No-Bake, No-Waste, Share To Enjoy – Facts About Thai Food You Didn’t Know!
Thai cuisine, famous for yummy Pad Thai and Tom Yam Goong, is one of the most delectable and popular cuisines of the world. Steeped in rich cultural heritage and tradition, it can double up as a takeaway food as well as rich gourmet cuisine. Here are ten facts about the wonderful cuisine and its various customs that are sure to leave you wanting for more!
- The main characteristic of Thai food is that it is a perfect combination of five distinct flavours: spicy, sweet, salty, bitter and sour. Preparation of Thai food takes a great level of expertise and knowledge about bringing balance and texture in the dishes and paying particular attention to detail.
- A typical Thai meal consists of a variety of dishes which are sure to appease your taste buds and fill your stomachs to the brim! These dishes are served all together and not in separate courses, unlike other global cuisines.
- The Thai never waste food and never, ever step on rice, since food, particularly rice, is believed to be sacred in Thailand.
- Rice is a staple and is eaten during breakfast, lunch as well as dinner! Steamed Jasmine Rice, which is served with almost every dish, is a pure culinary treat due to its intense, sweet aroma and fine texture.
- The Thais have a strict no-bake policy. None of their food is baked and most people do not even have an oven in their houses. Food is mostly stir-fried or grilled and eaten with great relish!
- Due to their busy schedules, the Thais prefer to have light breakfasts, usually consisting of ‘kao niew moo ping’ (grilled pork with sticky rice) or ‘johk’ (rice porridge). Lunch is heavier and richer, as is dinner.
- ‘Gin len’ (snacking) is a popular practice and generally includes soups, salads with spicy dips, chicken or beef satay, grilled meat balls, sweet pancakes, fruits, juices, spring rolls and sweets.
- The Thais love to share meals. In fact, eating alone is believed to bring misfortune and is taboo in Thailand. The consumption of food is also treated as a celebration in itself, so food is always eaten in large groups.
- Besides being flavoured with fresh herbs and spices such as galangal (Thai ginger), Thai holy basil and lemongrass, Thai food also contains fermented fish sauce, which can pose a problem to vegans and vegetarians. However, asking for ‘jay’ (vegan) food can quickly solve this problem and ensure that you enjoy a meat- and dairy-free meal.
- Presentation of Thai cuisine is perhaps its most wonderful aspect. Food is always served in accompaniment with carved fruits and vegetables and arranged in an elaborate and royal style. This kind of presentation originated in the court of King of Siam and is continued till date.
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