Thai Cuisine; from Bangkok to the World

As with many cultures, Thai cuisine, also known as Thai gastronomy is very important and reflects the history of the culture-rich ancient Thailand. But there is one thing unique about Thai gastronomy, it has now gone global, and you will find it the tiny streets of Bangkok and also the luxurious international hotels all over the world.

In fact, Som Tam, a Thai cuisine featured in CNN’s top 50 best foods in the world and in fact was number two. Som Tam is a salad laced with chilies and garlic served with peanuts and string beans.

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Thais are the direct descendants of Chinese from the present-day Yunnan. In fact, there is a considerable resemblance between Thai cuisine and Chinese cuisine.

There are also some similarities to the rich Indian cuisine. This is mainly in the use of spices popular during the Khmer occupation, even after Buddhism replaced the Hindu religion.

Another thing that has influenced Thai cuisine is the opening of the Asian market as well as Thailand itself to foreign trade. Right now, there are a lot of foreign products introduced to the Thai market. We must not also forget the historical contact with Muslims from Indonesia and Malaysia. All these have influenced the today’s Thai cuisine.

Besides the ingredients, the use of a fork and a spoon as opposed to her neighbors who use chopsticks once again manifests the peculiarity of Thai cuisine. It is funny that Thais use forks and spoons like the West when the Chinese and Japanese are fond of chopsticks.

The unique eating culture also shows that the 21st C Thai cuisine is not 100% unique and borrows from other renowned cuisines. We understand that the use of the fork and spoon is a culture that the Thais assimilated from the French.