But it was the extensive array of Thai appetizers that truly piqued my interest.
Appetizers are a great way to start a meal or to create a tapas-style supper with a variety of selections.
I enjoy being able to draw on these wonderful cultures to create something unique.
If you like spicy peanut sauce and fresh fruit, you'll enjoy this collection of 14 classic Thai appetizers.
1. Baked Thai Coconut Shrimp with Lemongrass Guacamole
As if coconut shrimp weren't delectable enough. Guacamole with lemongrass? I had to give it a shot!
When I was in Thailand, I had something similar from a street cart, and I could never quite replicate it at home. However, this recipe is just as I recall it.
Make careful to finely chop the lemongrass so that the citrus and minty flavors show through.
2. Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps
If you're looking for something delicious but light, these wraps are a great option.
Using lettuce is a terrific method to keep carbs low while still adding a pleasant crunch.
These are made using a sweet chili and peanut butter sauce, but you could use anything else. Why not try hoisin or teriyaki BBQ sauce?
3. Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce
As a huge peanut butter enthusiast, I was pleasantly delighted to see so many dishes incorporating it in novel and creative ways. I'd tried chicken satay before, but never anything like this.
You'll want to make this a main course with the salty and spicy chicken and the creamy spiced peanut butter.
4. Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce
I started making my own spring rolls after discovering that rice paper could be purchased in the supermarket, and I haven't stopped since.
They're very simple to work with, and you can produce the most vibrant spring rolls.
Keep them veggie-friendly, or add some of the aforementioned Thai chicken mixtures. In any case, you'll need a lot of that peanut sauce for dipping.
Supreme Thai Ribs
When it comes to outstanding Thai ribs...
Ribs are a nice treat in my house. I have to purchase them from the butcher because I want them to be thick and juicy.
I prefer to cook mine in a slow cooker, but it may also be done slowly in the oven. With this wonderful sauce, they'll melt in your mouth in either case.
Chili, garlic, fish sauce, and maple syrup may not seem like your mother's ribs, but I guarantee they will become your new favorites.
Thai Corn Fritters
You've probably had corn fritters before, but not like this. These are packed with delicious tastes like ginger, coconut, and garlic chili.
I really like how the red chili paste adds just the proper amount of spiciness to pair with the sweet bursts of corn.
They make an excellent appetizer or side dish for anything from roast chicken to a stack of outstanding Thai ribs.
Thai Style Popcorn
Every Christmas, does your family receive one of those massive tins of flavored popcorn? Is it ever enough to survive until New Year's?
I agree with you. Popcorn is a really addicting snack, and I enjoy discovering new and fascinating tastes.
This recipe is the perfect balance of sweet and spicy, with a hint of lime and just enough sriracha.
After coating and baking, you'll have salty-spicy-sweet caramel corn that everyone will go crazy about.
Thai Peanut Salad Wonton Cups
These are for when lettuce wraps aren't quite enough!
Who doesn't enjoy a crispy wonton? Making your own has never been easier, thanks to the availability in grocery shops.
A Thai-inspired slaw is made with some of the same peanut sauce in this dish.
Combine it with the chopped peanuts and green onion for a flavor explosion in one bite.
Thai Fried Bananas (gluay kag)
The key to making fried bananas is... well, not using bananas. These recipes call for plantains or a type of banana that isn't commonly seen in the United States.
Plantains are preferred since they are less sweet and will not turn to mush after cooking. Keep them thick and fully coated with the batter.
Despite the presence of coconut and sugar in the batter, I dare to think these would be wonderful dipped in peanut sauce!
Thai Pinwheels with Peanut Sauce
This dish contains many of the same components as a spring roll. There are plenty of vegetables and a delicious sauce.
The only difference is that everything is wrapped in a tortilla and chopped into bite-sized pieces.
I like the color contrast with the spinach tortillas, but whole wheat or white tortillas are also options. Also, feel free to swap out the vegetables to your desire.
Thai Cucumber Salad with Peanuts
If, like me, you dislike lettuce-filled salads, you'll enjoy this recipe.
This dish contains crunchy cucumber, red onion, peanuts, and jalapeos instead of wilted lettuce.
The dressing is a light combination of lime juice, sugar, garlic, fish sauce, and oil, which I'm sure you already have on hand.
Peanut Dipping Sauce
You'll want to put this sauce on everything once you've tried it. I always keep a batch in the fridge, and it never goes to waste.
Feel free to experiment with the quantities to make it as thick as you wish. To make it extra creamy, I recommend using coconut milk instead of water.
Dragon Fruit Cocktail with Vodka
On the appearance, dragon fruit appears threatening, but on the inside it is a delightful sensitive fruit that tastes like a cross between a kiwi and a pear.
Because it is a mellow fruit, you can be liberal with the additional to accentuate the flavor and make the drink more tropical.
Serve over ice or combine with ice to make an adult slushy.
Thai Fruit Skewers with Coconut and Lime
The quantity of fresh fruit was one of my favorite aspects about living in Thailand.
We ate it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and they cheerfully provide it as an appetizer.
The trick to this fruit dish is to marinate the fruit in coconut and lime juice. Fruit, like chicken, absorbs flavors to make the most delectable fruity nibbles around.
Grill the skewers for a few minutes to caramelize the sugars for something extra special.