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Gaeng Tai Pla (Southern Style Curry with Fish and Vegetables)

Zone South

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Gaeng Tai Pla (Southern Style Curry with Fish and Vegetables)


Geang Tai Pla is a chili curry of southern Thai cuisine. Its name is derived from Tai Pla, a salty sauce made from fermented fish entrails which gives the curry a strong smell and flavor. The Tai Pla is used to make this soup using a heavy dose of local spices and large chunks of dried fish meat.



The dish contains vitamin A, protein and dietary fiber. Having the dish prevents constipation and relives flatulence.


Tai Pla ingredients:  1 cup fermented fish entrails,  3 crushed lemon grass,  4-5 karri lime leaves,  10 sliced galangal and  2 tbsp. black pepper. Boil everything into melt and filter out the waste, then set aside.


Chili paste ingredients: 15 grams garlic cloves, 5 grams shallots,  1 tbsp. black pepper,  15 dried chilies,  15 grams bird eye chilies and 2 inch long galangal. Put all of ingredients in a mortar and keep pounding until everything is well-blended.



  • 1 cup tai pla, boiled fermented fish entrails
  • 1 cup chunks of dried fish meat
  • 1 cup bamboo shoots, cut into small-size pieces
  • 80 grams eggplants
  • ½ pea eggplants
  • ½ cup long beans, cut into one-inch pieces
  • 80 grams pumpkin, cut into one-inch pieces
  • 3 cups water
  • 5 karri lime leaves, shredded

Zone South

Tom Som Pla Kabok (Sour Soup with mullet fish)

Background Num Som Nhod or Vinegar is made from Jaggery and it is created by southern people. Sour soup with mullet fish is made with Jaggery acid vinegar, palm sugar and mullet fish.   Nutrition Facts The dish contains protein, vitamin C and essential fat. Having the dish relives common cold and protects from, cardiovascular disease, eye disease, and skin wrinkling.   Ingredients 500 grams mullet fish, medium size ½ cup Num Som Nhod 2-inch long turmeric, crushed 30 grams lemongrass stalks, crushed 40 grams shallots, rough crushed 5 grams bird’s eye chilies 20 grams palm sugar 1 salt    


Zone Northern

Nam PhrikNoom (Green chili paste)

Background PhrikNoom means the green chili. Nam PhrikNoom is the thick chili paste, a famous Northern Thai or Lanna food. A menu not to be missed and mostly eaten with crispy pork rind and fresh vegetables.   Nutritional Facts Green chili contains Capsaicin, help to lower blood sugar. It also helps in the treatment of diabetes, reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels.   Ingredients 80 grams green chilies 2 tablespoons chopped garlic 2 tablespoons chopped shallots 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon chopped coriander    


Zone Northeast

Soup Makher Prow (Thai Eggplants Spicy Salad)

Background The word soup in Isan means salad, thus Soup Makher Prow is also called Yum Makher Prow (Thai Eggplants Spicy Salad). The salad is made by using local vegetables to compliment the dish.   Nutrition Facts Eggplant is rich in vitamins and minerals which help to reduce cholesterol levels, as well as kill bacteria. Moreover, eggplant is beneficial to the pancreas.   Ingredients 400 grams Thai eggplants 100 grams minced pork 1 tablespoon shrimp paste 20 grams paprika 40 grams grounded cloves of garlic 30 grams grounded shallots 1 teaspoon shrimp paste 5 grams sliced leek 10grams sliced coriander roots Peppermint for garnish