POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand

A Cookbook

by Andy Ricker with JJ Goode

A cookbook featuring 50 recipes for Thai drinking food--an entire subset of Thai cooking that is largely unknown in the United States yet boasts some of most craveable dishes in the Thai canon, inspired by Andy Ricker's decades in Thailand and his beloved restaurant, Whiskey Soda Lounge.

A celebration of the thrill and spirit of Thai drinking food, Andy Ricker's follow-up to Pok Pok brings the same level of authority, with a more laid-back approach. Just as America has salted peanuts, wings, and nachos, Thailand has its own roster of craveable snacks: spicy, salty, and sour, they are perfect accompaniments for a few drinks and the company of good friends. Here, Ricker shares accessible and detailed recipes for his favorites: phat khii mao, a fiery dish known as "Drunkard's stir-fry; kai thawt, Thai-style fried chicken; and thua thawt samun phrai, an addictive combination of fried peanuts with makrut lime leaf, garlic, and chiles. Featuring stories and insights from the Thai cooks who taught Ricker along the way, this book is as fun to read as it is to cook from, and will become a modern classic for any lover of Thai cuisine.

Recent Reviews

If you're serious about Thai Cuisine, this is for you. If you want to dabble, it's not.

RuthAlice Anderson

2 Stars

The description of The Drinking Food of Thailand appealed to me. I like snacks and one dish meals, especially if they’re more interesting than carrot and celery sticks. These recipes certainly are. These are labor-of-love recipes that…

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Book Review - POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand by Andy Ricker with JJ Goode

Nick Soto

4.5 Stars

I love Thai food, it's so flavorful (especially the deep fried appetizers) and vibrant. I was super excited when I saw this book available for review so I can bring some Thai inspiration to my homecooked meals. The cookbook has around 50…

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Candace Robinson

4 Stars

I don’t know a lot about food from Tailsnd, so this was an interesting read for me. There are a lot of recipes that I am very interested in trying. Also, the pictures that accompanied the recipes looked absolutely delicious. My one complaint…

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POK POK A New Experience....

Misch Brannock

4 Stars

Well new for me, I love Thai food so this book added a new dimension to the usual recipes I see.Living in New York I know I'll be able to find most of the ingredients The Squid Salad jumped out at meas well as the Stir Fried Chicken…

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