Thai Cuisine

Introduction to Thai Cuisine

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tom kha gaiThai food is famous all over the world. This unique cuisine is a blend of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences. The key component of every dish is harmony. The flavours and the ingredients need to be harmoniously combined for a Thai dish to be authentic. From Thai seafood restaurants to al fresco dining establishments, this is a type of cuisine that is served in many different places all over Hong Kong.

Famous Dishes You’ll Find On The Menu At A Thai Restaurant:

Tom Kha Gai – Most people that taste this soup describe it as the most refreshing dish they have ever had. It is sweet in flavour and unlike any other meal. In this dish, chicken is combined with galangal, coconut milk and lemongrass, and the results are amazing.

Geng Kheaw Wan Gai – For those who don’t speak Thai, this means Green Chicken Curry. This is a popular curry, which is enjoyed in many different locations. The dish is exciting and bursting with different spices and flavours. The bright green colour of the dish makes it stand out as well.

pad thaiPad Thai – This dish is known and loved all over the world. It doesn’t need an introduction, but I will give it one anyone. As Pad Thai is so popular, there have been an abundance of variations of this timeless classic. Generally, the dish includes noodles, tofu, onion, sprouts and ground peanuts. Traditionally, this is a diner-participation meal, which means you will add your own finishing touch. You will usually have the likes of crushed peanuts, chilli powder, sugar and fish sauce to choose from.

Massaman Curry – In Thai, Massaman means Muslim, and it is the Muslim community that has provided us with this flavoursome and hearty dish. The meat used is typically beef. However, there are no rules, and a lot of people go for either pork or chicken. This is served with a concoction of potatoes, coconut milk, tamarind sauce, cinnamon, sugar, bay leaves and roasted peanuts.

Tom Yam Goong – Not only does Tom Yam Goong taste exquisite, but also the aroma is to die for. The beautiful fragrance is a marriage of shallots, galangal, lime leaves and lemongrass. The dish also contains mushroom and jumbo shrimp to give it its substance, whilst fish sauce and chilli provide a great kick. This dish is unlike any other you will find, as it offers an unusual combination of sour and spicy hot. You can opt to have this as a starter or you could enjoy it as a main meal with rice as an accompaniment.

We have taken inspiration from Thai cuisine when putting together some of our dishes at Limewood. The Deep Fried Whole Snapper is a prime example of this. This dish is cooked with lemongrass, kaffir lime, scallion and green peppercorn. This is a light, delicate and refreshing dish, with the peppercorn adding some heat to the citrus flavours that complement snapper so beautifully.

Author – Matt Reid