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Thai Dinner Night

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When preparing for a dinner party in your home, it’s important to pay attention to the details. The very best food is well thought out and not rushed. Attention must be paid to selecting the right dishes, finding quality ingredients, preparing the food correctly, and presenting it with style.

But the food is not the only thing you need to pay attention to. Just as the best restaurants do, a great dinner experience also includes great service and ambiance. A good host or hostess is always aware of these other critical elements. This article is meant to provide you everything you need to have a fantastic Thai night at your home with friends.

1. The Food – (Please note: you can substitute your own Thai padthai1.jpgrecipes, but either way, a trip to a specialty food store to gather all the authentic ingredients is worth the effort)

Recipes are from Thaitable and each includes step-by-step instructions with photos!

First course: Soup: Tom Yum Goong

Appetizer: Fried Wontons

Main Course: Pad Thai

Dessert: Tapioca Pudding with Young Coconut

2. Drinks


Coconut Juice

Wine: It can be difficult to select the right wine to go with Thai food, but I would suggest the very best pairing would be a Gewurztraminer. This wine’s strong heady scent, slight bitterness, and oily texture lends itself well to fish and chicken dishes that utilize hot pepper and oriental spices, as does Thai food. Second choices would be a Sauvignon Blanc or a Riesling.

3. Ambiance

Table Settings: When setting the table for a Thai experience, you can set out chopsticks, but most Thais use a fork and a large spoon. Thais also serve each dish in a separate vessel, but, apart from dessert, they are served at the same time. Dishes may lose appeal if combined with each other, so be sure to keep them solo. A pot of steamed and covered rice on the side can also be included with the menu from above.

Of course, the very best choices for the table setting includes oriental porcelain, wood, and bamboo. Think Asian, but also think tropical.

Centerpiece: If you need help with a great Thai centerpiece, you can find step-by-step directions.

Music: Finally, this album of traditional Thai music sets the tone for your perfect Thailand dinner party experience. The flowing ambiance is perfect for your Thai evening, so put it on repeat at a low volume before your guests arrive.

Tribal Thai – Chuck Jonkey

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About Robert of the Radish

  • In order to achieve the greatest taste sensation from your Thai cooking, be sure to start with fresh ingredients. Dried and packaged lemongrass, for instance, is hardly worth comparing to the fresh version (fresh lemongrass is available in all Asian shops and markets).