In Thailand, or in any part of the world, food is an integral part of any occasion or celebration. Indeed, food is equal to a social occasion as it invites people to come together and enjoy a feast. It is therefore not a surprise how Thai food is interlaced with its culture. You cannot talk about Thailand without touching upon the subject of its cuisine. However, the popularity of the cuisine is not isolated within the country because dishes like Thai red curry or Pad Thai are sought after all over the world.
One of the reasons that made Thai cooking a huge part of the culture is due to the nature of serving. In the Western part of the world, each meal is divided according to starters or appetizer, soup, entrée and dessert. Each dish is also served to one person per plate. However, in cooking Thai food, not one dish is served to a single person. The serving sizes are large and meant to be shared by everyone. Thus, everyone who is part of the feast can indulge in the available dishes together.
About Thai Cuisine
A typical Thai meal consists of dishes that explore four varieties of taste: sweet, salty, sour and spicy. Hence, you can expect any or a combination of these flavors in every meal from a Thai cookbook. Thai red curry is one of many dishes that exhibit a combination of these flavors. This is why Thai cuisine experts recommend learning this dish if you want to master the art of this cuisine.
Aside from the main dishes, there are also several other popular “starters” in Thai cuisine. These delicious snacks provide all of the flavors that you are looking for in a Thai dish but come in smaller serving sizes. These types of dishes are also highly popular in markets or road side food stalls all over Thailand. Some of these snacks include beef satay, spring rolls, and raw or steamed vegetables served with dips.
It might be confusing to some how the curry dishes are associated with Thai cuisine. After all, curries are also popular in the Indian cuisine. Indeed, Thai cuisine has had its influence from India when ancient folks in Thailand started experimenting with the use of various Indian spices. However, Thailand established its uniqueness from an Indian curry due to its use of ingredients only available in their country.