First of all, Thai cuisine places an emphasis on preparing the ingredients in a way that keeps producing fresh and aromatic. Cooking is typically very minimal, ensuring that the taste of the ingredients are still vibrant and you can still enjoy the different tastes. Every dish has a bit of spice to add a certain quality to the meal.
Though Thai cooking style can be minimal, the flavors definitely are not. Thai food flavors are complex, with different balances between sweet, sour, spicy, salty, and bitter. You can often taste the influence of other cuisines around the world, from India to China. It would be wrong to assume all food from Thailand is the same. Though Thailand is a small country, every area has dissimilarities in their food. In Bangkok, for example, there is more Chinese influence compared to the outskirts.
China has had incredible influence on what Thai food is today. Its impact can be seen everywhere, from the cooking methods to the raw ingredients. For instance, the wok was brought to Thailand by Chinese immigrants. Today, it is a common way to prepare Thai dishes. India has also had significant influence in Thailand’s cuisine. Persian traders brought in spices and many different ingredients that are now staples in every Thai household.
Thai food can be identified pretty easily by its flavors. Some classic ingredients that are used are galangal, coriander, lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, garlic, chilli, shrimp paste, and fish sauce. Shallots are also often base ingredients in Thai dishes. The common proteins used in Thai food include chicken, pork, duck, and beef. However, Thai people also enjoy seafood, particularly in the areas near the sea. Many dishes also include both freshwater and seawater fish. Some rural areas include other less conventional forms of meat – buffalo, insects, and frog among them.
Rice is the staple Thai carbohydrate. It’s so important, in fact, that the word “rice” and “meal” in Thai are the same thing. There are quite a few varieties of rice in Thailand, from the classic white Jasmine rice to riceberry to sticky rice. Anyone who wants to experience Thai cuisine will definitely not regret that choice. The simplest meal is sure to enthral your senses and leave you wanting more.
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