Walking into a Thai food restaurant can be quite the sensory experience for a first-timer. As soon as you pass through those doors, you will be greeted with the scent of roasted spices, freshly cut ginger, and the scent of basmati rice — which might make you wonder what dinner will consist of. Here is a little more information about the types of vegetables, herbs, and spices to expect in some popular Thai dishes.
Understanding Thai Food
Which Vegetables, Herbs, and Spices Are Used?
Inspired by the cuisines of Southeast Asia, Thai food uses many of the same ingredients popular in Chinese and Japanese dishes, except a few main ingredients — coconut and peanut. Additionally, Thai food tends to be much spicier than Japanese and Chinese food, largely in part because of the commonly used Thai chili.
Other popular ingredients include ginger, fish sauce, tamarind, shrimp paste, coconut milk, and cilantro. The sauces used in Thai cooking tend to be thinner than the cornstarch thickened Chinese varieties, and curries are used more heavily in Thai food than in other Asian cuisines. When you eat at a Thai restaurant, make sure to indicate your desired spice level when you order.
What Are Some Popular Dishes?
Popular Thai food dishes include Pad Thai — Thai style fried noodles; Tom Ka Gai — chicken coconut soup; and Kai Med Ma Muang — chicken with cashews. Red and green curries are also popular and are typically served with a side of sticky rice. Popular desserts include sweetened mango sticky rice and filled coconut cream.
If you are craving fresh, delicious Thai food, contact Basil Ginger in Wasilla, AK. From traditional dishes like Pad Thai and coconut infused soups to giant Tiger prawns and beef stir-fry, this contemporary Thai restaurant won’t leave you hungry but will leave you wanting more. To order, send them a message online or call (907) 376-7222.