I work with some people in Thailand. Do I, and how do I, express sympathy at the recent death of King Bhumibol? [more inside]
I go to Thai restaurants and Thai massage on a semi-regular basis. My name is Dee. Googling has previously told me that Dee is the Thai word for a femme lesbian. Is this something that your average Thai person would know or sub-culture slang? [more inside]
Dear Hive Mind, my girlfriend and I recently spent an enjoyable couple of hours at a karaoke bar in Bangkok. In between song selections the karaoke system played some fun Asian pop tunes which I'd love to find again: can you help? I managed to record some short video clips, but playing these back to Shazam hasn't helped, so I've loaded them online. [more inside]
My family is having a Thai-themed second Thanksgiving meal tomorrow. We have people with a lot of dietary restrictions so we are trying to make tasty sauces that everyone can eat, which can be put on meat/veggies/tofu as needed. We have a good red curry and peanut sauce but other sauce recipe suggestions would be great. Should be vegan. Thank you!
In a week or so, I'm getting my first tat, and I'm seeking proficient Thai speakers to help me avoid an unfortunate 'choice.' Yep, that's the word in question. [more inside]
I made a gigantic roast pork loin with herb rub last night and now we have a huge amount left over. I want to make pulled pork with it, but the SO doesn't like BBQ sauce, any variation. What else could I use to get the physical properties of pulled pork (soft, melt in your mouth savory) without using BBQ sauce? [more inside]
I am mildly interested in learning to read the Thai alphabet, but I'm having a hard time getting an understanding of the relationship between Thai writing and spoken pronunciation. [more inside]
I now live two minutes away from a huge korean supermarket that has an amazing and cheap produce and seafood section. I have no idea what a lot of this stuff is, but I love Asian cooking, so what are some things I should buy, now that I have an opportunity? I'm particularly interested in any recipes that are easy, inexpensive, and depend on 'ethnic' ingredients that you can't find in most grocery stores, or fresh seafood or unusual cuts of meat (pork belly, chicken feet, etc)
I've had a lot of pad thai around here, and pretty much all of it has been mediocre - kind of bland and flavorless. In comparison, I've had mind-meltingly delicious pad thai in Thailand (Chiang Mai and Koh Tao) that was bursting with sweet and sour and salty flavors all at once. I particularly remember the sweet cane sugar mixing with the sour tamarind in an intense, lovely way. Where can I get really really good, authentic pad thai in the Boston area? Ideally that would deliver to Davis Square. [more inside]
In an Atlas Obscura article titled The Strange Specimens of a Mysterious Thai Apothecary (caution: weird dead things in jars) there's this one particular image of what appears to be a modified ram's skull. I want to know more about it. [more inside]
I thought I was buying my usual bird's eye chili plants this spring, but I actually got some kind of "Thai Chili Hot Pepper" that has produced what look like relatively mild jalapenos. I'd just like to be able to estimate the Scoville units to expect before I cook with them. [more inside]
At almost any Thai restaurant in the U.S., many dishes can be ordered with a specification of how spicy the dish should be. Usually, this is on a scale of four or five stars (with possibly an extra "Thai hot") at the top. I'm curious as to how this tradition got started and why it's primarily associated with Thai food. (And I guess as a side question, whether this phenomenon extends to Thai restaurants outside of the U.S.) I've tried to do some searching myself, but either the info is hard to find, or I haven't found the right search query to separate the wheat from the chaff. [more inside]
So I have googled, I promise. But I'm not sure I'm finding the right recipes. I want to make a dipping sauce like the stuff that almost every Thai place around here (Portland area) serves with their fried egg rolls / spring rolls / veggie rolls. [more inside]
A local Chinese restaurant makes the best tom yum vegetable soup I've ever tasted. I'd like to make it at home, but I don't have the recipe. [more inside]
I've lately been trying to make thai-style glutinous rice but may attempts so far have not been as satisfyingly sticky as I had hoped. I think it may be down to needing a more authentic brand. [more inside]
Asking for a friend who does not share my intense love for cilantro: "Can someone please translate some simple cilantro-avoidance phrases into Thai, Mandarin, and Japanese for me?" [more inside]
Where can I buy Thai Basil in NYC?
Which script / language is this tattoo? What does it mean?
I'm taking a beginning Thai language class, with an emphasis on oral communication. Is it vital to learn the tones/alphabet first? [more inside]
Mefites of Holland! Send me to your favorite ethnic grocery stores and trattorias in de Randstad. Bonus points for North Holland (esp. Haarlem-A'dam-Alkmaar), and you win 1,000 internets if you know of a real Mexican, Thai or Indian grocer anywhere within 250k of Amsterdam.
My wife has this leather painting/art kind of thing which was made by taking a hide of leather and cutting out patterns in it. I think it was then painted a bit. It was made in Thailand originally. The problem is that it got stored somewhere damp and the bottom bit has shrunk, so now it is not rectangular but more rhombussy shaped. (Not a lot, but noticeably). Is this repairable? I mean, leather stretches right? If so, where would you go to get it fixed? I don't even know what sort of craftsman to ask.
I bought some Kaffir Limes. (I also bought the leaves, but I've cooked with those before.) What do I do with them? [more inside]
I am seriously allergic to shellfish (crustaceans). I need to be able to communicate this in several languages. [more inside]
Help me make a yellow curry that'll knock my kids' socks off. [more inside]
I need a quick and awesome reco for a Thai restaurant in LA for tonight! Anywhere near Santa Monica, West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Century City, or downtown. Less than $30 per person. Casual attire.
Why don't Westerners like Asian desserts? [more inside]
A Thai place in Berkeley where I had dinner some time ago had those really nice drinking bowls/cups made out of aluminum or silver or some other metal - where can I buy them? Here's a picture (with a table spoon for size comparison). [more inside]
Next year i want to travel to Thailand and start to learn Thai in Bangkok. Can anyone suggest any courses there or have any tips for me?
What's the deal with Thai food? [more inside]
What is the best source of kaffir lime leaves and holy basil in Seattle? [more inside]
I need your help making Thai iced tea like that served in Thai restaurants! Can you help? [more inside]
Any ideas on the story behind this Thai amulet? [more inside]
Any good uses for Thai curry pastes, besides the usual red/yellow/green curry? [more inside]
What is the red/pink tofu in restaurant pad thai? [more inside]
Where can I find the spiciest food in Minneapolis? [more inside]
We love Thai food! What's your favorite Thai cookbook? [more inside]
How do I get my Thai Pineapple Fried Rice to taste like the restaurant variety? [more inside]
What are some great Thai places in Denver, specifically in Cherry Creek or downtown? [more inside]
Weird question about Thai food. [more inside]
I'm a yoga teacher and have long been interested in learning thai yoga massage. 2010 is the year for it! I live "overseas" so will have to travel to take a course and it would have to be an intensive (2 weeks rather than a number of weekends over a period of months for example). I'm boggled by all the options out there ...where in the world to go - who are the best teachers? I'm drawn to Saul David Raye....but would appreciate your suggestions. Thank you and Happy Holidays!
I really really love all types of Asian cooking that involves noodles (banh pho, udon, ramen, whatever!). Problem: kosher asian noodles are crazy hard to find in my neck of the woods. Could you help me out by suggesting cookbooks or websites with great make-it-from-scratch noodle recipes? [more inside]
Can you help me figure out what this delicious beef noodle thing I ate years ago was? [more inside]
What would you say are the best beer styles (or individual beers) to pair with Indian or Thai cuisine? [more inside]
Do you speak Thai? Can you translate this song into English?* This mp3 link is performed by the original artist, who remains unknown, and was infamously plundered by the Butthole Surfers in 1987 to create the track "Kuntz" on the album Locust Abortion Technician. [more inside]
What is written here? It's Thai. [more inside]
Looking for a specific Thai restaurant in Lower Manhattan. [more inside]
What plant did my Thai neighbor just give me? [more inside]
Tell me about the Thai image that shows an evolutionary progression from a rabbit to a general. [more inside]
Why do they leave a basket with rice, cabbage, water, and apple outside my favorite Thai restaurant? [more inside]
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