As I’m spending the remainder of 2020 in the Pacific Northwest, with access to markets and fresh Thai/Vietnamese ingredients way beyond what I find at home in Indiana, I’m devoting the period to those cuisines.
My extended family loves things I make, but my cooking style in those cuisines generally suits parties of no more than 4 persons (I’ll never try making pad thai for 7+ people at once, for example.) An additional problem is the unpredictability up to the last hour or so beforehand concerning how many people will be present, because people keep adding in. It’s an open house culture here, with multigenerational gatherings of 30+ people being routine at holidays and other occasions.
Foodwise, all this works fine for family Italian-American casseroles, bbq, chili parties, etc. But does anyone have ideas about good recipes for Thai/Vietnamese dinners, mainly prepared by one person with a little prep help maybe, and elastic enough to deal with a group that might start at 5 persons but then 6 hours later be 12 persons coming in 4 hours time?
Various individuals have all the popular food intolerances–no gluten here, no dairy there, vegetarian here, etc. So I just won’t worry about that at all for now.
I know there’s some sort of Korean or Thai/Vietnamese roast pork shoulder dishes out there. Never made one.
Any ideas are gratefully welcomed!