Thai Spicy Egg Salad: Yum Kai Tom

Today, we are making an easy Thai spicy egg salad that is called Yum Kai Tom (ยำไข่ต้ม) in Thai. This is a simple menu that is also a nice condiment. You only need soft boiled eggs and a few ingredients for preparing the spicy sauce. The sauce is a combination of the four flavours salty, sweet, sour and spicy characteristic of Thai cuisine.

Thai spicy egg salad

Thai spicy egg salad (photo:

Thai spicy egg salad (photo:

Here is what you need to prepare 2-3 portions:

  • 5 eggs (chicken or duck eggs)
  • 10 red chilies
  • 4 shallots
  • 2 TSP fish sauce
  • 2 TSP lime juice
  • 1 TSP sugar
  • optionally, you may add some tomato slices
  • coriander leaves for garnishing


First, cut the shallots into thin slices, then cut the chilies and lime. Second, take a pot, bring water to a boil and cook the eggs until they are soft boiled (4-5 minutes). Then put the eggs into an ice bath to let them cool down. Peel and then cut the eggs in half. Arrange the eggs on a serving plate and then prepare the sauce. Take a small bowl, put in the sugar, fish sauce and lime juice. Mix everything together well. Then add the shallots, chilies (and tomato slices). Pour this mixture on the soft boiled eggs and garnish with some coriander leaves. You’re ready to serve!

This recipe comes from the marvellous cooking channel They prepare this dish with duck eggs. In the following video, you can easily learn how to cook this meal 🙂

Hope you’ll give Thai spicy egg salad a try!

Yours, Sirinya

(P.S. for more general information, check out my Thai Food Dictionary)