Basic Recipes You'll Need to Learn to Cook Thai Meals
Thai cuisine is internationally famous for its perfect balance of flavors. Thanks to the harmony of the centuries-old Eastern and Western influences, Thai food has its own unique characteristics that enhance our tastebuds. As a beginner, you are required to understand the basic elements that can create endless flavors of Thai dishes.
Let’s take a look at the five most common recipes that play a part in Thai meals. They will surely help you perfect your Thai dishes and strengthen your culinary skills.
Thai Spicy Salad Dressing
Your tongue will explode when greeted with the complex and flavorful tastes of Thai spicy salad, which is a mixture of sliced green mango, roasted peanuts, chopped shallot, and boiled meat. The salad dressing is a combination of three main, including lime juice, fresh Thai green or red chilies, and Thai fish sauce. Mix 1 part fish sauce and 1.5 parts lime juice together, then add as many chilies as you want (Thai people love to make it extremely spicy), you can add sugar if you want to add sweetness in the dish, but that’s optional.
You should know that there are various kinds of spicy salad. This dressing is just one of many. However, this particular salad dressing works with other ingredients well if you want the taste to be more defined. For example, you can add this dressing in boiled shrimp and squid to make seafood salad, or you can add ground roasted rice and dried chilies in this dressing to make basic northeastern meat salads like Larb or Namtok.
Other than preparing salad dressing, you might want to make a basic dipping sauce as it tastes good with seafood. To make a dipping sauce for steamed seafood, you have to start with grinding garlic into a paste, then blend it with based dressing, then adjust the ingredients ratio of lime juice and fish sauce to balance between the sweet, salty, and sour flavor.
Meat Marinade Paste
Marinade paste is one of the main parts of many mouthwatering Thai meat-based dishes. To make a basic marinade paste, you have to prepare one part of whole white peppercorns, two parts of peeled garlic cloves, and two parts of chopped fresh coriander roots (you can use stems instead if you can’t find the roots), then you pound the ingredients into a smooth paste. Thai people use this paste in many local dishes such as grilled chicken, pepper-garlic pork, grilled skewered pork, and famous Thai fried chicken. This paste is regularly served in these dishes, but each of these recipes required extra seasonings such as palm sugar, Thai fish sauce, and soy sauce, so you have to know which of these ingredients works well together.
Red Curry Paste
You can’t cook Thai curry without using Thai curry paste! This Thai red curry paste is easy to make. Homemade curry paste creates more layers of flavor, it’s tastier and healthier, but it’s also okay too if you want to buy it from the store. When it comes to cooking Thai curry, you begin with frying red curry paste, then you add coconut milk, meat, and vegetables to the curry. When it comes to a boil, add fish sauce, and palm sugar. Throw in some basil leaves towards the end, and your red curry is ready!
Thai Chili Paste
Thai chili paste or Nam Prik Pao is a very basic ingredient in Thai food. Thai people use it as a dip and a bread spread, or even add in a salad to create more complex layers of flavors in a dish. It’s that easy for you to advance your cooking skills by using Nam Prik Pao since you can find it everywhere near your home, from the local food stall to big supermarkets, it’s just a few steps away from your door.
Coconut Dessert Cream
Sweetened coconut cream is used as the base for Thai desserts such as pumpkin and bananas in coconut cream, flour balls in coconut cream, and much more. It is not difficult to make at all. All you need to do is heat the coconut milk, add some palm sugar to sweeten it, and your sweetened coconut cream is ready to use. It’s a good idea to add a sprinkle of salt to bring out the complex flavors, too. Give it a try!
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