Yum Kai Tom Thai Spicy Egg Salad

Yum Kai Tom Thai Spicy Egg Salad

Yum Kai Tom Thai Spicy Egg Salad

This is a truly unique dish from Thailand, and not always easy to find. Typically a dish you might see at an Isaan restaurant, which serves foods common to the East and Northeast of Thailand. In this region they eat a lot of fresh salads with herbs. If you’re a hard-boiled egg lover you will find this dish is perfect, and a nice substitution to typical deviled eggs you might take to a party. 

Yum Kai Tom, or the Spicy Egg Salad would take you a total of 15 minutes or less to throw together, as long as you already have eggs hard boiled.  You’ve probably never tried a dish like this before, so take a chance! A simple, healthy, filling dish.

What You Need: One serving

Hard-Boiled Eggs: 2 cut into quarters
Fresh Mint: 1/2 cup
Shallots : 2-3 small sliced
Fresh Lemongrass: 4 inches of stalk diced
Cucumber: 1/2 cup chopped
Lime (or lime juice): 2 tablespoons
Fish Sauce: 1 tablespoon
Palm Sugar: 2 teaspoons
Fresh Thai Chilies: 1-2 depending on your spice preference. No chilies if you don’t like spicy food!

1. Cut your 2 hard boiled eggs into 4 quarters each

2. Place your 8 quarters of hard boiled eggs on a plate, yolk facing up.

3. Chop cucumbers into small chunks and fill 1/2 cup

4. Slice your lemongrass stalk (about 4 inches, or 1/4 cup) into thin slices.

5. Slice 2-3 small shallots thinly

6. Wash fresh mint and fill 1/2 cup with leaves

7. In a small bowl, combine lemongrass, cucumbers, shallots, and mint.

8. In a small bowl make your sauce by combining 1 tablespoon fish sauce, 2 teaspoons palm sugar, and 2 tablespoons of lime juice. If you want spicy, add your fresh diced Thai chilies. Mix together well.

9. Mix your sauce into the bowl with the lemongrass, cucumbers, shallots, and mint. For optimal flavor, allow to sit for a while.

10. Pour mixture of all ingredients on top of hard boiled eggs. Need more sauce? Make another batch.

11. Option: Leave eggs cut in half and make individual serving sizes by placing the mixture of ingredients on top of each half egg. Bite sized!


Looking for another authentic Thai Salad? Try the Yum Ta Krai, or Lemongrass Salad.

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