To really understand Thai cuisine, it is good to know some facts before you enjoy having Thai food!
Thai people tend to not differentiate between their meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. While there are certain dishes that are enjoyed in the mornings, most dishes can be eaten at any time of the day.
Thai soup is part of the main meal, not normally a starter. They’re filling enough in themselves, but sometimes people order rice on the side. With rice or without, either is OK.
While many Thai dishes are incredibly spicy, there are plenty of dishes that aren’t. This does not make the dish any less “Thai”. Let’s try our Pad Thai, Massaman curry, Pad See Ew, Thai fried rice etc.
Thai food has a reputation for beneficially affecting well-being and health. Being so heavily composed of herbal ingredients, it is essentially a cuisine of natural medicine.
Thai food is simply not baked; it is just not a thing when it comes to Thai cooking. In fact, many households in the country do not have an oven (and feel that they have no need for one).
Many dishes are created via specific recipes handed down by generations in certain areas. If you have a dish you adore in southern Thailand, you will probably struggle to find it in northern Thailand.
Sharing communal dishes is common throughout Asian food culture. Thai people share dishes with friends and family. Almost meals are usually shared with each diner using either a serving spoon.
In 1930s, the stir-fried noodle dish was invented by the Thai government. The campaign included changing the country’s name from Siam to Thailand, commissioning a new national anthem, and creating a national dish — Pad Thai.