Newsletter: Lashings Of Green Tea With Bide And Friends ( Issue 6)
In the previous issue our main theme was all about ” Health and Wellness Secrets From Thailand and Asia”
Today’s focus turns to the delights of Thai home cooked food.
Kanompang Na Moo: ขนมปังหน้าหมู
1) The Beauty Of Thai Finger Food For A Party
- Great for large-scale events with many attenders and little or no sit down facilities.
- Guests can walk and talk while enjoying tasty food with glass in hand.
- All food freshly cooked and served on site including absolutely delicious dips.
- Economical as the menu can be suited to budget available.
- Guests are delighted with delightful tasting hot Thai finger food than the normal cold sandwiches, sausage rolls and crisps.
- No hired crockery to collect up, count and return.
- No tables and no chairs required
Spring Rolls: ปอเปี๊ยะทอด (vegetable spring rolls)
2) Nine Favourite Thai Finger Foods
- Chicken Satay : (Grilled marinated Chicken on a skewer with a peanut sauce dip)
- Spring Rolls: (Vegetable spring rolls wrapped in fried thin pastry with a sweet chilli dip)
- Kanompang Na Moo: ( Fried spicy pork on sliced bread with a cucumber dip)
- Pla Rad Prik: (Crispy fried fish with a rich chilli sauce)
- Thot Man Khao Phot: (Fried corn cakes with garlic and pepper)
- Gung Sarong: (King Prawns wrapped in fried thin pastry with a sweet chilli dip)
- Giew Grorp: (Fried spicy pork wrapped in thin pastry with a sweet chilli dip)
- Thot Man Pla: ( Thai Fish cakes)
- Bik Gai: (Thai Chicken wings stuffed with minced pork, garlic,pepper,coriander and spring onions)
Which is your favourite Thai finger food, please tell us?
The Thais Call This Type Of Food ”Play Eating” or ”fun food”
Thai people absolutely love their snack foods and these are essentially good when you are too short on time to sit in a restaurant, just a little bit hungry or just simply that your favourite vendor is displaying your favourite delicious treat that you cannot resist. The Thais call this sort of food ” khoong gin len” loosely translated as play eating or fun food. Fun food is available day and night from markets to side road (soi’s) vendors. The beauty of snack food is that the majority of it can be lanced with a skewer or a stick, also termed as ”dinner on a stick and you are instantly vanishing those hunger pains.
3) Khun Lek’s Chicken Satay Recipe
One of the king pieces of food on a stick in Thailand is Chicken more commonly known as ”Chicken Satay” which is now immensely popular all over the world. Succulent pieces of grilled marinated Chicken complete with a peanut sauce dip or a cucumber dip depending on preference is to be quite frank absolutely delicious.
Chicken Satay Recipe (For 2 people)
- A quality chicken breast
- Sprinkle of Pepper
- half a teaspoon of Sugar
- 4-5 shakes of Dark soy sauce
- Half a teaspoon of Turmeric Powder
- 1 teaspoon of Oyster sauce
- 2 Tablespoons of Coconut milk
- Bamboo sticks
- Slice the chicken into long strips and place in a mixing bowl.
- Mix all ingredients which include dark soy sauce, sugar, turmeric powder, oyster sauce and pepper.
- Marinate for half an hour.
- Put the sliced chicken portions through the sticks.
- Cook under a grill or over charcoal.
- Brush over with coconut milk occasionally whilst cooking.
- Turn over to the other side until it is cooked.
Chicken Satay: ไก่สะเต๊ะ
For The Peanut Sauce Dip
- 1 teaspoon Massaman curry paste
- 1 tablespoon of sunflower oil
- 1 Tablespoon of Peanut butter
- 1 teaspoon of Sugar
- 4 Tablespoons of Coconut Milk
- Fry the massaman paste with the sunflower oil for 1-2 minutes
- Then on medium heat not high heat add the coconut milk
- the peanut butter
- and the sugar
- whilst continuing to stir evenly until a smooth consistency is reached, but not too thick
- From putting in the coconut milk the task should take 1-2 minutes
When Is A Good Time To Cook Chicken Satay?
- Can be used as a starter or one of the starters for a Thai dinner party.
- Can be used as a finger food in a drinks evening or party.
- No problem for children as not hot and spicy.
- Children absolutely love chicken satay.
- Fantastic for a children’s birthday party or sleep over.
- Of course finally kept in the freezer and introduced as a snack when ever you want.
4) Some Tasty Thai Home Cooked Main Dish Menu Ideas
- Gang Khiaw Wan Gai: แกงเขียวหวานไก่ (Choice chicken in sweet spicy green curry with coconut milk and seasonal vegetables)
- Gang Massaman Nua: แกงมัสหมันเนเนื้อ (Beef cooked in a rich curry sauce with sweet potatos and coconut milk)
- Phat Priaw Wan Pla: ผัดเปรี้ยวหวานปลา (Fish with fried vegetables & a sweet and sour sauce)
- Thoot Man Khao Phot: ทอดมันข้าพโพด (Fried corn cakes with garlic and pepper)
- Phat Thai Gung: พัดไทยกุ้ง (Fried noodles with prawns, peanuts and bean sprouts)
- Khao: ข้าว (Thai jasmin rice)
Phat Thai Gung: พัดไทยกุ้ง
5) Khun Lek’s Delicious Thai Green Chicken Curry Recipe
I think of all the Thai dishes that are enjoyed throughout the world the Thai Green Curry is probably one of the favourites and one of the most well-known. However when outside of Thailand, it is some times quite painful to see some of the true authentic ingredients omitted or even replaced by substitute ingredients and I include some Thai restaurants in this equation as well. To get the absolute best out of your Thai Green Curry you need to have all the correct and fresh ingredients for this central Thailand region di
Thai Chicken Green Curry (Gang Khiaw Wan Gai) (แกงเขียวหวานไก่) Ingredients and Cooking Method For A Serving of 4 People.
- 200 g Chicken
- 1 table-spoon of Green Curry paste
- 70g eggplants & Thai aubergines (Makheua Puang & Makheua Chao Phaya)
- 2 Cups of coconut milk
- 50 g sweet basil leaves (Bai Horapa)
- 2 tablespoons of fish sauce
- 2 big red chillies, sliced up
- half a tablespoon of palm sugar or white sugar
- 5 kaffir lime leaves (Bai Makrut)
Ingredients for your green curry
Heat the saucepan with 1 cup of coconut milk and cook until it becomes oil. Add in Green Curry paste and the Chicken and cook until it produces a nice aroma, then add the fish sauce and sugar and cook briefly for a minute. Add coconut milk and stir and then add the eggplants and boil for a few minutes. Turn down the heat and simmer until it becomes thick. You can add more fish sauce or sugar if required, before serving decorated with kaffir lime leaves and the sliced red chilli.
6) A Two Part Interview With the South West Of England’s Home Cooking Queen Khun Lek Of Thai Gourmet
Fresh chicken and ginger (ไก่ผัดขิง)
So there you have it, all you need in order to start creating your very own home cooked Thai finger food and main dishes. If you are in the region of the South-West of England why not book Khun Lek and the Thai Gourmet team to come to your home or work place to create or re-create that wonderful experience for you.
You will find popular sit-down, buffet menus and the legendary ”walk and talk menu” wonderful for venues with little or no sit sown facilities. For further information on the catering services of Thai Gourmet or to book an event please visit
7) More On Thai Food
For a those interested in Thai food, please see more articles here
8) Recommended Books On Thai Food
Thai Food by David Thompson
Thai Street Food by David Thompson
The really excellent ” Lonely Planet World Food Thailand” by Joe Cummings