Thai Cuisine

Thai food is internationally famous both for its taste and customs. Whether hot chili spiced or bland, harmony between ingredients and tastes is the guiding principle behind each Thai food dish.
Thai cuisine is a rich fusion of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences harmoniously combined into something uniquely and deliciously Thai. Perhaps the most famous two food dishes from Thailand available at nearly every Thai food restaurant in the western world are Pad Thai(stir-fried noodles) and Tom Yum Goong (Spicy and Sour Shrimp soup).

Mild, Medium, or Hot Spice!
If you can stand the heat, tell the chef to turn it up. That burn on your tongue comes from a class of pepper-based phytochemicals called capsaicins, which have been shown to clear congestion, lower cholesterol, and boost metabolism to reduce body fat. Taiwanese researchers even found that exposing developing fat cells to capsaicins caused them to die before they matured. And hey, who says you can’t break a little sweat at the dinner table?

Thai Foods are also Weight Watcher Friendly!

Curry, green chicken
(Gaeng Kheow Wan Gai)
1 cup = 7 points

Ginger chicken
1 cup = 7 points

Masman beef curry – Whereas most curries are made with a base of coconut milk, country-style curries are made with water. For that reason, choosing country-style can cut a couple hundred calories off your meal. Be warned, though: Without the presence of fat from coconut, water-based curries tend to be far spicier than their coconut-based cousins.
1 cup = 19 points

Pad si-iew
(Stir-fried beef with noodles)
1 cup = 6 points

Pad Thai
(rice noodles with chicken and shrimp)
1 cup = 9 points

Panang curry
with beef, 1 cup = 13 points
with chicken, 1 cup = 12 points
with pork, 1 cup = 14 points

Peanut sauce spicy
2 Tbsp = 4 points

Satay beef, with peanut sauce – These meat skewers are grilled and then coated in a spicy peanut sauce, which brings to your table lots of flavor and protein with relatively little fat. Consider this one of the good guys: An entree portion has fewer than 300 calories.

2 skewers with 1/4 cup sauce = 11 points
beef, without peanut sauce
2 skewers = 5 points
chicken, with peanut sauce
2 skewers (with 1/4 cup sauce) = 11 points
chicken, without peanut sauce
2 skewers = 3 points

Soup
hot and spicy chicken, 1 cup = 3 points
Thai chicken coconut, 1 cup = 8 points

Sticky rice with mango
1 cup sliced mangoes with
1/2 cup sticky rice = 9 points

Thai beef salad
1 cup = 14 points

Thai chicken salad
1 cup = 11 points

Thai coffee or tea
1 cup = 7 points

Thai grilled beef
(Nuea nam tok)
1/2 cup on lettuce leaves = 5 points

Thai seafood salad
2 cups = 10 points

Tom yum kung
1 cup = 2 points A high-protein, low-calorie soup featuring lean meat and mushrooms simmered in broth with lemongrass, cilantro, and other seasonings. You’ll do fine with any bowl of tom yum, but the best options are the ones that feature shrimp or mixed seafood.

1 comment

  1. Ed January 28, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    Love the Thai Food!