What should I know about Thai cuisine?

Thailand is internationally famous with its delicious food.

The history of Thai cuisine goes far back in the past and originated with the people who emigrated many centuries ago from the southern Chinese provinces to modern Thailand. In a more distant past, the Buddhist monk brought an Indian touch and Southern Muslim states influenced the cuisine in southern Thailand.

Later in history, Thai cuisine was influenced by European cuisine after contact with Portuguese missionaries and Dutch traders. During these times there were even some influences from the Japanese.

The modern Thai cuisine is very varied. The most commonly used ingredients are coconut milk, lemongrass, coriander, ginger, garlic and (red) bell pepper. Together with rice and noodles, this forms the daily main meal.

Often restaurants have already adapted the sharpness of the food to the wishes of Western tourists. You can also eat cheap and tasty on the street. The portions are perhaps a bit small, so the Thai are used to eating a small meal about six times a day.

Fish, shellfish and crustaceans are also very popular in Thailand. Especially the native Thai dishes in restaurants are very cheap and also tasty. If you don't like spicy, do you only need it? Mai Phet? (not hot) and the cook takes that into account. A lot of coriander is also used in Thai cuisine. Coriander gives the food a strong and sometimes predominant taste.

written by ILBE staff

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