Dish of the Day: Traditional Thai Kailan With Salted Fish (Kana Pla Kem)

Dish of the Day: Traditional Thai Kailan With Salted Fish (Kana Pla Kem)

“Attention to Thai food lovers, SAWADIKA!”

Living in Malaysia is a gift because you get to enjoy many different types of cuisines. As for fans of Thai food, you can get your favourite meals at the numerous Thai restaurants and establishments around the country. There is a wide range of Thai dishes that you can choose from such as Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai, and Som Tam. There are just so many of them that it feels guilty not to include them in the list.

Kana Pla Kem

If you love authentic Thai food, then you must be no stranger to traditional Thai kailan with salted fish or Kana Pla Kem. It is a definite must to order, especially when you serve it along with rice and other dishes like sweet and sour fish or tom yam. It is a healthy dish because vegetables contain nutrients that we need such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C and the cooking method helps to prevent the loss of nutrients.

The dish also provides a nice change from the usual sour and spicy flavours of Thai food ,and not to mention, the aroma of the salted fish makes it more appetising. Some fans even claim that it feels incomplete not to have kailan with salted fish whenever they eat rice. As it provides both nutrients and is a delight to our taste buds, Kana Pla Kem is indeed a dish that is not to be overlooked. 

Cook It at Home

If you plan to cook this delicious dish at home, you can! It is so simple that you can make it almost everyday and just whip it up in a short period of time. All you need are kailan vegetables, garlic, chilli, and an essential ingredient, salted fish.

  • First of all, you have to fry the salted fish in oil until it turns golden brown.
  • Next, add some garlic and continue to fry. After that, put the kailan and red chilli together in the pan.
  • Fry it together for a while and you’re good to go.
  • You don’t need to add salt because the salted fish is sufficienty salty enough to add to the taste of kailan.
  • Enjoying Kana Pla Kem with hot steamed rice and omelette for lunch or dinner definitely hits the spot. 

Thai Restaurants in KL

There are a number of famous Thai restaurants that you can visit, located in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Some of the famous Thai restaurants that you can try are Rama V Fine Thai Cuisine, Erawan, BAAN 26, and My Elephant. Absolute Thai on the other hand, has many branches all over Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya, so you can satisfy your craving for Thai food wherever and whenever you want.

These restaurants not only serve a variety of Thai food but the decor also makes you feel like you are in Thailand. The music playing in the background transports you to the amazing land of Thailand while you’re enjoying the amazing food. They have talented chefs that are from Thailand to prepare original Thai recipes using authentic ingredients. 

When was the last time you paid a visit to Thai restaurant? Planning to visit one soon? Next time when you order rice and some other dishes, don’t forget about traditional Thai kailan with salted fish. The taste and aroma will elevate your dining experience immediately.

Not to mention, vegetables will make it a balanced meal. You can try to make it by yourself at home too using the simple recipe above. If you cannot go to Thailand, you can try to bring Thailand to you.

Deliver to Your Door

Craving for some Thai food but you just don’t have the time? Well, you can order it for delivery via foodpanda. Many Thai restaurants have collaborated with foodpanda to bring the best Thai food right to your doorstep.

Can you guess our next dish of the day?

Article Written By Anna

Anna is an absolute foodie, and lives by the motto that food is happiness. She is a writer by day and a gamer by night. She believes that good food comes from all over and is constantly amazed by the passion and dedication it takes to make food that warms the soul.

Join the discussion!

Share this story