Hey guys, remember when I told you that I was trying to eat healthier. About how fat can be a tool for weight loss (this recipe). Ok, well I’m going to be a hypocrite and present you with these Thai Sweet Chili Scallops. These beautiful bites have a negligible amount of fat but somehow packs quite the flavor punch.
In the recipe linked above, I talked about balance in life. Today, I am going into balance in food (preparation, not consumption). In this topic, I feel like Thai dishes hold the torch for having the most harmonious cuisine. I have found that Thai food is a juggling act between sour, sweet, salty, bitter, and spicy. A juggling act that I have failed at more times than I care to count. These Thai Sweet Chili Scallops are no exception.
I am not saying that this recipe is inedible. No, no, no! This plate is PERFECTLY balanced in tartness, sweetness, saltiness, bitterness and heat…FOR ME. You see, the allure of phenomenal Thai food is the freedom to alter the taste to your liking. In the majority of restaurants you go to you will have the options of salt and pepper. If you are lucky then there may be a bottle of ketchup (semi-used, with a dried and crusty opening that you have to beat on to get a few measly drops). In the upscale restaurants, salt is not even provided because you have to trust in the chef’s ability to create a dish that fits perfectly to your palate. Now, Thai restaurants (the good ones at least) will provide you with a selection of chili powder, vinegar, sugar and fish sauce to allow you the ability to alter your food to your liking.
To put simply. I am just bitter because the Thai recipes I make is never perfect for my girlfriend on the first try (she is Thai). Cooking Thai food has become a routine between us. Not a good one though. It usually goes like this…
“I love this, try it!” I would declare triumphantly.
“Something is missing…I’m sorry” she would say hesitantly.
“It’s ok hun, we still have ramen. Would you like me to heat some up?” I would ask.
Up until now, I haven’t made a traditional Thai dish that she loves. On the plus side, she is a great way to keep my ego in check.
As for this dish, I suggest you make it according to the recipe and adjust accordingly. Please give this a try and let me know what you think. I need to hear that I am not completely terrible when it comes to Thai food. Actually, if it’s seriously lacking in something then please let me know that too. Thanks a bunch!