If you like food that is sweet, sour and has heat, then Thai cuisine will be right up your street. In fact, there are a few essential dishes that you absolutely have to try right now. Luckily, you can find out what they are, and how to make them easily.
A few peanuts
Tamarind 2 Tsp
fish sauce 3 tbsp
Sugar 2 Tsp
3 spring onions
sesame oil 2 tbsp
medium rice noodle 1 pk
180g Prawns or shrimp
75g bean sprouts
Sweet, salty, and tart, Pad Thai is a noodle dish that is popular all over the work and not just in Thailand and is usually at the top of any Thai restaurants’ menu. In fact, if you have a good Thai restaurant near to you it well worth going to sample this dish and see how it should be made properly. You might even be doubly lucky and have a place that does take out so you can enjoy it in the comfort of your own home!
However, don’t despair if you have to make your own version, as it is possible to do at home as well. To do so, you first need to cook the noodles, and then set them aside.
The second stage is to stir fry the shrimp and vegetables that you will be using while making up a paste from tamarind, fish sauce, and sugar. The next stage is to cook the egg, and for this make sure you have a decent amount of sesame oil on the pan; otherwise, it will stick.
Once it is cooked break it up and combine with the shrimp and vegetables. Then add the noodles and the paste and toss so the flavors penetrate the entire dish. Finally, service the noodles with crushed salted peanuts and a squeeze of lime! You won’t be disappointed!
Tom Yum Goong
This is a delicious Thai soup and is, in fact, one of the most popular dishes with natives and visitors to Thailand alike. The base is ideally made from shrimp stock like in this recipe here, but in a pinch, you can use chicken or even water!
You’ll need a few of the classic Thai flavors in this dish as well, including galangal, and the ever-popular fish sauce. Don’t panic if you catch a whiff of the stuff and wonder why you are adding it to your food when cooking either, because while it is very aromatic! However, it lends a wonderful salty, rich flavor to a dish when it’s cooked in.
It’s basically super simple to make this soup too, and all you need to do is bring the stock, or water to a boil and then cook the shrimp. After that, you can add in all the other ingredients apart from the lime juice, and allow it to boil until the shrimp are cooked through.
Lastly, add the lime juice and serve. Just don’t expect to have any leftovers for the next day, because this soup is delicious and once you have tried it, it is bound to end up as a regular on your family’s menu.