Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Planning the Timing of the Meal Preparation

The night before my Suriyothai Dinner & a Movie, I will prepare the dipping sauces, wash and chop all the vegetables, peel and devein the shrimp, make the soup broth, skewer and marinate the satay meats, and get out all my serving dishes.

On the day of the dinner, I will set up the buffet, plate up a the raw ingredients, and just before time to serve, I will assemble all the components into the various Thai dishes.

I always find that dividing the meal preparation into smaller tasks and sequential phases, preparing as much ahead of time as possible, and keeping the kitchen clean as I go, makes the whole experience much less stressful, much more manageable, and ultimately, much more enjoyable.