One of the great pleasure of being in Thailand is that there is a great abundance of eating places and the cost of eating is rather cheap when compared to those in Western countries. As Thailand is a major agricultural country, grains, vegetables, meat and all kinds of foodstuff are produced here at very reasonable prices. Besides, aquatic and marine animals are easily acquired from the sea and many rivers. These factors together with the gift of cooking of Thai people make Thailand a paradise for every food lover.
Wherever you are in Thailand, you'll surely find a good number and variety of eating places -- perhaps much more than you've ever expected. And that's why many Western visitors said that one of their pleasures while being in Thailand is EATING! When asked why? They simply said -- Because it is delicious and cheap!
The Top Ten Thai Dishes Loved by Foreigners
Do you want to try something exotic and spicy? Thai food is recommended to you. Eating Thai food, you will not only enjoy its delicious tastes, but you will also get benefit from the medicinal herbs used as ingredients in each dish. To acquaint you with herbal Thai dishes, let Thaiways present to you the recipes for top ten Thai dishes best loved by foreigners with the medicinal properties of herbs used in each dish.
Kaeng Phanaeng (Meat in Coconut Cream)
The last dish in the top ten Thai food menu that Thaiways has obtained its recipe for you is Kaeng Phanaeng or meat in coconut cream. You can use either chicken or beef as a main ingredient of the curry.
- 1 cup of chicken breasts or beef morsels
- 5 peppercorns
- 1 cup of coconut cream
- 2 dried chillies, seeded and soaked
- 1/2 teaspoon of coriander seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon of cumin seeds
- 1 tablespoon of roast peanuts
- 1 tablespoon of chopped lemon grass
- 3 shallots
- 1 teaspoon of chopped coriander root
- 5 cloves of garlic
- 3 slices galanga root
- 1 tablespoon of fish sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon of grated kaffir-lime rind
- 1/2 teaspoon of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of shrimp paste
How to cook
- Fry the chicken or beef morsels in a saucepan with medium heat.
- Pour the coconut cream and boil it.
- When it boils, turn down the heat to a low point. Simmer it until the chicken or beef becomes tender. Then take the meat out while continuing simmering the coconut cream.
- Stir it occasionally. Meanwhile, prepare the curry paste by grinding together all the spices including dried chillies, peppercorns, cumin seeds, coriander seeds, lemon grass, shallots, coriander root, garlic and galanga root. Then add the roast peanuts and shrimp paste. Mix them and pound them well into paste.
- Blend the curry paste with boiling coconut cream. Put the meat into the curry again. Use low heat to cook it.
- Add the sliced red chillies. Flavour it with fish sauce, sugar and the grated kiffir-lime rind.
- Simmer for another 15 minutes before the curry is ready for serving.