Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

All About the Dinner: How Everything Turned Out

Last night's dinner was a real feast. Despite my best efforts at moderation, as usual, I made way too much food. Not to worry, it definitely won't go to waste. While I was putting the finishing touches on all the dishes, we snacked on shrimp chips and roasted peanuts.

Next we enjoyed the spring rolls, half of which I served cold, the other half I baked in the oven until they were crispy. However, I made the mistake of putting lime zest in the dipping sauce and salad dressing, so it turned out a little bitter. I liked it, but Will and Rene didn't share my taste for it.

The grilled skewers of Beef and Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce were definitely the star of the show. I grilled them right at the table on my little electric grill and served them one at a time as they got done.

Next came the Pad Thai Noodles, a new experience for me. The bundles of dry cellophane noodles were nearly impossible to separate into individual servings, even with a large pair of kitchen shears. Somehow, I did manage to divide them in half to create smaller portions. I had a pot of seafood broth simmering in a crockpot at the table. So as we got ready to enjoy them, we chose from among a variety of toppings, including shrimp, tofu, bean sprouts, scrambled eggs and scallions. A few minutes in the simmering broth and the dish was ready to serve up into individual bowls.

The Coconut Shrimp with Coconut Rice was a tasty treat for the main course, but by the time we'd enjoyed all the dishes that came before, we were too full to do it justice. So it will make an encore appearance at tomorrow night's dinner table.

Needless to say, there was no room for the Banana Fritters I'd planned for dessert, so those will have to wait for another meal as well. Over the next couple of days, I will be enjoying all the leftovers and revisiting the dishes that got passed over on the first go-round. No doubt, I'll be dining in style for a few days yet.

The fllm Suriyothai was a true epic...a visually stunning and illuminating account of Thai history and culture. Check back in a couple of days for a more detailed review.