When it comes to creating a dinner party, nothing achieves the “wow factor” like Thai food. In this Thai party menu planner, you’ll find a choice of recipes in each course—from simple to complicated! Just keep reading and we’ll share everything you need to know about these 10 Thai feast dishes that will make your next gathering no one will forget!
Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)
This genuinely authentic Tom Yum Soup recipe is straight from our travels to Southeast Asia this summer. Often called Thai Hot and Sour Soup, it’s bold and perky with a pop of spicy heat. Tom yum or tom yam is a hot and sour Thai soup, usually cooked with shrimp.
Thai Feast Dishes like this have their origin way back in the old times of Thailand. In fact, the words “tom yam” are derived from two old Thai words. Tom refers to the boiling process, while yam refers to a Thai spicy and sour salad.
The best thing about Tom Yum is that of all the Thai feast dishes in our list, it’s the easiest to cook, and definitely a dish that is in everyone’s comfort zone. It’s also gluten-free and perfectly suited for a paleo diet.
Tom Kha Soup
Second on our list of mouth-watering Thai feast dishes is the Tom Kha Soup which is often compared to the previous dish.
Tom Kha is a classic Thai spicy and sour soup that is also a staple in Thai restaurants. Its spicy and sour taste makes it quite similar to Tom Yum soup. However, unlike Tom Yum, Tom Kha soup has milky white color and texture because it is rich in coconut milk.
Another ingredient that sets this soup apart from other Thai feast dishes is the galangal (Kha) which is similar to ginger. This gives Tom Kha soup its unique flavor and smell that are both fiery and soothing at the same time.
Traditionally, you can make this soup with whole, head-on shrimp. The fattiness from the shrimp head lends fattiness and flavor to the broth, making it extra creamy and rich. For convenience, however, some prefer to use shelled shrimp or the frozen ones you can easily get from the supermarket.
You can also prepare Tom Kha with chicken, and the resulting version is called Tom Kha Gai. Vegetarians and vegans, on the other hand, can use tofu, vegetable stock, and vegetarian fish sauce (soy sauce also works well) as substitutes.
Among the Thai feast dishes on this list, Tom Kha is the one that’s both perfect for gatherings and solo meals on a cold, freezing day.
Pumpkin Coconut Soup
Another popular Thai soup on our list of Thai feast dishes is the Pumpkin Coconut soup. In Thailand, they commonly pair pumpkin and coconut milk to make a variety of savory and sweet dishes. This creamy, comforting soup features warming spices like fresh or dried red chile, coriander, cumin, and turmeric. With the heft of the yam and pumpkin, it could easily be a meal on its own. You can also serve it over rice or rice noodles.
Since we’re almost halfway through our list, here’s one that can be your main course amongst your Thai feast dishes.
Nothing could be more Thai for the main course than a good curry or noodle dish. Curry is an integral part of Thai cuisine and locals love it because of its strong flavor and aroma. In Thailand, there are also different kinds of curry they use for different dishes. These include green curry, red curry, Panang curry, and yellow curry.
Now for a Thai feast dish that’s filling and delicious, you can use different types of protein, from beef or pork to chicken or even tofu to cook with your chosen curry. However, we recommend going with seafood if possible. This is because the combination of fish sauce and coconut milk makes for a very delicious result!
And just a fun, useful fact: curries taste even better the next day, so if you want to be extra organized, cook a curry up a day or two ahead of time. Then heat up, add fresh toppings (such as fresh basil or coriander), and serve!
Thai Green Curry With Beef and Eggplant
Thai feast dishes like this Thai green curry with beef recipe features tender, thinly sliced pieces of beef simmered together with eggplant and red pepper.
This curry is sumptuous and enjoyable on a chilly night. The homemade green curry paste makes this dish sing, and it’s surprisingly easy to make from scratch. Moreover, any hard-to-find ingredients are easily substitutable, so it’s well worth the effort.
Thai Basil Pork Stir-Fry
Quick and easy stir-fry Thai feast dishes will surely make a regular appearance at your table. And if you’re searching for one, look no further!
This Thai basil pork stir-fry is the perfect one-dish meal. Traditionally, you can make this dish with ground pork, but nearly any type of pork or chicken can be used, like pork loin cut into thin strips. However, try to get the leanest cut possible because any excess fat can shorten the stir-fry time and result in less flavorful pork.
Now despite its easy preparation, this dish is something you’ll find yourself craving all the time. The last-minute boost of aromatic freshness from loads of fresh Thai basil makes the savory meat much more satisfying and flavorful. You can also top it with a crispy fried egg for a delicious, traditional touch.
Chicken Pad Thai
While Pad Thai is a Thai takeout classic, it might seem intimidating to make at home. However, it’s a dish you can easily cook up on a weeknight. And if you do so, you won’t have to wait till the weekend to taste this Thai feast dish everyone craves.
Pad Thai is actually one of the easier dishes to whip together. This is because there are only a few ingredients involved – tamarind paste, flat rice noodles, scrambled eggs, bean sprouts, and garlic chives. And even if you’ve never cooked a stir-fry in your life, the only special skill you’ll need is knowing when to add each one of these ingredients to avoid overcooking them.
Thai Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Curry
This Thai pumpkin and sweet potato curry is just one of many Thai feast dishes that highlight the harmonious combination of yellow curry, pumpkin, and yam. It is often served without meat yet its flavor is rich and complex.
This dish is the perfect one-pot meal when it’s cold outside and you want to curl up in front of the fire with a warm, filling bowl of your favorite Thai food. Thais also like this dish in particular because its soft texture and mild flavor make for an easy introduction into the world of curry.
Thai Green Mango Salad
This Thai green mango salad recipe is fresh, crisp, and bright. The unripe mango brings tartness, the peanuts add crunch, and brown sugar rounds it all out. You can serve this Thai feast dish as a side dish as it is a beautiful complement to deep-fried fish or a creamy, coconut milk-laden beef curry. However, it also makes a great lunch or light summer dinner when you add deep-fried tofu or chicken.
Tender and Tangy Thai Ribs
This Thai baked ribs recipe creates very tender ribs that are tangy, sticky, and falling off the bone. They’re easily made in your oven, so there’s no messy parboiling involved. While they’re baking, stir up the special Thai sauce, which will make these ribs taste simply divine.
This recipe is a great Sunday night supper when you have a leisurely afternoon to let the ribs bake to perfection. It’s also a perfect Thai feast dish for those who fancy meat!
Have A Taste of These Dishes Today!
Who said you have to wait for a party to try out these Thai feast dishes? If you want to experience Thai cuisine’s rich and diverse flavors now, just head to our restaurant or call us at 214-238-2449 for a reservation. We will surely give you a feast that you will not forget!
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