How to Prepare for a Thai Dinner Party - Our Guide
With its flavorful dishes and a wide range of recipes, Thai cuisine is a perfect choice for any dinner party. Regardless of your cooking skills and the time you’re willing to spend on preparing the dishes, you will certainly find the right menu for you. One benefit of preparing Thai cuisine is that many things can be prepared well in advance, and all you need to do is put them together when your party starts. This article will give you some ideas on how to cook the best Thai dishes for your next dinner party!
Thai Finger Foods
Appetizers or finger foods are a must when it comes to evening parties. They allow your guests to enjoy the food while still being able to mingle with other guests at the same time. Thai Chicken Satay Sticks are undoubtedly one of the easiest foods to prepare as well as impress. They can be prepared in the oven or on the grill, making them ideal for both indoor and outdoor parties. Thai Fresh Spring Rolls are another great appetizer that every guest loves. Not only do these fresh rolls look beautiful, but they are also wonderfully delicious as well. They can also be made vegetarian or gluten-free, catering to every guest’s dietary preferences. Miang Khum is also an appetizer option that will deliver a magnificent blend of flavors and textures that your guests won’t be able to get enough of!
When it comes to the main course, nothing beats a good dish of curry or noodles. There are many different variations of curry, such as Green Curry, Massaman Curry, Yellow Curry, and Red Curry. As many curries tend to taste better the next day, you can even cook it up one day before the event. Now, all you have to do when your guests arrive is heat it up and add some fresh toppings such as fresh basil or coriander before serving!
If curry is not your forte, then consider making noodle dishes as your main course. Make sure that you soak the noodles the day before the event, then drain and rinse them with cold water. Cover your noodles and keep them in the refrigerator until they need to be cooked. If you are making Pad Thai, make sure that you prepare the sauce in advance and refrigerate. To be extra organized, prepare all your fresh ingredients and store them in the refrigerator ahead of time. If you are cooking hot enough Pad Thai only takes a few minutes per portion to cook - but do avoid cooking too large a portion at the same time.
A dinner party is not complete without dessert. Mango Sticky Rice is a classic Thai dessert that is also easy to make. Thai Fried Bananas are another amazing choice as they are a perfect answer to sugar cravings. For something simple and delicious, Thai Style Creme Caramel is something that can be made the day before until you are ready to serve. One great thing about all these dessert dishes is that they can be made vegan and gluten-free as well!
Thai Beers, Wine and Cocktails
Of course you also need great drinks to wash down your feast. In addition to standard beverages you might want to add Thai alcohol to your list of drink menu as well. Beyond the well known Chang and Singha, Thailand has an increasing selection of craft beers - Chiang Mai beer and Chalawan are 2 of the most well know examples
If you are more into wine, then see if you can find a bottle of Thai wine. Thailand may not be famous for it's wine but vineyards like Monsoon Valley and Gran Monte are slowly making a name for themselves.
Finally you could release the inner mixologist in you and get creative with Thai flavours to create your own Thai cocktails (see what you can make from lemongrass). An example of this is our Tom Yum Mocktail which we serve during our cooking classes at The Market Experience Cooking school in Bangkok.
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