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.