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Thai cuisine has become one of the world's most popular cuisines and highly regarded as culinary forms in the world. Influenced by Chinese and Indian cooking art, Thai cuisine has blended those arts and created the originality of its own. Thai food is considered scrupulous in cooking and delicate in dish decoration; carved fruits and vegetable is often used to embellish the dish, making it a graceful culinary art, not only for is taste but also its appearance.

Rice is the main staple of Thai people. Steamed or boiled rice (sticky rice in Northern and Northeastern Thailand) is the elemental plate of the meal and will be eaten with several dishes. Thai cuisine combines vegetable, fish, and other meat cooked with many kinds of spices such as garlic, chili, lemongrass, coconut milk, tamarind, ginger, coriander, basil, and peanuts. The taste of Thai food is usually hot and spicy. The most famous Thai dishes are Tom Yum Kung, the spicy soup with shrimp and Pad -Thai, noodle fried with meat and vegetable.

Thai cuisine has also a wide variety of desserts and snacks to choose from. Most of Thai desserts are made of sugar, egg, and coconut milk. Kanom Buang, batter folded over and filled with scraped coconut, egg yolk and green onion. Sang Kaya, custard made from coconut milk, sugar and eggs, usually eaten with sticky rice steamed with coconut milk. Visitors can find Thai desserts in most restaurants and also on the sidewalk. When it comes to fruits, Thailand is abounding with tropical fruits. A parade of different kinds of fruits can be seen all year round. Durian, rambutant, mangosteen, mango, banana, papaya are to name just a few.



Thailand, being an Asian crossroads for centuries, owes its rich culinary art to the cuisines of India, China, Malaysia and Indonesia. The success of the country’s cuisine lies in the blend of 4 basic tastes-salty, sweet, sour and pungent- which form a wide range of flavors, making the dinner want to eat more and more. However, foreigners must note that chilies amply used in a number of Thai dishes, such as curry, fried dishes and even soups. So if you are trying Thai hot food for the first time, watch out for the little green or red chillies or ask the chef to make the dish less hot than usual. Take plenty of not so hot cooked rice along with the hot dishes. This is the way to smother the fire in your mouth, which cannot be done with sweets or even a cold drink.

Normally, each Thai restaurant has its own specialties, so ask the waiter for recommendation. Some favorite Thai dishes are: Kai Ho Bai Toei (seasoned fried chicken in leaf wrappers); Thotman Plakrai or Thotman kung, Fish or shrimp fritters in Thai style; various kinds of yam (Thai salad); Tomyam (hot and sour soup); curry and namprik with fish vegetables. And perfect your Thai meal by ending it with Thai sweets, such as salim, thapthim krop, lotchunng, khanom chan, coconut-cream gelatine, thong yot, foi thong, etc.



More and more visitors to Thailand have discovered to their delight that Thailand is not only a kingdom of fruits, but also a kingdom of seafood. Anyone who has experienced Thai seafood will readily agree to its great variety and its savoury taste and sweet smell.

A secret of seafood deliciousness lies in its freshness. As Thailand has a long coastline, and Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket and most other cities are close to the sea, fresh supplies of fish, crabs, prawns, lobsters and other shellfish are always available and all eaters will find them most palatable no matter whether they are gourmet or just ordinary diners.



Most coffeeshop in tourist hotels serve an approximation of European food, some also Chinese and Japanese. For mere authentic dishes, you can try the nationality restaurants, mostly located in the leading in the busy shopping areas. There you will find the food and desserts in their original tastes. Western cuisine available in Bangkok and provincial tourist centers are American, English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Scandinavian and Swiss. Asian cuisine includes Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Indian, Muslim and Arabic.



Thailand is an ideal place for enjoying genuine Chinese food that tastes exactly like that of its country of origin. The Chinese culinary art was first brought in large numbers in the late Ayuthaya period over 200 years ago. As a result of the long history of contact between the two peoples, the Thai and the Chinese cultures are now well mixed in many aspects, including the art of cooking. Chinese food is commonly served in restaurants and hotels in every part of Thailand, especially in Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya and Chiang Mai. Indeed, Thailand is the only place outside China (and Taiwan and Hongkong) that can provide tourists with such a wide choice of delicious Chinese dishes.





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