Thai Phanaeng Curry พะแนง

Phanaeng curry (พะแนง) is a Thai curry that is quite easy to make because you only need few ingredients. What is more, the curry paste (Khrueang Kaeng) consists of dried chilli peppers, lemongrass, galangal, coriander roots and seeds, garlic, cumin seeds, shrimp paste and salt. Sometimes this curry paste also includes peanuts and shallots.

If you live in a Western country, you may buy the curry paste at your local Asian supermarket.

You can prepare this dish with any kind of meat that you prefer (e.g. beef, pork, chicken, shrimp) or if you are a vegetarian or vegan you can take tofu instead. You will further need coconut milk, kaffir lime leaves, palm sugar (or regular brown or white sugar), fish and oyster sauce and your respective curry paste.

Phanaeng Curry


Phaneang Curry only with vegetables (photo: Sirinya Pakditawan)

Phaneang Curry only with vegetables (photo: Sirinya Pakditawan)

Vegetarians and vegans may also want to replace the shrimp paste for Kapi Chae and the fish sauce may be substituted by soy sauce.

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Thai Phanaeng curry contains thick, creamy coconut milk and is usually eaten with rice in Thailand.

Here is a list of ingredients that you will need for this dish:

  • 2TSP (Palm) Sugar
  • 1TSP Fish sauce
  • 1TSP Oyster Sauce
  • 2TSP red curry paste
  • 2TSP Vegetable oil
  • 8TSP Coconut milk
  • 500g Meat (eg. chicken, pork, beef, shrimp) or tofu
  • 10Leaves Thai basil
  • 6Leaves kaffir lime
  • 3Chilies

The following video is very comprehensive and easy to follow. Thus, it will show you how to make this curry easily.

Recently, my father prepared this red curry with chicken for me. This is how it looked like:

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In fact, there is very much pepper on top of my curry but this is only for me because I prefer to have some vegetables in my dish 😉 Usually, you only take few pepper to decorate your curry as shown in the photos above.

Hence, have fun trying Thai Phanaeng curry and check out my Thai Food Dictionary for more general information!

Yours, Sirinya


Roti Sai Mai – A Sweet Speciality from Ayutthaya

Following my recent post about my trip to Ayutthaya, I learned that there is a dessert speciality from Ayutthaya which is called Roti Sai Mai. It is also referred to as ‘Sweet Angel Hair’ and Sai Mai (สายไหม) means “silky threads”.

Thus, I searched the internet for this ‘Kanom’ (Thai expression for “sweets, dessert”) and found some amazing pictures of this sweetmeat on Pinterest.

Roti Sai Mai

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Sadly enough, I missed trying this sweetmeat while being in Thailand and visiting Ayutthaya 🙁 However, I hope to catch up on tasting this amazing dessert some time!

Roti Sai Mai is mainly associated with the ancient Kingdom of Ayutthaya. However, today it is generally a popular street food in Thailand that can be found ‘anywhere’. Nevertheless, Ayutthaya is still the centre for the production of these kind of crepes in Thailand.

Making Roti Sai Mai

Making Roti Sai Mai

However, the origins of this colourful sweetmeat goes back to the Indian subcontinent and was most likely brought to Thailand by Indian and Pakistani Roti vendors who migrated to the Kingdom.

In fact, there are different kinds of Roti but this one is made with cotton candy that comes in various colours and is wrapped in a piece or two lightly salted thin paper-like crepes. Since the cotton candy looks like hair, it is called ‘angel hair’ 🙂

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The Roti crepe is very often green in colour. This effect is achieved by adding Pandan leafs to the mix of egg and flour.

1047ab024491fceba0edc0e6398f5ccdHere you see a greenish Roti with pink and purple ‘angel hair’

I think this is an amazingly delicious looking sweetmeat! Yummy!!! 🙂

Have you tried this sweetmeat while being in Thailand?

Finally, I’d like to show you a short video about the Roti Sai Mai production and selling in Ayutthaya.


Have a ‘yummy’ day!

Yours, Sirinya


(All pictures in this post are from Pinterest, for more information about desserts, check out my Thai Food Dictionary)