August 18, 2016 – Hi Everyone, Chef Audrey here from the ALDI Test Kitchen to take you on a trip to Thailand – from the comfort of your own home of course! Some of us shy away from Thai food because we think it’s too difficult or we just don’t know enough about it. The truth is, it’s so EASY and delicious! I challenge you to give it a whirl! I’m here to tell you just how to do that.
Check out these awesome ALDI Finds, in stores for a limited time! Jazz these boxes up with freshly chopped cilantro, finely chopped red bell pepper, lime and Sriracha for a spicy kick. Takeout was just brought to a whole new level! These boxes will only set you back $1.69*. You can’t beat that price!
ALDI will also briefly be carrying pad Thai and vermicelli rice noodles. These noodles are thin and tender. They don’t have much flavor on their own but they absorb the flavors they are cooked with really well. Instead of using traditional noodles, try using these versatile noodles in your favorite dishes! Try my Sriracha Chicken Ramen Bowl with Pickled Celery. Replace the ramen noodles with vermicelli noodles.
Or try Chef Stacey’s Pad Thai Style Pasta and replace the brown rice spaghetti noodles with our pad Thai noodles. These are some great examples on how to bring a little Thailand home.
For a short time, ALDI will also be carrying Tikka Masala, Jalfrezi and Korma sauces! These sauces pair well with your favorite ingredients. Tikka translates to “piece of meat.” It’s a mild creamy sauce. Try cooking your favorite cut of meat, tossing it with tikka masala sauce and serving over rice. Jalfrezi sauce ranges from medium to very hot in spice. This is meant to be simmered along with meat or vegetables to become a thick dry sauce. Think about adding plain yogurt to cool this down if this sauce is too spicy for your palate. Korma is a versatile sauce to use when braising meat and vegetables. It’s a mildly spiced sauce featuring a few star players like ginger, almond, coconut milk and traditional warm spices to make it irresistible.
Now, I challenge you to step outside your comfort zone in the kitchen. Your journey to Thailand awaits you! Add your favorite Thai flavors below in the comments.
Chef Audrey attended culinary school at the Illinois Institute of Art when she realized her hobby was becoming a lifelong passion. After culinary school, Audrey mastered her skills in restaurants around the Chicago land area, incorporating local and seasonal ingredients in breakfast and lunch menus. She has many years of experience working for a national organic retailer as well as catering large events and private parties. You can find some of Audrey’s recipes featured on ALDI product packaging. Audrey enjoys trying new restaurants (especially food trucks!), and spending time outdoors with her beloved boxer, Boots.
*Available while quantities last. All products may not be available in all stores. Prices subject to change.