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Su-Mei Yu

  • Recipe

    Thai Flavor Paste

    This extremely versatile flavoring paste is the essence of Thai cooking. The ritual of Thai food preparation invariably begins with pounding these ingredients, sometimes along with other herbs and spices,…

  • Recipe

    Masmun Curry Paste

    You'll need a larger mortar and pestle to make this authentic Thai curry paste.

  • How-To

    Masmun, the Queen of Thai Curries

    Pounding chile paste and making coconut milk take time, but the payoff is a rich and aromatic classic

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    Cucumber Relish

    This relish makes a zingy accompaniment to Masmun Beef Curry.

  • How-To

    Vibrant Thai Salads

    Use traditional Thai flavor-layering principles for perfectly balanced, intensely flavored salads

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    Shrimp & Pomelo Salad

    A pomelo looks somewhat like a grapefruit, with plumper, drier pulp inside. If you can find pomelos, choose one the way you would a grapefruit: select one that feels heavy…

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    Southern Thai Rice Salad

    This salad looks beautiful when you arrange it, so be sure to present it before tossing. If you can find salt-packed anchovies for the dressing, use them—they’ll taste much better…

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    Thai Beef Salad

    You'll need to pound the dressing in a mortar and pestle, but the flavors you'll get are worth it. Fish sauce is strong and briny, so start with a few…

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    Pad Thai

    Sweet, sour, spicy, salty: This classic noodle stir-fry is one of the best examples of the marvelous flavor and texture contrasts that characterize Thai cooking. Rice noodles, dried shrimp, and…

  • How-To

    Making Pad Thai At Home

    Toss a tangle of rice noodles in a hot wok, add authentic ingredients, and you’ll master a Thai stir-fry favorite