Whether you’re celebrating this romantic holiday with your S-O for the first time or multiple times, you’ve probably given some thought about what you’re going to eat for the special day. Show your love by cooking up a Thai-inspired Valentine’s dinner, because how can you go wrong with Thai food? Here are our recipes that are easy-to-follow and will surely make an impression!
Oysters with Seafood Sauce (Appetizer)
- Half clove of garlic
- One cilantro root
- 5 Thai bird eye chilis
- 1 tbsp palm sugar
- 1 ½ lime
- 5 tbsp fish sauce
- 1 tsp chicken broth
- 1 dozen oysters
- Prepare with a mortar and pestle, add in garlic, cilantro root, Thai bird eye chilis, and palm sugar. Smash and press until flat.
- Then add lime, fish sauce, and chicken broth.
- Mix and press until well combined.
- Serve with oysters.
Crying Tiger (Main Dish)
- 18oz Ribeye Steak
- 3 tbsp Fish Sauce
- 1/2 tbsp Palm Sugar
- 1 tsp Black pepper OR Chili powder(for extra spicy)
- 2 tbsp Roasted Rice
- 3 tbsp Fish Sauce
- 1 1/2 tbsp Granulated Sugar
- 2 tbsp Chili Powder
- 1 tbsp Roasted Rice
- 1 tbsp Chopped Green Onions
- 1 tbsp Chopped Parsley
- 1 tbsp Chopped Red Onions
- 1 1/2 tbsp Lime
- 1 tsp Mark Rin’s Cocoa Powder (or what is available)
- Start by making the roasted rice. In a pan, take uncooked rice and heat until golden brown. Blend the rice until it is a powder texture.
- In a bowl, marinade the steak with fish sauce, palm sugar, black pepper or chili powder, and roasted rice. Let it sit for about 30 minutes.
- Prepare the dipping sauce with fish sauce, sugar, chili powder, roasted rice, green onions, parsley, red onions, lime, and unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Serve separately on a plate.
Tom Kha Mash Potatoes (Side Dish)
- 2 lbs of Potatoes, peeled and cubed if large
- 4-tablespoon (1/2 stick) of Butter, room temperature
- 5 cloves of garlic, chopped
- 1 ½ cup Coconut Milk (approximately 1 can)
- 1 stalk of Lemongrass, chopped
- 1 whole medium-sized fresh/frozen Galanga, chopped
- Thai Bird Eye Chili, crushed, to taste
- Kaffir Lime leaves, finely chopped, to taste
- Scallions, finely chopped, to taste
- Cilantro, finely chopped, to taste
- Salt, to taste
- Pepper, to taste
- Place potatoes in a medium sized pot. Cover with at least an inch of cold water. Add a teaspoon of salt. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook until tender (about 20 minutes)
- While the potatoes are cooking, make the spiced-coconut milk by simmering the coconut milk over low- medium heat with lemongrass, galangal and Thai chili. When potatoes are done, strain the coconut milk. Discard the chili and herbs.
- When the potatoes are done cooking (a fork can cleanly pierce), remove them from the pot, drain, and place them in a bowl.
- Add butter and spiced-coconut milk, and mash until smooth.
- Add kaffir lime leaves, scallion, cilantro, salt and pepper. Taste and adjust.
- Mix well and serve.
Thai Fruit Carving Tutorial
The art of fruit carving requires far more than a two minute tutorial but we have a short clip for you to glam up your fruit plate for this special weekend. Watch to learn how to easily cut an apple slice into an ornate leaf and follow us for more upcoming fruit carving tutorials! All you need for this one is some apples and a small (sharp) non grooved knife.
Team Thailand Insider hope you have a wonderful and safe Valentine’s Day and please tag us @thailandinsider if you try some of these recipes out!