Monday, October 23, 2006

Vegetarian Substitutions in Thai Cooking

Kaset ProteinAlthough a large portion of the Thai population is vegetarian during some period in their lives, vegetarian food is not very prevalent. There is no Thai word for vegetarian, and fish and seafood sauces are very common in most Thai recipes. However, most recipes can easily be vegetarianised, with a few simple substitutions:

Fish sauce: Soy sauce, vegetarian fish sauce or vegetarian oyster sauce
Shrimp paste: Soybean paste or light miso
Beef or red meats: TVP, tofu (regular or deep fried)
Chicken or fish: Tofu
Deep fried fish: Deep fried tofu
Dried shrimp: omit entirely

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At 5:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hehe, try being a vegetarian in New York...where diverse foods are unbearable!


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