chargrilled tenderloin but a stovetop sear will do the trick in a pinch. Once you've grilled your steak (nice and...