Thailand’s cuisine has an uncanny ability to entice food connoisseurs with its enticing aromas. Its thick and creamy curries, fragrant sauces, flavorful appetizers, and decadent sweets will entice you to return time and time again. The key to creating any Thai cuisine is to master the five major flavors – sour, bitter, salty, sweet, and spicy – by balancing them precisely. As a result, each Thai dish is never dull, always delivering the much-needed punch to your tongue.
#1 Rice with Pineapple
One of my favorite Thai dishes is rice with pineapple. It’s super simple to make and tastes delicious. All you need to do is cook rice according to the instructions on the package, and then serve it in a dish with pineapple chunks. Pineapple is juicy, has a slightly tart flavor which cuts through the salty taste of the fish sauce, and adds some sweetness to the dish.
#2 Chewy Roll
Chewy roll is a popular Thai dessert that’s made from a dough fill with crispy noodles, sweet syrup, and coconut. The key to making this Thai dessert is to make sure you use freshly grated coconut and cooked noodles. Then you’ll want to combine the two ingredients as well as sugar, eggs, honey, salt, and cardamom in a bowl. In order for the dough to be chewy like its name suggests, it needs to rest overnight in the fridge- if not then it will be hard-to-chew instead of chewy. Finally after letting it rest for twelve hours, you can cook the dough by frying them on both sides until they turn golden brown.
#3 Salad with Pomelo
Salad with Pomelo is a dish that’s only available during the summertime. It’s a light, refreshing dish that can be serve as an appetizer or a side dish. The dressing for this salad is also mix with crush peanuts to give it some crunch. What I like about this particular Thai dish is that it has a sour taste that cuts through the salty flavors of the fish sauce.
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#4 Curry Massman
The curry has a rich and creamy consistency with an intense flavor. There are many variations of the dish depending on what type of meat you choose to use. For example, chicken curry mas will have more of a sweet taste because it’s blend with tomato sauce.
The key to making Thai food taste delicious lies in balancing these elements perfectly with each other so the dish doesn’t come out bland or too overbearing. Thailand’s unique blend of Indian and Chinese influences have led to a distinctive style of cooking that uses ingredients such as lemongrass, galangal root, kaffir lime leaves and chilies (among others) to create an endless variety of dishes like rice with pineapple or salad with pomelo dressing.
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