THAI TERRE BLOG
POSTED BY Thai Terre | September 14, 2017
Some people assume that all Thai food is spicy, and if they don’t like spicy food… well, they won’t want to try Thai. But Thai food isn’t always spicy. It doesn’t have to be. Although the cuisine is known for having the perfect combination of hot and sour, sweet and salty flavours, there are some dishes that have very little chilli heat in them at all, for example, and others still that, if you ask for them to be made mild, they will be.
So there is no excuse – everyone can try (and love!) Thai food!
Spice is just one part of Thai cooking, and doesn’t represent the cuisine as a whole, but if you want to be safe when ordering, there are some dishes to look out for. Remember, it’s usually the addition of red hot chilli peppers that make a dish spicy, and many dishes will include ginger, garlic, or other herbs and spices instead (or as well as) chillies. That way, you can still enjoy the taste of the meal without it being too hot to enjoy.
A useful phrase to remember (if you want to stay authentic) is ‘mai sai prik’. This means ‘without chilli’. Whoever is making your food will definitely know you aren’t keen on chilli i...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | August 22, 2017
Thai Terre has been a staple in the Eastbourne area for a while now, but recently we opened a brand new restaurant in Uckfield. We’ve been keen to do this ever since we began, knowing what a lovely place Uckfield is, and our dream has finally come true.
So what can you expect at Thai Terre Uckfield?
We haven’t let a new restaurant dim our old one in any way, so you can expect either branch of Thai Terre to offer you superb Thai food in Eastbourne or Uckfield. With fresh, delicious ingredients – locally sourced where possible – and expert chefs who know exactly how to combine those ingredients to make perfect Thai dishes, using the right elements of spicy, hot, sour, and sweet, the quality of food served at Thai Terre is beyond compare.
But it’s more than just the food (although that is clearly a hugely important part of it). It’s the atmosphere too. And at Thai Terre in Uckfield, that atmosphere is just as good as you remember it from East Dean. If you’ve never visited us before, you’ll love how friendly and comfortable the place is. Our staff are well trained, but they are also innately lovely people, who are keen to make sure that you are having the best ...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | July 11, 2017
When you think of rice, the first place that will probably come to mind is China. But Thailand is actually one of the biggest rice producers in the world, and a large part of the country’s economy relies on the export of rice. Rice is served with every meal in Thailand, so getting it right is one of the main elements of great Thai cooking – and it’s what we do every day at Thai Terre in Eastbourne and soon Uckfield too.
The main types of rice used in Thai cooking are jasmine rice and sticky rice.
Jasmine rice has some pretty unique properties that make it so delicious, and so definitely Thai. Jasmine rice can also be called fragrant rice, scented rice, jasmine scented rice, or aromatic rice, and these names will give you a good idea of just what is so special about it. It smells incredible, and lends a beautiful fragrance to any dish it is served with. Be careful if you are cooking this rice yourself though – it is deceptively difficult to get it right, and a lot of the time it comes out soggy or gummy. This ...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | June 30, 2017
In terms of taste, there isn’t much to separate delicious rice or sumptuous noodles in Thai cuisine. Both – when done right – are the perfect accompaniment to a good, traditional, well-cooked Thai take away dish or a great meal served in Thai Terre East Dean.
But which (if any) is better? Which one will work best for you?
Well that depends on taste, and the texture that offers you the most enjoyable meal. Noodles tend to be softer than rice, which has a little more bite to it – for the most part, although this isn’t always so. If you prefer something a little more al dente
then rice should work best for you. Otherwise, it’s noodles all the way. And of course, noodles tend to work as a meal all on their own (with the addition of vegetables, sauce, and perhaps some meat). Rice, however, needs to be added to other things.
But generally, rice and noodles are a matter of what you prefer – there is not that much to choose between them.
What, then, about health? Which out of rice or no...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | May 17, 2017
Thai food is one of the most popular cuisines in the world thanks to its great taste and relative ease of cooking – it is possible to cook Thai food at home without too much fuss (although having it cooked by a fantastic Thai restaurant Eastbourne like Thai Terre is always a treat). But how much do you know about this wonderful food? These fascinating facts may surprise you…
If you’ve ever thought that great Thai food has a certain familiar taste to it, you could be right. Every single Thai takeaway or restaurant dish has a combination of salty, sweet, sour, bitter, and spicy flavours. It’s what gives Thai food its own unique personality.
Thai cuisine is such a popular option that pad Thai (stir fried noodles and, coincidentally, the most popular Thai home delivery dish) can be found in every continent in the world. The same is true for the amazing tom yum goong dish (spicy and sour shrimp soup).
In Thailand, rice is considered sacred, and must never be wasted. Therefore, every little grain of ric...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | April 13, 2017
When it comes to cooking amazing, authentic Thai food, there are five ingredients that no chef – whether you are cooking at home, or you are one of our excellent chefs at Thai Terre East Dean – can do without. If you have these five staples in your kitchen, you know you can always rustle up some interesting and memorable flavours. And, if you’d rather not do the cooking yourself but you still have a taste for Thai, that’s no problem either – Thai Terre offers delivery services too.
In native Thai fish sauce is called ‘nam pla’, but whatever you call it, Thai cuisine simply wouldn’t be the same without it. It is tangy, vibrant sauce that, if it’s a good one, should only contain anchovies, salt, and water. It should be used sparingly as it is salt heavy, and it really packs a punch when it comes to flavour.
Perfect for fresh Thai curries, coconut milk is a great tasting thickening agent. It is made by rinsing the oils out of the flesh of the coconut using warm water.
Sticky rice is eaten using the hands and comes in a variety of different flavours including the f...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | March 13, 2017
Street food… it’s the ‘in thing’ at the moment, it’s the current trend, and that’s not a bad thing. In fact, street food allows more and more people to sample different cuisines from around the world, including fabulous Thai dishes, in complete comfort. It’s fuss free, it’s quick, and it really hits the spot when it comes to giving hunger a bit of a kick.
But what is it that makes Thai food the perfect street food? The key to great street food is food that can be recreated for the masses, that tastes great, and is easy to eat on the go. And Thai food ticks all of those boxes. With the sweet and spicy, hot and sour elements all melded expertly together, just like in a traditional Thai restaurant like Thai Terre, you can have your meal and enjoy it without taking too much time out of your day.
Which is great… if you’re in a hurry. But if you want to savour your food, enjoy the delicate flavours and intricate ingredients that only Thai food can offer, then you need a real, authentic Thai eating experience – just like at Thai Terre. At Thai Terre East Dean we offer the same exquisite food you’ll find through a street vendor, but we also give you the time t...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | February 23, 2017
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POSTED BY Thai Terre | December 11, 2016
As we’ve mentioned a few times, Thailand is a predominantly Buddhist country, so Christmas isn’t celebrated in quite the same way as it is in Western countries. However, one of the cornerstones of Buddhism is respect and tolerance for other religions, so it is not unusual to see Thai people and businesses decked out in red and green, ready to join in with the festive season. As you’ve probably realised by now, Thais are a joyful people and we love any excuse to celebrate and have fun.
Christmas celebrations and events are more widespread in Thai cities than the countryside, and at this time of year it is quite common to see city streets and shopping malls decked out in trees, lights, and decorations, just as you would in the UK. Christmas Day is not a holiday in Thailand, though – the children still have to go to school, and the adults to work. But there is definitely a festive feel in the air; the children might receive a small gift in the morning and do some fun activities at school, and in the evening there might be a special meal, though it’s more likely to be curry and rice than turkey with all the trimmings!
One thing to be careful of though: in the West, if y...
POSTED BY Thai Terre | October 15, 2016
Summer is over, and here at Thai Terre we’re digging out our winter coats, enjoying warming soups, and turning our thoughts to Christmas. But there’s still nothing like a walk along Eastbourne seafront in the crisp autumn air, taking in the smell of the sea, and listening to the seabirds calling to each other. And no walk through Eastbourne would be complete without pausing to admire its iconic pier.
Work began on the pier in 1866 and took six years to complete. Later, in 1888, its domed pavilion was added, shortly followed by a 1000-seat theatre, two saloons, and a tower topped with a camera obscura.
The pier played its part in World War 2, when machine guns and an anti-aircraft gun were mounted on it, and camouflage net around its base was used to conceal a flotilla of small vessels, including assault landing craft.
It seems that a run of misfortune has affected the pier, though: in 1877 a portion of it was washed away in a storm; in World War 2 a mine exploded at its base, causing considerable damage; a fire in 1970 destroyed the theatre; and more recently, in 2014, another fire destroyed a large part of the pier, and for a little while its future was uncertain.