Sawaddee August!

It is finally getting hot here in Vancouver! 

Summer is always a great time for trips, and soon my cousin and I will head to Los Angeles to visit my brother, and I'm really excited to be trying some restaurants there. If you have recommendations for places to eat or things to do, please let me know

I told my brother I want to go to a good Thai restaurant in L.A., and he asked me why I'd want to do that since there are Thai restaurants everywhere...why not just try the kind of food that I can't find in Vancouver?

The reason why I always want to try Thai restaurants in other cities is so that I have an idea of the state of Thai food outside of Thailand. There was a time when Thai food in N. America was generally underwhelming, but I think the situation is beginning to improve, definitely in big cities, and there are places that are serving up something really exciting and interesting. 

Most of my friends say I have a very high standard for Thai restaurants, but actually, my "bar" is not set very high at all, it's just set on a different scale. I am usually not looking for a place that serves tasty food—there are plenty of those around. But what I'm looking for is a place that serves food that tastes indistinguishable from one I would get in Thailand. It doesn't have to be blow-me-away-fantastic, in fact, I don't even need regular-fantastic, I just want it to taste like Thailand. And for whatever reason, THAT is much harder to find.

But I have faith that things are changing in a positive way. In fact, I see them changing, so I really look forward to seeing Thai food evolve in the next several years. In the meantime, I'm happy to be able to help you guys make delicious tastes-like-Thailand Thai food at home!

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News & Updates

• I am now on Snapchat!  I'm surprised how much I enjoy posting on Snapchat because I feel like I can share with you a side of me that you don't get to see on YouTube. Casual, real, fun, and imperfect moments. Like when I set off my smoke alarm broiling my pork tenderloin, or when I'm testing a recipe for the show! If you don't get what Snapchat is all about (it is not the most intuitive app...and I didn't get it for a long time), the only thing you need to know when it comes to HTK is this: You add me (username: hotthaikitchen) and then just check to see my "Story" whenever you want to. That's it. I take spontaneous, raw, unedited, short video clips and pictures of my daily food adventures, and these make up my "Story" which is available for you to see for 24 hours. Think of it as a way for me to share with you yummy/fun moments of my day. And I only post when there's something I think you'll enjoy, which isn't everyday, so I won't bombard you with boring stuff!   

• One World Kitchen Season 2 is in the works! As you may recall, a couple of years back I was cast as a host on a Canadian TV cooking show on Gusto TV. The show has done really well and so they're moving ahead with season 2! More details to come soon!

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Hot Thai Kitchen Videos

(Uploaded on Fridays)

yum pla duk foo

Crispy Fluffy Fish w/ Green Mango Salad

It's my brother's favourite dish, and also mine. There's nothing quite like it. Crunchy fluffy fish with tart, fresh mango salad. What a match made in heaven!

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Vegan mushroom tom yum

Mushroom Tom Yum (veg)

Another treat for my vegetarian fans that I promise will satisfy my meat eaters as well! I am proud to announce that this version was so good even I was surprised! 

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Underwater Chicken ไก่ใต้นำ้

Underwater Chicken

This "underwater" cooking technique is going to blow your mind, both by the sheer brilliance of the science behind it, and also by how deliciously tender and flavourful the chicken becomes! 

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Mackerel lettuce wrap

Mackerel Lettuce Wrap 

"Miang" is our word for any kind of bite-sized wrap, usually wrapped in some type of leaf. "Miang Pla Too" or mackerel lettuce wrap, is one of the easiest ones to make, and also my absolute favourite! 

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American Fried Rice

American Fried Rice 

This fried rice, though named "American", is a uniquely Thai experience. It contains ingredients that we associate with American food: ketchup, hot dogs, sunnyside up egg, and fried chicken!

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Pai's Kitchen Videos

Pai's Kitchen is my second show where I share with you delicious recipes that are outside of Thai cuisine. Don't forget to send me recipe requests: Asian food, Western food, baking recipes...anything you like!

nasi goreng

Nasi Goreng

I love Indonesian food. I find the flavours similar to that of Thai cuisine yet distinct and wonderful in its own way. Nasi goreng is a simple fried rice that you can often find on the streets of Indonesia, but it is also really easy to make at home!

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Throwback: A good ol' video to watch in August

tomato dip

Coconut Tomato Dip

Summer is a time for picnics, BBQ, and parties, so instead of bringing regular old salsa and chips to your next gathering, try this Thai version enriched with coconut!

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Interesting stuff you might enjoy...

 

• There is a new foodie movie out (in Thailand) about Thai food: Here's the trailer, if you're in Thailand check it out and let me know what you think!

• These chefs are making ingredients taste and behave like...another ingredient. Beets that taste like beef? Watermelon that tastes like tuna? All with an intention to produce more sustainable versions of these ingredients. Interesting! 

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July Fan Photos!

Thank you to everyone who sent me pictures! This month I decided to include a few pics people sent me of themselves holding my book. I am so glad to hear such great feedback from all of you, and I absolutely love seeing these pics! These folks are literally all over the world, yet they share the same love of Thai food, it's so amazing to see. THANK YOU ALL! 

Photo Credits: 

Forrest G, Itamar Z, Nana, Rob J, Haleh K, Harry B, Lisa R, Mark K, Michael S, Phuoc M, Remy G, Seina K, Brandon C, Tom H, Juan J, @Biziboy_, Mark S, @gentlemendont