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Thai Cuisine: from Street Food to Fine Dining

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The Versatile Thai Cuisine

Thai cuisine combines culinary influences from China, India and Portugal to create an incomparable taste experience. Each region of the country has developed its own flavor and inspires with different typical dishes. In the north of the country, around Chiang Mai, the cuisine is influenced by the neighboring countries of Myanmar and Laos. Sticky rice, which is served with chili sauce or various curries, is particularly popular here. In the center of Thailand, especially in the capital Bangkok, you will find the most diverse influences and the most diverse dishes. There are almost no limits to the culinary choices in this melting pot of cultures. In the south of the country, which is almost completely surrounded by the sea, mainly seafood dishes are served. Spicy dishes such as curries, which are prepared with coconut milk, fresh vegetables and fish, crabs or mussels, are particularly popular here. Travelers are therefore offered a wide range of culinary delights, which they can either enjoy in one of the countless food stalls in the country or in one of the excellent restaurants. Many of them have even been awarded the coveted Michelin star. Incidentally, when it comes to the time of day in Thailand, everything is a little less strictly regulated than here. In principle, every dish can be eaten at any time of the day – fried rice for breakfast is therefore considered quite normal here. In any case, one thing is clear: No holidaymaker in Thailand returns home hungry! Travelers are therefore offered a wide range of culinary delights, which they can either enjoy in one of the countless food stalls in the country or in one of the excellent restaurants. Many of them have even been awarded the coveted Michelin star. Incidentally, when it comes to the time of day in Thailand, everything is a little less strictly regulated than here. In principle, every dish can be eaten at any time of the day – fried rice for breakfast is therefore considered quite normal here. In any case, one thing is clear: No holidaymaker in Thailand returns home hungry! Travelers are therefore offered a wide range of culinary delights, which they can either enjoy in one of the countless food stalls in the country or in one of the excellent restaurants. Many of them have even been awarded the coveted Michelin star. Incidentally, when it comes to the time of day in Thailand, everything is a little less strictly regulated than here. In principle, every dish can be eaten at any time of the day – fried rice for breakfast is therefore considered quite normal here. In any case, one thing is clear: No holidaymaker in Thailand returns home hungry! Incidentally, when it comes to the time of day in Thailand, everything is a little less strictly regulated than here. In principle, every dish can be eaten at any time of the day – fried rice for breakfast is therefore considered quite normal here. In any case, one thing is clear: No holidaymaker in Thailand returns home hungry! Incidentally, when it comes to the time of day in Thailand, everything is a little less strictly regulated than here. In principle, every dish can be eaten at any time of the day – fried rice for breakfast is therefore considered quite normal here. In any case, one thing is clear: No holidaymaker in Thailand returns home hungry

The versatile Thai Cuisine

Thai Soups

Soups are very popular in Thailand and are eaten at any time of the day. Everywhere on the roadside and in probably every Thai restaurant you will find a wide range of different soups. Tom Yam and Tom Kha Gai, for example, are very well known and popular. Tom yam is a savory soup made with shrimp, chicken, or just vegetables. The aromatic chicken soup with coconut milk, Tom Kha Gai, on the other hand, is seasoned with ginger, lemongrass and chili and should be on the culinary to-do list of every Thailand vacationer.


Pad Thai

Fried noodles of all kinds are among the most traditional dishes in Thai cuisine. Pad Thai is a dish of fried rice noodles with vegetables and bean sprouts, refined with various spices. At the street stalls and in the Thai restaurants you will find many variants of the delicious Pad Thai: Depending on your taste, it is served with egg, chili, fish sauce or meat.


Khao Pad

Rice is an integral part of Thai cuisine and is probably not missing on any menu. Fried rice is particularly popular; Khao Pad. The rice is fried in a wok with various types of vegetables, meat or shrimp, garlic and soy and fish sauce. An absolute classic of Thai cuisine!


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Thai Desserts

Less known - but by no means less delicious - are the numerous desserts in Thai cuisine. However, the sweet dishes are not only eaten here as a classic dessert, but also as a snack in between or as a whole meal. Many of them are based on coconut or condensed milk and exotic fruits like mango and banana. A traditional treat popular across the country is khao niao mamuang. It consists of sticky rice with coconut milk and fresh mango. Another popular dessert, Roti Sai Mai, is known as Thai cotton candy. Roti is a thin dough inspired by Indian flatbread into which colored sugar threads are rolled. Holidaymakers with a weakness for sweets will definitely get their money's worth in Thailand.


Thai Curries

In Thailand there is a variety of curries that differ in taste and spiciness. From mild to almost hellishly spicy, everything is included. The spiciness of the dish is largely determined by the curry paste used. This distinguishes the Thai curries from the Indian variant, which is prepared with ground spices. The yellow paste is the mildest, the red one is much hotter and the green variant makes for a curry that only die-hard lovers of spicy dishes can enjoy with pleasure. Like so many dishes in Thai cuisine, curry comes in a wide variety of variations. Depending on the type of curry, different types of vegetables, meat, fish, tofu or potatoes are used as ingredients.


Street food in Bangkok

Thailand's capital, Bangkok, is one of the best spots in the world for street food of all kinds. There's no tastier or more unique way to immerse yourself in local life. And the delicious scent that wafts through the streets doesn't promise too much: In Bangkok's numerous food stalls, vacationers usually find delicious and inexpensive dishes that they can eat sitting on stools on the side of the road and watch the hustle and bustle. There are good places to go for street food all over the city. For example, there are plenty of markets and individual street stalls in the bustling Chinatown district. They sell desserts, fruit and wok dishes - almost around the clock. The chicken skewers marinated in peanut sauce are particularly tasty here, grilled over an open flame. Thanon Sukhumvit, one of Bangkok's main shopping streets, is also a good address for delicious street food. A special experience is a visit to the Huai Khwang night market in the district of the same name. Strolling past the many street stalls, restaurants and shops after dark, smelling the many different spices and flavors and feasting on the different dishes is one of the most unforgettable Bangkok experiences.

Fine dining in Thailand

Culinary delights in Thailand's star restaurants

Although Thailand is known for its excellent street food, gourmets with the highest culinary standards will also get their money's worth here. The capital, Bangkok, is the center of hip, classy restaurants: this is where the top chefs in the industry meet in award-winning star restaurants. The renowned Michelin restaurant guide even appeared for the first time in a separate Bangkok edition in 2017, to which Chiang Mai and the Phang Nga region have been added to this day.

An absolute highlight for all lovers of fine cuisine is a visit to "The House on Sathorn", built in the magnificent colonial style. A meal in the traditional mansion is one of the culinary highlights of a stay in Bangkok. The same applies to two other restaurants in the capital, the "R Haan" in the Thonglor district and the "Sorn" in the Khlong Toei district. Both are the only restaurants in Thailand to be awarded two Michelin stars. In the "R Haan" visitors can look forward to dishes typical of the country with fresh ingredients, in the "Sorn" they can expect southern Thai specialties, which the chef has reinterpreted based on traditional recipes.
The "Pru" restaurant on the popular holiday island of Phuket not only boasts a coveted Michelin star, but was also the first restaurant in Thailand to be awarded the "Michelin Green Star". Every year, restaurants are rewarded for their sustainability efforts. The restaurant "Pru", whose name stands for "plant, raise, understand", sources its ingredients from its own farm and therefore delights with dishes made from fresh, local products.

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