Thai Cuisine and Recipes
Thai Recipes and cooking
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Thai cooking has
evolved due to cultural influences from other countries, it
has still retained its unique qualities of combining hot, sour, sweet and salty
flavours, which makes it an altogether tempting and exciting culinary experience
to most westerners.
Certainly in the UK, Thai cuisine has
become very popular in the past 10 years, initially with the opening of many
restaurants but now with Thai ingredients being available to buy.
Times, History and Influences on Thai Cooking
in Asia with China
to the north and Muslim Malaysia to the south one would naturally expect these
two cultures to have influenced Thai cuisine. But Thai cuisine has also
been greatly influenced by western European culture.
the mid 1660's, Thai food took another great leap. Foreigners and trades
arrived in Thailand and with them brought new ways of cooking as well as new
ingredients. For example, at that time Thais did not use coconut milk in their
savoury recipes. It was these Westerners who, used to milk in their foods,
suggested the addition of coconut milk into Thai curries. After a while the use
of coconut milk in curries became the norm in Thailand.
their main methods of cooking were grilling and boiling but as more
Chinese migrated to Thailand (in particular the Fukienese) bringing their
"stir-frying" tradition with them, by the mid 1800's Thai
cooking included this way of preparing food. The Chinese also introduced
Noodles to Thailand, rice having been the mainstay.
Day Thai Cuisine
and Desserts are not usually served at everyday meals. Appetisers are
sometimes served during the day as a "snack" and desserts are usually
only served at banquets.
cooking varies from region to region. Northern cuisine is strongly
influenced by the climate. Curries are cooked in creamy coconut milk
the fat-rich content offering warmth in the cool weather of the mountainous
central region of Thailand is the most fertile area with fresh water supplied by
the Chao Phraya River. Whilst rice is the chief produce grown in this
region a wide variety of other vegetables are grown in this area
which is key to the region's variety of delicious cuisine.
south the locals believe that living in the humid climate along the
coastline can make them sick and that the heat from food can protect them from
fevers so the food here tends to be more hot and spicy. Connected to Malaysia,
the region has naturally adopted some Islamic culture into its culinary realm.
For example, Turmeric is extensively used which gives many southern dishes a
yellowish look. Surrounded by water, they are able to enjoy an abundance
of seafood throughout the year.
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