Tried Thai cuisine in restaurants and now want to experiment at home? We can’t blame you. Thai dishes are a bit of an art form, with attention paid to creating harmonious meals that please both the palate and the eye.
The cuisine boasts fresh flavors, vibrant colors, and interesting textures that appeal to all of the senses. Sweet, sour, salty, hot, and oftentimes bitter tastes are all balanced so that no one flavor overwhelms.
Thai food is also extremely adaptable. The heat of a dish can be modified by reducing or omitting chilies or curry pastes. Cilantro can be replaced by parsley; peanuts can be left out. Vegetarians can substitute soy sauce for fish sauce and tofu for meat.
One thing to keep in mind before you start: Thai dishes require chopping, mincing, and slicing, so allow time or prepare ingredients ahead of time. Try a few of our favorite Thai recipes.