Spice Up Your Shellfish with the Taste of Thai

I’ve never been to Thailand, but I love Thai food. Well, hold on … maybe not all Thai food. I mean it’s not like I’ve tried everything the country has to offer food wise, but what I have had, I’ve enjoyed.

Years ago I lived in southern Oregon and had my first taste of Thai at Thai Pepper—a trendy little restaurant with great outdoor seating, overlooking the water. I had, of course, Pad Thai among other small bites and I enjoyed it so much that for the next few weeks learned to cook with coconut milk and peanut sauce … and I was in heaven. Literally.

Since moving to the Midwest I haven’t had much Thai food. Not because there aren’t Thai restaurants—there are—but I never could decide which one to try. Then, Pad Thai opened a few miles down the road from us … and it got some killer reviews … so on one crazy-hot summer night, we went. And we were not disappointed. The restaurant lets you choose between mild, medium, medium-hot, hot, extra-hot and Thai hot … I choose medium and it was plenty although next time I would probably bump it up to medium-hot (I cannot imagine what Thai-hot is?!).

I ordered Seafood Madness: Stir-fried shrimp, scallops, mussels, calamari, asparagus, bell pepper, carrot and basil in hot chili paste. Served on a hot plate. It was divine. The mussels (which are my favorite) were huge and had such beautiful shells. The dish is a plethora of colors and taste. Truly a masterpiece for the senses.

Would I go again? Um, yea. Duh.

For cooking at home, my favorite thing to do that’s semi-Thai is mix rice with fresh garlic, shrimp, and San J International Peanut Sauce. And every now and then I pull out Taste of Thai Coconut Milk and their red chili paste and get creative. BTW, if you’re looking for some great recipes, check out Taste of Thai’s website … they have an easy to use interactive filter where you can choose vegetarian, seafood, etc., entrée, desert, etc., authentic … it’s pretty awesome.

What’s your favorite way to Thai it up at home?

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So this little blog is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. Here you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—like where to find the best seafood (and riverfish) in the Midwest. And some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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