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10 tips for healthy Thai cooking

By - herve
25.03.20 04:44 AM
27th March 2020

Using these tips and making these adjustments in your cooking habits will guarantee that you enjoy your favourite Thai dishes in an authentic and healthy way !

1. The fresher the better

What makes Thai food truly incredible is that is it always made from scratch. 

Thai street food vendor

Thais will more often than not buy the food they need to cook a dish the morning of preparing it. This guarantees that the ingredients being prepared are in their prime and will bring out the best flavours!

2. Serve your dishes with extra crunch

Inject ample nutrients and vitamins into your Thai meal preparations with an additional assortment of herbs and vegetables on the side of your main dish. Think cucumber, bean sprouts, chives, spring onions, coriander and basil. They will bring out even more flavours out of your Thai dishes and make eating that much more enjoyable, you can create different savours at every bite with different food combinations!

Think cucumber, bean sprouts, chives, spring onions, coriander and basil. They will bring out even more flavours out of your Thai dishes and make eating that much more enjoyable, you can create different savours at every bite with different food combinations!

3. Healing properties in Thai spices

One of the most fascinating things about Thai cooking is that not only do the ingredients taste amazing, but they have incredible healing properties. Thais often cook to cure common colds and illnesses by varying different elements in their dishes. To name a few, lime is renowned for having a high Vitamin C content, as well as fresh chillies which pack in considerable amounts of Vitamin A and K, making both ingredients efficient towards pain relief treatments. Lemongrass is high in iron which is an effective alternative treatment for yeast infections. Coriander and garlic are known to aid with digestion and a good source of dietary fibers and minerals. And there are plenty more benefits to Thai ingredients, this does not even scratch the surface!

4. Choose broth over oil

Rather than lather your ingredients in oil, use a hearty broth to guarantee that your dish is healthy and clean. 

Use only a little bit of oil at the start to coat and simmer your garlic and base ingredients in. Amp up the heat, throw in your other ingredients and generously ladle broth to coat the food. Both vegetarian and meat-based broths can be used depending on your preference.

5. Use coconut sugar

One thing we highlight in our recipes is the use of coconut sugar. 

We like to keep our food as natural as possible to ensure it stays healthy! 

A complex and caramelized sweet taste.

As such we keep clear of refined sugars and encourage you to do the same at home, they do not highlight the flavours in Thai dishes the way that healthier natural sweeteners like coconut sugar do, and they are certainly not good for our bodies!

6. Swap out salt for fish sauce

You will notice that none of our recipes contain salt but rather fish sauce which gives a deeper and more well-rounded taste to Thai dishes. 

The salty component to a balanced Thai dish.

It not only adds a dash saltiness but is also full of proteins, vitamins and minerals, benefits which are often overlooked. Made from anchovies and sardines which both contain high omega-3 contents, vital fatty acids which can help lower blood pressure and reduce the likelihood of serious heart problems.

7. Dairy doesn’t work

We call for coconut milk in all of our recipes rather than thick creams and butters which are found in Western cooking, the Asian diet does not accommodate dairy so traditionally recipes do not call for it.

Works like a dream with Thai curry pastes.

Coconut milk is renowned for having heaps of healing properties, it contains high levels of electrolytes and antioxidants which strengthen the immune system and can even aid in weight loss efforts. 

8. Cook quickly on a high heat!

Thai food is very convenient to make, it can be ready in minutes! 

Bangkok Street Food Vendor using a wok

Forget slow cooking, which is customary in Western recipes, in Thailand food is prepared quickly on a very high heat. This ensures that the ingredients retain all their natural benefits. Keeping in as much of the natural goodness will leave you with a dish that is bursting with healthy nutrients and has plenty of texture.

9. Eat all day, every day!

Thais love to snack! They eat small portions of food during the day rather than having three large meals. This keeps their metabolism going and means that they are getting an injection of nutrition at regular intervals. We tend to reach for unhealthy junk foods when we are feeling hungry, if we can take anything from Thai food habits is that eating throughout the day is healthier for our bodies. 

10. Give your body the right balance of everything

All dishes in Thailand combine four essential flavours: sweet, salty, sour and spicy. This balance is not just delicious and good for our palate, but it is actually also really beneficial for our bodies. This act of balancing flavours also applies to how Thai eat their meals. Be conscious of how to serve your Thai dishes, always make sure a heavy dish is accompanied by something light and that can help digest the bulkier dish.

This balance is not just delicious and good for our palate, but it is actually also really beneficial for our bodies. This act of balancing flavours also applies to how Thai eat their meals. Be conscious of how to serve your Thai dishes, always make sure a heavy dish is accompanied by something light and that can help digest the bulkier dish.

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