A touch of Thai flavours
There are a number of reasons why Thailand is one of the world’s favourite destinations for world travellers—the natural beauty, spectacular arts and culture, and the ever-smiling faces of the locals are just three. Whatever tempts the visitor, however, it is the amazing food that spices up their holiday and makes it even more memorable.
Not only does Thai food have unique flavours and ingredients, it also displays diversity in many aspects, ranging from the culinary delights of royal cuisine to one-dish meals on the roadside, from the northern eating culture of Khantoke to the southern fresh seafood, which has gained Thai cuisine international recognition.
With a history spanning more than two centuries, abundant natural resources and cultural exchanges with neighbouring and far off countries, Thai food, particularly in Bangkok, holds eclectic charms and offers a wide range in terms of both cooking styles and profusion of exotic flavours, spanning hot and spicy to mild yet complex touches. This is why such world-famous dishes as Tom Yum Goong (sour and spicy prawn soup), Nam Tok Moo (spicy roasted pork salad) and Som Tum (papaya salad) are ranked some of the world’s 50 best foods, while Massaman Curry (a mild curry) comes first!
Along with the fantastic food are different dining experiences. Fine dining with a sunset vista at some five-star hotels by the river, authentic dishes at one of the world’s best restaurants on Sathorn Rd, explorations of fusion dishes created celebrity chefs in trendy Sukhumvit Rd eateries, or fast but not simple street food at a humble streetside foodstall - all will definitely add flavour to your visit to Bangkok.
Dubbed ‘the Dargon Road’, Yaowarat is Bangkok’s Chinatown and is the largest and oldest commercial district in the city. The one-kilometer long street is lined with goldsmiths’ shops and restaurants. An endless line of food stalls is set up at night to welcome the long queues of foodies.
First-timers may find it hard to work out where to start, so it’s best to grab an appetising bite of grilled pork or squid skewers and stroll around to take in the options, before really beginning your ‘food tour’. Entertain your taste buds with a myriad of food choices, such as fresh seafood, noodles and wonton soup, fish ball noodles, Hainanese chicken rice - you name it! Cleanse your palate with some hot and cold desserts like chendol, bean curd in ginger tea, mango and sticky rice, or various kinds of fruit. You’ll agree that Yaowarat is the world’s leader of street food.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market
As one of Thailand’s oldest and most famous floating markets, Damnoen Saduak Floating Market in Ratchaburi is basically a floating kitchen! Apart from various kinds of fresh produce sold by local farmers, a variety of cooked food is also on sale, and even eaten, on the boats.
You can start with grilled and fried titbits before going on to a one-dish meal like Pad Thai on a banana leaf, Chinese roll noodle soup, and noodles. The sight of the treats on offer is guaranteed to you’re your mouth water because the ingredients are artistically arranged on the plates, within grasp of the food sellers. Finish your lunch with a choice of fruit fresh from the merchants’ orchards, or a Thai dessert like Thong yip (pinched egg yolk), Thong yod (egg yolk fudge balls) Kanom Buang (Thai crepes), or Khao Kriab Pak Mor (steamed rice skin dumplings) to make your trip even more perfect.
Chiang Mai, Khantoke Dining Experience
When in Chiang Mai, a traditional Lanna Khantoke dinner is a must. Literally, Khantoke is a wooden or rattan tray on a low frame, used as a low dining table by the Lanna, or northern Thai people. The dinner set usually consists of five traditional dishes including dill soup, Hang Lay curry, pork crackling, chili and tomato dip, and roasted pork served with sticky rice. The traditional Lanna dance is also often performed soon after the dinner is served.
Phuket, Seafood Lovers’ Paradise
Phuket is the only Thai island province, situated in the abundant Andaman Sea. Aside from the area’s natural beauty, from which the name ‘The Pearl of Andaman’ is derived, visitors can enjoy an exquisite array of seafood recipes, ranging from a lavish seafood barbeque at a five-star hotel on Patong Beach, Kata Beach or Karon Beach, to the unique southern recipes on offer at some famous local restaurants, to live seafood bought from beachside stalls and cooked for you at a restaurant opposite the market on Rawai Beach.
Whatever your choice is, the freshness of succulent seafood is guaranteed. It’s best with a Thai style spicy seafood sauce!
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