An Experience with Thai Cuisine
The kingdom of Thailand lies in the middle of the South East Asian region. It is a midsize country with Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar and Malaysia as it neighbors. Thailand is a popular destination for western tourist as its shoreline consists of beautiful beaches and the climate is excellent throughout the year. Another reason why tourists come often to Thailand is because of the wonderful food that the country serves up. Thai cuisine is one of the most developed in the world. A traditional Thai dish is a combination of different spices and ingredients that are joint together to create a perfectly balance dish. Whenever you taste Thai cuisine, your taste buds will get an explosion of flavors and sensations that will bring you back for more. A single Thai dish can be sweet, sour, salty, tangy and bitter all at the same time but it is somehow combined and balanced to give the most wholesome dining experience.
Rice is a must-have in Thai dishes
Every type of cuisine in the world must have at its core, a main ingredient that is used widely in all the dishes. You can say that this main ingredient is what makes the other ingredients tick. The core ingredient for Thai cuisine is rice or locally known as kaow. Every region in Thailand has its own special blend of rice due to regional and weather differences. Traditionally, these variants are only consumed in the region they came from, but with international trade, some of the more popular ones are exported overseas. One of most in-demand variants from Thailand is jasmine rice. This type of rice has a distinct fragrance and lovely flavor. Rice is so important to the Thai cuisine that it is difficult to find a meal that does not feature rice on the table. The Thai people eat rice in every single meal be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or supper. They do not get sick of eating rice because of the rich array of accompanying dishes that they eat with.
The beauty of Thai Food is in the preparation
Thai cuisine is notoriously difficult to prepare and can take make hours to complete. As in many Asian cuisines, fresh ingredients are important to the preparation of Thai cuisine. In fact, many Thai cooks still insist on making the curry paste themselves, from scratch so that they can ensure that the ingredients are fresh. This process in itself can prolong the cooking process by an hour or two.
Speaking of fresh ingredients, one main item found in Thai cuisine is seafood. This is not surprising given Thailand has surrounded by water. The popular Thai dishes that have been exported and known throughout the world are all seafood based. The most famous dish is Tom Yam Kung, which is a coconut curry based soup with prawns as its main ingredients. This dish is usually eaten with rice. Another famous seafood based dish is phrik nam pla, which is a dipping sauce made from a combination of various ingredients including fish and squid sauce. This dipping sauce can be found on almost every table featuring Thai cuisine anywhere in the world.