Thai Food – Customs, Ingredients, and Presentation

Sydney, Australia resident Tim Hornibrook is an investment professional with nearly 15 years of experience. Outside of his professional life, he is a travel enthusiast and has experienced world cultures on nearly every continent. Of the many countries he has visited, Tim Hornibrook counts the food of Thailand as one of his favorite foreign cuisines.

Thai food is a cuisine punctuated by distinct flavors and spicy chilies. Food is a central aspect of Thai social gatherings, and a meal in Thailand is much more communal than meals in Western countries, as many Thai people believe that those who eat alone attract bad luck.

Dishes are typically noodle or rice based and contain a variety of meats, such as chicken, beef, fish, or shrimp. Thai curry, a popular dish, consists of a combination of vegetables and meat mixed into a spicy sauce made from coconut milk. The average meal in Thailand includes a variety of dishes meant to satiate four separate tastes: sour, sweet, salty, and spicy.

Thai cooks use herbs and spices such as garlic, coriander, lemongrass, and Thai chili powder in their dishes. Further, Thai cuisine is known for its elaborate and beautiful presentation, and Thai chefs often carve vegetables and fruits into beautiful shapes as a decorative measure.

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