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Thai-Inspired Meals for Summer

August 26, 2013

The Cookstr Weekly: Thai-Inspired Meals for Summer

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August 22, 2013


I got into a recent argument about whether Indian food or Thai food is more accessible for an adventurous but amateur American cook. By the end of the debate, I’d been convinced that my own apprehension about cooking Thai at home has gone on far too long. The common perception that Thai food is complicated and loaded with lots of complex ingredients is based in some truth, but largely overblown. Thai food relies on an ideal balance of sweet, salty, sour and bitter flavors, contributed by disparate elements to reach the harmonious (and deliciously addictive) balance you find in a good Thai dish.

While the cuisine varies across regions, there are a few ingredients that provide the definitive flavors of Thai food. Fresh herbs like lemongrass and Thai basil are common, as well as different types of fish sauce and chili paste. Investing in a few of these signature ingredients will allow you to experiment with a range of Thai dishes.

Warmest regards,

Kara Rota
Editorial Director

  by Katie Chin



Chiang Mai is the largest city in Northern Thailand, and one of its traditions is a khantoke dinner. A khantoke is a pedestal tray used as a small table while diners sit on the ground during a special meal like a wedding or housewarming. 

These easy and colorful appetizers are fit for a special occasion, but quick enough to serve anytime. Lemongrass, thai chili and fish sauce, as well as galangal or fresh ginger, create the balance of sweet, salty, sour and bitter flavors characteristic of Thai food. The accompanying Ginger Lime Dipping Sauce finishes the dish.

More Thai Recipes from Cookstr

New on Cookstr: Everyday Thai Cooking
by Katie Chin

A true lover of Asian cuisines, Katie Chin learned the secrets of Chinese cooking in her mother’s kitchen, the award-winning restaurateur Leeann Chin. Here at Cookstr, we’re big fans of their book Everyday Chinese Cooking. Over the years, Katie’s interest in other Asian foods has continued to evolve, with Thai food holding a very special place in her heart – and stomach! In Everyday Thai Cooking, Katie shares her recipe secrets along with tips, tools, and techniques that enable you to easily bring delectable homemade Thai dishes to your table. Try a few dishes from Katie’s new cookbook on Cookstr.

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