Ain't no chicken satay happening unless there's a nutty dipping sauce for each tender bite. Typically, that's a savory-sweet Thai peanut sauce. But these days, we choose Paleo and that means peanuts are on the 'caution' list. Luckily, there is no problem! Yai's Thai has come through for you with this ready-to-go Thai Almond Sauce. Just as nutty, just as satisfying as you remember. Use this perky condiment for spring rolls, cauliflower rice, noodles, or even that deliciously grilled chicken satay skewers. Your condiment shelf is now complete. ~
For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.
I bet your fridge holds a condiment conundrum of sorts. Mustards, coconut aminos, lime juice, hot sauces, and more. But do you have a ready-to-eat rich nutty dipping sauce? Probably not. But now you will: Yai's Thai is branching further into sauce deliciousness with their take on the classic Thai peanut sauce, swapping out the peanuts for healthier almonds. The flavors are perfectly balanced as all great Thai food should be. There's chilies for a little heat, tamarind juice to add both sweetness and tang without any added sugars. This is the first sauce of its kind, and is Whole30 friendly, to boot!
I was a little skeptical at first. After all, there are some recipes that should not be messed with (looking at you, gluten-free pizza!), but after tasting this hearty nectar I am sold. Sure, it tastes of almonds rather than peanuts, but the key is that the traditional Thai flavor profile is intact. You can stay on your clean eating plan. Awesome.
Why Yai's Thai Almond Sauce is so amazing:
It starts with both coconut milk and fresh almonds. The delicious ingredient pile-up continues: tamarind, red bell peppers, lime juice, shallots, ginger, garlic, lemongrass, chilies, galangal, kaffir lime. It's all here. Yai's does not skimp on the complexity of a well-built flavor profile. This is greater than the sum of its many parts, just like a great Mexican mole or curry sauce.
Not only that but each ingredient is sourced well, organic when possible, completely non-GMO and paleo friendly. No sugars, no weird stuff. That's awesome.
Here are some of the amazing ingredients in Yai's Thai Almond Sauce:
Coconut milk is not only delicious, it is pretty darn good for you, too. Healthy fats, a sweetness that cuts the heat of spicy food, and an unmistakeable flavor. Coconut has been used by many cultures worldwide for thousands of years, and is well known for its many amazing properties. It’s full of health-boosting lauric acid and medium-chain triglycerides, has antimicrobial and anti-viral qualities, and has been shown to help with weight loss, Alzheimer’s, cognitive function and athletic performance. It nourishes the thyroid, helps prevent candida overgrowth, boosts the metabolism, and it’s one of the tastiest things a person could eat.
Almonds are naturally delicious and extremely nourishing. Healthy fats, fiber, antioxidants, calcium, zinc, selenium, copper, magnesium, manganese, tryptophan and vitamin E are just a handful of the key nutrients that make almonds so nutritious. They’re full of health-giving fats, like oleic acid and linoleic acid, powerful antioxidants that can protect against many forms of cancer (oleic acid can protect women against breast cancer specifically), and can also significantly lower the amount of LDL in your blood, and reduce your risk for heart disease. A wonderful natural sweetness and impressive variety of nutrients makes almonds one of nature’s most perfect foods.
How to enjoy your Yai's Thai Almond Sauce:
If all you ever did with this almond sauce is dunk bites of chicken into it, that would be pretty tasty. But there are a lot of fun things that this versatile condiment will work with:
- Paleo Pad Thai!!! (Yai's even has a recipe)
- Toss with veggie (or rice) noodles
- Drizzle over any mild fish
- Create your own Asian-themed salad and toss this over as dressing
- Better than ketchup on a grass-fed burger!
- How about baked sweet potatoes with this nutty sauce poured over?
About Yai's Thai, in their own words
From the founders, Leland Copenhagen and Sarah Hughes: "We created Yai's Thai in 2015 with the intention of making every meal an adventure. We draw our inspiration from traditional Thai recipes passed down from Leland's Yai (Thai for grandmother), and adhere to the Thai custom of letting each ingredient's flavors shine, without adding anything artificial or unnecessary.
Our Thai Salsa is the product that got us started, and gave us the whole idea for Yai's Thai. Leland's mom makes a killer dish, Thai Salmon Salad, which is unlike anything we've seen served in Americanized Thai restaurants. While Leland was learning to make the recipe, Sarah had been frequently tossing together fresh pico de gallo, and the similarities between the two sparked the idea. We made the "salmon salad" without the salmon, ate it with a tortilla chip, and knew we were on to something. We envisioned bringing Thai flavors into the home in a completely new way: through salsa.
From there, we came to realize the values that Thai customs can offer beyond just the flavors themselves. In Thai culture, food is a central aspect of everyday life that brings people together for a lively experience. Our products make it easy to bring that vibrant flavor and excitement to every meal, and to experience food as an adventure."
Here are answers to some of your most important questions!
Are Yai's Thai products Paleo-friendly?
Yes, and more. All Yai's Thai sauces and salsas are Whole30 compliant, as well. Hot dawg!
Anything else cool I should know about Yai's Thai?
Actually, yes. Yai's Thai is a part of One Percent For The Planet, an organization founded by Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia to help businesses commit part of their income to causes that support the planet's wellbeing. That's pretty solid. Bravo, Yai's!