01 Jul Thai Food (Episode 1)
A big varieties of natural resources combined with significant investments in technology, food safety R&D and adhering to international quality standards have helped to dub Thailand as the “Kitchen of the World”. As the largest sole net food exporter in Asia, Thailand is one of the world’s largest producers of food products such as rice and tropical fruits.
The taste of Thailand cooking is easy to identify: lemon, grass and fish sauce, coriander, galangal, garlic sweet basil and coconut milk all combine to make a harmony that is unforgettable. As is the look of the food: set out in a group of small dishes on which the ingredients have been decoratively arranged, with fresh vegetables, fish and meat arranged in neat patterns, tiny bowls of clear soup steaming beside a communal pot of fluffy steamed rice. And the pleasures of eating are very important for Thais.
Moreover, Eating fruit is always among the top few things people say they love about visiting Thailand. In each season (months) each fruit is harvested and sold and this is useful to know because fruit in Thailand is most delicious when eaten in season. Also consider that while you can get numerous fruits all year round.
From my personal opinion, the most popular Thai dish is Tom Yum Goong (Spicy Shrimp Soup)
The Thai aroma! A bold, refreshing blend of fragrant lemongrass, chilli, galangal, lime leaves, shallots, lime juice and fish sauce shapes this classic soup, giving it its legendary herbal kick with fresh prawns and mushrooms . A versatile dish that can fit within virtually any meal, its smell reminds you of exotic perfume and sour-spicy-hot taste just screams ‘Thailand’!
Khao chao = Breakfast
Breakfast dishes for Thais are limited. Very often, a Thai breakfast can consist of the same dishes with rice which are also eaten for lunch or dinner. Single dishes such as fried rice, noodle soups, and steamed rice with something simple such as an omelette, fried/grilled pork or chicken, or a stir fry with vegetables, are commonly sold for breakfast from street stalls as a quick take-out.
The following dishes are viewed as being specific breakfast dishes but they can also be found at any other moment of the day.
Khao khai chiao – an omelet (khai chiao) with white rice, often eaten with a chili sauce and slices of cucumber.
Khao tom – a Thai style rice soup, usually with pork, chicken, fish, or shrimp.
Pathongko – The Thai version of the Chinese deep-fried bread called youtiao. It can be topped up with spreads such as sangkhaya or with chocolate and sweetened condensed milk.