Paht Thai + a review of Simply Vegetarian Thai Cooking

Paht Thai + a review of Simply Vegetarian Thai Cooking

Simply Vegetarian Thai Cooking:  125 Real Thai Recipes by Nancie McDermott

Though millions love Thai food, actual meatless recipes and dishes are often difficult to find. Nancie McDermott has developed innovative and authentic variations on traditional Thai recipes, providing health-conscious home cooks with a repertoire of vegetarian dishes that capture the vibrant tastes and scents of Thailand.

From refreshing salads and savory soups to flavorful and spicy mains and side dishes to the wonderfully refreshing Thai Iced Tea, this definitive cookbook offers 125 delectable recipes for every meal and occasion. Vegans will be pleased with the recipes since dairy products are virtually unused. The ever-popular eggs as an ingredient are usually left whole in these recipes, making substitutions and omissions easy. In most of the recipes that use eggs, Nancie has provided adaptations for vegans.

Here are genuine Thai recipes for every meal and occasion: Appetizers and Snacks, Salads, Soups, Curries, Main Dishes, Rice and Noodles, Sweets and Drinks, Basic Recipes for Curry Pastes, Sauces and Stocks.

A glossary introduces and demystifies the ingredients and equipment used in Thai cooking. McDermott also offers tips for finding ingredients and lists substitutions that might be needed.  (-synopsis)

We love Thai food and often when I’m eating Thai I like it with tofu so this vegetarian Thai cookbook is perfect for me.  This cookbook starts with an introduction that introduces Thai cooking and life.  It’s interesting to read because I didn’t really know much about it.

After the introduction the book is divided into sections.  There are appetizers, salads, soups, curries, stir-fries, rice and noodles, sweets and drinks, and basic recipes.    Since we don’t have a Thai restaurant near us I was excited to make a lot of these recipes.   Many of them have ingredients I can find at my local grocery store but for others I’m going to have to go to the Asian market and get them.

I like that each recipe has an introduction that talks about where it comes from and a description of the recipe.   Many of them have tips on the side and vegan options.   There are several sections with large color photos of finished dishes.

Some of the best looking recipes in this book are Delectable Lettuce Bites, Thai Fruit Salad, Lemongrass Soup, Mushrooms and Tofu with Fresh Mint, Paht Thai, Fresh Lemongrass Lemonade, and Thai Tea Ice Cream.  They all sound delicious and I can’t wait to make them.

I decided to make the Paht Thai first because it’s one of my favorite dishes.  This recipe combines sweet, sour, and salty with a little bit of heat.   It’s made with thick rice noodles, peanuts, bean sprouts, and lime.  I’ll be honest, I did not put the peanuts in this dish because I don’t like them.   I would definitely add them for anyone who does enjoy peanuts.   I like my Paht Thai peanut free.

This dish is super easy to make and is ready in under 30 minutes.   It uses tofu as it’s protein and combines noodles and vegetables to make a complete meal.   I really liked the sweet, salty, and spicy flavor of the sauce.  It made the entire dish.  I also ended up throwing in some bell peppers because I had them cut up and I didn’t want to waste them.

Paht Thai
Paht Thai is a tofu and rice noodle dish with a sweet, salty, sour, and spicy sauce that makes for a delicious one pot meal.
Recipe from Simply Vegetarian Thai Cooking: 125 Real Thai Recipes by Nancie McDermott, 1997, 2015.

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