Thailand holds the honor of being home to the worlds Best Dish according to CNN Travel with their Massaman curry.
Aromatic and balanced, Thai cooks strive to find a harmonious balance between sour, salty, sweet, bitter, and spicy. Speaking of spicy……Thailand boasts 79 different varieties of chili from mildly spicy sweet, to burn your head off scorching hot.
Another distinct feature of Thai cuisine is that Thai cooks favour fresh herbs over dried, and most dishes include the addition of fresh herbs like Thai basil, mint, cilantro, Vietnamese coriander, and kaffir lime leaves. Here are just a few of the incredible array of recipes you should try at home: Pork and Pineapple fried rice. It is well worth it to take the extra step of slow cooking your own pork for this recipe, and making sure to use fresh pineapple. The only place I deviated from the recipe is that I grilled my pineapple, then tossed it in. This Slow Cooker Thai Curry with basmati rice and snap peas is nice because the base of it is cooked over time during the day without being babysat. I eliminated the mussels because I didn’t have any, and the dish was still delicious!
Pad Thai is almost everyone’s Thai intro dish, and its not surprising at all. What is surprising is how many restaurants don’t get it right! When it is done correctly, it is delicious, but when it is a gelatinous pile of rice noodles with zero flavour and a few chunks of tofu….well…..yeah, no good. It is very easy to make, and I highly encourage you to try it at home. Things move quickly at the end of the dish, so get all of your ingredients chopped and measured so that you can dump and go when you need to. You can feel free to change up your protein as you wish, traditionally it is tofu and/or shrimp, but you can easily sub in chicken if you prefer.
Rich, fragrant and packed full of flavour, Thai Coconut Soup with shrimp is a lot easier than it tastes! This recipe makes a great starter to any thai meal, as it isn’t super hearty. Don’t skip or sub any ingredients with this one, they all play a roll, and you might surprise yourself with how much you actually LIKE fish sauce! (Just don’t smell it ahead of time!).
Pad See Ew (Thai stir fried noodles), this recipe, like many Thai recipes, is VERY simple. There aren’t a ton of complex ingredients, and every ingredient counts. You can likely whip this one up in under 10 minutes. I added chopped peanuts and green onion to top off this dish after it was completed. Easy, peasy!