Six Sensationally Nutritious Thai Food Choices

It’s no secret that we make our authentic Thai food from scratch at Simply Asia – using ingredients that are specially selected for freshness and flavour. What you may not know, however, is that most of our dishes are also built around ingredients that contain a range of health-promoting properties.
It’s our mission to bring you food that’s not only tasty and convenient, but also packed with
goodness.

 

If you’re looking for a Thai dish that contains nutritionally-beneficial ingredients, we can recommend the following:

 

1. Creamy coconut soup or curry
Coconut milk, with its rich and creamy texture, is a staple ingredient in Thai curries, soups and desserts. Extracted from the white flesh of mature coconuts, coconut milk is extremely nutritious and packed full of fibre, which helps to keep your digestive system healthy. It is also rich in vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6, as well as a wide range of minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. If you’re in the mood for creamy coconut goodness, try Simply Asia’s Coconut Soup (203) as a starter or our famous Green Curry (301) as a main.

 

2. Choose tofu as your protein option
Tofu is an essential ingredient in many Thai dishes and a protein choice that can be included in most of the dishes found on the Simply Asia menu. This versatile ingredient is not just for those following a plant-based lifestyle, however! One of the most wonderful things about tofu is that it can be prepared in a variety of ways. Depending on your mood, you can opt for a tofu dish with a soft, smooth texture or one where the tofu offers a crispy, satisfying crunch. In addition to all of this, tofu is also a great source of protein and it contains all nine essential amino acids. It also provides all- important iron and calcium, as well as manganese, selenium, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin B1. For an interesting take on tofu, try our Fried Tofu Wrapped Duck Roll (121) as a starter, followed by one of the many main dishes that feature tofu as the plant-based protein choice.

 

3. Chilli-charged dishes
Chilli, whether it is used as a raw, stir fried or roasted ingredient, has long been loved for the fiery flavour and spicy kick that it adds to any dish. This heat-packing fruit is also well-known for its long list of health-giving properties – which include relieving inflammation, pain and congestion, as well as supporting the immune system. For a dish that really celebrates chilli, sample our Roasted Chilli Paste Stir Fry (309).

 

4. Brinjal stir fry
Also known as eggplants and aubergines, brinjals are loved in Thai cuisine for their silky, satisfying texture and mild, creamy flavour. While you may have always thought that a brinjal is a vegetable, it’s actually a fruit – as it contains seeds an grows from a flower. Perhaps the best thing about brinjals is that they are dense in nutrients and antioxidants, yet relatively low in kilojoules. They’re a rich source of fibre, manganese, folate, potassium and vitamins K and C. If you’re keen to treat yourself to a tasty, brinjal-based meal at Simply Asia, try our Brinjals Stir Fry (408).

 

5. Cashew nut noodles
Cashew nuts add a wonderfully savoury, creamy, crunchy texture to a range of Thai dishes. They are not only incredibly tasty, but they’re also packed with iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, phosphorus and manganese. These little nuts are also an excellent source of monounsaturated fat, which helps to promote healthy levels of good cholesterol. If you’re a cashew fan, we think you’ll go nuts for our Roasted Chilli Paste and Cashew Nut Noodles (514).

 

6. Banana-based desserts
The beauty of bananas is that that they’re a super convenient snack to pack in your bag when you’re on the go. But they also make a magical ingredient in Thai dishes and desserts, where they provide a wonderful balance of mellow sweetness and nutrition. Bananas are rich in fibre and antioxidants. They also contain several key nutrients that promote digestion and a healthy heart. This delicious fruit often features in Thai cuisine, because bananas are native to South East Asia and they are in season all year round.

 

Next time you’re at Simply Asia, treat yourself to one of our heavenly banana-based desserts: Fried Banana (901) or Roti with Banana and Condensed Milk (916).

 

To discover more dishes and learn more about the healthy ingredients we use, visit here.

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