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Thai Restaurant Food -- Suggestions?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 11, 2012 at 7:48 PM

What do you recommend ordering at a Thai Restaurant? Looking to not gain weight. Are curries okay? Or coconut shrimp soup? Thank you.

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on October 12, 2012
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Larb (or laab) has roasted rice flour, in case you are not eating any grains at all. And tempted to downvote based on the "peanut satay" recommendation!

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on October 12, 2012
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Been meaning to make my own, but my food processor just died: http://thedomesticman.com/2012/08/07/panang-%E0%B8%9E%E0%B8%B0%E0%B9%81%E0%B8%99%E0%B8%87-curry-paste/

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on October 11, 2012
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Make your own panang at home, some recipes call for Peanut Butter, use almond nut butter instead. Also omit the soy products Plenty of different recipes on google :)

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on October 11, 2012
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Yes! Larb was my favorite even before paleo!

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The hot & sour shrimp soup is also to die for :)

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I am also interested in restaurant Thai curries. I hope someone has the inside scoop as to potentially hidden ingredients. Good question.

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sounds amazing!!

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on October 11, 2012
at 08:07 PM

Tom Ka Gai - Coconut Curry Soup (with chicken, lemongrass, mushrooms and cilantro)

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sounds amazing!!

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The hot & sour shrimp soup is also to die for :)

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on October 11, 2012
at 09:31 PM

Laab / larb! It's a salad usually made with minced chicken, beef, and flavored with fish sauce, lime juice, chili, and fresh herbs. Depending on the restaurant, there may or may not be toasted rice added (this is usually added towards the end, so you can probably ask them to omit it). Lots of protein.

The reality is that basically no dishes will be full-on paleo - almost everything prepared at a mainstream Thai restaurant will contain industrial oils, fish sauce, and/or sugar.

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on October 11, 2012
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Assuming you eat rice/rice noodles, lots of stuff works. I'm quite partial to the beef panang I get at my local Thai hole-in-the-wall.

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on October 11, 2012
at 11:52 PM

Make your own panang at home, some recipes call for Peanut Butter, use almond nut butter instead. Also omit the soy products Plenty of different recipes on google :)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 12, 2012
at 12:52 AM

Been meaning to make my own, but my food processor just died: http://thedomesticman.com/2012/08/07/panang-%E0%B8%9E%E0%B8%B0%E0%B9%81%E0%B8%99%E0%B8%87-curry-paste/

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on October 11, 2012
at 11:26 PM

I like a massaman curry because it's a mild curry with potatoes and cashews. Very filling. Rice is not needed.

Peanut satay is also fantastic, although the sauce is no doubt based with nasty seed oils.

Bottom line: If you're not making it yourself, there's bound to be icky ingredients like soy/canola or HFCS. Pick your poison for an occasional treat. One meal isn't going to set you back.

And I second bj's suggestion of larb. My restaurant serves it as beef larb (larb nueh), and it's about the most delicious Thai dish I've ever eaten.

E2d885a66875eb01e931d369fac7353c

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on October 11, 2012
at 11:39 PM

Yes! Larb was my favorite even before paleo!

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on October 12, 2012
at 08:57 PM

Larb (or laab) has roasted rice flour, in case you are not eating any grains at all. And tempted to downvote based on the "peanut satay" recommendation!

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on October 11, 2012
at 09:59 PM

If you're ok with rice, then you can have anything that isn't breaded or coated (like appetizers). Most noodles are rice noodles, if you go to an authentic place, you can find out if there are additives or thickeners in the curries or stir fry type dishes like spicy basil chicken. I also LOVE chicken larb - this would be good if you're low carb, or the yum nua, a warm steak over salad with a lime, fish sauce, cilantro type sauce. The only issue is that there might be preservatives or msg in certain brands, but I think that this matters more if you are eating out every day. Also, it can be fun to try to make your favorite dish at home. Unless it is pad thai, they are pretty simple, and fun to experiment with!

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on October 11, 2012
at 09:24 PM

I would guess it's best to avoid anything fried as they probably fry in some kind of seed oil rather than coconut oil. Also maybe check if they add MSG?

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