Thai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in the world. In 2011, seven of Thailand’s popular dishes appeared on the list of the “World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods”.
Thai food is a mix of Indian and Chinese food. The curries are similar to Indian food and the stir fries are like Chinese food. Thai food is not only delicious but healthy at the same time.
Rice is a staple in Thailand, a traditional accompaniment to Thai curries, soups, fried vegetables that can often be replaced with noodles. They use rice, even while making desserts – puffed rice cakes.
Thai food walked its way to India many years back and some of the dishes which you should definitely not miss are:
~ Phat Thai: Invented in the 1930s, this dish is a thin rice noodle stir-fried with egg, vegetables or shrimp, and seasoned with tamarind, vinegar and dried chili. This is a great, fast food version, with an appealing combination of sweet, sour and spicy flavors. It is one of the most popular Thai dishes.
~ Tom Yam: This is a sour Thai soup, which is a unique combination of spicy hot and sour and makes for an ideal start to a meal, or tastes even better when paired with the main course. Lemongrass, lime leaves provide a great aroma, with chilies and fish sauce to it.
~ Green Curry: Thai food is famous for the curries which is eaten as a soup or with the main dish. It is a mix between herbal spice paste and rich coconut milk. The name was developed from the color of the dish which comes from green chilies.
~ Kai Yang: Thai-style grilled chicken mostly available as a street food in Thailand and in Thai restaurants in India. The whole chicken is marinated and hen grilled over a low flame on a charcoal for a long time.
~ Massaman Curry: It is prepared using coconut milk, potatoes, roasted peanuts, bay leaves, sugar, cinnamon, and tamarind sauce. The meat used is beef or chicken, sometimes pork.
~ Green Papaya Salad: The freshness of papaya tossed with subtle spices, herbs, lime juice and soy sauce.
~ Battered Vegetables With Thai Sauce: A bouquet of assorted vegetables dipped in batter and deep fried to perfection. For vegetarians replace eggs with soy sauce for the ultimate veggie version.
Thai cuisine is about flavors – a unique mix of hot, sour, sweet and bitter tastes and the use of fresh herbs which adds to the taste.