This new iPhone app, called Thai Cook, claims to have over 100 recipes to help you cook Thai food. The main screen gives you different categories such as curries, grilled, seafood and desserts. Click on one of these icons and you go into a new screen which gives you a list of dishes together with a thumbnail. The number of chilli icons gives you an idea of how spicy that dish is. The names of dishes are sometimes translated into English, like “Indian curry Beef”, or in Thai like “”Kaeng Hang Le”. For those familiar with the proper Thai names of these dishes, the English names are a bit confusing sometimes. Click through to any dish of your choice and you are given a list of ingredients and cooking method.
The Thai Cook app is nicely presented and probably has much of what you need to cook these dishes. It has a couple of bonuses like “Where to eat” and “Cooking Classes” but they are very limited in this first edition. I was curious why each page was a bit slow to open so I turned on “airplane mode”. This immediately shut everything down. Apparently everything comes from their web server. Several food websites are credited as sources. Which explains some of the messy copy and paste. I saw one page which said click for more and another that said “buy cheep cook books”. Neither had active links unlike the real website pages which I have now found. The release price of this app is 99 Cents but is free at the moment if you are quick.
UPDATE: For some reason this app has now been removed from iTunes. Not sure why but possibly for copyright reasons. (5/Oct/2011)