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Thai Food

Thai cooks use quick preparations like stir-frying, blanching, poaching and parboiling to emphasize the freshness of choice ingredients.

Essential Flavors

Fertile with a varied geography and long coastline, Thailand provides great culinary diversity. In Thai cooking, rice serves as the starchy foil for the flavorful soups, seafood dishes, and salads. Fresh is the name of the game.

Spice is Nice

The Thai people know spicy. Much of the unique flavor of Thai food comes from a pleasing combination of fiery spice, aromatic herbs, and piquant condiments. Chili peppers, fish sauce, shrimp paste, limes, coriander, and coconut milk contribute complex flavors.

Open to Influence

Openness to trade and foreign cultures left the people of Thailand keen to the culinary splendor of India, Europe, the Middle East, and China. Thais were quick to incorporate foreign foods (including tomatoes and chilies from the Americas) into their already rich repertoire.

Comments
Jan. 6, 2010 7:25 pm
I love Thai Cuisine. The robust flavors are so so dynamic. Thai food has healing powers. Experimenting with Hot and Sour is a wonderful way cook. I can never get enough!
 
Me 
Mar. 26, 2010 7:15 pm
My husband & I discovered Thai food around 10 yrs ago. We love it.... it is one of our favorite foods. I have learned to make many Thai dishes at home. Still learning and experimenting, next homemade spring rolls!
 
Aug. 18, 2010 12:09 pm
when i tasted thai food for the first time it was love at first bite. now we're inseparable. lol
 
Mamaw 
Nov. 14, 2010 4:11 pm
I LOVE the fact that so many Thai dishes are fresh, fresh, fresh! i have lost a great deal of weight, and will continue with that using a lot of Thai recipes. it's all about using spices and seasonings to flavor food instead of fat and frying everything.
 
Nov. 15, 2010 5:57 pm
i have found the best thai food ever and its made fresh in a little truck along side the road here in hawaii! my favorite thing to get outta it is drunkin noodle with tofu! i was wondering if anyone has a good drunken noodle recipe!
 
mikeg 
Feb. 2, 2011 7:01 am
I first tried Thai at a restaurant TIN DRUM in Atlanta.
 
Simjoda 
May 1, 2011 2:14 pm
My fave Thai food seems to be chicken with black bean sauce .I also love Pad Thai .I really love the spices -I use Sriracha in my omelets at home - great stuff !I've never heard of drunken noodles before !
 
Mike 
Jun. 1, 2011 4:15 pm
I have a beautiful Thai wife! But what she cooks is nothing like the recipes on this site, I have tried to get her to post some recipes but she says her english is not good enough.
 
MBeaston 
Jul. 5, 2011 8:51 pm
If you can't stand the HEAT, stay out of the Thai Kitchen... I live in Thailand and took the wife back to the US for a visit. We stopped at a Thai Restaurant for a good meal, and was quit disappointed. The Thai owner explained that if they cooked the traditional Thai way, they would loose business, the cultural culinary differences are evident. Mike, your wife, like most Thai's are shy. Try to get your wife to type up some recipes and you proof them for grammar. I'm sure there are some Falangs out there that would enjoy REAL Thai food. One thing about Thailand is that it has 3 or 4 different areas, and they all have their special way of preparing dishes. Thai food can even be divided into sub-categories. It would be great if you could post some dishes and identify their area, such as North, South, Central or East (Esan). Looking forward to your post Mike.
 
Jul. 7, 2011 1:24 am
I live in Thailand, and I too love Thai food. However, you should know that most REAL Thai food is not at all low in fat! They use a heck of a lot of oil in the preparation of most things. Not that I am afraid of fat - it is more the empty carbs of rice that bring you down. Anyone who has taken a Thai cooking class IN Thailand can attest to the huge amounts of oil they use. You don't always taste it, but it is there. That is why although I still love my street food, I've learned to make a few key dishes at home that use a lot less oil and I add in a LOT more vegetables than Thais normally use. But it is an excellent cuisine. Spicy, salty, sweet, sour - all in the right balance.
 
bowlingchamp 
Oct. 18, 2011 6:06 am
My future wife lives in Thailand, and I am going to visit her and her family in December. They look forward to cooking for me and live in Rayong where they eat alot of Thai seafood dishes. I can hardly wait!!
 
Donneth 
Oct. 30, 2011 7:18 am
my first thai experience was thai green curry , in Docklands UK I'm hooked ever seen.
 
luvsethnicfood2 
Dec. 11, 2011 8:57 am
Orlando Florida has a Asian section that has many grocery stores with everything you need to cook Vietnamese, Thai, Chinese and more! There is also many restaurants there as well. Little Saigon is a Zagat award winning restaurant. Their Pho is amazing! Plus there are many other excellent places for Thai as well as other ethnic foods. Pho 88 has the best Pad Thai I have ever eaten! But there is sooo much more that I have yet to try!
 
Amp 
Feb. 14, 2012 7:39 am
I'm a Thai living in Montreal and this is a good place for me to keep my recipe and creation of my new recipe and share to my friends and family here, i know i won't be able to have a real Thai food here outside my house, and commom website written by non-thais
 
Mystical 
Mar. 23, 2012 11:06 pm
Does ANYONE have a recipe for home made THAI SALAD DRESSING??? It's supposed to be simple, but I can't find the recipe ANYWHERE!!!! HELP!!!! lol Thanks!!! :) Please post it if you have a recipe for this!!!!
 
Yak 
May 27, 2012 7:53 am
Awwww man Rayong and thai food I lived in Thailand for a year and yes Thai food in the USA is not the same it is Americanized. The Thai temple in Tampa on Sundays has the real deal but get there early the place is jammed with Thais and falangs :-)
 
Meg 
Jul. 25, 2014 2:07 pm
I am looking for a Thai Shrimp Salad recipe that I believe was send out as one of your daily recipes several months ago. It was fabulous! It had quite a few ingredients including mint, fish sauce, shallots, chili paste, lime, garlic, shrimp. I want to make it again - and I can't find it! Please help!
 
 
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