Thai cuisine is well known for serving up a feast for the senses with a mix of sweet, sour, spicy, and umami flavours. And the best part about it? It isn’t difficult to whip up a mouth-watering Thai dish yourself.
You don’t even need to travel to another continent to find the ingredients. The exotic flavours of Thai cuisine can be cooked up right here in Australia with a trio of ingredients - Squid Brand Fish Sauce, TCC Coconut Milk/Cream, and a jar of authentic Valcom Thai paste.
Amber-coloured and pungent, fish sauce is one of the most intriguing condiments in the world. Made from fermented fish, fish sauce has a very distinctive odour and taste, that adds a fifth flavour - umami - to any dish. Because it blends in remarkably well with a wide range of dishes, both as a marinade, dressing, or dipping sauce, it is used as a salt replacement to create a depth of flavour.
Coconut Milk & Cream:
There is more to coconuts than providing a refreshing summer drink. It can be turned into coconut milk and cream, which is rich in easily digestible saturated fat and protein, and loaded with vitamins and minerals.
As its name suggests, coconut milk has a light, milky consistency, whereas cream is thicker and luscious. The differences in the thickness of coconut milk and coconut cream are what gives certain curries its texture. If you like your curry thick and rich, coconut cream would be your pick.
Thai Curry Pastes:
The secret is always in the sauce, and Valcom has a selection of authentic Thai curry pastes to create your favourite Thai curry dish. Valcom’s Yellow, Green, and Red Thai curry pastes are the three most commonly used curry pastes in Thai cuisine. Among the three, yellow is milder, with green being the spiciest, and red occupying the middle ground.
In addition to the three curry pastes, Valcom also has a range of curry pastes for Massaman, Laksa, and Tom Yum dishes that are easy to use.
Ready to spoil yourself or cook to impress? Try one of these recipes today!