What’s So Good About Thai Food?

Thai food is one of those popular ethnic foods that you can probably find in most major cities. Thai cuisine is famous for it spiciness and unique combination of flavors.  A lot of care is taken to make sure that each bite has the desired taste. There is such a variety of Thai dishes and it is hard to characterize what Thai food is.

Thai food usually includes locally found ingredients from plants and herbs to chicken and fish. Most meat is added to dishes in small pieces. Larger cuts of meat are shredded and infused with herbs and spices. Traditional Thai cooking methods are stewing, baking or grilling. Frying, stir-frying and deep-frying techniques are a result of Chinese influences on Thai cuisine. Thai curries are a modification of Indian curries and is another example of the Thai way of adapting foreign food by mimicking cooking methods and substituting ingredients.

A proper Thai meal will have several dishes and a bowl of rice. Usually there will be a soup, a curry or spiced salad, vegetable dish, and a meat or fish dish. The spicy dishes are intermixed with milder dishes such as a spicy soup and stir-fried vegetables. Often, pieces of several dishes are placed on the same spoon with a small amount of rice so that each bite is a harmony of tastes and textures.

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