After visiting Thailand four times (as an adult when I actually remember, at least), I thought that by now I would’ve tried most types of food and dishes possible. This has definitely not been the case during my travels this winter, and I’ve discovered a new favourite!
This dish, called Khao Yam, is a traditional dish made and eaten by those in the Southern provinces of Thailand. It’s made up of Thai jasmine rice, along with finely chopped wing beans, green beans, lemongrass, and kaffir lime leaves. There is also a fresh serving of bean sprouts, a slice of lime to squeeze over top, pieces of pomelo, and fine powders of dried shrimp, dried chilis, and roasted coconut. Of course, there are other versions out there, and its contents likely depends on what someone can find growing in their backyard. It’s not only refreshing and can be made vegetarian-friendly (if you don’t eat seafood), but also very healthy and filled with so many tantalizing Thai flavours!
There is a sauce on the side that also needs to be poured over and mixed in with everything, and this consists of fish sauce, tamarind, sugar, galangal,and more lemongrass and lime, as far as we could tell. We ate this at the Baan Ice Restaurant, somewhere along the way in Bangkok, which is specifically known for their tasty Khao Yam.
When I get back to Vancouver, I will definitely be serving up some of this whenever I’m missing the food and flavours over here…