This abundance can explain the absence of the word "hunger" in the Thailand language. A distinctive feature of Thailand cuisine is the ubiquitous use of curries, spices and chilli peppers. There are more than 10 species of the latter in Thailand and it is believed that the hottest chilly peppers grow here in the kingdom. Unsurprisingly, many Thailand dishes made especially for Thailand people might seem too spicy for a tourist. Fortunately, most of the local chefs are aware of this peculiarity, so they prepare specially for the guests “may pat” - “not spicy” dishes. But, need to understand, that many dishes is spicy by their receipt and include too much pepper.
Thailand is not only a land of wonderful beaches and gentle sea. The Country of a Thousand Smiles is also famous for its unique cuisine. Just like other national cuisines of the region, the cuisine of the Kingdom of Thailand was influenced by the Indians and Chinese, but managed to retain its special unique features.
Thailand cuisine reflects unusual combinations of tastes for Europe, such as sour, sweet, spicy, bitter and salted, so do not be surprised by lime juice, sugar and chilli in one dish. The last two ingredients will be offered to you in any cafe with local cuisine as spices. Thailand's wonderful climate makes it possible to harvest not one or even two crops of vegetables and fruits annually.
The Thailand people approach to food preparation is so flexible that it often involves the “eater” himself choosing and mixing various ingredients in the dish: soy and bean sprouts, banana leaves, Thailand spices, tofu. When eating, Thailand people use only a fork and a spoon or a spoon and chopsticks from cutlery. Moreover, the spoon is always held in the right hand, and the Chinese sticks or fork are in the left. Table knives are absent in many local cafes and restaurants - in every Thai dish, all products are cut into small pieces.
All of the ingredients in a dish are not fried and / or boiled for a long time, but preparing the ingredients for cooking can take quite a long time. Due to the lack of strict rules on food preparation, every dish prepared in Thailand is unique. Its taste and appearance depend not only on the products or the individual style of the chef, but also on the province of Thailand where
you will “take a sample”.
Avocado Salad with Ham
Most of the provinces boast their own recipes for the preparation of well-known dishes, the addition of local seasonings and spices. So, in the province of Trat, to which the islands of the Koh Chang archipelago belong, the preparation of sea fish and shrimp takes place according to special recipes. Thailand people who come to Koh Chang for the weekend will definitely make dinner at a local fish restaurant part of their holiday to appreciate the specialties of the provincial cuisine.
Fried Pork Set
Also, in the process of cooking in Thailand, the combination of the tastes of the products is very important. For example, savoury chicken in sweet and sour sauce, according to locals, is perfect for Thailand melon soup. In Thailand, bread can be found only in European-style cafes and restaurants. In Asia, rice is the staple food and "daily bread". Many Thailand dishes simply loose their flavour and meaning without eating them with rice.
Thailand Street Soup
All food that has just been cooked is served warm or hot, and there should be steam coming from the rice. If you are not ready to take spicy food, just warn the waiter about this in advance: "may pat" (in Thai) or "no spicy" (in English). If you feel that you have eaten too much spicy food, do not wash it down with a glass of water. The best way is to take a plain rice or lime juice, which you often see in cafes. Often, in order to taste the real local cuisine, it is necessary to order it in a street cafe or from the chefs on the street - at the trolley. Usually, trolley are specially converted scooters that move around the island, a kind of kitchen on wheels. Many, coming to Thailand or Koh Chang for the first time, are afraid of such "street" food, but often food bought on the street is tastier and fresher than the same dish ordered in a restaurant.
Som Tam Thai
Besides rice, the main ingredient in
Thailand dishes is noodles.
True, most often it is also based on rice flour.
There are three types of noodles:
Egg yellow noodles.
Usually, noodles are fried with vegetables or meat, served as a side dish, or added to meat broth. Fried noodle dishes are a staple in the diet of many Thailand people, so you will have the opportunity to taste local noodles literally at every turn. It is impossible to imagine Thailand cuisine without its famous soups. Usually, soups are eaten alongside rice or other dishes. When preparing soups, only fish or meat broth is used, abundantly seasoned with lemon balm, lemongrass, fresh ginger and roots. Contrary to all opinions, all these greens are eaten by Thais, and you can try only what you like - a piece of ginger or a stem of lemon grass.
Fried Chicken Set
Thailand and, of course, our provinces and islands, a maritime region, so the food on Chanthaburi, Koh Chang and Koh Kood is represented by all kinds of fish, sea crabs, octopus, squid and shellfish dishes. Often at local bazaars and stalls you will see fish, both sea and river, cooked whole, with head and tail. The basis of Thailand cuisine is fresh ingredients, be it vegetables or seafood, rice or meat. And where, no matter how here, you can feel all the charm of exotic Thailand dishes?
Food Set in Thailand