In Southeast Asian cuisine, Thai appetizers are served with entrees altogether, which is quite different from the western style of dining. I think Thai people are too hungry to be patient enough to wait for separate food courses… So, bring them all at once! Thai snacks and starters are created to be so visually attractive and delicious. Thai chefs produce many different kinds of dipping sauces for the appetizers, adding textured and complicated flavors to simple food preparations. Most appetizers are easily created at home and I am confident that with a bit of practice and perseverance, you too can learn to cook Thai food appetizers with ease.
Recipes for Thai Appetizers
Thai spring rolls are made from spring roll skins wrapped around sautéed vegetables and are deep-fried for a crunchy bite. Spring rolls are typically served with plum sauce. This traditional appetizer is a classic and popular everywhere. You can see spring rolls all over Thailand, from the most humble Thai street food stands to the most luxurious 5 star restaurants.
Thai shrimp rolls are made from spring roll wrappers blanketing a whole shrimp. These Thai appetizers are also deep fried and served with plum sauce. This snack is delicious and derives a unique taste from the delicately marinated shrimp.
Thai dumplings are also known as Kanom Jeeb. The Thai versions of dumplings are quite similar to Japanese shumai. However, the fillings, portions and preparation are a bit different. The salty, sweet and sour dipping sauce is really perfect for these dumplings. Don’t forget to add a kick to the mix. Yes! Chili peppers are crucial!
Thai curry puffs are puff pastries covering diced chicken and potato stuffing, seasoned with salt, pepper and curry powder. Thai curry puffs are usually served with cucumber salad. These appetizers are also deep fried for a tasty treat.
Thai chicken satay is chicken on skewers, marinated with coconut milk and spices. The chicken needs to be grilled to cook the meat perfectly. This appetizer is best served with peanut sauce and cucumber salad. You can also substitute pork, beef or shrimp, as desired, to replace the chicken. In Thailand, pork satay is the most popular variety. Thai satay is a mainstay of street food eateries and offers fast, cheap and satisfying fare for all to enjoy.
Thai golden bags are crispy tiny sachets full of peas, corn and diced potatoes. The bags are made from spring roll wrappers and are scrumptious dipped in plum sauce. This Thai appetizer is prepared by deep frying and creatively garnished for an artful touch. Don’t forget to consider this starter for your next dinner party.
Fried Tofu is perfect for soy lovers and provides a great vegetarian option to the menu. Thai tofu is well seasoned and crispy, not boring and mushy like many other varieties. This dish is served with sweet and hot sauce.
Thai corn patties are made from corn mixed with flour, seasoned with some salt and pepper. Fried corn patties are so delicious and flavorful. I usually serve them with plum sauce for added interest.
Fried Thai calamari is served with Thai special sauce. To make this Thai food snack, mix calamari in seasoned flour and deep-fry until golden brown and crispy. The sauce is the key for delicious Southeast Asian style squid. Of course, I like my sauce to be spicy and the people who love my Thai cooking agree!
Bread pork spread is a classic appetizer. This is not a sandwich exactly, but it is similar to crackers. The pork spread is seasoned with garlic, salt and pepper and smeared on the bread (any kind of bread). To cook this Thai food appetizer snack, simply deep-fry until golden brown.
Thai coconut shrimp is a crispy treat to bright up your meal. This snack is perfect with plum sauce. So delicious!
Mee grob is a scrumptious snack to enjoy at home. This sweet and sour noodle dish is a perfect treat for your family.
Tamarind Eggs are a classic dish in Thai cuisine. This electable recipe provides a real traditional flavor.
Thai fried wontons are Chinese influenced snacks. Thai style wontons are served with sweet chili sauce. The tiny appetizers are crunchy and delicious.
Vegetable summer rolls are refreshing vegetarian snacks. These rolls will cool you down during summer time.
Guay tiew lui suan is a delicious Thai-style fresh salad wrapped paired with a savory dipping sauce. It is so awesome!
Thai golden cups are adorable tiny bites. These snacks are scrumptious and super painless to make. Keep this menu in mind for your next party at home. Everybody will love them!
Thai ground meat kabobs are grilled marinated ground meat on skewers. These kabobs provide savory and smoky flavors in every bite.
Thai pot stickers are scrumptious Asian style dumplings. These homemade snacks are easy and fun to make at home anytime.
Khao tang na tang is crispy rice crackers served with an incredible dipping sauce. This traditional food is a nice starter for your meal anytime.
Thai noodle wraps are fresh rice noodles filled with stir fried seasoned shiitake mushroom, tofu and bamboo shoots. This appetizer is paired with seasoned soy sauce. It is also called guay tiew lord.
Thai Appetizers Summary
In most cuisines, appetizers are created to whet your appetite and prepare you for the main course. Thai food appetizers are served together with the entrée to offer variety, as well as a balance of flavors and textures on the table. Thai starters might also be a little different from western appetizers due ingredients and cooking techniques.
I am sure you now realize that one of the most crucial components of the appetizers is the sauce. In addition, the presentation and aesthetic appeal of the food is always a serious consideration for Thai chefs. Most appetizers are simple and easily crafted, but it is a challenge to produce some elaborate Thai snacks.
In my kitchen, it is always fun to create some new appetizer recipes from scratch or based on old favorites. Trust me; sometimes cooking makes you forget other stresses in life. Finding joy in the kitchen is very much akin to finding joy throughout life. After all, deriving pleasure by providing for the most basic need in life (food) provides a valuable lesson on how to view the rest of your time spent living.