Ever wondered how Thai stir fries and noodle dishes taste so fresh and appetizing? The secret behind it is the manner in which they are cooked. Typically, Thais cook their food at flaming temperatures and just for a few minutes. This method helps retain the natural flavors and nutrients of the ingredients, especially vegetables that retain their crunchiness.
The secret to cooking delicious Thai food lies in preparing ingredients before starting the actual cooking process, because cooking in a wok is ‘fast and furious.’
Preparing to Cook Thai Food
The best way to start preparing for cooking Thai is to complete the grinding first. So, if your recipe requires some paste, get that done and ready first. You can use a food processor or a traditional pestle and mortar to do the grinding and retain the taste and authenticity. Else, use a coffee grinder for dry grinding.
Once you’ve got the grinding done, ready the vegetables. Cut your vegetables in to desired shapes and sizes and place them in separate dishes on your kitchen counter based on how they are to be used in your recipe. Chop any meat (if the recipe demands it) or meat substitute such as tofu, if needed once the vegetables have been chopped.
Cooking Thai Food
In order to cook Thai food at home, you don’t need any special cookware.
Wok: the most important cooking tool. If you don’t have a wok, you can even use a deep frying pan. Buy a wok made of high-quality SS (stainless steel). You can also buy a wok with non-stick coating.
Spatulas: also known as wooden spoons or shovels, they are used to stir-fry the various ingredients. Use soft wooden spoons if your wok has a non-stick surface. Spatulas made of hard material can damage your wok’s coating.
Oil: peanut or coconut oil is the preferred choices for most Thai chefs. Both oils give a good flavor to Thai food dishes whether stir-fried or deep-fried. Other oils that can be used include canola, sunflower, and corn etc.
Heat: heat should be kept on medium-high or high for best tasting Thai food.
Finally, arrange your dish on a serving platter or simply eat it from the wok. Thai food tastes best that way!
For more information on how and where to get a traditional pestle and mortar or Asian kitchenware visit our Thai Food website.