The food from Thailand is famous internationally. Whether it is chilli-hot or bland by comparison, harmony is the key behind each dish. Thai cuisine is basically a combination of old fashioned Eastern and Western influences combined perfectly into something uniquely Thai. Characteristics of Thai food depend on who cooks it, for whom it is cooked, for what occasion, and where it is cooked. Dishes can be refined and adjusted to suit all palates.
Thai cooking is usually a lightly prepared dish with strong herbs spices to create an aromatic edge. The food is known for its fundamental flavours of up to five taste senses in each dish or the overall meal, these are generally; sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy.
Like many other Asian cuisines, Thai dishes are based around meats, rice and noodles. A staple food for Thai people would be rice which is eaten with almost every meal.
Essentially Thai cuisine is is a combination of vegetables, herbs and spices either lightly fried or made into a curry and served with rice. The food in Thailand is very simple and very often does not need much preparation. A famous dish from Thailand is the Phad Thai, stir-fried noodles with egg and a sprouts, this dish can be made in 10 minutes. A sauce for the Phad Thai can be made very quickly with tamarind, sugar and warm water, once you have the sauce you can quickly fry some glass noodles and sprouts with the sauce you just prepared.
Top 10 Thai dishes
Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Thai Soup with shrimps)
The classic Thai aroma! A tasteful, fresh blend of aromatic chili, lemongrass, galangal, shallots, lime juice, lime leaves and fish sauce shapes this soup, granting it its delicious herbal kick. Full of fresh prawns and Thai straw mushrooms for the body. This is a versatile dish that is suitable to be eaten with any meal.
Som Tum (Papaya Salad)
Northeast state of Isaan brings Thailand this dish – some can not eat enough of it, some can not even handle it’s taste. A rounded sweet-sour-spicy flavour is created in this dish, mortar and pastel is used to crush Garlic, green beans, chilies, cherry tomatoes and shredded raw papaya, releasing that unforgettable flavour.
Tom Kha Gai (Chicken in Coconut Soup)
A milder twist of the classic Tom Yum soup, this soup is iconic for using fiery chilies, crushed shallots, thins slices of galangal and lemon grass. Splashes of coconut milk are added to this soup to soften the spicy blow and thicken its texture. This creamy delight is topped with lime leaves, a beautifully sweet and spicy chicken soup.
Gaeng Daeng (Red Curry)
Red curry paste, morsels of meat and creamy coconut milk are stirred together whilst simmering then finely sliced lime leaves and sprinkled on top of this rich, aromatic curry, one that always gets those taste buds tingling. Beautiful in aroma and delightful by taste, this is a curry that screams “Thailand”.
Pad Thai (Thai style Fried Noodles)
Quickly prepared, and even quicker to eat, this is a dish for any mood. In a sizzling hot wok, handfuls of small noodles do quick fry alongside fresh beansprouts, onion and eggs before setting off for the closest plate. This is fun dish for any one, half its entertainment (and flavour) comes from using the accompanying condiments of fish sauce, sugar, chili powder and finely ground peanuts.