Every cuisine has its essential ingredients that make up its distinctive flavors. Getting those ingredients right is the best way to make every dish delicious every time. At White Coconut, our goal is for our customers to experience authentic Thai cooking, right here in Massachusetts. We use only the highest quality and freshest ingredients to bring you the best Massachusetts Thai food. And just like anything else, it starts with the basics.
These are the essential ingredients we use in our recipes to make you the best Massachusetts Thai food.
Many Thai dishes are vegetarian or have a vegetarian version, so it’s no surprise that vegetables are essential to Thai cuisine. The vegetables you find most often in Thai cooking are allium vegetables. Allium vegetables are all closely related and are sometimes called the onion family. So this group of vegetables naturally includes onions, but also chives, scallions, leeks, and garlic. They all have strong flavors and are versatile in cooking.
Whenever a Thai dish requires some liquid, it is often coconut milk. You will find it in most Thai soups and it is an essential ingredient for curries. Although coconut milk is often a dairy substitute, the funny thing about coconut milk is that there is no good substitute for it. If a recipe calls for coconut milk, you really need to use coconut milk. Ideally, a Thai chef would use fresh coconut milk, but coconuts are a challenge to work with, so they turn to coconut milk that comes in a can or a carton. But finding the right coconut milk to make Thai dishes properly can still be tricky. Because it is often sold as a dairy substitute, the fat content is different.
Making Thai dishes properly often comes down to the chilies. There are many varieties and each has its own characteristics and flavor. When you have a yellow, red, or green curry, the chilies are what give the curry its spice and flavor. The entire flavor profile of a dish changes depending on the chilies that go into it.
Delicious Massachusetts Thai Food at White Coconut
There are of course many other ingredients that are important to Thai cooking, but these three are perhaps the most important. To make any food properly, you have to get the basics right first. At White Coconut, we are proud to serve authentic and delicious Massachusetts Thai food, and we always start with the best ingredients.