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Your Guide to Healthy Thai Food Including Recipes to Try at Home

When it comes to ordering Thai food, there’s nothing more comforting than a bowl of coconut-rich curry or golden-fried prawn rolls, but all of that indulgence can wreak havoc on your waistline.

To help you get that Thai flavour hit you crave without taking a hit on the scales, we’ve trawled the menus of three popular Thai restaurants for healthy Thai food,and thrown in a stack of healthy Thai recipes to try at home.

Spice I Am, Sydney

At legendary Spice I Am in Sydney, it’s easy to take a light approach. For starters, skip the deep-fried mini spring rolls in favour of fresh spring rolls or the house specialty of mieng kuay teaw: sliced pork, bean sprouts and mint wrapped in flat rice noodles. The salad section is also worth a look in, packed with low-fat, high-protein favourites such as healthy Thai beef salads, som tum (green papaya salad), and yum woon sen (mung bean vermicelli with pork, cuttlefish and prawns). Can’t make it to Spice I Am? Try these virtuous versions of Thai beef salad, som tum and yum woon sen at home.
Spice I Am Sydney

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Jinda Thai, Melbourne

Authentic Thai restaurant Jinda Thai in Abbotsford is famed for its sensational soups. Try the famed boat noodle soup, zesty tom yum goong, or clear po-tak with seafood, chilli and lime. Also zero in on the grilled offerings at such as marinated pork skewers or country-style barbecued chicken, served with metabolism-boosting with nam jim and a side of sticky rice (one of the top 5 healthy types of rice).

If you’re inspired to fire up the grill at home, try these other healthy Thai recipes, including lamb satay skewers, barbecue prawns on lemongrass sticks, and vegetarian yellow curry barbecue skewers.

Jinda Thai Melb

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My Thai Kitchen, Brisbane

For healthy Thai food in the Queensland capital, pay a visit to My Thai Kitchen in Milton. Order the Siamese fighting fish (steamed barramundi slathered in a tamarind, lemongrass and coriander sauce), and look on the light side when it comes to ordering curry, choosing the fiery jungle curry over its coconut-laden cousins.

My Thai Kitchen

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For more on healthy Thai food, read about 5 Thai dishes with great health benefits, or discover 3 ways to make your Thai cooking healthy.

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