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COOKING METHODS AND RECIPES

 

 

--Inside Stuff - Herbs and spices that make up Thai Cuisines.--

 
Introduction
       Thai food is internationally famous. Whether chili-hot or comparatively bland, harmony is the guiding  principle behind each dish. Thai cuisine is essentially a marriage of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences harmoniously combined into something uniquely Thai. The characteristics of Thai food depend on who cooks it, for whom it is cooked, for what occasion, and where it is cooked to suit all palates. Originally, Thai cooking reflected the characteristics of a waterborne lifestyle. Aquatic animals, plants and herbs were major ingredients. Large chunks of meat were eschewed. Subsequent influences introduced the use  of sizeable chunks to Thai cooking. 
       With their Buddhist background, Thais shunned the use of large animals in big  chunks. Big cuts of meat were shredded and laced with herbs and spices. Traditional Thai cooking methods were stewing and baking, or grilling. Chinese influences saw the introduction of frying, stir frying and deep-frying. Culinary influences from the 17th century onwards included Portuguese, Dutch, French and Japanese. Chilies were introduced to Thai cooking during the late 1600s by Portuguese missionaries who had acquired a taste for  them while serving in South America. 

       Thais were very adapt at 'Siamese-ising' foreign cooking methods, and substituting ingredients. The ghee used in Indian cooking was replaced by coconut oil, and coconut milk substituted for other daily products. Overpowering pure spices were toned down and enhanced by fresh herbs such as lemon grass and galanga. Eventually, fewer and less spices were used in Thai curries, while the use of fresh herbs   increased. It is generally acknowledged that Thai curries burn intensely, but briefly, whereas other curries, with strong spices, burn for longer periods. Instead of serving dishes in courses, a Thai meal is served all at once, permitting dinners to enjoy complementary combinations of different tastes. 

      A proper Thai meal should consist of a soup, a curry dish with condiments, a dip with accompanying fish and vegetables. A spiced salad may replace the curry dish. The soup can also be spicy, but the curry should be replaced by non spiced items. There must be a harmony of tastes and textures within individual dishes and the entire meal.
 
Recommended Dishes
Starter Recipes
Satay (Barbecue pork or chicken Thai style)
Som Tam Malakor (Papaya Salad)
Yam Thale Rod Ded (Prawns, mussels, crab and squid in spicy salad)
Poppya Thod (Thai Spring Roll)
Thod Man Pla (Curried Fish Cakes)
Curries Recipes
Kaeng Ka-Ree Kung (Prawn Yellow Curry)
Kaeng Matsaman Kai (Chicken Matsaman Curry)
Kaeng Khiao Wan Nuea
Soups Recipes
Tom Yam Kung (Hot and Sour Prawn Soup)
Tom Kha Kai (Chicken Coconut Soup)
Quick Meal Recipes
Khao Phat (Thai Fried Rice)
Mi Krop (Crispy Noodles)
Phat Thai (Thai Fried Noodle)
 
Thai Desserts
 
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