Passion for food…

I love food; cooking it, eating it, reading about it, watching shows about it and in coming weeks and months, I’ll be bombarding you with recipes, photos, general thoughts.

Let’s use this first blog as a bit of an intro into my food passions!

So, as you will have seen from my other posts, I have a big love of Thailand in general, so it will come as no surprise to find out that I adore Thai cuisine too.

What about it do I love so much? Well, it ultimately comes down to the incredible balance of flavours and the four S’s…

  1. Sweet
  2. Salty
  3. Sour
  4. Spicy

Throw in a cheeky bit of umami from time to time, and you have absolute perfection. I love a burger as much as the next American, but give me a Duck Panang that makes you sweat 13lbs before you’re finished, and there’s no competition.

I love a good list, so let’s list some of my favourite Thai dishes

  • Som tam – an often searingly hot salad made with shredded fruit/veg such as green papaya or young mango. Plenty of chillis, a bit of sugar, lots of lime and a few squirts of fish sauce and you have your hot, sweet, sour and salty. BOOM.
  • Panang – keep your Indian curries, give me Thai every time. In this case, this is a rich wet curry made with a red curry base, plenty of kafir lime leaves and lots peanuts. My preference would be duck, but I’m just as happy to have no meat.
  • Tom Kha Gai – translated as chicken galangal soup, but better described as chicken coconut soup with galangal. This one is less sweet than it is sour and spicy, but still souper (ha) refreshing and… well… incredible. Almost medicinal galanga, rich coconut milk, hot chilli, refreshing lime, fragrant kafir lime…. GET IN MY BELLY.

So yeah, those are my top three, but believe me, they often alternate with other dishes. I’ll be adding my own recipes from time to time, so I please do check back from time to time to get some inspiration.

Much Love,

Emil Jachmann x

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