Eat the Local Food! Eat Lots of It!
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Thailand is definitely an Eat the local food destination. Some tourists think the best part of their trip to Thailand might be the food. If you are only familiar with Thai food in western countries, you are in for a delightful surprise.
Thai food varies from barbecue to stir fried to spicy soups to "salads" that can melt your teeth. And each region has its own variations. Rice porridge (khao thom) makes a great hot breakfast and a bowl of noodles (quay tio) along the sidewalk is a great late night snack.
Freshness and variety might be a good way to begin a discussion of one of the world's great cuisines. Food stalls and gourmet dining rooms alike make the daily trip to the market. They wouldn't consider anything frozen. Meats most common in Thai food are chicken and pork.
Thai Food Suggestions
Khao Thom - Rice porridge that has a pleasant vinegary taste; with herbs, onion, garlic, served as a hot dish, often has an egg mixed in.
Jok - Similar to Khao Thom but Thicker and more bland. Served as a hot dish.
Khao Pad - fried rice which may be ordered with chicken (gai), crab (puu), prawn (koong), or pork (moo)
Paad Thai - a stir fried rice noodle dish with meat and vegetables
Paad Thai Haw Khai - The same dish but wrapped in a thin omelette
Laad Naa - Egg noodles vegetable and the meat of your choice served in a gravy sauce.
Paad See Eiw - Egg noodles stir fried with greens and in soy sauce. (salty)
Tod Grathiem - pork or chicken deep fried with garlic
Daytime (warming up)
Paad Kaprow - minced chicken or pork stir fried with fresh basil leaves and served on rice. Sometimes topped with a fried egg (Khai Dtao)
... more Thai food
Beef is becoming more popular, yet it is generally not up to western standards of tenderness. Both fresh and salt-water fish, along with prawn are common You can see a bewildering array of vegetables that are available year round.
Just because it is Thai, does not mean it is spicy. Flavorful does not necessarily mean heat either. Learning to say "my ow pet" (I don't want it spicy) or "pet, nid noy" (just a small amount of spicyness) will allow you to find you level of culinary comfort.
Thai pepper as well as Thai chilies in fish sauce are often served on the side so you may season to taste. And even if you get more chilies than you bargained for, the burn doesn't last too long.
Rice is the staple of Thailand and Thai Jasmine rice is some of the most flavorful in the world. Rice is served with virtually all meals except soups, "salads" and noodles.
Sticky, or glutinous, rice is often served with barbecued foods such as chicken and sausage; particularly in the North and Northeast.
Noodles either egg noodles or rice noodles are normally stir-fried or made as a soup.