Thai food is exotic, fragrant, and visually stunning, making it perfect for a dinner party. For those who need a bit of help planning their Thai-themed menu, here are a few ideas to get you started.
Tom Yum Soup
Incredibly fragrant and bursting with flavor, tom yom soup is a Thai hot and sour soup that is popular all over South East Asia. The three key ingredients of this soup are lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves, so try to ensure that these three ingredients are as high quality as possible. When it comes to the protein within the soup, you can use anything from shrimp or squid to chicken or tofu, or even a mix of them all.
Green Papaya Salad
An authentic Thai green papaya salad is truly addictive. Hot and crunchy, while savoury and sour at the same time, this is a salad that is hard to put down, and will no doubt please all of your guests at a dinner party. While green papaya is the key ingredient within this salad, the dressing is really what makes it, so, if you cannot find green papaya anywhere near you, feel free to substitute this with anything from cucumber to swede. When it comes to the dressing, there are many different versions out there, so try out a few to find one that you love, ensuring that it is tangy and deliciously more-ish.
Green Curry and Red Curry
While there are many different curries within Thai cuisine, green and red are amongst some of the most popular. The main difference between the two is in the curry paste that is used. Green curry paste will usually include fresh green chillies, which is what gives it its vivid green color, shallots, lemongrass, coriander root, garlic, kaffir lime rind, shrimp paste, white pepper and sea salt. On the other hand, red curry paste consists of dried long red chillies, cumin, coriander root, shallots, lemongrass, garlic, kaffir lime rind, shrimp paste, white pepper, sea salt and galangal. As you can see, there are not many differences between the two, and it is really the chillies that set these dishes apart. Nevertheless, it still makes for a visually appealing table to include both on your menu, and gives your guests some extra choice, with out too much added work on your part.
A Simple Stir Fry
Stir fries are so quick and easy to throw together, and are a great way to add some variety to your table. Choose a protein and a few vegetables, and then decide on a sauce that would really help to merge all their flavours. Whether you opt for something sweet and nutty, with peanut butter and brown sugar, sweet and sour, with lime juice, fish sauce and brown sugar, or classic and tangy, with oyster sauce and soy sauce, this is a dish that is bound to please.
When it comes to Thai desserts, there are many different options for you to try if you are feeling adventurous. Sweet Thai crepes are great for buffet-style dinner parties, while a homemade coconut ice cream can be served with a variety of different toppings. Alternatively, you could always opt for something fruity, such as individual fruit pies, because that way you can make use of the wide range of tropical fruits out there.
A Thai-themed dinner party not only means that you can serve up deliciously exotic food, but it also means that you can have some fun with the décor. From ornamental Buddha statues to decorative chopsticks, feel free to go all out with the Thai theme and make the night as spectacular as possible.