Gang Som Naw Mai Dong (Spicy Bamboo Soup)

Gang Som Naw Mai Dong - spicy bamboo soup, a Thai favorite.

Gang Som Naw Mai Dong – Spicy Bamboo Soup


5 chilis
6 red onions (sliced)
3 lemongrass stalks (finely cut)
3 scallions (cut short, about 1″)
1 tsp. salt
6 tbsp. fish sauce
1 pound chicken breast (cut thick)
1.5 pound pickled bamboo shoots
1/2 cup basil
2 cups water



1. Make paste by mixing peppers, cut lemongrass, red onion and chop it in the blender.

2. Put 2 cups of water in the pot, and use high heat. Then add the paste from step 1 along with 1 tsp. of salt.

3. Wait until the water has boiled, then put chicken breast, pickled bamboo shoots, and 6 tbsp. of fish sauce.

4. Cook for 8-10 minutes with high heat.

5. Turn off the fire, add scallion and basil.

6. Serve over Jasmine rice. Your rice is important, there are many varieties. Usually if you buy expensive Jasmine rice in the Asian market you’ll get the better rice.

This is another of my husband’s favorite recipes. It is a spicy and sour soup that is served over rice. The smell of the pickled bamboo and the lemongrass and basil altogether is almost overwhelming. It’s incredibly delicious and a Thai favorite.

My Video of Gang Som Naw Mai Dong!

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We will try to bring you a Thai Food Recipe and Cooking article everyday! Make sure you view some of the videos too! At some point we’ll put all the videos – in better quality of course, on a CD-ROM and offer them for sale.

Ok, Merry Christmas!

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Thai Isaan Food Recipe: Ho Mok Gai Sai

Thai Isaan Food Recipe: Ho Mok Gai Sai No Mai

(Chicken and Bamboo Wrapped with Banana Leaves)


1 cup chicken or fish
5 red onions
4 tbsp. lemongrass cut finely
5 red chili peppers (as many as you like)
4 galingal pieces
1 cup basil (mang luk)
1/2 cup fermented fish juice
2 tbsp. fish sauce
2 cups bamboo
1 and 1/2 cup green leaves juice
3 tbsp. uncooked sticky rice
4 big pieces of banana leaves (12 x 7 inches)
1 cup mushroom
tooth pick (the clean one! please! 🙂

Thai basil, a Thai food ingredient.

Bai ya nang leaves, a Thai food ingredient.

Squeezed bai ya nang juice, a Thai food ingredient.

Cooking Instructions:

1. Ground onions, lemongrass, galingale, and red chili peppers together to make paste.

2. Scrape bamboo with fork. In the pot, mix chicken with the paste from above.

3. Then add shredded bamboo, mushroom, green leave juice, fermented fish juice, fish sauce and
basil. (see the pictures)

4. Turn up the side which has lighter color. Put two leaves together and turn the each soft edges to a different way.

5. Next, add stuff on the leaves and wrap it. (see how to wrap on my cooking video)

6. Stick the leaves together with toothpick.

7. Steam for 20 minutes.

This food is Thai Isaan’s favorite one. I’m so happy my husband loves it. Even when he doesn’t like the food, he ate it all and didn’t complain. 🙂 He’s so cute.

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Thai Food Recipe: Pad No Mai Sai Pla (Spicy Bamboo and Squid Stir Fry)

Thai Food Recipe: Pad No Mai Sai Pla (Spicy Bamboo and Squid Stir Fry)

Thai Food Recipe: Pad No Mai Sai Pla Muek (Spicy Bamboo and Squid Stir-Fried)


1 cup cooked squid
2 cup sliced bamboo
2 tbsp. sliced kaffir lime leaves
1/2 cup sweet basil
1 tbsp. pad ped paste
1 tbsp. soy sauce
1/2 tbsp. fish sauce
1 tbsp. oyster sauce
1 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup water
1 tbsp. minced garlic


Cooking Instructions:

1. I have pad ped paste from last time i cook the food called Ho Mok Talay.

The paste is made by grounding 2 lemongrass (sliced), 2 pieces galangal (cut finely), 2 red onions, 1 clove garlic, 2 tsp. shrimp paste, 1 tsp. kaffir lime skin (sliced), and 5 dried red chili peppers together

2. Heat the pan and put olive oil. Fry the garlic until it smells good and then add paste. Stir fry about 20 seconds.

3. Put squid and bamboo. Add fish sauce, soy sauce, oyster sauce and 2 tbsp. of water.

4. Mix everything well. Add sweet basil. Mix it again and then turn off the fire.

5. Serve with hot jasmine rice.

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Thai Food Recipe: Moo Pad Prig No Mai (Pork and Bamboo Stir Fry)

Moo Pad Prig Gab No Mai (Pork and Bamboo Shoot Stir-Fry)


1 cup sliced pork or chicken
1 cup sliced bamboo shoot (cut long and thin like a tube)
2 tbsp. instant chili paste
1 tbsp. minced red chili peppers
2 tbsp. sliced kaffir lime leaves
1 tbsp. fish sauce
1 tbsp. soy sauce
2 tbsp. oyster sauce
1/2 tsp. sugar
1 tbsp. olive oil


Cooking Instructions:

1. Cook bamboo shoot in boiling water for 10 minutes.

2. Heat the pan and add olive oil. When the pan is hot, then add chili paste and minced red chili peppers. Stir until it smells aromatic.

3. Add pork and stir-fry for 5 minutes. (The pork need to be sliced thinly but wide pieces)

4. Next, add bamboo shoot. Pour some amount of water if the pan gets too dry.

5. Add sugar, fish sauce, oyster sauce and soy sauce. Mix well.

6. Throw sliced kaffir lime leaves, stir and turn off the fire.

Moo Pad Prig No Mai (Pork and Bamboo Shoot Stir-Fry) is usually found in the Thai family. It is very easy to make as we use instant paste. You should pick the one which is not too spicy called Prik Gang Paste. If you cook it for children skip the chili peppers. 🙂

At home my aunt loved to use pork meat with fat stick to it. This is not good for your health though. I don’t know if my family are lucky or not for never get fat, doesn’t matter how much we ate. We are slow-eater, I guess that’s why. I and my aunt were always the last two people sitting at the dining table and my aunt always won as the last person who finished the meal. I spent 45 minutes on average to finish. So, my mom said, if there was a war outside, you would be dead here eating still.


Thai people said, “The last who leaves the table, the one who have to clean up the mess.”

I was always that one!

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Thai Food E-Books!

Sawasdee Ka!

Revising Joy’s Ebooks now – ready in a few weeks!

If you don’t know what an e-book is, it’s simply a Word file with photos and nice formatting converted into an Adobe PDF format that you can read on your computer, PDA, phone, or maybe even your watch. It makes the files easy to read on electronic readers too – you may have heard about Microsoft’s and Amazon’s new readers. They are e-book readers designed specially for reading e-books.

We are giving away a sample PDF file of the first 11 pages of Joy’s Thai Food Recipe eBook below.

Joy’s Thai Food Recipe E-book Sample, 11 pages, fully illustrated, fully FREE! This is to give you an idea what you’re getting.

Please check back in a few weeks to see if we’re offering Joy’s latest two updated Thai Food Ebooks at that time!

Thank you!

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