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Best Finger/Party Foods from the Thai Kitchen!

Top Thai Finger Foods


 Surprise your friends and family with a delicious Thai appetizer or party food treat!  Your guests will be 'wowed' when they bite into these fresh and oh so flavorful finger foods - excellent whether served on their own or paired with your favorite cocktail, lager, or wine.  ENJOY! 

1. Mini Thai Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Mini Shrimp Lettuce Wraps
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt

If you and your friends like spicy, zesty foods, try making up a platter of these Thai Shrimp Mini Lettuce Wraps! These bite-size wraps are just perfect for a party finger food. Each mini wrap provides a burst of Thai flavors that are meant to hit different parts of the palate all at once, awakening your taste-buds and sending you straight to food heaven. ENJOY!

2. Chicken Satay Party Sticks! (for the Oven OR Grill)

Beautiful Thai Chicken Satay (all dressed up for a party!), served here with peanut satay sauce
Satay is always a huge hit with any crowd, as well as a special taste treat for your family. This recipe is straightforward and not hard to make, with results that will be sure to impress your guests. Here I've arranged the serving of the satay for a party, but feel free to serve it anyway you want - it's all Thai, and it's all good!

3. Thai Spring Rolls (Vegetarian, or with Shrimp)

Thai Spring Rolls

This spring roll recipe can be made vegetarian with tofu, or with baby shrimp if you prefer. Brimming with vegetables and lots of flavor, these spring rolls make a great appetizer or party food. And they're far fresher and healthier than the spring rolls you'll find in most restaurants. ENJOY!

4. Bite-Size Thai Fish Cakes

Thai Fish Cakes
D.Schmidt for About.com
If you enjoy crab cakes, you'll love Thai fish cakes! They're terrific for a party (as pictured here) because they are small enough to serve as a finger food. They can be made up ahead of time too (see my 'make-ahead' tip in the recipe). Serve them at your next gathering and see how fast they disappear!


5. Easy Fried Wontons

Fried Wontons Appetizer
These fried wontons are the perfect party food. Make some and watch them disappear - fast! They're easy and fun to put together and can also be made vegetarian/vegan so everyone can enjoy them. Choose between a shrimp or tofu-onion filling; either one is ready to use in just minutes. Then just fry them up and serve. They can be made up ahead of time too. Enjoy!

6. Dragon Fruit Martini!

Dragon Fruit Martini
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, About.com Corp. 09/02/11
This Dragon Fruit Martini is easy to make and beautiful to serve! Your guests will be surprised and delighted by this refreshing cocktail, and the marvelous-looking dragon fruit also makes a great conversation starter! Dragon fruit is native to Thailand, but is now readily available throughout North America (see recipe for more info). Cheers!


7. Vegetable Platter with Thai Peanut Dip (Vegan)

Thai Peanut Sauce/Dip

While most Western versions of peanut sauce are made with peanut butter, this Thai peanut sauce recipe starts with real peanuts - and you'll taste the difference! At the same time, it's super easy and quick to make. This peanut sauce can be used for a variety of purposes, from a dip for veggies to a sauce for chicken or beef satay. Or use it to make a yummy cold noodle salad. A very easy and delicious peanut sauce recipe!

8. Corn Fritters (Vegetarian)

Thai Corn Fritters
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 08/22/10, About.com
This scrumptious recipe for corn fritters is a real treat, and it's also vegetarian plus gluten free! - made with corn, tofu, and a variety of vegetables. The corn fritter batter takes only minutes to stir together, then just drop spoonfuls into hot oil and fry for a few minutes. An easy treat that is terrific as an appetizer, snack, or finger food for a party. For a dip, I like them with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce (look for it in the Asian section). Enjoy!

9. Easy Baked Chili-Garlic Shrimp

Chili Garlic Shrimp
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 03/27/10

This wonderful Thai shrimp recipe is easy to make and superb for a party. Medium to jumbo shrimp are tossed in a spicy chili-garlic sauce, then broiled in the oven for just a few minutes. Add toothpicks and serve as a party food, or enjoy with rice as a main entree. This spicy shrimp recipe will be a hit with your friends and family, and it's ready in less than 30 minutes! Includes make-ahead tips for parties.

10. Beautiful Thai Fresh Rolls

Thai Fresh Rolls - a bouquet!
Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 13/11/09

Welcome guests to your home with a "bouquet" of Thai fresh rolls. They're a beautiful party finger food, plus delicious and healthier than fried spring rolls.  Or roll some up with the help of your family - they're fun to make and so delicious too.

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