Thai Cuisine

Thai Cuisine

Traditionally, Thai cuisine was eaten using the fingers. Gradually, forks and spoons were introduced and the etiquette today involves the spoon as the primary utensil with the fork pushing food onto the spoon. The first video has tips on how to enjoy a Thai meal. 

Fresh herbs and lots of fresh spices are a huge ingredient in Thai cuisine. But as one traveler said, ‘Watch the spices.’ Thai cuisine can be spicy hot.

Here’s a wonderful 3-minute video on Thai cuisine and the etiquette involved in eating Thai food. Here is a lovely 4-minute video featuring a chef’s view of Thai cuisine.

FunFacts about Thai Cuisine: (Source)  

  • Basic Information, quote: Thai cuisine is the national cuisine of Thailand. Thai cooking places emphasis on lightly prepared dishes with strong aromatic components and a spicy edge. Thai chef McDang characterises Thai food as demonstrating “intricacy; attention to detail; texture; color; taste; and the use of ingredients with medicinal benefits, as well as good flavor”, as well as care being given to the food’s appearance, smell and context. (Source)
  • According to David Thompson, who is an Australian chef and an expert on the complexity of Thai food, the essence of the cuisine involves “the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish”. (Source)
  • In 2017, as many as seven Thai dishes made the list of ‘The World’s 50 Best Foods’, from a poll conducted by CNN Travel. These were: green curry, Thai fried rice, som tam, mu nam tok, tom yam goong, massaman curry, and pad Thai.
  • Thai cuisine is actually made up of five regional cuisines: Bangkok, Central Thai, Isan, Northern Thai and Southern Thai. Each regional cuisine appears influenced by other elements including geography and climate. Bangkok, for instance, historically had Portuguese influences while Isan is influenced by Khmer or Cambodian cuisine.
  • Many dishes now popular in Thailand were originally Chinese dishes.
  • The Chinese introduced the use of the wok for cooking.
  • Thai food was traditionally eaten with the hand, but today the fork and spoon are used. Chopsticks can be used for traditional Chinese dishes.
  • Thai meals consist of rice with a number of other dishes shared by all.
  • Thai food is known for its fresh herbs and spices.
  • Some elements of Thai food are, quote: Common flavors in Thai food come from garlic, galangal, coriander/cilantro, lemon grass, shallots, pepper, kaffir lime leaves, shrimp paste, fish sauce, and chilies. Palm sugar, made from the sap of certain Borassus palms, is used to sweeten dishes while lime and tamarind contribute sour notes. Meats used in Thai cuisine are usually pork and chicken, and also duck, beef, and water buffalo. (Source)

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34 thoughts on “Thai Cuisine

  1. I love eating Thai food, although I admit that many of the dishes are too spicy for me. Ever since my favorite Thai restaurant closed, I’ve been searching for a new go-to place.

  2. I can’t eat Thai food- it’s way too spicy. I live in NM so you would think spicy food is easy to eat but even NM food is too spicy. However, I love the desserts.

  3. I’ve tried Thai food once about 20 years ago – really can’t remember if I liked it or not. The business closed and didn’t have any other Thai restaurants. We have several now but being disabled and not driving puts a damper in me trying it again – my husband want even try it or Chinese food.

  4. Love picture #1, that looks just so delicious. I can’t take spicy food-I like it but my stomach doesn’t! AZ

  5. I love Thai food. Especially the SUMMER ROLLS, made with rice paper rounds that you would buy at the store. Wet the rounds briefly so they will fold, and fill the inside with such treasures as sliced cooked shrimp, fresh bean sprouts, mint or basil. Next step is to fold them, roll them, into a shape like an egg roll. Summer rolls are not cooked and when eaten with a peanut sauce make a light fresh dish for hot weather. The peanut sauce and rice rounds can be purchased at an asian grocery store.

    I have done luncheons where the guests get to fill and roll their own rolls from a selection of fillings. FUN. YUM.

  6. My aunt Pleonpit is from Thailand and has lived in the California desert for about 40 years and though she is nearly 80, she makes her Thai peanut sauce from scratch and grows her own peppers and spices. I can’t eat it, but when she ships it cross country, there is always a rush to open her packages, especially for her special strain of ghost peppers. I wish I wasn’t allergic, I would love to taste what I am missing out on.

  7. I must admit I have never tried Thai food and probably should try some with less spice we have a couple in Tucson, AZ and my husband loves it and probably should go with him sometime and try it. Love the pictures they really make me want to try some

  8. I’ve never had Thai food. I like Chinese so if it’s like that is probably like it. I don’t like curry though. My big problem is I eat everything except soup with a fork. Lol. Hubby says is try that too if I could. There are several Thai restaurants in the area but I’ve never felt drawn to them for some reason .

  9. Hi, Everyone,
    After doing the research, I’d really love to try Thai food, but only if it’s not too spicy. My DH, son and his daughter can eat spicy like anything. But I’m a mild-only gal, so the heat level is definitely a concern. I’ll have to ask around because now I’m intrigued.

    Caris,
    Buckeye, Arizona USA

  10. I don’t cook it but I love to eat it :). I’m a big fan of Mango Curry. All the photos look yummy. NE Ohio.

  11. I’ve tried Thai foods, never been a fan. I love spice, but just not into Thai for some reason. Great pictures Caris!

    Drea
    Casa Grande, AZ

  12. I’m a wimp, so I haven’t ventured to try Thai food although I have friends who love it. Those dishes look yummy but I probably wouldn’t try most of them (0;

  13. I tried it once. But it was way too spicy. I don’t even remember what dish it was but I’ve been afraid to try Thai food again.

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