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The Menus - Cocktail Party

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Photo: Indonesian beef saté skewers © Provided by DKBooks Indonesian beef saté skewers

Indonesian beef saté skewers

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Masala popadums with tomato and green chili

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Cocktail Party

Street food can work very well in the form of finger food or canapés for cocktail parties. The key to this sort of food is to ensure the right balance of the four main flavors of hot, sweet, salty, and sour in one mouthful. Several food styles can be represented without confusion, and the food can emerge from the kitchen throughout the evening, as hot and fresh as from the best street food stalls. What also works brilliantly is having a combination of different sorts of foods that are all fully flavored, but of varying complexity. Dips and pastes, for example, are delicious but very simple to put together. Instead of going for more elaborate dishes, serve the rustic choices that will still impress your guests.

When it comes to displaying finger food for your guests’ eating pleasure, arrange individual items in odd numbers. If there are three or five of any one thing on a serving plate or platter, your eyes and fingers are drawn to them because they look interesting and imperfect. If the numbers are even, people hesitate to spoil the symmetry.


Menu 1

Masala popadums with tomato and green chili India

Indonesian beef saté skewers Indonesia

Lebanese lamb pizza Lebanon

Harissa mini fish cakes with preserved lemon Morocco

Savory ricotta-filled pastries Malta


Menu 2

Spicy seasoned potato in a cone India

Seafood empanadas Ecuador

Crispy chicken spring rolls Vietnam

Semolina flour fritters Italy

Libyan pumpkin dip Libya


Menu 3

Paper-wrapped chicken Malaysia

Prawn fritters with sweet chili sauce Singapore

Potato, sausage, and sun-dried tomato pizza Italy

Spiced tomato relish Turkey

Spinach pastries Lebanon


Menu 4

Summer rolls Vietnam

Chaat with green chili and pomegranate India

Skewers of beef with green chili sauce Thailand

Salt cod croquettes Spain

Spiced roast almonds Syria

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