Well, 2012 started out with a bang as I was invited to a New Year's Eve party with members of the West Tennessee Thai community. Guests brought several delicious dishes from China, Korea, Japan and Thailand. The intoxicating scent of Thai chilies, coconut milk and lemongrass could be smelled throughout the air. One of the cooks exclaimed "This is the real Oriental food! Not Americanized!"
I started out with some Korean bass. The fish was freshly caught by the cook's husband. The fish was steamed with garlic, ginger and spicy seasoned vegetables. It was delicious!
Next I tried a truly unique dish which was baked jasmine rice with shredded coconut and homemade sausage. It was slightly sweet but having the a nice bite of spiciness. This was served wrapped in lettuce.
For those who attended seeking a little 'heat' in this winter cold, homemade Kimchi and spicy black bean pastes were available. I enjoy spicy foods and this was definitely a treat!
I was in foodie heaven if only for a few hours. The food was delicious, soulful and made with love. Amazing food created by some amazing people. Happy New Years to you and let us always remember the eloquent words of opera great Luciano Pavarotti who said "One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote ourselves to eating."