Thai Cuisine - Traditions and Flavors of Southeast Asia

By nick clair - January 18, 2018

One of the most exciting activities is traveling around the world, knowing other cultures, customs and of course food. Traveling is not only to visit incredible places to please our eyes or our ears, but also to please our stomach with new flavors, to let our sense of taste guide us around the world.

Gastronomy is a small treasure that differentiates each territory, and that explains its history geography and culture. In this article we will explore the Thai cuisine, through its textures, flavors and general of Thai kitchen.

The Thai cuisine is a harmonious blend of traditions and flavors of Southeast Asia ; It has common elements with the cuisine c hin a (the origin of the Thai people comes from what is now the current Yunnan, China) and similarities with Indian cuisine , especially with the use of curries.

Even so, Thai cuisine has known how to differentiate itself from its neighbors and is now praised throughout the world: it is warm, nuanced, generous and informal, Thai cuisine expresses the country's nature and culture. Fresh and local ingredients integrate every dish, from the scorching hot peppers, the fresh coconut milk to the crispy fried chicken. With such a combination, Thai cuisine finds a balance between the fundamental senses of taste with sweet, salty, acidic and sometimes bitter nuances .

This great asset plus his careful presentation and exoticism have earned him worldwide recognition.
If we add to this the regional differences, since Thai cuisine is described more precisely as four cuisines corresponding to the four main regions of the country:

Southern dishes, such as yellow curry, fish curry and kidneys, are the most difficult and complex. In the central plains, the food is softer, like the chicken sautéed with basil leaves. In the north, there is a great influence of Burmese cuisine, such as the famous soup with curry and khao soi noodles . As for the Northeast, its cuisine derives from Laotian cuisine and is gaining more and more popularity with some delicacies such as the papaya salad called som tam .

If you have to say a main ingredient of Thai cuisine, undoubtedly, this would be rice. It can be prepared in multiple ways: boiled, fried or in soup. The relationship with rice is such that in Thai eating it is said "Kin Khaw" , which literally means eating rice.

Nor should we forget the noodles , another indispensable ingredient and cannot miss in a delicious "Pad Thai" .

However, sauces prepared with various ingredients are, perhaps, the basis of gastronomy. Chilli peppers, crab paste, coconut milk, aromatic herbs, spices , etc. If something really characterizes this country is the mixture of flavors, smells ... and in its sauces the ability to unite the salty, bitter, sweet and sour.

As for drinks, Thais usually drink green tea with their dishes. Probably due to the high level of spicy notes, this meal is not designed for wine pairings (except for sweet and semi-sweet wines).  Regarding the fruits, the durian is the king fruit of the country, a fruit with strong smell difficult to resist but that if you endure, the taste is very sweet.

In general, it is not easy to summarize the Thai cuisine. The richness of its cuisine is too broad, as is the variety of its dishes.

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