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A Thai Twist to Halloween Food and Drink Ideas

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Thai Pumpkin Stir Fry Recipe

Expats, and Americans in particular, will be used to enjoying all that Halloween has to offer. When coming to live and/or work in Thailand, they may miss their traditional Halloween celebrations from back home, but with more Thais commemorating it with each passing year, there are plenty of activities that one can partake in to mark the occasion.

The evening of October 31st gives you an opportunity to participate in some spooky fun with your friends and loved ones, and is a great excuse to entertain guests in your homes with some creative food and drink ideas. We’ve found four Thai food recipes with Halloween inspiration for you to celebrate All Hallows’ Eve Thai style.

Thai Pumpkin Soup

Thai Pumpkin Soup

Thai Pumpkin Soup | FOODIE CRUSH

Pumpkin is undeniably the heart and soul of Halloween and a worthy ambassador for the autumn season’s flavors and colors. That’s why Heidi’s 5 Ingredient Thai Pumpkin Soup is so attractive.

Its bright orange colour and the lovely aromas of curry and coconut milk together with the pumpkin’s richness result in a hearty and comforting treat.

Chicken broth, red chili peppers, red curry paste, canned pumpkin and coconut milk. That’s all you need to craft this beautiful soup in perfect balance between Halloween’s spirit and Thai traditions.

You can cook this soup in a few minutes as well since there’s no chopping or dicing involved. When soups are as easy to cook and as flavourful as this one, you know you have something special on your hands.

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Thai Pumpkin Stir Fry Recipe

Thai Pumpkin Stir Fry

Thai Pumpkin Stir Fry | WONGNAI

The famous Pad Fak Tong or squash stir-fry kind of feels like Halloween as well, and it’s surprising that being so tasty, it is a lesser-known dish, even in Thailand. Let us tell you, this one packs some flavours, and has the signature balanced flavours of sweet, spicy and umami in every bite.

Thai cooks use the Japanese pumpkin or Kabocha squash because of its underlying sweetness and firm texture, but you can also make your own with butternut squash.

As with all stir-fries, you have to work fast if you don’t want it to burn, but the upside is that you’ll have dinner served in ten minutes. Squash, garlic, sugar, fish sauce, soy sauce, an egg and a handful of basil is all you need to cook this Halloween-compatible, tasty dish.

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Easy Thai Pumpkin Curry

Thai Pumpkin Curry

Thai Pumpkin Curry | LOVING IT VEGAN

Curries are noble dishes, and they’re simple to customize, so it’s easy to see how Alison Andrews’ pumpkin, coconut milk and curry are highly compatible: by adding some cashews or any nut you have in hand, you really bring out the dish’s seasonality.

Consisting of only ten ingredients and taking less than 45 minutes to prepare, you’ll end up with a fantastic, aromatic curry that feels and tastes like home and one that definitely carries Halloween’s spirit.

Serve this colourful curry with Basmati rice and remember to peel and cube your pumpkin beforehand; that’s the trickiest part, the rest is easy.

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Thai Pumpkin Custard

Thai Pumpkin Custard

Thai Pumpkin Custard | THE SPRUCE EATS

Last but not least, how about a Halloween-inspired Thai sweet treat? Halloween is all about sweets, after all. And by serving your custard from inside a carved pumpkin, you definitely have a show-stopping dessert. Darlene Schmidt’s recipe results in a dessert as pretty as it is tasty!

You’ll need a pumpkin, eggs, coconut milk, sugar, vanilla, maple syrup (the real stuff) and a splash of brandy. That sounds like fun already, and although it does take an hour and a half to prepare, we guarantee your family and guests will remember this custardy creation forever.

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Happy Halloween!

Don’t feel blue far from home; you carry your traditions within, so cook something special and celebrate not only with like-minded people but with people foreign to your traditions. Let’s celebrate a Halloween to remember because what’s more memorable than a well-designed dinner party?

If you try the recipes above, we’d love to see pictures, so share with the community, and while you’re at it, share these recipes with your friends and family. Thai food and Halloween have more in common than you think.