One very popular vegetarian Thai recipe that takes less than fifteen minutes to make on your own is Thai Spring Rolls. For this recipe, you need some spring roll wrappers, which are usually available in the fresh food section of your local grocery store. (If you cannot find them there, check your local Asian food store.) Mix together bean sprouts, chopped green cabbage and green onions, grated carrots, and some cooked thin rice noodles. If you want to make your spring rolls even more filling, you can add some pieces of scrambled eggs and grilled tofu. Flavor this mixture with some basil, mint, soy sauce, and lime juice. Soak the spring roll wrappers in cold water for ten to twenty seconds, or until you can bend them. Spoon some of the mixture into each spring roll wrapper and roll. Serve with some soy sauce to dip your Thai spring rolls.
Another choice when looking for vegetarian Thai recipes is tofu satay with peanut sauce and cucumber salad. Peanut sauce is something that can be bought from a grocery store; just make sure you read the ingredients to make sure that it’s actually vegetarian. Cucumber salad, though, is something that you’ll have to make yourself. Slice a seedless cucumber and a small red onion into thin pieces. Toss with rice wine vinegar, sugar, and salt, and put in the refrigerator for around thirty minutes to allow the flavors to blend together. In the meantime, cut up tofu into bite size pieces and thread onto bamboo skewers that have been soaking in water for at least fifteen minutes. Brush the tofu with a mixture of soy sauce and chili paste to flavor it. (Use less chili paste if you don’t like a lot of spice.) Grill the skewers and serve with the peanut sauce and cucumber salad.
A final choice when trying your hand at creating a variety of vegetarian Thai recipes is to make Pad Thai. While it looks like it would be hard to make, it’s actually pretty easy. All you need to do is cook up some flat rice noodles and toss in a mixture of sugar, vinegar, soy sauce, and water. Add a bunch of vegetables (mushrooms, shredded carrots, bean sprouts), and some scrambled egg and cubed tofu, and stir-fry until the whole dish is warm. Sprinkle the whole dish with ground up peanuts, and you have a dish fit for a restaurant, but without any meat or meat-based sauces.
You can make similar substitutions in any Thai recipe to create your own at-home version of vegetarian Thai recipes. Anytime a recipe calls for meat, you can substitute with tofu. And, instead of using oyster sauce or fish sauce, you can mix up some soy sauce with some Thai chili paste to give yourself a similar flavor without any meat. With these easy recipes, you’ll always be able to enjoy your favorite vegetarian Thai recipes without any concern about any meat getting mixed in.