Many love to try new foods in restaurants, but many don’t realize how easy it can be to make the same dishes at home. Cooking Thai food at home doesn’t have to be intimidating. The secret to creating authentic Thai cuisine is having the key ingredients on hand; after that a world of delightful, spicy flavor awaits you.
Chances are you don’t keep a wide variety of ethnic foods stocked in your pantry. However, if you enjoy Thai food and want to recreate your favorite dishes at home you will need a few basic ingredients. Fish sauce, palm sugar, tamarind and shrimp paste are almost always a staple ingredient in most dishes, and can be found at almost every grocery store. Fresh herbs are also a major part of Thai food; cilantro root, ginger, and basil are relatively inexpensive and versatile; use them in your everyday recipes so they won’t go to waste. No need to invest in new pots or pans; most Thai dishes simply require a wok and a simmering pan.
Thai fish sauce
You’ve likely seen this versatile condiment on every Thai restaurant table. Gather together 1 tablespoon fresh, minced garlic, fish sauce, 3 tablespoons lime juice (about 1/2 lime) and 2 finely chopped Thai chili peppers. (be sure to Always be sure to wear gloves when handling chilies. ) Next, simply add all the ingredients together in a small dish and serve. The perfect compliment to any Thai meal!
Eggplant dipping sauce
This dipping sauce is perfect for veggie lovers and it pairs well will raw veggies. Simply boil 6 cups water, then add 1/4 pound diced eggplant.once eggplant is soft and pliable, place into food processor with the juice of 1 like, 2 crushed garlic cloves,1 sliced shallot and 3 Thai chilies. Blend until smooth, refrigerate and enjoy.
Spicy Thai Mango salsa
For those seeking a more fiery pallet, this spicy Thai salsa is sure to satisfy. Peel and dice one large mango, chop 1/4 cup cilantro and 2 cloves garlic and combine with 2 tablespoons like juice and red chili paste. Combine mixture into bowl, cover with plastic and refrigerate. This sauce is a perfect combination of sweet and spice, with a fruity twist. It pairs well with meat of any kind, whether it’s rubbed as a marinade on steak, chicken, pork and even seafood. It’s also a fun dipping sauce for spring rolls.