Aside from summer rolls, one thing I often order when getting Thai takeout is Panang Curry Chicken.
I love the complex flavors from the kaffir lime, garlic and fish sauce combined with creamy coconut milk. Another is Drunken Noodles, or pad kee mao, with beef, a glorious noodle dish full of tangy, sweet and spicy flavor with a punch of basil. These dishes are from Siam Thai in Tampa.
My favorite wine to pair with Thai takeout is Riesling. Why does Riesling pair so well with Thai?
- Rieslings can offer a complex flavor profile, which stands up well to the complex flavors (like chile peppers, lime, lemongrass, cilantro, basil) found in Thai food.
- Compared to other wines, Riesling is relatively low in alcohol, so sipping it between each bite is refreshing.
- A slight sweetness in your wine is a nice balancing note to hot spicy food. Not all Rieslings are sweet, and in my opinion, the best Rieslings balance sweetness with acidity, which also is a nice contrast to the heat that comes from Thai peppers.
This past Sunday, we got back from a weekend of traveling what seemed like all over the state (read: lots and lots of driving.) I was exhausted and didn't want to cook, so as it often does, Siam Thai was calling my name. And a Dry Riesling from Chateau Ste Michelle was the perfect complement to the meal. It's a crisp, dry and refreshing style of Riesling, with flavors of peach, apple and mandarin orange, and ends with a clean finish. It's a great one for those who are afraid that Rieslings are too sweet, and also an ideal wine for a hot summer's day. The fruit flavors tempered the heat of the dishes and complemented the meal perfectly.
Do you agree sometime the best pairings happen with takeout food? Which are your favorite wines to pair with Thai takeout? How about pizza?