Spicy Canned Fish Salad: Yum Pla Krapong

Today, I present to you an easy and quick recipe for Spicy Canned Fish Salad which is called Yum Pla Krapong (ยำปลากระป๋อง) in Thai. This dish is a nice condiment and easy to prepare because you only need to make the salad sauce. If you have no idea what to cook today, you will love this menu.

Spicy Canned Fish Salad

Spicy canned fish salad (photo: cooking.kapook.com)

Spicy canned fish salad (photo: cooking.kapook.com)

Here is what you need to prepare 2 portions:

  • 300g canned fish (e.g. mackerel in tomato sauce)
  • 4-5 kaffir lime leaves
  • 4-5 shallots
  • 2-3 lemongrasses
  • 8 red chilies (less or more, as to taste)
  • 1/4 cup of mint leaves
  • 2 TSP fish sauce
  • 3 TSP lime juice
  • 1 TSP sugar


First, cut the kaffir lime leaves, shallots, chilies and lemongrass into thin slices. Cut the lemon and squeeze out the juice. Take a plate and arrange the canned fish. Set the plate aside and prepare the salad sauce: mix sugar, fish sauce and lime juice. Add chilies, shallots and lemongrass slices. Mix everything together well and pour this mixture over the fish. Finally, garnish with mint and kaffir lime leaves. You’re ready to serve!

This recipe comes from the marvellous cooking channel WhatRecipe.tv. In the following video, you can easily learn how to prepare this dish 🙂

Hope you’ll give Spicy Canned Fish Salad a try!

Yours, Sirinya

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

Thai Green Curry- Gaeng Khiao Waan- แกงเขียวหวาน

I’ve lately presented a lot of Thai curries: Yellow Curry, Phaneang, Massaman and Red Curry but still Thai Green Curry is missing 😉 Thai Green Curry is called ‘Gaeng Khiao Waan’ (แกงเขียวหวาน) which literally translated means ‘sweet green curry’ although this dish is not particularly sweet. The green curry paste consists mainly of greenish ingredients such as lemongrass, lime peel, coriander root and seeds. Further ingredients are green Thai chillies (Phrik Khi Nu: พริกขี้หนู), garlic, shallots, Siamese ginger root and ‘Kapi’ which is shrimp paste.

Thai Green Curry

Homemade Thai green curry (photo taken by myself)

Homemade Thai green curry (photo taken by myself)

Like the other Thai curries, the green one is also prepared with curry paste and coconut milk. Hence, Thai curries differ from Indian curries which are prepared with grounded spices.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need to cook two portions:

  • 1 1/4 cup of coconut milk (about 300ml)
  • 25g green curry paste (about 1,5 TSP)
  • 1/2 cup of chicken stock
  • 225 g chicken filet or thigh (bone- and skinless), if you use filet you may marinate them adding 2TSP of fish sauce
  • 1 TSP finely chopped palm sugar
  • 1 TSP fish sauce
  • 2 roughly torn kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 cup of cooked bamboo shoots, sliced into bite-sized pieces, optionally you may also take Thai aubergines which are commonly used as an ingredient in this curry
  • 1/2 cup of Thai basil
  • 1/2 spur chilies or ¼ red bell pepper

A vegetarian version of this dish would be to replace the chicken by tofu and the fish sauce by soy sauce or sea salt.

Thai green curry, homemade by myself

Thai green curry with chicken, homemade by myself

If you’re interested in preparing the curry paste yourself, I recommend you check out RinSCookBook. Here is how to prepare the paste:

Preparation of the curry:

You may reduce half of your coconut milk until the oil separates from the milk. However, it is no problem if the coconut milk does not reduce after being heated. This may be the case if you use canned and processed coconut milk. Just continue with the recipe and add your green curry paste in. Le it cook for about 2 minutes until the paste is aromatic and combined with the coconut milk.

Then add the chicken, coat it in the curry paste and add the kaffir lime leaves, chicken stock and the remaining coconut milk. In a further step, add in the palm sugar and about 1/2 TSP of fish sauce. Let everything cook and simmer gently for about 15 minutes until the chicken is cooked. Finally, add the bamboo shoots or aubergines and bring them to a boil. Season your curry with the remaining fish sauce and in a last step stir in Thai basil and chillies or peppers. Serve with jasmine rice and you’re done 🙂

The following video will demonstrate you how to prepare Thai Green Curry with chicken!

Hope you’ll give this dish a try! Have a delicious meal 🙂

Yours, Sirinya

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

Traditional Thai Beauty Secrets

Thai women have often been admired for their flawless and unique beauty. They have been envied for their long silky hair, radiant glowy skin and perfect nails. The secret to Thai women’s beauty probably lies in their genes. However, there are also some traditional Thai beauty recipes that come from nature. Thus, I’d like to introduce a few different elements of traditional Thai beauty secrets. This category of Thai beauty secrets concerns special foods and nutrients.

Thai beauty secrets, painting by Chakrabhand Posayakrit

Thai beauty secrets, painting by Chakrabhand Posayakrit (photo credit: chakrabhand.org)

Beauty Secrets

1. Coconut oil

Thai food and also traditional Thai beauty products often contain coconut oil which is one of the best natural oils. Coconut oil has numerous health benefits. Thus, it is great for all parts of the body.  Organic extra virgin Coconut oil has many properties and thus it is a multipurpose product for face, body and hair. For example, coconut oil can be used as a make up remover, in particular for removing eye make up. It is very gentle to the skin and thus suitable for dry and sensitive skin types. That is to say coconut oil is very nourishing to the gentle eye area and also strengthens the eyelashes. Hence, it can also function as an eye cream.

Coconut everbeautiful.com

Coconut (photo credit: everbeautiful.com)

Coconut oil is also good as a facial cleanser. This is also known as the oil cleansing method.

It is also useful as a hair conditioner and mask because it has the ability to fully penetrate the hair shaft and thus moisturize the hair thoroughly. It works best as a pre-shampoo conditioner. Distribute the coconut oil evenly throughout your hair and leave it in for about an hour then shampoo your hair and you will have the smoothest hair ever 🙂

In addition, coconut oil can also perform as a natural deodorant because it has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Coconut oil as body scrub, mix equal parts of coconut oil with brown organic sugar. Scrub away and this will leave your skin sooo soft 🙂

Facial and body moisturizer: it makes your skin amazing and glowing and does not cloak the pores. In addition, coconut oil also has a natural sunscreen (SPF 4).

2. Tamarind

Tamarind can be considered a Thai (beauty) ingredient because it is frequently used in all kinds of Thai recipes. Tamarind has great health and beauty benefits because it is very rich in vitamin and minerals. Since tamarind contains Alpha-hydroxyl acids (AHAs), it provides for a glowing and radiant skin. What is more, it also diminishes blemishes and dark spots. Hence, tamarind is often used by Thai women because it also brightens and lightens the skin 🙂

Fresh Tamarind with leaves (photo credit: indianbeauty.tips)

Fresh Tamarind with leaves (photo credit: indianbeauty.tips)

In fact, Tamarind is a wonderful beauty product. It’s most effectively used as a pure organic paste. Thus, it can be used as a facial cleanser and scrub to exfoliate the skin. Here is a very easy recipe of tamarind cleanser: mix honey and tamarind paste in equal parts and add three tablespoons of yoghurt. Then apply this mixture gently all over your face, avoiding the delicate eye area. After 10 minutes wash it off. Thus, it’s a perfect treatment for removing dead skin cells and increasing blood circulation.

3. Papaya

Papaya is an amazing beauty agent and has wonderful beauty benefits since it contains the miracle papain enzyme. Hence, a facial or body mask of papaya gives the skin a healthy and radiant glow. This is because the papain enzyme works as an exfoliator thus removing all dead skin cells. Make an easy face and body mask by mashing the papaya fruit pulp into a paste. Apply this to your face and body, let it sit for about 10-15 minutes and then rinse and shower everything off.

Papaya (photo credit: dreamatico.com)

Papaya (photo credit: dreamatico.com)

4. Lemongrass

Lemongrass is a very common ingredient in Thai dishes. However, Thai women appreciate lemongrass also for its beauty benefits because it has detoxifying and exfoliating properties. Lemongrass is most commonly used for facial steams since it suits all skin types

Lemon Grass tekoafarms.co.il

Lemon Grass (photo credit: tekoafarms.co.il)

Here is an easy recipe how to make a lemongrass face steam: take a pot of boiling water and put in about 40 g of fresh finely chopped lemongrass. Let the mixture stand for about half an hour and then strain it. After that, inhale the steam for about 1 minute and let your skin absorb it too. Repeat it some more times until you have a lovely sauna effect. Thus, the steam cleanses and opens up your pores so that dirt and excess oils are removed.

Maybe you’d like to give these traditional natural Thai beauty secrets a try? I think it’s really worth trying 🙂

In fact, traditional Thai beauty has also been a great subject in the Visual Arts and painting. For instance, the Thai National Artist Chakrabhand Posayakrit very often portrayed beautiful and flawless Thai women.

If you are interested, I can do a second part on traditional Thai beauty secrets, focussing on Thai beauty habits and rituals such as Thai massage, for example.

Yours, Sirinya