Thai Charred Salt & Chili Chicken + Yum Kai Tom (GF, Nut Free, Oil-Free)

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Who’s ready for a Thai SUMMER FIESTA?

The weather is getting really hot and I don’t know about any of you but all I want to eat is salads, ice popsicles, cold fresh fruits. To welcome this warm season we have 2 very special Thai summer salads for you. They may not be ice – cold but they are perfectly refreshing not to mention amazingly delicious. (Serve it to guests and they will be begging you for more!)

I don’t what it is about the flavors of Thai food, but there is something addicting about that tangy, rich, fragrant taste captured all in one dish that I love! Maybe its the resemblance it has to Chinese food that makes my judgment a little biased, or maybe my unconditional love for curry justifies my natural preferences for spices.

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When I think of Thailand, my mind automatically brings me back to the night markets in the city of Bangkok.  I think of green curries, Pad Thai, Mango coconut sticky rice, Papaya Salads… all the sweet, salty, spicy and sour flavors. Memories of these delicious aromas and scents and I can almost feel like I’m there.
Its been quite a few years since I’ve been to Bangkok, but my yearning for their incredible flavors has never left. I can never have enough Thai food, I absolutely love it! I always try to recreate some of my favorite dishes in my tiny kitchen, hoping to satisfy that desire.
(By the way do you see how beautiful these eggs are? I think they look so absolutely mouthwatering with the sprinkle of  toasted dried shrimp, coriander, chili and a beautifully flavored Thai sauce drizzled on top of these barely cooked egg yolks).
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Most Thai dishes are based around a mixture of herbs and spices like lemongrass, chili, galangal, ginger, cardamon, cilantro, mint to create simple, yet extremely flavorful dishes. I just love being able to work with the exotic blend of spices and flavors. There are so many health benefits in using these earthy, fresh ingredients!
Just a little information about health benefits to make you feel better after eating this dish:
Lemongrass is known for being rich in minerals like potassium, magnesium, iron and especially for adding digestive problems. It is often consumed in the form of tea or even found in essential oils because it enables relaxation and goes very easy on the stomach. Another essential Thai ingredient is chili which is also known for its digestive health benefits. It is packed full of vitamin C (it has much more vitamin C than orange) and is perfect for replenishing other vitamins and essential minerals.
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Although this particular salt-chili chicken stir-fry and egg salad dish isn’t exactly authentic, however both encapsulate all the fresh aromatic flavors of Thailand.  This recipe is adapted and inspired by the 2012 Masterchef winner Shelina Permalloy, as well as Le Cordon Bleu Graduate and Thai Native Pallin!
We were both very skeptical at first. Would boiled eggs, and simple tossed chicken salad taste good? But let me tell you this is one of the most authentic thai dishes we have ever made. We were both licking our plates by the end of our meal.
Sitting there eating it is like going back eating on the streets of Thailand!  Serve these 2 dishes with a bowl of rice/cauliflower/quinoa/sticky rice and you have a fantastic spread of proper Thai Street Food at your dinner table!
Enjoy your  meal or should I say ทาน อาหาร ให้ อร่อย นะ !
Note: (if this is written incorrectly please let me know sorry I am not fluent in Thai)

Edit Thai Salads 22Thai-inspired Salt and Chili Chicken

Adapted from Shelinacooks

Ingredients – serves 1 OR 2 as a light dinner

  • 1 boned-in chicken thigh (5.5 oz), cut into chunks
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp five spice powder
  • 1/2 tsp coconut sugar
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • onion powder/spring onion, finely sliced
  • 1/2 Thai red chili, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cucumber, diced
  • 1 tbsp fresh coriander, roughly chopped

How to Make:

  1. Heat up a small pan. Dry roast your salt, five spice powder and black pepper for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and mix in your sugar.
  2. Heat up a non-stick skillet over high heat. Make sure your pan is SEARING HOT. Saute garlic, onion and red chili. Cook till fragrant (1-2 minutes).
  3. Toss in your chicken. Make sure the chicken is in a single layer and flip often to prevent overcooking. You can see that your chicken is getting a nice brown color. (Don’t move away from the stove). When all the pink has disappeared, add in your about half the amount of the salt-pepper-spice mix (or however much you want to add). Toss!
  4. When the chicken is just done (you want it to be charred but still tender!), remove from high heat and mix with coriander and cucumber. Serve!


Yum Kai Tom (Spicy Egg Salad)

Adapted from Hotthaikitchen

Ingredients – serves 2

  • 3 Eggs
  • 1.5 tbsp dried shrimp, soaked in hot water for 10-15 minutes
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander/basil, finely chopped
  • 3/4 tsp frozen lemongrass OR 2″ lemongrass stalk, finely diced
  • 1/2 thai red chili, finely sliced OR 1/2 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar

How to Make:

  1. Bring a pot of water to boil. Boil your eggs for 8-10 minutes. Run under cold water and peel.
  2. Mix the fish sauce, lime juice, coconut sugar, chili, lemongrass, coriander together.
  3. Pound your dried shrimp in a mortar and pestle OR finely chop.
  4. Add half the amount of your dried shrimp into the dressing.
  5. Slice the egg in half and arrange on a small platter. Drizzle dressing over. Garnish with the remaining dried shrimp.


Sugar Substitute: coconut sugar isn’t very sweet, so if you are using regular sugar make sure you adjust according to taste. I would recommend using about half the amount first.

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Zoe & Mia

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. swathi says:

    Looks delicious, I love thai food, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop pinning and tweeting.


    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thank you Swathi! We will definitely be coming back! Thank you for hosting Hearth & Soul Blog Hop! You have some amazing recipes there!


  2. Aw, this was an incredibly good post. Taking a few minutes and actual effort to generate
    a very good article… but what can I say…
    I hesitate a lot and don’t seem to get nearly anything done.


    1. zoelaucy says:

      Thank you so much!!! 🙂 That so sweet of you! I agree it takes quite a lot of effort, more than people think to write a good article! But I know you can do it!


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