An introduction to Thai Food
|One of the great enjoyments of being in
is that you can eat 24 hrs. a day. No matter what sort of food you
are looking for, be it Western or Eastern, you'll have little trouble
finding it with the taste that will satisfy your fancy or remove
your homesickness. Hundreds of restaurants and thousands of coffee
shops, noodle shops, snack bars and street-side food stalls are
scattered in the downtown districts of Bangkok and many, many more
in the provincial tourist centres. As Thailand produces all kinds
of foodstuff, food prices here are, of course, very reasonable.
||Thailand, for centuries an Asian crossroads, owes
it rich culinary art to the cuisines of India, China, Malaysia and
Indonesia. The success of this country's cuisine lies in the blend
of 4 basic tastes---salty, sweet, sour and pungent---which form
a wide range of flavours, making the diner want to eat more and
more. However , holidaymakers must note that chilli is amply used
in a number of Thai dishes, such as curry, fried dishes and even
soups. So if you are trying Thai hot food for the first time, watch
out for the little green or red chillies or ask the chef to make
the dish less hot than usual. Eat plenty of cooked rice with the
hot dishes. This is the way to smother the fire in your mouth, which
cannot be done with sweets or even a cold drink.
|Normally, each Thai restaurant has its own specialties,
so ask the waiter for their recommendation. Some favourite Thai
dishes are: Gai ho bai toei
seasoned fried chicken in leaf wrappers;
thotman plakrai or thotman
gungfish or shrimp fritters Thai style; various kinds
of yam Thai salad;
tomyam hot and sour soup; curry and
namprik with fresh vegetables.
And bring your meal to perfection by ending it with Thai sweets,
such as salim, thapthim krop, lotchong,
khanom chan coconut-cream gelatine,
thong yot, foi thong, etc.
Nahm Prik Pak
|More and more visitors to Thailand have discovered to their
delight that Thailand is not only a kingdom of fruits, but also
a kingdom of seafood. Anyone who has experienced Thai seafood will
readily agree to its great variety and its savoury taste and sweet
|A secret of seafood deliciousness lies in its freshness.
As Thailand has a long coastline, and Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and
most other cities are close to the sea, fresh supplies of fish,
crabs, prawns, lobsters and other shellfish are always available
and all consumers will find them most palatable no matter whether
they are gourmets or just ordinary diners.
Western & Asian Food
|Most coffee shops in tourist hotels serve an approximation
of European food, some also Chinese and Japanese. For more authentic
dishes, you can try the nationality restaurants, mostly located
in the leading hotels and in the busy shopping areas. There you
will find the food and the desserts in their original tastes. Western
cuisines available in
and provincial tourist centres are American, English, French, German,
Hungarian, Italian, Scandinavian and Swiss. Asian cuisines include
Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indian, Muslim and Arabic.
Sweat & Sauer
|Thailand is an ideal place for enjoying genuine
Chinese food that tastes exactly like that of its country of origin.
The Chinese culinary art was first brought to Thailand by the Chinese
who migrated to this country in large numbers in the late Ayutthaya
period over 200 years ago. As a result of the long history of contact
between the two peoples, the Thai and the Chinese cultures are now
well mixed together in many aspects, including the art of cooking.
Chinese food is commonly served in restaurants and hotels in every
part of Thailand, especially in
Chiang Mai. Indeed, Thailand is the only place outside of China
(Taiwan and Hong Kong) that can provide tourists with such a wide
choice of delicious Chinese dishes.