Helping our readers to understand Thai culture and traditions better has always been one of our goals. Today, we are going to introduce 3 Thai dishes which are very close to the hearts of local Thais. This will be a good read especially for first time travellers to Thailand.
Thai Culture and Traditions Fun Facts:
FACT 1: If you love spicy food, then you’ll love Thai food as well.
FACT 2: Thai food is a perfect blend of four seasonings – salty, sweet, sour, and spicy.
FACT 3: You rarely see Baked Thai food and most Thai family household don’t have an oven.
Have you read: Discovering Thai Culture and Traditions (Part 1) ?
Thai food is globally well-known. But talking about Thai food, the first thing that would come in most people minds is the popular Tom Yum Goong (a classic spicy lemongrass and shrimp soup). Tom Yum is probably one of the most well-know Thai dish. Tom Yum soup goes well with almost everything, mix seafood, meat cubes and/or vegetables. The tricks to a bowl of good Tom Yum Soong is the use of nam prik pao (Thai roasted chilli paste) and a few spoons of evaporated milk to the soup to make it creamier.
Another famous Thai spicy dish where you can find almost everywhere is the Pad Thai (a stir-fried rice noodle dish). Wherever you go in Thailand, Pad Thai is almost available at any stores, street food, foodcourt, restaurant and even in 7 Eleven. A good plate of Pad Thai is serve with rice noodles and shrimp, tofu, peanuts in savory sweet sauce. The trick to it: fish sauce (nam pla), honey and rice vinegar to round things out.
Lastly, this dish is the favourite for most Thai Locals, the SOM TAM!!! (Thai Green Papaya Salad). Som Tam is originally from the northeast but now has become ubiquitous in Thai menus. Fragrant, spicy and packing a real kick, som tam is eaten by Thai locals at any time of the day. The crunchy, fresh, shredded unripe green papaya. Oh My! Even i get Somtumized by Thai Culture and Traditions.
Stay Tuned for Discovering Thai Culture and Traditions (Part 3)