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Curry Noodles With Chicken (Kuai-Tiao Kaeng Sai Kai) From 'Simple Thai Food'

Cook the Book Kate Williams 2 comments

Scratch-made chicken curry is a thing of beauty, with far greater complexity than anything that comes out of a jar. Add supple rice noodles and an array of toppings, and consider me satisfied for the next week. More

Kari (Yellow) Curry Paste (Nam Phrik Kaeng Kari) From 'Simple Thai Food'

Serious Eats Kate Williams 2 comments

Use this yellow curry paste in Leela Punyaratabandhu's curry noodles with chicken in her new cookbook, Simple Thai Food. More

Red Curry Paste (Nam Phrik Kaeng Phet) From 'Simple Thai Food'

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Use this fiery curry paste in Leela Punyaratabandhu's curry noodles with chicken in her new cookbook, Simple Thai Food. More

Curry Noodles With Chicken (Kuai-Tiao Kaeng Sai Kai) From 'Simple Thai Food'

Serious Eats Kate Williams 6 comments

Scratch-made chicken curry is a thing of beauty, with far greater complexity than anything that comes out of a jar. Add supple rice noodles and an array of toppings, and consider me satisfied for the next week. More

Grilled Steaks With Roasted Tomato Dipping Sauce (Crying Tiger, or Suea Rong Hai Kap Jaeo Ma-Khuea Thet) From 'Simple Thai Food'

Cook the Book Kate Williams 5 comments

Like son-in-law eggs, this "crying tiger" dish of grilled steak with spicy tomato sauce has a mysterious name. No one really knows if the tiger is crying because the steaks are good or bad, or if the sauce is just so spicy that it generates tears. I'm inclined to believe the latter, because if you're grilling rib-eye, it'd be a shame to serve it tough. More

Grilled Steaks With Roasted Tomato Dipping Sauce (Crying Tiger, or Suea Rong Hai Kap Jaeo Ma-Khuea Thet) From 'Simple Thai Food'

Serious Eats Kate Williams 2 comments

Like son-in-law eggs, this "crying tiger" dish of grilled steak with spicy tomato sauce has a mysterious name. No one really knows if the tiger is crying because the steaks are good or bad, or if the sauce is just so spicy that it generates tears. I'm inclined to believe the latter, because if you're grilling rib-eye, it'd be a shame to serve it tough. More

Pork in Spicy Dressing With Iced Broccoli Stems (Mu Manao) From 'Simple Thai Food'

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Most connoisseurs of Southeast Asian food know that Thai salads are not often leafy, vegetable-based dishes. In fact, they are much more likely to be filled with meat and tossed in a funky, fish-sauce laden dressing. This duo of pork and broccoli in Leela Punyaratabandhu's new cookbook, Simple Thai Food, is no exception. More

Pork in Spicy Dressing With Iced Broccoli Stems (Mu Manao) From 'Simple Thai Food'

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Most connoisseurs of Southeast Asian food know that Thai salads are not often leafy, vegetable-based dishes. In fact, they are much more likely to be filled with meat and tossed in a funky, fish-sauce laden dressing. This duo of pork and broccoli in Leela Punyaratabandhu's new cookbook, Simple Thai Food, is no exception. More

Leaf-Wrapped Salad Bites (Miang Kham) From 'Simple Thai Food'

Cook the Book Kate Williams 3 comments

Leela Punyaratabandhu's leaf-wrapped salad bites don't look like much. But these diminutive snacks in her new cookbook, Simple Thai Food, are far more intriguing than their name implies. More

Leaf-Wrapped Salad Bites (Miang Kham) From 'Simple Thai Food'

Serious Eats Kate Williams 5 comments

Leela Punyaratabandhu's leaf-wrapped salad bites don't look like much. But these diminutive snacks in her new cookbook, Simple Thai Food, are far more intriguing than their name implies. More

Son-in-Law Eggs (Khai Luk Khoei) From 'Simple Thai Food'

Cook the Book Kate Williams 2 comments

Leela Punyaratabandhu's recipe in her new cookbook, Simple Thai Food, is fabulously sweet, sour, and sticky, with golden-crisp eggs enveloped in a memorably intense sauce. More

Fried Shallots and Fried Shallot Oil From 'Simple Thai Food'

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Use these fried shallots in Leela Punyaratabandhu's son-in-law eggs and chicken curry noodles featured in her new cookbook, Simple Thai Food. More

Son-in-Law Eggs (Khai Luk Khoei) From 'Simple Thai Food'

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Leela Punyaratabandhu's recipe in her new cookbook, Simple Thai Food, is fabulously sweet, sour, and sticky, with golden-crisp eggs enveloped in a memorably intense sauce. More

Cook the Book: 'Simple Thai Food' by Leela Punyaratabandhu

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I believe that there is an important middle ground between the Pok Pok cookbooks of the world and the mass-market "Asian-style" books that show up at every garage sale. In this space are titles like Simple Thai Food by Serious Eats contributor Leela Punyaratabandhu. More

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