Dessert for a Thai dinner?
- lulubelle Aug 21, 2010 01:43 AM
I'm having a dinner party this week and cooking up a mess of yummy, spicy, fresh Thai food. I've got a signature cocktail and some good beer, and the menu is all set, except dessert. Tradition would suggest mango and sticky rice, but I really don't like mango much, and anyway, people kind of expect over the top desserts from me, heavy on the chocolate, and richer than Bill Gates. Any ideas for something thematically appropriate (although I would be fine with anything somewhat "Asian" or tropical,; I am not a stickler for authenticity), but that still meets my guests' expectations for something a little over the top?
How fancy do you want to get?
You could do something simple, like cube fresh pineapple, fresh mango, banana chunks, and coconut chunks to make a fresh tropical fruit salad. If you wanted to get a little fancier than that, you could drizzle with honey, or, alternatively, put them in individual serving cups (like sundae cups) and top with whipped cream.
If you have an ice cream maker, how about a simple pomegranate sorbet?
Or you could serve fresh pineapple with coconut ice cream or coconut sorbet.
Here's a recipe for Warm Pineapple Glazed in Dark Rum. It's the second recipe on that page, the first is for coconut ice cream (which again would require you to have an ice cream maker). Coconut ice cream isn't usually too hard to find, or you could serve the pineapple by itself or with some other type of ice cream, whatever's available locally. The pineapple recipe looks pretty easy.
For something a little more unusual, here's a recipe that uses honey, cayenne flakes, and grilled pineapple:
And if you want to get REALLY fancy, how about a pineapple mousse?
Panna cotta made with coconut milk would be my suggestion, perhaps served with a spiced chocolate sauce and/or crushed macadamia brittle and/or passionfruit puree, in keeping with the complexity and decadence of your usual desserts? ;)
Could you make a layered pie? I was thinking one layer a coconut milk custard, one layer chocolate silk pie, with a gingersnap crust, maybe make a mango or passionfruit sauce to spoon over for those who want it.
And the heck with meeting their expectations! Shake 'em up a bit! Mix it up! Do something different! It's all good.
I missed the part where you said you don't like mango. In a fresh tropical cocktail you could replace the mango with papaya and/or passion fruit. Instead of typical grocery store bananas, hit an Asian market and get some of the little, sweet, delicious finger bananas.
Let us know what you end up serving, I'm dying of curiosity by now, LOL!
We had prawns wrapped in wonton skins (like cigars) deep fried and served with shot glasses of sweet chili sauce for dipping, Tom Yum Gai, Green Papaya Salad and Massaman curry (beef) and for dessert I ended up making lime cupcakes filled with lime curd and frosted with coconut frosting. Not traditional, but yummy!