In the first part of the interview with Thai home cooking queen Khun Lek https://engagingthailandtips.wordpress.com/2010/10/18/book-a-thai-meal-in-your-own-home-khun-lek-interview-part-1/
we learned of the type of service that the Thai Gourmet catering team provide in the south-west of England. In part two we are going to look at the type of menus they provide, some of the delicious dishes and new menus that have literally just been put on to the website.
Khun Lek serving delicious Beef Satay
Trevor: Do you serve the meals in a Thai style or in a recognised English way of starter, main and dessert?
- Lek: It will all depend on if a client has asked for the full sit down dining experience, buffet style or the walk around service of delicious finger food. If it is the full sit down dining experience then the client will normally request the English style of starter, main course and dessert.
The Full recent Sit down event for the company ” Imperial Tobacco”
Trevor: Can you give us an idea of some of the popular dishes that are used as starters?
Lek: I can give you our four most popular Thai starters that get requested from our clients.
- Chicken Satay: Grilled marinated chicken with a peanut sauce dip
- Spring Rolls: Vegetable spring rolls wrapped in fried thin pastry.
- Kanompang Na Moo: Toasted pork, garlic, pepper, coriander on bread with a cucumber dip
- Papaya Salad: A delicious salad consisting of Papaya, tomatoes, peanuts
Jason Hayes and guests in West Bagborogh, Near Taunton, Somerset
Trevor: Can you give us the 3 most popular main dishes that are used during an event?
Lek: The three most popular dishes are probably….
- Thai Chicken Green Curry: (Gang Khiaw Wan) This is a central based Thai curry that is probably one of the most well known Thai dishes around the world. Choice chicken in sweet spicy green curry with coconut milk and seasonal vegetables.
Type Of Event Popular At: This dish can be used to service those really big events in a dual purpose way. You can cook up a big vat of Thai Green Curry chicken and cook up a big vat of Thai Green Curry vegetarian and serve with delicious Thai rice for a real treat. This seems to work really well for the large events. Thai Green Curry can also be used in sit down meals and buffet events as part of any menu.
- Beef Curry And Sweet Potatoes: ( Gang Massaman Nua) This is a southern based curry Prime cuts of beef cooked in a rich curry sauce with coconut milk and sweet potatoes. At Thai Gourmet this is a very popular dish and clients seem to love the tastes from the South.
Type Of Event Popular At: Gang Masaman is normally used as part of our menus in either a sit down or buffet format. However Gang Massaman can also be used in the same way as Green curry to service large-scale events and complimented with Thai jamin rice.
- Phat Thay Noodles: (Phat Thay) Phat Thay is probably alongside Green curry as being the most well-known of Thai dishes around the world and one of the favourites. It is no different in our business, the clients love Phat Thay noodles. However different chefs all seem to have their own unique style and way they prepare and present the dish.
Type Of Event Popular At: Can be used in its own right as a tasty snack for large-scale events or as part of a main sit down meal or included in a buffet service.
Trevor: If someone wanted to book a sit down Thai dinner party in their own home. What menus would you recommend?
At the moment we have 3 very popular menus, which have been listed under the name of popular menus on the website and these include all the favourite dishes with a wide range of choice and variety. http://www.engagingthailand.com/popularmenus.html
Popular menu used at the recent event of Emma Jane Fowler from London.
Trevor: If someone wanted to book a Thai buffet service in their own home. What menus would you recommend?
Lek: We can tailor-make any type of dishes into a buffet type of menu, depending on your preference, but the most popular choices for a buffet event have been put together here. http://www.engagingthailand.com/thaigourmetpopularbuffetmenu.html
The event of Sue Brown recently at Wellisford, Wellington, Somerset.
Trevor: If someone wanted to book a large-scale Thai finger food event to be held in their own home or venue of choice. what would you recommend?
Lek: I have to blow our own trumpet a bit here and state that these type of events are our speciality. Delicious hot Thai finger food and tasty dips served to where ever you are standing or sitting. The beauty of this is it allows the guests to walk and talk while enjoying tasty food with glass in hand. These are especially suited to large-scale events with many attenders and little or no sit down facilities. A superb new menu has recently been added here called ” The Walk and Talk special menu” for just the tastiest of Thai bites. http://www.engagingthailand.com/thaigourmetpopularwalkandtalkfingermenu.html
Photos taken at the recent Christening event of Anna and Chris Bucknall of East Lambrook near South Petherton, Somerset.In the first photo a ”walk and talk” style was used with the starters and a sit down menu afterwards for the main courses and the dessert, the best of both worlds as it were. The second photo shows that the Thai Gourmet ladies of (Nong Yao, Apinya and Khun Lek) can carry off any event from just about anywhere.
Trevor: If someone wanted to comprise their own Thai dishes in order to have a meal in their own home. Do you have a menu they could do that from?
Lek: We have just the menu for that in the form of open choice with meat menu, but also have an open choice vegetarian menu. These can both be found at this link, downloaded and printed out, however they do take a couple of minutes to download, so please be patient. http://www.engagingthailand.com/thaigourmetfullmenus.html
Trevor: What other menus are available that you think are relevent for a mention?
Lek: The Vegetarian set menu or just down as vegetarian menu is way ahead of its time and has been for a long period already, top class vegetarian Thai cuisine even if I do say so myself. You can open that menu here under ” vegetarian Menu” http://www.engagingthailand.com/thaigourmetfullmenus.html Other main menus can also be found at this link, so there is a lot of choice.
The starters are served
Trevor: What is your secret for cooking delicious tasting Thai food?
Lek: To not cook by recipe, but by sight, smell and touch.
Trevor: Please could you give me another five dishes of variety which you cook and serve on any occasion?
lek: Ok here we go then.
- Yam Met Mamuang Him Maphan: (Lovely Thai salad with cashew nuts, shallots, spring onions, coriander, freh chilli, ginger and lime.
- Tom Yum Gung: (Spicy soup with fresh tender prawns, lemon grass, coriander and lemon juice.
- Gang Sapparot Gap Gai: ( Pineapple and chicken curry in coconut milk )
- Khao Man Gai: (Steamed chicken with fresh ginger, chilli and garlic.
- Gung Thot Grop: (King prawns with a sweet chilli dip)
Trevor: Well Khun Lek I thank you for this opportunity to learn more about the service and menus of the south-west of England’s premier Thai caterers and ask you one last question. If someone wants to book the Somerset Thai caterers of Thai Gourmet how can they get in contact with you.