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A Week's Worth of Recipes from Pok Pok

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This week's guest editor is JJ Goode, the writer behind Andy Ricker's new cookbook, Pok Pok. This week, JJ shares some of his favorite recipes from the book, interviewed Andy about Thai cooking, and convinced us all to pick up a book and get in the kitchen.

Today, we'll take one last journey into Pok Pok's Thailand -- and we're giving away copies of the book!

Chefs often enjoy putting their own spins on food, reinterpreting or playing off classic dishes, making them fresh while establishing their own styles and identities. But Andy Ricker’s respect for Thai food, developed over his 20 years of travel to Thailand, is so powerful that its replication is his life’s work. No shortcuts, no substitutions, no cheating -- just dishes so true and accurate, that they are indistinguishable from their Thai archetypes.

Here are the recipes JJ Goode shared this week that made Thailand seem so close to home. 

Andy Ricker's Yam Khai Dao (Fried Egg Salad)

Pok Pok's Salt-Crusted Fish with Chile Dipping Sauce


Pok Pok's Phat Si Ew 


Pok Pok's Khao Niaw Mamuang (Sticky Rice with Mango and Salty-Sweet Coconut Cream)

Photos by Austin Bush

We're giving away 3 copies of Pok Pok: Food and Stories from the Streets, Homes, and Roadside Restaurants of Thailand! To enter, leave a comment telling us about a recipe you've picked up while traveling. We'll pull winners next week!

Tags: food52, food 52, recipe, pok pok, jj goode, thai

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almost 2 years ago SuzannahJane

Last time I was in Stockholm my husband and I did a meatball tour and I'm still trying to perfect it at home :)


almost 2 years ago cookinginvictoria

While travelling in Ireland many years ago, I fell in love with delicious, slightly crumbly Irish brown bread, which I have tried to recreate it in my own kitchen. In Galway I liked it best slathered with sweet butter and topped with smoked salmon . . . heaven on earth!


almost 2 years ago Leigh A

My favorite recipe that I've picked up while traveling is tofu in tomato sauce that was served every where in Vietnam, especially in and around Hanoi.


almost 2 years ago Geri Baumblatt

was taken out to a local restaurant in Santorini on our honeymoon and were introduced to fava. Started ordering it everywhere while there & asking for people tips on how to make it.


almost 2 years ago Andrea

Norwegian sukker brod (sugar bread, or delicious cake!) while living in Panama, from a fellow volunteer, and tamales from my host family.


almost 2 years ago Yana

Sví?ková with knedliky - traditional Czech dish.


almost 2 years ago Isi

It's got to be greek feta salad whilst visiting the tiny greek island of amorgos. Simple but beautiful and always reminds me of that trip!


almost 2 years ago Lani

Paella while living in Spain


almost 2 years ago Emily Love

i lived in thailand for seven months and som tam sai khao neow (papaya salad with sticky rice) was by far my favorite street food- i think i ate it almost everyday! i've been trying to recreate it with ingredients available in the US with recipes from wonderful thai friends.


almost 2 years ago Darlene Wright

Haven't really picked up any recipes while traveling but I'd love to win the cookbook! Thanks!


almost 2 years ago Jennifer Johnson

I learned how to cook Ethiopian food as a (non-Ethiopian) teenager hanging out with the maids & cooks I knew in Gondar Province. Specifically, I learned duba wot: spicy pumpkin stew that I rarely find on restaurant menus. I like to make it for friends who can handle the heat, during the winter months, when we all need some warmth.


almost 2 years ago sharon shelby

Fish cakes from Thomaston, Maine!


almost 2 years ago sks4321

Tandoori chicken with a side of cumin-spiced cauliflower from a roadside stand on the way to the Taj Mahal!


almost 2 years ago AmyL

Hainan chicken with rice while I was in Singapore. Simply yet delicious street food.


almost 2 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Mofongo from Puerto Rico.


almost 2 years ago Sarah Delaney Pelletier

Tortilla in Spain.


almost 2 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Churros con chocolate in Barcelona. Its now become a favourite in our home!


almost 2 years ago Katie Nhem

A recipe for baked ginger chicken wings (picked up from my travels to the bookstore)! :D


almost 2 years ago Angela Norris Hirschauer

Burmese Tea Leaf Salad


almost 2 years ago missfats

I've recently been trying to recreate Nasi Lamak, my favorite dish while traveling through Malaysia! Not nearly as spicy as the original, but it's getting close!