9 Recipes for Love: Romantic Thai Dishes for Valentine's Day

Spicy & Sensual Thai Recipes!

Valentine's Day is all about romance, and this collection of 10 romantic dishes are the perfect recipes for true love to bloom. With its both spicy and sensual overtones, Thai is now considered the cuisine of choice for most American couples on their first date, according to one popular men's magazine. So what is it about Thai food that's so tantalizing? Find out by cooking up one of these romantic dishes, and then be prepared to fall in love!

  • 01 of 09
    Steamed Mussels in a Thai Basil-Coconut Sauce
    Steamed Mussels in a Thai Basil-Coconut Sauce. D.Schmidt for About.com
    This Thai mussel recipe makes for the ultimate romantic dinner. Fresh mussels are steamed in white wine, then briefly simmered in a basil-coconut sauce. The dish is finished off with a sprinkling of fresh red chillies, coriander, and more basil for a seafood dish that is easy to make but tastes truly gourmet! Pair with your favorite wine or cocktail and add a loaf of crusty French bread to soak up the juices.
  • 02 of 09
    Thai Pineapple Fried Rice - the signature dish of Thailand!
    Thai Pineapple Fried Rice: Beautiful, Delicious!. D.Schmidt for About.com
    For a beautiful meal, try this extraordinary rice dish. Among all the different rices I have tried all over the world, Thai Heavenly Fried Rice is my absolute favorite. It's the signature dish of Thailand, and if you happen to travel there you will see it frequently, usually served in half a carved-out pineapple and decorated with flowers.
  • 03 of 09
    Thai Fried Squid (Calamari)
    Thai Fried Squid (Calamari). D.Schmidt for About.com

    This Thai version of fried calamari is crisp and seriously delicious - and you won't believe how simple it is to make.  If you're a fan of Greek calamari, you'll love this recipe, and so will your loved one.  Makes a fantastic appetizer, or serve it with a Thai salad for a complete meal.

     

  • 04 of 09
    Thai Fresh Rolls - a bouquet!
    Copyright Darlene A. Schmidt, 13/11/09
    These delicious Thai fresh rolls make a great impression when served in a bowl like a bouquet of flowers. It's the perfect dish to serve for Valentine's Day, and with all the fresh ingredients in these rolls, they're fresh as a taste of spring.
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  • 05 of 09
    Thai Chicken Curry with Potatoes, World's Best!
    Thai Chicken Curry with Potatoes, World's Best!. Taken by D.Schmidt for About.com (Copyright)

    A golden-hued Thai chicken curry simmered with individual spices, fresh herbs, and a hint of cinnamon. A swirl of coconut milk is added at the end which adds a rich, creamy texture for the ultimate Thai taste.  Whole chicken pieces, such as drumsticks, lend very tender results, and chunky wedges of potato round out this sumptuous dish. 

     

  • 06 of 09
    Thai Sticky Rice Layer Cake
    Romantic Thai Layer Cake, dressed up here with rose petals and toasted coconut. D.Schmidt
    This Asian-style layer cake is delightfully different than Western cakes. It has a chewy texture, with a light coconut flavor that can be slightly addictive. I'm particularly proud of this cake, since it has literally taken me years to get it right. If you've been to Asia, you may have sampled desserts like this, especially in Thailand, Singapore, or Malaysia. Here I've dressed it up with rose petals and a sprinkling of toasted coconut.
  • 07 of 09
    Mango Sticky Rice Pudding
    D.Schmidt
    This mango sticky rice dessert (Khao Niaow Ma Muang) is a Thai classic and SO very scrumptious. Be sure to get the right rice for this dessert: you need sticky rice, also known as sweet rice (see link in ingredients list). The sticky rice is made it in a pot on your stove (instructions included). Place slices over the sticky rice and smother with the easy coconut sauce - pure heaven!
  • 08 of 09
    Mango Martini
    D.Schmidt
    This Mango Martini recipe is the real deal - made with fresh ripe mangoes (instead of packaged mango juice) for the absolute best mango flavor. Makes a romantic drink for a special dinner-for-two. Just get yourself a couple of nice ripe mangoes, some vermouth and vodka, and you're good to go. (Note: if you can't find good mangos, frozen mango or mango juice can be substituted in a pinch). Cheers!!
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  • 09 of 09
    Thai Centerpiece
    D.Schmidt
    Add even more romance to your evening by making this exotic centerpiece. All you need is a glass bowl (like a punch or salad bowl), candles, and some flowers.  The centerpiece lasts for hours and sets the atmosphere for romance and exotic food.