Best Thai food : Taste of Thai cuisine and dessert
What is so special about Best Thai food ?
Thai food is known for its balance of many flavors in one dish: spicy, sweet, sour, salty and bitter. It is an art of cooking that creates harmony amongst a variety of flavors. The true art form of Thai food also involves the delicate carving of fruits and vegetables. By satisfying sight and taste, the creativity makes Thai food an experience unlike any other dining experience.
How many types of Best Thai food are there?
Thai food can be separated into two categories.
First, Royal Thai food is the best. The food is used to cook in the royal court to serve the king and royal family members. It’s made from expensive ingredients, ornately prepared anddecorated. As one can imagine by the name, Royal Thai cuisine is the crème de le crème, the best of the best, of both presentation and flavor.
• Khao Chae – Means rice soaked in cool water. This menu is special because it’s served at summer time, so when you eat it you’ll feel fresh!
• Chor Muang ( flower shaped chicken dumpling ) – A violet dumpling stuffed and caramelized peanut
• Kratong Thong – crispy rice flour cups filled with a blend of shrimp, pork, peas, carrots, corn kernels and seasoned with traditional Thai herbs.
• Miang Kham (Leaf Wrapped Bites )– A traditional Thai snack food that translates as “many things in one bite” because Miang Kham has many ingredients, both fresh and dry, that will be put in the leaf.
Second, is local food which is separated by region. Thai people in each area have their own favorite tastes of their foods.
• Kon Isarn :: People in the northeast region of Thailand like to eat spicy and salty dishes.
• Kon Pak Klang :: People in the central region like sweet and mild tasting.
• Kon Nua :: People in the northern part of Thailand love mild but slightly spicy.
• Kon Tai :: Southern region, are the only people who eat really spicy food.
Examples of food
– Tom Yum Kong – Thai spicy and sour soup with prawns
– Pad Thai – rice noodle stir-fry with a choice of meat, peanut and spring onions
– Pad kra prow kai – Stir fry chicken with basil
– Kang Kai – spicy red chili paste stir fried with coconut milk and chicken
Northeast Thai cuisine
– Som tum – green papaya salad with tomato, garlic, long bean and peanuts
– Lap moo – spicy chili with minced pork and mint
– Sai Krok Isaan – The Isan sausage brings a unique sour taste brought about by the fermenting of pork and sticky rice
Northern Thai cuisine
– Nam prig nom kap cap moo: spicy green chili paste with deep fried pork skin
– Khao Soi Curry – coconut based curry served over soft egg noodles and topped with crisp egg noodles.
– Sai Oua – Northern Thai Sausage
– Khanom Jeen Nam Ngiao – fresh rice noodles and “Nam Ngiao” – spicy tomato infused broth
Southern Thai cuisine
– Pad storw kong – Storw stir-fry with shrimp
– Gaeng Tai Pla – Fermented fish’s stomach curry, is one of the region’s most famous dishes
– Kua Gling – Thai dry curry (lemongrass, garlic, shallots, gingers, galangal, kaffir lime skin and dry chilies)
Is Thai food similar to other Asian cuisines?
There are some Thai dishes that are similar to Chinese food, Indian food, Malaysian food, and Vietnamese food. Laos and Cambodian foods are the closest to Thai cuisines.
Rice is a staple component of Thai cuisine, as is of most South-East Asian cuisines. The highly prized jasmine rice is indigenous to Thailand.
How do Thais eat?
Thai food is a sharing meal. Everyone at the table or on the floor share all the dishes, it is similar to a set menu but shared by everyone. The dishes are portioned off onto individual plates; most dishes are eaten with rice to soften the flavor, particularly spicy dishes. In most informal settings, no serving spoons are used.
Each individual uses his/her own spoon to take food from the communal dishes. With the exception of noodle soups, Thai food is generally eaten with a fork and a spoon, rather than with chopsticks. The fork, held in the left hand, is used to shovel food into the spoon.
You can find out more about how to eat spicy Thai food in the travel trips section.
Best Thai food & Thai dessert
Most of Thai desserts are sweet and similar in most regions of Thailand. Many recipes include coconut milk, so people who are dieting should be aware of this.
A few desserts include
Khao Niew Mamuang – Sticky rice with mango
Khao Niew Toorien – Durian and Sweet Sticky Rice with Sweet Coconut Milk
Kluai Buat Chi – Banana cooked in coconut milk
Bua Loy Phuak – Taro balls in coconut milk.
Khao Tom Mud – Sticky Rice with Banana
Tong Yip – (Flower Egg Yolk Tart) Made from egg yolk, sugar, and flower water boiled in sugar syrup and formed into a flower like shapes.
Tong Yord – (Round Egg Yolk Tart) Made from egg yolk, sugar, and flower water boiled in sugar syrup and formed into round balls.
Foi Thong – (Shredded Egg Yolk Tart) Made from egg yolks and sugar boiled in sweet syrup and then formed into hair like shapes.
Foreigners may also find the use of corn, beans, water chestnuts and other ingredients atypical in western desserts surprising
but don’t be afraid!
Give it a try- you may only be in Thailand once.