Thai cuisine is truly a complex layered symphony of flavor chemistry like none other. It satisfies a well-traveled palate on so many levels: the notes of sweet, rich coconut cream, sour and salty fish sauce along with spicy chilies create harmony. The beauty of stir-frying is that everything comes together quickly, but it requires having all ingredients prepped and ready to roll — the French cooking term is mise en place. Preparation is key to success. These recipes are always a hit and rarely are there any leftovers.

(Faux) Shrimp Toast

Thai-Style Butternut Squash Soup

Dale’s Umami Thai Thighs
or
Beef Panang

 

Suggested Wines:

CHAMPAGNE & SPARKLING

Domestic
Look for Methode Champenoise or Traditional Method stated on the label. Another option is Pet-Nat (petillant naturel) wine, produced in the artisanale or rurale style.
Imported
France: Champagne, Cremant
Germany: Sekt
Italy: Asti, Prosecco
Spain: Cava

CRISP, DRY WHITE or ROSÉ

Domestic
Texas: Albarino, Trebbiano, Picpoul Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Rosé
West Coast: Sauvignon Blanc, Fume Blanc, Rosé
Imported
Argentina: Torrontes, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé
Austria: Gruner Veltliner
France: Chablis, white Bordeaux, Sancerre, Muscadet, Petit Manseng, Picpoul Blanc, Rosé
Germany: Dry Riesling
Italy: Pinot Grigio, Pinot Bianco, Frascati, Trebbiano, Vernaccia, Garganega (Soave),  Orvieto, Gewurztraminer
Portugal: Vinho Verde (Blanc or Rosé)
South Africa: Chenin Blanc, Rosé
Spain: Albarino, Verdejo, Godello, Viura, Rosé

UNOAKED, MEDIUM-BODIED WHITE

Domestic
Texas: Vermentino, Semillon, Chardonnay
West Coast: Pinot Gris, Fume Blanc, Chardonnay
Imported
Austria: Gruner Veltliner
France: Chablis, Macon Village/Saint-Véran, Alsace Pinot Blanc, Picpoul Blanc
Italy: Vermentino, Verdicchio, Fiano, Greco, Cortese (Gavi)
New Zealand: Sauvignon Blanc

AROMATIC SWEET and SEMI-SWEET WHITE

Domestic
Texas: Riesling, Chenin Blanc, Gewürztraminer
West Coast: Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Chenin Blanc
Imported
Germany: Riesling, Gewürztraminer
France: Vouvray, Alsace Pinot Gris or Pinot Blanc
Italy: Moscato

FRUITY, LIGHT-BODY RED
Domestic
Texas: Ruby Cab, Dolcetto
West Coast: Pinot Noir
Imported
France: Beaujolais, Côtes du Ventoux, Gamay
Spain: Tempranillo