How to enjoy a Chaophraya
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If you’re looking to ‘wow’ your family with a night of fine dining, we’ve got you covered as next up in our fakeaway series we bring you tasty Thai recipes from Chaophraya, you’ve had baked goods from Greggs, a cheeky Nando’s and how to make THE Wagamama Katsu Curry. Chaophraya  is known for its flavourful food, fancy cocktails and elegant decor and we’re here to show you how you can bring the Chaophraya look and feel to your own home.  These Thai recipes are perfect for a Saturday night treat, you can give your household the ultimate dining experience with two original dishes from Chaophraya we show you the Thai fishcake recipe and Thai curry recipe. And if you’re looking to go that extra mile, why not whip up a batch of their tasty Sloe Gin Pimms and try out our insider tips for recreating the famous Chaophraya ambience at home.

Thai Fish Cakes Recipe:

Thai Fishcakes from Chaophraya

What you’ll need:

  • 500g of boneless fish – minced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp of finely chopped kaffir lime leaves
  • 1 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp of red curry paste
  • 2 tbsp of finely chopped long green beans
  • Cooking oil (half a saucepan)

And for the curry paste:

  • 10x fresh red chillies
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 lemongrass
  • ½ galangal
  • 2 garlic
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tsp shrimp paste
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves

How to make it:

  1. Using a mortar and pestle, crush and mix together your curry paste ingredients until it forms a thick red paste.
  2. Mix the fish, red curry paste and eggs into a bowl thoroughly until the mixture becomes sticky.
  3. Add fish sauce, green beans, lime leaves and mix in well.
  4. Heat a saucepan on medium heat, half full of cooking oil.
  5. Gently roll the mixture by hand into balls and flatten into a cookie shape.
  6. Drop the fish cakes into the oil and leave to cook. When they’re cooked the fish cakes will float to the surface.
  7. Take the Thai fish cakes out of the oil and put on a plate to serve, serve with sweet chilli sauce

Thai Red Curry Recipe:

Red Thai Curry

What you’ll need:

  • 200g of prawns
  • 450ml of coconut milk
  • 4 red chillies
  • 2 tsp of palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp of fish sauce
  • 10 Thai basil leaves
  • 2 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • 50g of fine beans
  • 50g of courgette
  • 1 cup of rice (or 75g) per person

And for the curry paste:

  • 4 fresh red chillies
  • 2 shallots
  • 2 lemongrass stalks
  • ½ galangal
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp shrimp paste
  • 4 kaffir lime leaves

How to make it:

  1. Using a mortar and pestle, crush and mix the curry paste ingredients until it forms a thick red paste.
  2. Place a medium-sized pan on medium heat, add the oil and red curry paste then stir until it becomes fragrant.
  3. Reduce to low heat and add the coconut milk bit by bit.
  4. Add the prawns and kaffir lime leaves and allow to cook for 10 minutes, when the prawns are thoroughly cooked add the green beans and courgette.
  5. Add the fish sauce, salt, sugar, red chillies, Thai basil leaves and stir until warm.
  6. Turn off the heat and this is ready to serve. You can enjoy this with jasmine rice or any other rice you may have at home.

Wash it all down with Sloe Gin Pimm’s

Pimms station with glasses at home

What you’ll need:

  • 25ml Sloe Gin
  • 25ml Pimm’s
  • 50ml Lemonade
  • 50ml Ginger ale
  • A handful of cucumber, mint, raspberries, strawberries
  • Ice

How to make it:

  1. Add the Pimm’s, Sloe Gin, Lemonade and Ginger ale to a tall glass
  2. Slowly stir
  3. Add in the ice and fruit to layer
  4. Mix again
  5. Top with mint to serve and then its ready to enjoy

Recreating the Chaophraya look and feel

Thai dishes on a table

It’s all about family-style eating in East Asian culture so why not serve up some of your other favourite Thai dishes to create banquet-style dining and encourage everyone in the family to share and try each plate of food. We recommend pairing your red curry with Thai fried rice and, if you want to add that special Chaophraya touch, make sure to present your rice in a hollowed half pineapple.

For setting the scene, light a couple of candles, chuck on a relaxing Thai music playlist and lay the table with Crown folded napkins for additional Chaophraya authenticity.

Napkins and table setting in chaophraya

To create the restaurant-style napkin, simply grab any fabric napkin and follow these easy six steps:

  1. Fold the napkin in half diagonally
  2. Fold corners to meet at the top point
  3. Fold bottom point 2/3 way to top and fold back onto itself.
  4. Turn the napkin over bringing together, tucking one into the other.
  5. Peel two top corners to make the crown.
  6. Open the base of the fold and stand upright.

Let us know if you have a go at transforming your home into a pop-up Chaophraya restaurant? If so, send us your pics and videos on our Facebook page.