ABOUT THAI CUISINE
Approximately 4,000 years ago, the Thai people migrated from southern China to Siam (modern-
Thai food is unique and delicious. Most Thai dishes are a combination of sweet and salty, and sour and spicy. Each dish has its balance; for example, Phad Thai noodle has a sour and sweet taste; a trace of salty and spicy is optional. Curry is spicy, but you will find sweetness and a trace of salty as well. Thai food is healthy because it contains fresh vegetables, herbs, and relatively small portions of bite-
Thai culinary is an art. A Thai dish contains at least a dozen ingredients. Thai cuisine uses a variety of sauces, such as fish, soy, chili, and oyster. Other ingredients include lime and lemon juices, tamarind juice, coconut milk, garlic, lemon grass, galangal, basil, cilantro, cayenne, and black peppers, bean sprouts, etc. Traditionally, Thais use only fresh ingredients, such as fresh-
The heart of a Thai meal is rice (Kaow). Thais eat rice as Westerners eat bread (Ka Nhom Phun). There are several varieties of rice grown in Thailand. The most famous is Jasmine, or fragrant rice. To add flavor and more nutrition to a Thai meal, a stir-
Thais eat rice for every meal: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Normally, a person eats rice with one dish of Gup Kaow. At the Thai table, everybody eats rice and shares dishes of Gup Kaow, which is served at once.