Thai food at home
I've got a late night date this week and we both love Thai food. I'm on abit of budget but would love to wow him with some cooking at home. Anyone have any tips or ideas? (Would love any Asian themed desserts too!) Thanks in advance.
Thai curries are quick, easy, and delicious if you use a good commercial paste. My current favorites are made by Mae Ploy.
For a basic green chicken curry, heat your wok, add a little oil, stir-fry a tablespoon of paste (more if you like it hot, less if you like it mild) for a few seconds, then add a can of coconut milk and chunks of thigh meat. Simmer until the chicken is almost done, throw in some veggies, and serve over steamed jasmine rice, garnished with basil.
A *fantastic* cookbook for beginners is "Simply Thai" by Wandee Young and Byron Ayanoglu. The ingredients are usually readily available, most dishes can be prepared in less than 30 mins including prep time, and the end results are excellent both in flavour and presentation. The book contains the recipes from Canada's first Thai restaurant, Young Thailand, which is the establishment that made me the Thai addict I am today. I really can't recommend it highly enough and it's available at many libraries and bookstores (not just in Canada).
If you're looking for something more advanced, Thompson or Loha-Unchit are the way to go.
I would recommend a noodle dish and a curry. A red curry would probably be great, as it's easy to make, not too spicy, and has very colourful, visually appealing end results. Pad See Eew (stir fried fresh rice noodles with chinese broccoli) would be a perfect foil, as it has no chillies and would serve to cool the mouth.
As for desserts, deep fried bananas with coconut cream and ice cream is a great way to end a meal.
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I am assuiming you have an asian market nearby where you can get fish sauce, which is required for most Thai recipes.
One of my favorites is the Basil Chicken recipe found here: http://thaitable.com/Thai/recipes/Chi...
I'd recommend the three crabs fish sauce which is a bit less salty than som other brands. Also, if you decide to make this, don't skimp on the basil!