A Truly Delicious Thai Dinner Party Menu

Guest Feature: Utsanee Treeyawarakul

I was grateful to Utsanee Treeyawarakul a northern Thai lady who’s passionate about her regions food for giving me her time to answer a few of my questions on her favourite dishes and must have dishes in Part one.

This time I ask Utsanee to give me a dinner party menu that she would put together if entertaining guests. Utsanee did not disappoint as this is a classic menu.

Introduction To Utsanee

Trevor: Can You Give Us Your Full Name Please

My name is Utsanee Treeyawarakul

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Trevor: Can You Tell Us Your Line Of Work

Utsanee: I am a middle level manager in a modern trade company. My function is to serve the Board Of Directors responsible for ensuring that a company complies with the SET & SEC Ministry of commerce regulations and maintains standards of corporate governance.

Trevor: If you were hosting a Thai dinner party for friends, what dishes would you give them? Let’s say if you were putting it together in a western style of appetisers and main courses.

Appetisers

1)       Moo Satay

Thai style Pork Satay

           หมูสะเต๊ะ

A superb appetiser that’s not only fairly simple to make, but also absolutely delicious at the same time. You will find this tasty morsel all over Thailand whether in the restaurants or out among the many food vendors that line the streets. Serve with a peanut dip and the white cucumber dip these are a must for complimenting fine Satay.

Ingredients include marinated tenderloin pork, soy sauce, garlic, pepper, coconut milk, turmeric powder, coriander root, lemon grass water and a bit of sugar and salt.

Moo Satay 2

Moo Satay

2)    Khao Tang Na Tang

Crispy rice crackers with a seasoned creamy shrimp and ground pork dipping sauce

ข้าวตังหน้าตั้ง

Traditionally the rice crackers are made from the rice at the bottom of the rice cooker. The chefs would roll the final layers of rice in to ball shapes and dry in the sun for about two days. The rice crackers are then deep-fried until crispy and served with the delicious shrimp and pork dipping sauce.

The dish consists of ground pork, shrimps, coconut milk, fish sauce, sugar, tamarind paste, roasted peanuts, chopped garlic, finely chopped coriander and chopped shallots.

Khao Tang

rice crackers with a seasoned creamy shrimp and ground pork dipping sauce

3)    Thot Man Gung

Crispy Golden Brown Prawn Cakes

ทอดมันกุ้ง

Another very tasty dish especially with the appropriate chilli dipping sauce and I must admit for this one I enjoy more for dinner party eating than the stroll around the market nibbling eating. Either way though you will love them.

Ingredients include Red Thai curry paste, lime leaf, long green beans, egg, fish sauce and the vitally important chilli dipping sauce.

Prawn Cakes

Prawn Cakes

Main Courses

1)    Lon Pu Khem

Salted Crab Meat Stew

หลนปูเค็ม

Now we enter the world of sea-food and Thais have restaurants specifically designated to sea-food lovers. In Thailand you can eat sea-food until your heart’s content.

Ingredients include Salted crab, coconut milk, shallots, tamarind juice, palm sugar, coriander and spring onion.

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Salted Crab Meat Stew

2)    Panang Moo Ruu Nua

Pork Panang Curry

แพนงหมูหรือเนื้อ

There are so many choices of curry to choose from in Thailand that it’s easy to become confused, but once you have learned the names of the curries you will be home and dry. The reason for this is because each curry has it’s own distinct taste. Most Thais prefer Panang with either pork or beef meat. This example is of Pork.

Ingredients include Pork meat, Panang curry paste, coconut milk, lime leaf, sweet basil, sugar and fish sauce.

Panang Moo

Pork Panang Curry

3)    Nua Pu Phat Pong Gari

Stir – Fried Crab Curry

เนื้อปูผัดผงกะหรี่

Out of the sea-food restaurants I have been to I would have to say that this dish is my favourite. I certainly have a strong liking for the yellow curry taste and the crab is tremendous. One restaurant in Bangkok  I like has this dish as it’s signature dish and it’s simply superb.

Ingredients include crab meat, curry powder spring onion, garlic, celery,  soy sauce and fish sauce.

Phat Pong Gari

Stir Fried Crab Curry

4)    Pla Gao Nung Manow

Steamed Fish With Lemon

ปลาเก๋านึ่งมะนาว

Some superb delicious ingredients go in to this dish and a very healthy meal in to the bargain. What could be better than steamed fish, fresh chillies, lemon and garlic……. hmmm so good?

Ingredients include steam fish something like snapper or sea bass, slices of lemon, garlic, fresh chillies, lemon juice and fish sauce.

pla gow

Steamed Fish With Lemon

5)    Phat Phak Ruam Mit Muu Grop

Mixed Vegetables With Stir – Fried Pork

ผัดผักรวมมิตรหมูกรอบ

No dinner Thai dinner party is complete without a mixed vegetable dish and add in some slices of crunchy roast pork and you will have most Thais in heaven.

Ingredients include Roast pork belly, stir fried with 4 or 5 of your favourite mixed vegetables, oyster sauce, soy sauce, fish sauce and a sprinkling of sugar.

Phat phak ruam mit

Mixed Vegetables With Stir – Fried Pork

Thank you Utsanee a truly wonderful menu for a dinner party and one I would like to be invited to.

Coming Very Soon

Utsanee gives us a few of her favourite eating out places in Chiang Mai.

Don’t miss the third part on food by Utsanee

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