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A Beginner’s Guide to Thai Food
With coronavirus making travel a tricky and even potentially dangerous prospect this year, we’re embracing the summer staycation. All week (and all summer) long, we’ll bring you transportive flavors and travel-inspired ideas from around the world, so you can take your tastebuds on a trip and give your mind a mini vacation while you’re still at home. Here, a beginner’s guide to Thai food, with recipes and the best Thai cookbooks to recreate the cuisine at home.
At this point in time, no one can argue that Thai food is anything other than one of the world’s great cuisines. Since Thai restaurants became fixtures in Los Angeles in the 1980s, the speed at which North Americans acquired a taste for tom yam (shrimp soup), pad Thai, som tam (green papaya salad), and green curry is remarkable. They’ve become naturalized in America and yet, despite familiarity, making Thai food at home can be daunting for a lot of cooks.
In part it’s the unfamiliarity with the ingredients of Thai cooking. Though tamarind, canned curry pastes, fish sauce, rice noodles, and even fresh lime leaves are pretty widely available in non-Thai markets, knowing the cooking techniques and how to orchestrate a successful dish can be an obscure proposition.
Another obstacle: having an authentic point of reference. If you’ve been to Thailand, you’ll know at least a few dishes firsthand, dishes that probably left such an impression they’ll help inform your own attempts at Thai cooking. If you’ve never been to Thailand, you’ll probably have to rely on North American Thai restaurants to teach you things like flavor balance, level of spicing, and simple context—how individual dishes are served within a meal, or eaten solo, as snacks.
Note: Former Chowhound senior editor John Birdsall took a two-and-a-half-week eating tour through Thailand in 2014 and compiled the original version of this guide. It has been updated with additional info and resources, but is largely unchanged—and still useful today.
10 Best Sites for Kid Friendly Recipes
When you combine those two things together - simple recipes and food that children love - you have everything you need for a fun and educational activity for kids.
The following ten websites are the best of the best online resources filled with fun, educational and exciting recipes that your children will love to make. Whether it's an afternoon activity for a parent and child, or a classroom project with a room full of kids - these websites will help you find the perfect kid friendly recipe.
FamilyFun - Kids' Recipes
FamilyFun is a website often covered here, but for good reason. Owned by Disney, this website is always a valuable source of content for children, and the area dedicated to kids' recipes is no exception.
FamilyFun Kids Recipes
In the "Kids' Recipes" section of this website, you'll find timely recipes and constantly updated content. There are seasonal dishes, great desserts and fun drinks that kids will love to create.
The Food Network
While the Food Network is one of the most popular cooking websites for adults, the "Cooking for Kids" section is almost as popular among children as well. This is an entire section of the website with segments like "Videos with Cricket", "Vegetarian Kids" and "Baking with Kids."
Food Network Cooking for Kids
While the overall theme of the site is targeted toward parents creating meals that kids would like to eat, there is lots of content with ideas for cooking with kids as well. Some examples include top tips for cooking safely together, and five kid-friendly tasks while baking.
Nick Jr Recipes
While The Food Network might cater to parents, the recipe section of Nick Jr most certainly caters to children. Find fun recipes like Dora Cupcakes or Moose pumpkin pie. Search through the "recipe finder" tool under each show category and locate the recipes with a specific theme.
Nick Jr Recipes
The recipes here are very easy to follow, with simple ingredients, a picture of the dish on every recipe page, and of course clear instructions that you can step through with your child.
PBS Kids Recipes
One of the cutest websites with kid friendly recipes is the Buster section of PBS Kids. If you click on "Recipes" at the top of the page, you'll find just over a dozen recipes that kids will love to make and eat.
At this site, Buster offers cuisine from different parts of the world. For example, you'll find breakfast tacos, million-collar pie or even peanut butter & pickles! These are sure to bring a smile to any child's face.
Moms Who Think
At the MomsWhoThink website, the goal is clearly to get parents cooking with their kids. Every recipe incorporates simple ingredients with easy instructions. The main page of the "kids recipe" section features a complete list of recipes from A through Z.
Recipes at MomsWhoThink
You'll find some of the most creative recipes here, including Apple Smiles, Banana Hot Dog, Marshmallow Sandwich or Monster Munch.
While most people wouldn't consider AllRecipes as a source of recipes for kids, the truth is that at AllRecipes you'll find a section called "Snacks for Kids" which includes creative snack recipes you can make with your kids.
Snacks for Kids Recipes
Making these recipes with your kids is not only a great activity to do together, but it also teaches children how to put together their own flavorful food with their health in mind.
Very Best Baking
If baking is your interest, you'll discover lots of edible craft activities over at Very Best Baking.
Baking Craft Projects
What could be more fun than creating crafts that you can eat? At this site, you'll find funny face cookies, an edible haunted house, spiderweb munch and much more.
Kulinary Kidz is a basic blog site. What makes it stand out from most similar blogs is that it actually serves as a repository for reader-submitted kid friendly recipes.
Submit Kids Recipes
This blog offers a form to "send kids recipe" and then your submitted idea gets posted to the blog as a brand new recipe that other visitors can use with their own children.
As one of the most popular websites for toddlers and preschoolers, Sprout also offers its own recipes section, tailored specifically for kids.
Sprout organizes its recipes by type and effort required to make it. These are all great recipe ideas for an afternoon of cooking with your child. You'll find ideas like Apple Car Delight, Baby Angle Food Cupcakes or Babu-Ganoush.
Of course, a real powerhouse in the field of cooking and creative activities, so it stands to reason that you'd find some of the best ideas at the Martha Stewart website.
The Kids Section
The "Kids" section at Martha Stewart offers a wide range of fun ideas for activities, crafts and more. When you click on the "Cooking With Kids" section, you'll discover entire recipe collections full of cooking ideas that you can use with your own kids or students.
Like most activities that you do with your kids, only part of the success results from finding the right recipe. Most of the success comes from the fact that you're spending time on your children, doing an activity that they'll always remember.