You may not believe it, but Thai food was actually voted the most popular cuisine in Australia, just eding out Chinese, Italian, and Japanese. There is no denying that Asian fusion has become a staple of Melbourne culinary culture. To get the full experience of your fellow Aussie’s favorite cuisine, check out our QIKI Cuisine post all about the Thai restaurants in Carlton suburb.
If you are new to Thai food, or if you have never quite understood what made it stand out from other Asian cuisine, check out its base ingredients below:
Galangal – like ginger, but ginger cannot substitute for its flavor. Unique to Thai cooking
Fish Sauce – used like salt for flavoring in Thai dishes.
Oyster Sauce – used in stir fries and tastes like a mix between soy and BBQ sauce
Coconut Milk – The base for Thai curries; gives a thick and creamy counter to the tomato base
Tamarind – this is the “tangy” part of Thai food.
Usually served over a bed of rice or with cooked noodles, Thai dishes combine these amazing and unique flavors to create food with layers of flavor. When looking at different Thai restaurants in Carlton, see if you recognize any of these base flavors. By knowing the actual ingredients that go into your order, you can make sure you pick the perfect Thai restaurant in Carlton for you!
Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken
A Thai staple, you’ll be able to find a variation of this dish at every Thai restaurant in Carlton. These rich, tangy noodles are flavored with fish sauce and tamarind. Combined with lean stir-fried chicken and a sweet and spicy Thai sauce, this is the perfect starter dish for someone venturing into the Thai cuisine experience.
Come on… who doesn’t love marinated meat on a skewer? Grilled and served in sweet-tasting peanut sauce, the sweetness is balanced by the saltiness of the dish (brought from some of the ingredients listed above). Satay is a rich dish for those who love chicken drenched in sauce.
Pad Se Ew
Salty and slightly sweet, the grilled chicken and flat noodles marry together in a caramelized wok. Serve with veggies your favorite aromatics. Pad Se Ew is another Thai staple, and one of the most popular Thai dishes on the planet. Check the different variations at local Thai restaurants in Carlton.
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