What Thais eat when they’re sick


“Thai food is notoriously known for being spicy. However, there are many staple Thai dishes which are not. A very common dish on the dinner table is Tom Jued, or clear soup with minced pork. Growing up, this was my go-to whenever I caught a cold because it is gentle on the stomach and easy to digest. This dish is also great for children and the elderly. For vegetarians, you can ditch the meatballs and add extra vegetables!”

-Sai Jurawanichkul, MS, LAc

Serving for 2


Meatballs: (optional)
75g minced pork
10g coriander root (finely chopped)
4 garlic (finely chopped
salt to taste

375 ml of chicken stock or water
60g chinese cabbage
60g soft tofu, cut into pieces
25g of glass noodles
light soy sauce to taste
ground black pepper to taste
5g Chinese celery (chopped)
1 spring onion (chopped)


(optional) To make the “meat balls,” mix the pork, coriander root, garlic and salt together and roll them into small dime-size balls

Boil the chicken stock or water, then add the meatballs until they are cooked.

Add tofu and chinese cabbage and let simmer for about two minutes.

Add the glass noodles, soy sauce and black pepper.

Turn off the heat and garnish with Chinese celery and spring onions.



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