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Thai Food Feast for a Family Buffet

During the recent holidays we visited relatives, like so many people do. While there we decided to make a big Thai feast to celebrate Dad’s birthday! So we gathered piles of fresh and frozen ingredients, and planned a buffet supper supreme!

I started out with that staple that pleases everyone, Pad Thai noodles. I made a batch with gorgeous large tiger shrimps, and it came out wonderful. I also put some sliced chicken in it, for anyone who didn’t want to eat shrimp.

Thai food feast

Green Curry was the next dish. Actually I cooked this dish first, since I only need to let it sit over low heat until everything else is ready to go. I cooked a mild batch with chicken and made rice to eat with it. I used a different brand of green curry sauce than my usual Maesri brand, and I was not as happy with the resulting color and thickness.

Also shown is mapo tofu, which I love to make for parties because it’s just so easy to make, and seems to be a great hit every time.

Yum Woonsen was next, one of my favorites for any occasion. I used more of those tiger shrimps, since they looked so nice and we had plenty. This was probably the least popular with the guests, who were not real Thai culinary veterans.

And then there was the crowd pleaser, gyoza – homemade pork dumplings. It’s so fun to learn how to make dumplings with family members sitting around a table pinching, stuffing and pleating these little treats. Our gyoza (dumplings) came out wonderfully!

Everyone had plenty of food, loads of compliments for the chef (yours truly) and to top it all off, we had leftovers to enjoy the next day! Who could ask for more?

Thai Cooking Class aboard Zoom Yacht

We cooked up a storm in our Thai cooking class on the Zoom yacht last week, in a galley fit for royalty. But lest you think this was all about the wonderful ship and galley, let me tell you about the food!

Fancy Thai cooking class A+ students

We cooked up a big batch of green curry first, featuring some gorgeous, fresh kaffir lime leaves. We shredded them up finely and got a great lime boost in our potful of curry. We also used the creamiest possible coconut milk – yum! And the clincher – we had beautiful, fresh Thai eggplants to use too. Not just the mature ones either, we used the “baby” eggplants as well.

First class Thai cuisine on the yacht^^

Next up came our Tom Yum Goong. We were able to use giant Italian prawns; some of the nicest-looking crustaceans I’ve ever seen. And this sour soup was destined for greatness anyway, benefiting from an amazing collection of fresh ingredients, including fresh galangal root, just picked Thai chillies and freshly cut lemongrass straight from the garden.

Tom Yum Goong

Pad Thai noodles created by my A+ cooking class students^^

Of course, where there are Thai food lovers, there will always be demand for Pad Thai. We used some of those gorgeous prawns, as well as chicken to cook two large pans’ worth. It really came out tasting good, and we made a huge platter full for the hungry folks on board.

Patti's Green Curry w/ Italian prawns

And for desert, the Thai standard called “Tub Tim Krob” which we made using red and yellow colors. This crunchy, sweet desert really hit the spot after eating all the other food.

Beautiful and delicious Tub Tim Krob

Thai Meetup @Hamachi, Coral Springs

We just had a Thai Meetup at Hamachi, a newly opened Thai-Sushi restaurant in Coral Springs. I am very impressed with their Thai food especially Lad Nar noodles (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวราดหน้า) and Drunken noodles (ผัดขี้เมา), both made with fresh noodles. The Lad Nar had the taste just like I used to eat in Thailand. Kudos to Tony who hosted this event last week.

Hamachi gets the Thai Cooks seal of approval for good taste! Here are some pictures from that Thai Meetup.

We suggest Singha beer with Thai spicy food^^

We suggest Singha beer with Thai spicy food^^



Drunken noodles ผัดขี้เมา (pad-kee-mao)



Thai Spicy Seafood Salad

Thai Spicy Seafood Salad ยำทะเล



Panang Curry

Panang Curry พะแนงไก่



Pad Thai Noodles

Pad Thai Noodles ผัดไทย



Tweeting after delicious meal

Tweeting after delicious meal



Thai food lovers

Thai food lovers

Thai Meetup at Siam Cuisine

 

Yes – we returned to Siam Cuisine for another great dinner with friends. Siam Cuisine is the oldest Thai Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, and they like to keep their customers happy!

First they served us som tam, that classic Thai papaya salad. We got some spicy and some that was not spicy, for those who like it hot!som tamEveryone got a choice of entrees: panang curry, Siam chicken, pad thai with chicken and/or shrimp or vegetarian dish.

grouper_red_curry Delicious Grouper in red curry   Photo by Tom House

Chicken in basil sauce

Shrimp Panang Curry Shrimp Panang Curry    Photo by Tom House

Can’t wait to return to this place really soon, I remember their lobster pad thai is just to die for!Pad Thai with chicken and shrimp

 

Tom from DinnerReviews.com snack ting Thai raw chilies^^

 

Looking forwad to the next Thai Meetup.

 

Thai chili

Spicy Thai chilies ready to eat

Spicy Thai chilies ready to eat

I’m so glad that the Thai chili seeds I planted early this year grew so well. Now some of them have turned red and green, and are ready to use cooking my Thai dishes.

 

There are many types of Thai chili used in Thai cooking.

  • Bird’s eye chili (Prik Kee Noo) – 1 inch, the hottest one in Chili family
  • Chilli Spur Pepper (Prik Chee Fah) – 3-5 inches, it’s not hot, but used its for coloring and for decoration
  • Sweet Pepper (Prik Yuak)
  • Green Pepper Chili (Prik Noom)
  • Dried Chili
Thai chilies growing in my garden

Thai chilies growing in my garden

Thai chili is also know as พริกขี้หนู (Prik Kee Noo) or Bird’s eye chili. It’s commonly found in South East Asian countries such as Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Singapore.

 

These Thai chilis look small but they pack lots of heat inside the seeds. Please be careful if you’re not use to with the fresh chili heat. It’s more spicy than Mexico’s Habanero chili.

Thai gourmets commonly use fresh chili to cook many dishes such as yum (Thai spicy salad), namprik (น้ำพริก), som tam (green papaya salad), pad thai, spicy & sour soup (Tom Yam), pad thai, tom kha gai, green curry, red curry, chicken basil, etc.

Actually Thai chili is rich in vitamin C (ascorbic acid) and has numerous other health benefits. For example:

  • Helps stimulate the appetite of the stomach. If eating in a small volume reduces the occurrence of ulcers in the stomach.
  • Thai red and green hot chilies

    Thai hot chilies

  • Prevents from cancer, heart disease and stroke.
  • Helps relieve pain from muscles, shoulders, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Help burn fat and lose weights
  • Help clear mucus and reduce sinusities
  • Resolve pain, vomiting, tired
  • Help fight inflammation
  • Help Soothe Intestinal Diseases

We should all eat more Thai chili! If you don’t have a strong tolerance for the heat, avoid using the seeds in your food. Thai chili will give your food a kick, and make your life more spicy 🙂

Tokyo Blue in Fort Lauderdale, FL

We heard there was a hot new place to eat in Fort Lauderdale called Tokyo Blue, and this week we got a chance to try it out. Their menu contains a large variety of Thai dishes including soups, entrees, and desserts. We tried a bunch!

Executive Chef Mai runs the kitchen here, and oversees everything in the back of the house. Chef Mai hails from Thailand, but he spent the last several years sharpening his culinary skills working at Nobu. Now he is running the Asian kitchen in this terrific oceanside restaurant.

Pad Thai Shrimp at Tokyo Blue

Pad Thai Shrimp

Of course we tried the Pad Thaihere, it has a good taste. The flavor of the sauce perfectly matches the American palette.

Our Tom Ka Kaisoup was fiercely authentic in composition, yet this Thai classic is served with enoki mushrooms, a Japanese variety, as a garnish. We’ve not seen a restaurant outside Thailand serve Tom Ka Kai with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves and galangal as the dish warrants.

Tom Kha Kai at Tokyo Blue

Tom Kha Kai

I thought it was just a bit too thick, and personally I liked to prepare it a bit more sour, but it had a wonderful depth of flavors. Few patrons will appreciate the mastery Chef Mai exhibits by preparing this dish with a purely classical approach. But take it from me, he pulls it off brilliantly!

Their Bali Lobsteris also an interesting dish. It’s basically Poo Pad Pong Garee, a Thai yellow curried crab dish, but done up with lobster and squid and other seafood and served in a lobster shell. It’s a crowd pleaser, and the quantity of food piled into that shell meant there was plenty to go around. The perfect one-word summary for this dish is simply “wow.”

Bali Lobster

Bali Lobster

We enjoyed Whole Fried Snapper with a ginger sauce. There was not enough sauce on ours, but the fish was cooked to perfection and was topped with shredded scallion and thin sliced red onion. It is also available in a Thai basil sauce that is probably the way to go here. We’ll let you know about the basil sauce next time!

The most impressive item is Green Curry. He makes a huge effort to get it right, even using Thai eggplants and bamboo shoots. Few dishes here make no attempt to add a twist or two to classic recipes but this dish is unsullied by western influence.

Green Curry w/Thai eggplants

Green Curry w/Thai eggplants

Thai people take this cuisine seriously, and Chef Mai apparently respects that time honored food too much to improvise. It is served in a coconut highlighting that rich favor profile. That even makes the food seems more authentic and fun. Chef Mai told me that he gets most of these Thai ingredients from New York.

Their Sweet Sticky Rice and Mango is an authentic classic, found everywhere in Thailand. They use the real Thai mango varieties too; pictures we’ve seen show this dessert served with Okrung mangoes, but when we tried this, it came with Nam doc mai, a heavenly mango that’s more tangy.

Tokyo Blue doesn’t sound like a Thai restaurant from the name, but the food says otherwise. Overall Tokyo Blue has to get a standing ovation for it’s great food. Chef Mai has the kitchen putting out some of the most delectable Thai cuisine this side of Bangkok. Aroi Maak Maak!

 


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