When people think of Thai food, they sometimes assume that every dish is hot and spicy. While some Thai specialties are known for having a flavor kick, many of them are delicious without the added heat. Here, the team at Bangkok Chef in Honolulu, HI, debunk the myth that all Thai cooking is spicy and discuss the flavor profiles you’ll find on their menu.
When dishes include fruits like lime, tamarind, mango, and pineapple, they take on a pleasantly tart flavor profile. Pad bliao waan with fragrant jasmine rice is one example of a delectably sour meal. Chicken breast is combined with pineapple, onions, and bell peppers and coated with a sweet and sour sauce to create this flavorful entree.
Many types of Thai food have sweet notes, even though the meal is savory. Cane and coconut palm sugar, as well as coconut milk, are common ingredients that provide plenty of flavor and counteract heat. Tom kha gai, or chicken in coconut soup, uses coconut milk to tame the spices and give the dish a rich, satisfying feel. Gaeng daeng, or red curry, is another mild and sweet dish that offers tender meat along with coconut milk, lime leaves, and zesty red curry paste.
Sea salt, fish sauce, and fish paste are common elements in Thai cooking that bring a delightful saltiness to menu items. Khao pad kapi is a classic dish found in Thai restaurants. The shrimp paste adds a briny note to the dish, which is made with fried rice, pork, shrimp, eggs, green mango, shallots, and long beans.
If you are interested in a spicy Thai dish, stick with those that have chili peppers and peppercorns on their ingredient list. Although these dishes are often marked as hot, many can be milder to suit your preferences. Pad Thai is a popular noodle dish that is usually served spicy but can be toned down to make the vegetable and peanut flavors shine. Another dish that incorporates all of the flavors of Thailand is tom yum goong, or spicy shrimp soup. The soup features chili, lime juice, and fish sauce along with savory prawns and mushrooms.
For the freshest ingredients and most authentic Thai food, head to Bangkok Chef. The restaurant began as a produce market and now boasts five locations featuring the Honolulu area’s best Thai cuisine. Whether you are dining in or prefer takeout, the delicious menu is filled with delicious entrees, salads, appetizers, and desserts. They also offer catering for parties. Visit them online for a look at their full menu or call one of their locations: Nuuanu (808) 585-8839, Manoa (808) 988-0212, Iwilei (808) 536-8570, Ewa Beach (808) 744-6387, and Moiliili (808) 941-2888.