Product Code: FR03 - Brand: Fresh Fruit
Postal Weight: 1.25 kg
Thai Name: Ma Praw On
Coconuts in Thailand are extremely fresh, as Thailand is one of the major Coconut producers in the world. Because of this, Coconut is used extensively in Thai cooking, almost as a replacement for milk, cream or other dairy products.
As well as being used as a raw ingredient, the fresh, young coconuts will often have the shell removed, will be trimmed down to a manageable size, and will then be refrigerated whole. It will later be opened, and the Coconut milk will be drunk for refreshment, before the soft meat is consumed as a kind of healthy snack.
The Southern regions of Thailand produce almost the entire national crop of Coconuts, and for this reason local dishes tend to feature it more often than Northern cuisine.
Possibly the most well known Thai dish which uses Coconut as a base, is Red Curry (Gaeng Phed). Traditional Thai Red Curry comes served as a kind if thick soup, and is usually made with pork or chicken. Bamboo shoots are also often added, although not every Thai Red Curry is prepared in this way. The sauce is made from a little water, a quantity of Coconut Milk, a little fish sauce and a generous helping of Red Curry Paste.
Another major Thai dish which features Coconut is Tom Ka, which is usually made with chicken (Tom Ka Gai), but can be made with pork or sea food. Tom Ka is very similar to Tom Yum, and the preparation of the two dishes is almost identical. Tom Ka simply has Coconut Milk added to the soup, making it much creamier and slightly thicker in consistency.
Overall, Coconut is a central part of Thai cuisine, and is used in a wide range of dishes, no Thai kitchen would be complete without Coconut, it is intrinsic to the Thai taste.
Fresh produce of Thailand.
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