spicy thai food


Thai Tom Yum Soup 

I can’t take credit for this entire recipe. Tonight’s dinner was something quick and easy, but still so flavorful and delicious. Tom Yum soup is one of my most favorite soups, and tonight, I supplemented a canned broth that I buy from my favorite farmer’s market with lovely seasoned chicken breast [I wish I had shrimp on hand], sautéed onions and garlic, a few jalapeños, chili paste, and coconut milk. I finished the dish by adding some rice noodles I had on hand in the panty. Everything was garnished with fresh cilantro and devoured. The broth that I buy is heavily seasoned and so delicious that it was perfect and reminded me of the authentic soup I truly love. 


It’s almost that time of year again- soup season!! Bringing you my recipe collection of four Thai soups I have cooked over the past year or so.

from top-bottom:

Tom Kha Gai (Galangal Chicken Soup)

Tom Saeb (Hot & Sour Pork Rib Soup)

Tom Yum Boran (Ancient Soup)

Tom Yum Goong (Hot & Sour Shrimp Soup)

Thai Green Chicken Curry


  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 700g chicken breasts
  • 1 400ml can of coconut milk
  • 400ml chicken stock
  • 250g fresh green beans
  • 200g asparagus tips
  • salt, pepper
  • jasmine rice, to serve
  • lime wedges, to serve

For the paste:

  • 2 limes, zest of 
  • 2 medium onions
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 thumb sized piece of ginger, peeled
  • 5 Bird’s eye chillies
  • 1 small bunch of fresh coriander, leaves reserved for later
  • 2 lemongrass stalks
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce


To start with the paste, roughly chop garlic cloves, onions and ginger, remove stalks from the chillies and chop it roughly too. Trim the lemon grass, remove the outer leaves from it, then chop and add to the food processor along with the rest of the paste ingredients. Whizz until everything is super smooth, you can add a splash of water if needed.

Slice the chicken into thin strips and season it with salt and pepper. Add oil to a large pan on a medium heat and fry the chicken until golden on both sides, then transfer to a plate. Add Thai green paste to the pan and cook for few minutes, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and bubbly. Pour in the coconut milk and the chicken stock and cook for 20-30 minutes until the sauce thickens a bit.

Stir in the chicken and cook for further 10 minutes. Add the green beans and asparagus tips for the final 3 minutes of cooking the curry. In the end add the chopped coriander leaves, then season with salt, pepper, a little extra fish sauce and lime juice from the remaining limes. Serve with jasmine rice and lime wedges on the side.

Bon Appétit!


im home alone so I: got spicy vegan Thai food and bought myself flowers and beer!! now going to do skincare and watch top of the lake in my pajamas :-)


I know many people only cook meals that call for less than five ingredients or that require less than ten minutes of preparation. I’m not one of those people, but I still appreciate a recipe that comes together quickly. Despite the lengthy list of ingredients, this looked like a great, quick recipe to me. I cooked this soup in my head, and it seemed like a winner.

If I’m trying something new, one of my priorities is to take the time to take pictures of the finished dish, or even better, the process of creating it. That was my intention, but a hungry daughter showing up at dinnertime derailed me.

The first time I made this (two days ago) it turned out superb. As I cooked the mushrooms, garlic, and ginger with the chile paste, our house smelled like my favorite ramen restaurant! Dang it, everyone was practically drooling and eager to eat, but what about the pictures! I set the table and spooned out enough so that some would be leftover – a good portion to photograph the next morning. It didn’t happen. We ate it all.

What you’re seeing here is round two (in two days) of this amazing soup. We liked it so much, I knew that selling it a second night in a row wouldn’t be a problem. It’s spicy, slightly tart but sweet and absolutely delicious.

I followed the recipe from Cooking Light (January, 2012) pretty closely, but left out the red peppers (I’m not a fan) and per the recommendation of many reviewers, used only two cups of chicken broth rather than three. I also served the soup over cooked Jasmine rice the first time around, and over wide rice noodles last night. The recipe didn’t call for either, but I wouldn’t make it without. (We like the noodles better than the rice.)

Spicy Thai coconut chicken soup, a recipe only slightly modified from Cooking Light magazine. Serves 4 people, or 3 if they’re really hungry.


  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper  (I’m not a fan, so I skipped these)
  • 4 teaspoons minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (3-inch) stalk lemongrass, halved lengthwise
  • 2 teaspoons sambal oelek (ground fresh chile paste)
  • 2 cups chicken stock or fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 ¼ cups light coconut milk
  • 4 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
  • ½ cup green onion strips (oops! I forgot to add them)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Hot cooked rice or wide rice noodles, optional


Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add mushrooms and the next 4 ingredients (through lemongrass); cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add chile paste and cook an additional minute. Add chicken stock, coconut milk, fish sauce, and sugar, and bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to low, simmer for 10 minutes. Add chicken to pot and cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Discard lemongrass. Stir in juice. I served this in preheated bowls over hot cooked rice the first night, and wide rice noodles the second. You can skip both if you want. Top with onions and cilantro.

anonymous asked:

Vandermarin/sparia prompt: sparia go to Vandermarin's apartment to hang out and they realize that vandermarin might be more than friends. Would love a super cute cooking scene!!! -switz🤗

Thanks, Switz!

“Why are we doing this again?” Aria whined.

“We’re going because it’s polite to have dinner with someone when requested,” Spencer explained patiently for the fourth time. “You’ll be fine.”

“I’m missing my show,” Aria grumbled from behind her. She tightened her grip on the plastic-wrapped bowl in her hands.

Spencer rolled her eyes. “This is why we have a DVR. It’s recoding.” She paused halfway in her ascent up the stairs to Hanna and Mona’s apartment. “You’re not behind me, are you?”


Spencer turned around to see Aria still at the bottom of the staircase. “Come on, Ar,” she said affectionately. She walked back down and guided Aria to 3C, the apartment in which Hanna and Mona had moved into three months ago.

Spencer knocked lightly on the door and cast a sideways glance at her girlfriend. “Play nice,” she warned in a firm, albeit gentle tone.

“Yes, Ma'am,” Aria replied sardonically.

The door flew open and there stood Hanna, in a lovely black dress with slight ruffles on the hem and thin straps.

“Spencer! Aria! Come on in!” Hanna moved to the side and shut the door behind them. “It’s so good see you guys,” she said, giving each a quick hug. “Can I take your bowl?”

Aria passsd the bowl off eagerly, and watched as Hanna walked dantily toward the kitchen.

The apartment was much bigger than expected, and decorated with what Aria assumed to be furniture imported directly from Italy.

“Wow,” Aria commented. “This place is sweet.”

Spencer grinned at Aria. “See? This isn’t so bad, now is it?”

Aria huffed. “Ask me after Mona opens her mouth.”

And just as soon as her name left Aria’s lips, she appeared.

Mona was clad in a short, tight red dress and when she saw Aria and Spencer, her face broke into a wide grin and she rushed forward, enveloping them both in a tight hug.

“You have a lovely home,” Spencer said politely. “Right, Aria?”

“Yeah, I have to pee. Where’s the bathroom?” Aria asked.

“Down the hall, last room on your left,” Mona instructed. “Do you want me to take your purse?”

But Aria was only half-listening, her gaze fixated on framed photo of Hanna and Mona. The two had their arms around each other’s shoulders, and their smiles reached their ears. Aria could see a multitude of arcade games in the background, and recognized it as Dave & Buster’s. What the hell? Why weren’t they invited? Rude.


“Huh?” Aria blinked. “Oh, yeah, here.” She shoved her purse into Spencer’s arms. “Hold this.”

“You’re so polite,” Spencer drawled sarcastically.

As Aria walked down the hall, she could hear her girlfriend chatting conversationsally with their friends. Mona was just so - well, she was Mona. Shouldn’t that be enough of a reason for Hanna to stay away?

“I don’t even know why they’re friends,” Aria grumbled to herself. She came to the second-to-last door on the left, and twisted the knob. The door swung open and Aria walked in, flipping on the light and let out a startled cry.

In the middle of the room, there was a contraception with many straps and padded seating. It extended down from the ceiling, and Aria couldn’t help but inspect it.

“What the hell is —” Oh. OH. It was a sex swing. Aria bent down and read the company’s name that was engraved into a leg.

“WhipSmart Pleasure?” Aria read out loud. “What the fuck…” Why would Hanna have a sex swing in her apartment? Unless…

Oh, God.

“Aria?” Spencer’s voice rang out. “Are you OK?”

Aria jumped and quickly backed out of the room, turning off the light and shutting the door behind her.

“There you are!”

Aria yelped and spun around to see Spencer. “Spence!”

Spencer raised an eyebrow. “Are you alright? You look a little flushed.” She pressed the back of her hand to Aria’s forehead. “You don’t feel warm..”

Aria pushed Spencer’s hand away. “We have to go. Now.” She tugged on Spencer’s hand and tried to drag her down the hall, but Spencer didn’t budge. “Spencer!” she protested.

Spencer exhaled. “Please don’t tell me you clogged their toilet. I told you not to eat so much spicy Thai food last night,” she chastised fondly.

“No!” Aria bristled. “No, just – look!” She forced Spencer into the room and snapped on the light, waving dramatically in front of them. “See!”

There was a brief moment of silence before Spencer started to laugh.

“Wha-?” Aria stared at her girlfriend. “This isn’t funny!”

Spencer smirked. “I’m just surprised this isn’t bedazzled. Come on, let’s go.”

“Aren’t you upset by this?!” Aria shrilled.

Spencer shrugged. “Not really. Why would I be? You really thought Mona and Hanna were just friends?”


“Well, regardless of that, this isn’t our business. Let’s go.”


When Spencer and Aria returned to the dining room, dinner had been served and Mona and Hanna were waiting patiently for them.

“Not a word,” Spencer hissed into Aria’s ear as they sat down. “This looks great. I didn’t know you could cook, Han.”

“Please,” Mona snorted. “I cooked this. Hanna isn’t allowed to microwave popcorn.”

“I set the microwave on fire once,” Hanna grumbled.

“..Twice,” Mona reminded her with a grin.

“Shut up!” Hanna shot back. She shoveled a mouthful of green beans into her mouth.

A few minutes of silence passed as the girls ate, the only sounds being the occasional clank of a fork against a plate and the light thud of a wine glass being set back down.

“So,” Mona began, breaking the silence,“how’s work?”

Spencer groaned. “As grand and remarkable as the last Presidental election.”

Hanna snickered and gave Spencer a high-five. “Nice.”

Mona rolled her eyes and turned to Aria, who had been strangely quiet. “How’s the writing? I loved your first book,” she said earnestly. “It was so good.”

Aria made a small sound and clamped a hand over her mouth. “is ine, I mess,” she mumbled through parted fingers.

“What?” Mona and Hanna asked in unison.

“She said,‘It’s fine, I guess,” Spencer said. She turned to Aria and shot her a look, and Aria slowly lowered her hand.

“I mean, it’s great,” Aria replied. “I’m It really is. I’m almost done with the sequel. I might just swing the last chapter.”

“Swing?” Mona raised an eyebrow.

“WING,” Aria’s face turned red. “I meant wing!”

Next to her, Spencer groaned.

Hanna blinked at Aria. “Are you OK?”

Aria looked like she was fighting with herself before blurting out,“WE SAW YOUR SEX SWING AND I ALMOST SAT ON IT!”

Spencer pinched the bridge of her nose and closed her eyes. “Oh, my God, Aria. Really?”

Silence from the other two. Then, Hanna got up and left, with Aria chasing after her. “Han, wait! I’m sorry!”

Spencer downed her entire glass of wine and immediately poured another. Mona didn’t say anything, and just calmly ate her salad.


Mona glanced up. “Yeah?”

“Can Aria and I borrow your swing?”