You can never go wrong with Thai food. Unless you can’t stand spicy food, that is. Then again, you can always ask for the non-spicy version if it comes to that. Indulging in Thai food is one of the best things you can do, and if you are uninitiated to this cuisine, it is about time that you discover it!
You can find excellent Thai restaurants all over the world, but I have to say that my best gastronomic experiences were in the country itself. This is to be expected, just as with any other cuisine. If you ever find yourself in Thailand - you should make it a point to do so, actually - make sure you check out these dishes, which I consider to be the best of Thai cuisine.
What better way to start a meal than with a fresh salad that gives a crunch that you can’t beat? Green mangos are not native to many western countries, but once you develop a taste for them, it is hard to forget the flavor. Thai green mango salad is one of the best ways to experience this fruit, which is naturally sour in flavor. Made right, however, you will not be overwhelmed with the sourness. Instead, it will be a delightful blend of sour, sweet, and salty flavors. Green mango salads usually include toppings such as shrimp (my choice!), pork, or chicken.
Another lovely starter is this soup called Tom Yam Goong. If there is only one soup that you should try, it is this! Tom Yam Goong consists mainly of shrimp and mushroom and has a sour and spicy flavor. The secret lies in the generous use of herbs such as lemongrass, shallots, and lime leaves. Before you even take the first spoonful, you will already fall in love with the aroma! Oh, and if you eat it with a steaming cup of rice, Tom Yam Goong can also serve as a main dish.
Satay is a popular dish in Southeast Asia, but one thing you should know: there are so many kinds of satay, but it is hard to compete with Thai chicken satay!
Satay is made using strips of chicken, which are marinated in a special sauce. As usual, what makes Thai chicken satay stand out is the blend of spices used in the marinade. Think lemongrass, turmeric, shallots, and more. To make the dish all the more luscious, don’t forget to get generous helpings of the peanut sauce.
This dish has given me more joy than any other Thai food. At the same time, it has given me a lot of heartache, if only because I can’t seem to find a version that truly satisfies my taste buds outside of Thailand.
Pad Thai might very well be the signature dish in Thai cuisine. This dish has so many variations, but it basically is made with noodles mixed with tofu, shrimp, bean sprouts, and meat (usually chicken or pork). Often, it also comes wrapped in a coat of light scrambled eggs. What makes it even more special is the topping of finely ground peanuts. My mouth waters at the thought!
This is no doubt a very limited list of what Thai cuisine has to offer. If you are limited in time and choices, however, make sure you get a taste of these dishes. You’ll fall in love with Thai food, for sure.
Sunny Craig is passionate about food of any kind. He will try just about anything, but he will always come back to his tried and tested favorites. His love affair with Thai food started when he went to learn Thai in Bangkok many years ago, and the rest is history as they say.
Rice is usually associated with Asian cuisine, but it plays a big role in Italian cooking as well. In Italy, the most popular rice dish is a Risotto, and it’s a perfect blend of creaminess and chewy texture that only comes from perfectly cooked rice. It takes a certain level of skill to get the perfect risotto, and you have to watch over the cooking process carefully. It’s definitely not something you can prepare by simply turning on a rice cooker and waiting half an hour. But if you do it properly, you’ll be rewarded with flavorful rice that goes with any kind of meat or seafood. It absorbs all kinds of flavors you want to add, and it will reflect your own creativity.
The best thing about making classic risotto is you don’t need anything fancy. All it takes is a simple medium pan and the right ingredients. Start off the process by adding a touch of olive oil to your pan. Now add as much garlic as you like, while saving some for the end of the cooking process as well. You want to begin with a nice aromatic base, so add some onions and let them brown gently. After a few minutes, it’s time to add your rice.
There are three main types of rice for risotto, and all of them have their own advantages and disadvantages.
Arborio rice - this is the most commonly used brand of Rice with risotto, and it’s the safest bet for a simple traditional recipe.
Carnaroli rice - you need to be careful when using this rice because it cooks quickly. It also absorbs moisture at a rapid pace so you need to keep the mixing constant.
Vialone Nano - go with this kind of rice if you want something with more texture and chewiness. It works perfectly whenever you’re adding something extra like seafood to your risotto.
Once you’ve added your rice to the pan, it’s time to put some liquid in as well. You can start off with a cup of white or red wine in the beginning. Let it cook until it evaporates, and then add enough stock to cover your rice. You can use any type of flavor stock you like, and make sure to experiment to find your favorite.
As your broth cooks, it will evaporate until your rice is visible again. At this point, you simply add more broth and repeat the process again. Do this about three times, or until you feel your rice is done. It might seem time-consuming, but making rice this way actually gives you a lot of control as long as you pay attention. Make sure to periodically taste test your result oh and add salt-and-pepper accordingly. Of course you also have the option to spice things up with a wider range of herbs and seasonings that will boost the flavor of your risotto even more. When it’s done, let it sit for a few minutes and then serve alongside your main dish.
Have Fun with It
The real fun of making risotto is being apart the process every step along the way. Your patience is rewarded by seeing uncooked rice turned into a culinary masterpiece blended with natural flavor. And it doesn’t just stop with the rice. You can find inspiration from some of the best chefs in the world who use ingredients like lobster and mushrooms to take the risotto to a whole new level. Don’t be afraid to go all out and splurge on the best quality ingredients you can find because it’s definitely worth it when you taste the extraordinary results.
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