Our favorite Thai flavors shine in a summer menu made up of fresh, cooling salads, chicken wings bathed in a sweet-spicy sauce, and a selection of grilled satay fragrant with galangal, lemongrass, coconut, and curry.
Prepare the salads ahead of time: Their flavors will intensify as they sit. While you're waiting for the satays and wings to cook, set out the chile dip accompanied by raw vegetables and fried pork rinds.
Green mangoes have plenty of delicious uses beyond salad—see Georgia Freedman's article Gone Green for additional ideas.
Pinky milk is a sweet, milk-based drink made with sala syrup, a candy-colored syrup that approximates the taste of the fruit of a branchy palm tree that's native to Thailand. For more about the origin of Pinky Milk and other Thai sweets, see Betsy Andrews' article Sweet Drink from Thailand.
Brown rice pairs well with Thai food, but can be difficult to cook just right. For tips and tricks, see our recipe for perfect brown rice.
You can find the ingredients for these dishes in most Asian markets—if you can't find them locally, they can be ordered from online retailers like Asian Food Grocer.