Among the Southeast Asia's cuisines, Thai food is unique. Thai cooking is completely recognizable in its own right, blending all 5 tastes: sweet, bitter, sour, spicy, and salty. Thailand people influenced from the foreigners and changed completely their dishes into a unique cuisine that defines Thailand.
Thailand was a crossroads of West to East sea routes making its culture to be infused with Arabian and Persian elements. Foreign recipes have been integrated with traditional Thai dishes, resulting in a unique flavour that is unmistakably Thai. Moreover, the influence of the foreign trade important as well. The Portuguese brought their sweets to King Narai's court in the 17th century. Some say Buddhist monks from India brought the curry to Thailand.
Today, Thai cuisine is a continual exploration of old and new. Thai home cooks are also discovering foreign cooking with newly published cookbooks in Thai covering Chinese cooking, Japanese foods, American cuisine and more. The influence of foreign foods on Thai cooking has never been so great as in the modern age. Below we recommend 6 Τhai dishes that are worth trying!!
Morsels of fresh chicken. Cherry-sized eggplants. Tender bamboo shoots. Sprigs of Coriander. Generous handfuls of sweet basil. Don't forget to add spoons of green curry paste that's stirred furiously into hot creamy coconut milk.
Fried rice, egg, onion, a few herbs - nothing more, nothing less. Thais use everything from crab, prawn or chicken to chilli, basil and left-over vegetables, in the process turning an unremarkable pauper into a gastronomic prince!
Chilies, garlic, cherry tomatoes, green beans, and shredded raw papaya, release a rounded sweet-sour-spicy flavour that's not easily forgotten. Regional variations throw peanuts, salted crab or dry shrimp into the mix, catches many newcomers by surprise!
Dropped in a hot wok, fistfuls of thin, small, or wide noodles (is up to you) do a steamy minute-long dance alongside crunchy bean sprouts, egg and onion, before disembarking for the nearest plate. You can use as well, a quartet of accompanying condiments - finely ground peanuts sugar, fish sauce, and chilli powder.
Made with morsels of meat coconut milk, red curry paste, and topped off with a sprinkling of finely sliced kaffir lime leaves, this rich, aromatic curry always makes your mouth watering!!
Chicken, sweet soy sauce, roasted cashews, onions, chilies, carrot, pepper, mushrooms and a sweetening dash of honey. This dish is simple but scrumptious, a little bit tame and yet still totally Thai.
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