When you’re planning out your next dinner party, you don’t have to always stick to the holiday classics. As good as baked ham, mashed potatoes, and steamed green beans are, you can also branch out. Try creating a menu straight out of Thailand, instead. Here’s how you can include Thai cuisine at your next dinner party.
For starters, why not prepare some chicken satay? These appetizers are skewers of grilled chicken. However, the key is to add the right amounts of marinade and smoke to kick up the flavors involved. So what does that mean? You’ve got to use these: fish sauce, soy sauce, lime juice, and a mix of spices. For best results, use wooden skewers. Grilling makes the chicken crispy and smoky all at once.
Once you’ve had a round of appetizers, it’s time to move on. While we wouldn’t blame you if you just wanted to pair the satay with some plain white rice and Thai iced tea to drink, you should take a chance on this example of Thai cuisine with an unusual name. This dish is grilled steak paired with a dipping sauce made from dry chili. Almost any cut of steak will do, but you might want to use rib eye or New York strip if you can afford to get them.
You’ve had pad thai. Now give pad see-ew a try, because when you see it, you won’t be saying “ew.” These rice noodles are another example of Thai cuisine that is salty and smoky. You just need to find a darker soy sauce.
Spicy Peanut Sauce
The dipping sauce for the chicken satay is one you can’t miss out on. Peanut butter, hot water, hot sauce, rice vinegar, and red curry paste are just some of the ingredients you need to create this sauce.
Coconut Mango Sticky Rice
Finally, you’ll need something to cool down the burn from the peanut sauce. That’s why coconut mango sticky rice is the perfect dessert. Known as khao niao mamung, this is sticky rice topped with coconut milk and garnished with mango slices. Be sure to mix cornstarch in with the coconut to get rid of unsightly lumps. And if you’d like to raise the flavor profile, then experiment with ataulfo mangoes instead of the more common mangoes you’d find.
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