February is here and that means it’s time for another Thai Food Month on Inquiring Chef!
If you are new around here, for most of the 11 years since this little food blog began, my husband Frank and I have deemed February our own sort of long holiday. It’s a month spent celebrating our favorite cuisine and the country that we were lucky enough to call home for a time.
For a little walk down Thai Food Month memory lane, see 2011 (when we were still living in Thailand), 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Each year we have a little more fun recreating our favorite recipes, eating sticky rice with the kids, and seeing what you all make and eat too!
That’s one of our favorite parts of the whole thing. Seeing what you eat and make along with us. So please join in! Make or eat Thai food anytime this month, share it on social, and be sure to tag #thaifoodmonth so we see it.
(Thai Meatball and Rice Soup…recipe coming later this month)
Frank and I lived in Thailand for five years. Our oldest daughters were born in Bangkok. We will always have a soft spot for Thailand, and most particularly, for its fantastic food. Thai Food Month is a great excuse to eat our favorite dishes, stock our Thai pantry, and order from our favorite Thai restaurants.
I start dreaming of steamy, colorful, vibrant Bangkok when I cook all of these dishes, and nothing makes me happier than seeing them on my (and your) table this month!
(Chiang Mai / Khao Soi Noodles with Chicken…recipe coming later this month)
What to Look For This Month
Because 2021 continues to follow the unique, crazy, weird trend that 2020 set for us, this seemed like a good year to keep Thai Food Month super simple. All month long we’re highlighting Thai recipes that use easy-to-find ingredients. Ingredients you already have in your pantry or can get at almost any grocery store.
We want this month of meals to be accessible, easy, and fun! And that’s why we’re starting with our easiest ever recipe for Pad Thai.
(Easy Pad Thai…recipe coming tomorrow!)
If you’re new to cooking Thai food at home, welcome! It’s easy to get started. Here are a few of my favorite posts with easy dishes and tips.
- Guide to Essential Thai Ingredients – Everything you need to know about the common ingredients you’ll find in Thai recipes.
- Instant Pot Thai Panang Curry – This subtly sweet and super creamy curry was the first Thai curry I tried, and it immediately had me hooked. My take is vegetarian (with sweet potatoes and chickpeas) and is made in just a few minutes in the Instant Pot.
- Thai Cashew Chicken – Thailand took this delicious Chinese-food dish and gave it a unique twist. The secret is to brown the cashews in a bit of oil before you get started – it gives them so much flavor!
- Thai-Style Meatballs with Pork and Rice – Cooked rice gets mixed in with the pork for these meatballs that crispy up nicely in a skillet. Serve them over rice or in lettuce cups with Peanut Sauce.
- Pineapple Fried Rice – It’s hard not to love a dish made from crispy bacon, sweet pineapple, and fried rice. It’s an easy dish but for extra fun, you can serve it inside a pineapple.
- Thai Iced Tea – This is an authentic version the sweet, bright orange Thai Iced Tea that is sold all over Thailand.
- The Ultimate Guide to Thai Curries – Ever wonder what the difference is between each of the rainbow of Thai curries? Here’s the key.
- More Thai Recipes – Check out all of our Thai recipes here.
Looking forward to seeing what you create this month!!
Favorite Tools for Cooking Thai Food
- Joyce Chen Carbon Steel Wok – Almost any Thai recipe you can think of can be made in a wok. This inexpensive wok has been a staple in my kitchen for 5+ years. If you’re not ready for a wok to take up space in your kitchen, a large heavy skillet or Dutch oven will work great as well.
- Wok Spatula – The rounded edge of this spatula helps to scrape the sides of a wok down as food cooks.
- High Power Blender or Mortar and Pestle – I use my Vitamix to blend most curry paste and chili paste used for Thai recipes. This is, of course, not traditional but it is faster and results in an even texture. A mortar and pestle is a more traditional method and is a great investment if you make a lot of Thai food from scratch or like to grind your own spices.
- Wooden Citrus Reamer – This inexpensive, simple tool is great for extracting all of the juice from citrus fruit.
- Microplane – The best tool I’ve found for getting the zest from citrus fruit or grating ginger, galangal, or even hard cheeses.
- Splatter Screen for Cooking – If cooking foods that will splatter, I love using this screen to cover the pan.
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