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How to make Thai food

Diana De Cicco is a food editor and writer based in New York City. She has a master's degree from New York University in Food Studies. Her passions are eating, traveling, and eating while traveling.

Spicy Thai recipes

Mix up your take-out routine with homemade Thai food. Thai is easy to prepare and easy on the wallet. Whether you like it super spicy or mild, homemade Thai food is the perfect family meal.

Som Tum (Papaya Salad)

Makes 4 servings

1 fresh green papaya, peeled, grated
5 Thai chilies
6 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup green beans cut into 1-inch lengths
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 cup tamarind juice
2 medium-sized tomatoes, sliced thinly

Sprinkle salt on papaya and let sit 30 minutes. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, tossing to combine. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to allow flavors to develop. Serve chilled.

Pad Thai

Makes 4 servings

1 pack dried rice stick noodles
2 tablespoons smashed garlic
2 tablespoons smashed onion
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup baked tofu cut into small strips
1/2 cup dried shrimp
1/2 cup ground peanuts
1/2 cup fish sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoons white pepper
1 pound chicken meat cut into small bite-sized pieces
6 eggs
1/2 cup of water
1 cup fresh bean sprouts
1/2 cup fresh chives cut into 1-inch pieces

1. Soak rice sticks in water for 15 minutes. Strain noodles and cut into 4-inch pieces. Saute garlic, onion and tofu in oil for 2 minutes.

2. Add shrimp, peanuts, fish sauce, soy sauce, sugar, pepper and chicken, stirring for 1 minute. Add eggs, stirring continually. Add in water.

4. Stir in noodles, cooking for 1 to 2 minutes. Just before serving, stir in bean sprouts and chives. Serve hot.
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