Bangkok, 27 December 2022 – The holiday season is around the corner and there’s nothing more important than spending time with family and friends around a table.
For those special people in your lives, you can elevate the occasion by preparing your menu early and including some premium products and wine from Australia.
For a stress-free way to celebrate Christmas or New Year’s Eve, plan and prepare your main course early so you can spend more time with your guests and not have to worry about what’s cooking. To help you out, we have provided a great recipe below which is sure to please your guests! They might even think you have some culinary training.
But before we get to recipe, why Australian products? Simply because cooking with Australian products is delightful and brings wonderous flavour to any dish. It’s easy to see why Aussie produce the go-to option for chefs around the world is the beef, dairy cows and lambs graze on green pastures, the seafood is caught off golden shores, the fresh fruit is picked from lush orchards, the vegetables are grown in rich soils and the wines from pristine vineyards.
Besides the places that Australian food comes from, it’s the people which make them great. Australian farmers take great pride in their land and livestock and pay attention to every small detail so people can trust the high-quality of their products.
Australian beef and lamb are packed with flavours and nutrition because Australian farmers raise their stock in pristine environments and feed only the best grass and grain. The result is a high-quality product that is always tender and juicy.
Australia is also home to some of the best dairy products in the world – milk, cheese, butter, cream, yoghurt and more! Australia takes its dairy very seriously and has been producing quality products since early 1800s – it’s part of their heritage! This dairy comes from pristine landscapes where the air is clean, and the water is fresh. Add to this Australia’s strict food safety systems, innovative dairy processes, and the Australian Dairy Industry’s Sustainability Framework!
Australian seafood is easy to cook, harvested from pristine waters, packed with nutrients and bursting with flavour. From packaging to harvesting methods, every stage of the process impacts quality and taste Australia’s world-class seafood products.
Australia has one of the largest collections of fruit, nuts, and vegetables on the planet. Their delectable varieties are grown under golden rays and are world-renowned and perfect to add to any dish.
Australia has one of the most thrilling wine scenes in the world with 65 distinct regions and a wide variety of wine styles to choose from. Australian winemakers pay close attention to capture what’s in the grape and bring it to the glass.
You can add Australian products to any Thai meal. We’ve chosen one for you – Beef Fat Fried Rice with mussels, mozzarella, and butter – which brings together the best of Australian and is a true crowd pleaser. It elevates the Khao Phad to a gourmet level. The best part? It’s easy to make, almost effortless.
You can find Australian products and wines in leading supermarkets around Thailand.
Beef Fat Fried Rice with mussels, mozzarella and butter
- Australian Rump Steak with fat 350-400 grams
- Australian Mussels 2-3 pieces
- Allowrie butter 10 grams
- Australian Mozzarella cheese 45 grams (grated)
- Cooked Rice 1 bowl 250 grams
- Soy sauce 1½ Tablespoon
- Rice Vinegar 1 Tablespoon
- Sugar 1 Tablespoon
- Garlic 10 grams
- Salt ½ Tablespoon
- Pepper ½ Tablespoon
· Bring the Australian rump steak out of the fridge a few hours to room temperature before cooking
· Cut the fat away from the steak and slice it into strips to do beef fat fried rice
· Season the rump steak with salt and pepper
· Heat a non-stick pan or grill-pan to medium heat and grill the steak to the level of doneness you likeTransfer the rump steak to a place (rest and keep warm) and slice into strips.
Prepare a beef fat fried rice
· Heat a non-stick pan or wok to medium heat, add a little Australian butter and add the beef fat until it sizzles, add then add the cooked rice, soy sauce and sugar. Cook for 3-4 minutes until the rice is well coated and firm but tender. Set aside (keep warm)
Prepare baked mussels and plating
· Fill a pot with 5cm/an inch of water and bring it to boil, add the whole mussels and cover it with a lid and steam them until they open slightly around 5 minutes
· Remove the top half of the mussel shell and detach the mussel but leave it sitting in the other half of the shell
· Brush the mussel with butter and garlic and then sprinkle the grated mozzarella over the top of the mussel and torch until it caramelizes.
· Decorate the plate: put the rice on the bottom of the plate, top with the beef strips and then the mussels and serve
Which Australian wine will match this dish?
An Australian Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz will both taste very well with this dish. Shiraz is planted in almost every region in Australia. Due to its different climates, soils and growing conditions, Australia has the greatest diversity of styles and qualities of Shiraz in the world. You can find Cabernet Sauvignon’s brilliance across Australia. Australian Cabernet Sauvignon means medium-bodied to fullbodied wines with firm, structured tannins, and fresh acidity