As part of the Prescription for Flavor Podcast Dr. Jenn and I will be exploring cuisines of the world. This first installment looks at Thai food. To listen in as we explore the kick-ass flavors of this diverse region click here. I realize there are a lot of , what I call, ‘food wimps out there. Those who shy away from trying new or different foods for fear that they may bite into an eyeball…or something. Never fear food wimps, I am here to ease you into these new and exciting regional foods!
If you have never experienced Thai cuisine, the safest place to start is with Pad Thai. This delicious rice noodle dish offers a variety of vegetables, protein of choice (often chicken, shrimp, beef or tofu). It’s a bit on the sweet side with just a hint of tang, and if you’ve got the balls (that seems like a dated and outright sexist reference, but still…) you can usually kick up the heat upon request. Please note that this dish is often served with a sprinkle of peanuts.
Next up Thai curries: yellow, red and green. Each has its own unique flavor with varying levels of heat. Yellow is the most mild, green the hottest with red often falling somewhere in between. These coconut milk based curries are loaded with fresh vegetables, served with protein of choice and jasmine rice on the side.
Pad Sew is a popular dish, and one of my fav’s. Made up of stir fried rice noodles, vegetables and meat in a sweet soy based sauce.
If you like chicken try out the satay! Tender, juicy chicken skewers served with a sweet and salty peanut sauce. Rich and delicious this is a must! Enjoy it with fresh rolls (also dipped in the peanut sauce) and it will be a meal to remember!
The next time you are looking for a great lunch out; head over to a Thai restaurant and you will not be disappointed! Check out Natural Jenn for a healthy eating guide to Thai cuisine.