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August’s ‘Thai Culinary Website of The Month’ is www.awesomethaifood.com


22It’s a bold name for a website, that’s for sure. And my first thought was that there’s an American influence at work here. Looking at the site, it’s not obvious at first but after browsing through readers’ comments it transpires that the site author is a lady named Golf.


 A common enough nickname for a Thai person and I would surmise that she’s lived in the USA for some time. The English is good but the spelling of words, such as ‘flavor’ and ‘savor’, suggest American and the grammar hints of someone whose first language isn’t English. Click on the ‘Tweets’ link and all is revealed. The tweets are written by an American-based chap called Steve who is married to the aforementioned lady. I always like to know who writes the recipes on food websites and there’s a certain level of comfort in knowing that Thai food recipes are written by a Thai person.

 

Everything you need to find is easily accessed from the homepage. And with one click you can even have the recipes instantly translated into Thai script if you happen to be learning the language. Down the middle of the page there’s a list of recent recipes/posts and, if you’re looking for inspiration, then click on a few of these at random. I went to the recipe for khao moo grob (rice with crispy pork) a popular lunchtime dish that lots of little roadside restaurants on Samui serve. It begins with a good quality photograph of the finished dish and an introductory paragraph. In it, Golf explains that a specific cut of the pig is used in this dish and that she found it at a local Vietnamese store. She goes on to say that this dish has, “Tons of calories but is very tasty which will make you forget about getting fat.” There’s a little smiley icon after it and I did laugh. It’s something only a skinny person would say and virtually every Thai lady I know is wafer thin.

 

Like all the recipe pages, this one is quite detailed. There’s a list of ingredients, step-by-step instructions and 14 photographs depicting the different stages of preparation. It’s well laid-out and idiot-proof and at the end she goes on to talk about other recipes that include crispy pork. You can also add a comment at the bottom of each recipe page and it’s clear quite a number of people do.

 

Back on the homepage and down the right-hand side there’re several sections that you can use to find recipes. One is a list of readers’ favourites with familiar dishes such as gai pad met ma-muang him ma parn (chicken with cashew nuts), larb moo (spicy minced pork Isan-style), khao pad ga-prow (stir-fried rice with holy basil) and khao man gai (chicken with rice). Another has around 70 recipes split into 17 different categories if, for instance, you know you want to make a curry you can go straight to them. And a third section has tags that you can click on, such as ‘party food’, ‘seasonings’ and ‘Thai food history’. All are worth a browse if you have the time.

 

I like this site a lot, with the bottom line being that there’re plenty of authentic recipes which have been written by a Thai person with easy to follow instructions and good photographs to go with them. And most of the time that’s all you really need.

 

Johnny Paterson

 


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