Discover a Pan-Atlantic Marriage of Flavours

Mark DeWolf

When it comes to matching Asian food and drink, beer is often the best choice. Thanks to the infusion of artisanal, craft and microbrewery beers now available in the province, there is always a beer available to match just about any Asian dish, regardless of its origin. Over the next few weeks, we will introduce you to various Asian cuisine and local beer pairings.

East Meets West: Thai Cuisine and West Coast-Inspired Local Pale Ale

Thai cuisine is highlighted by its fresh flavours, with chilies, ginger, palm sugar, tamarind, cilantro and lime all playing a key role. With the spiciest of Thai cuisine, you may simply opt to cleanse and contrast the food with a cold lager that offers its own aromatic hop character. On the other hand, if you want to complement the food with similar character in the beer, try matching the citrusy nature (often acquired from the lime and cilantro) of Thai food with similar citrus tones provided by certain American hops, such as Cascade hops — native to Oregon, but now grown across North America, including Nova Scotia.

Thai Noodle Salad

Serve with Garrison Hopyard Pale Ale

  • 1 Thai chili, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled, minced
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp cilantro, chopped
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 2 tbsp palm sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 2 chicken breasts, poached, cubed
  • 1/2 cup carrot, shredded
  • 1 scallion, sliced
  • 1 900-gram package soba noodles, cooked

Direction: Place the first 12 ingredients in a bowl and whisk until well mixed. Place soba noodles and cubed chicken in a bowl. Top with the dressing and combine. Serve in individual bowls garnished with fresh cilantro and a wedge of lime. Add peanuts for a little extra crunch, but be sure that no guests have nut allergies.

Next Week

We discover another Asian food and local beer pairing.

Occasions Recommends

  • Garrison Hopyard Pale Ale, 6 x 341 ml $13.49
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