April 5, 2012
Thai Spices And Eating Habits
As a tropical country located at the centre of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia, Thailand abounds with seafood, rice, vegetables, coconuts and sugarcanes. Greatly owing to its rich and fresh raw materials, Thai food is internationally famous as Thai girls. It pays much attention to the flavouring substances and most of them are peculiar to Southeast Asia and Thailand. The most common and typical flavouring substances are Kaffir Lime, fish sauce, Kanthari chilli and curry paste.
Kaffir lime is a lime native to India, Laos, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and some neighboring countries. It is a small, rough green fruit with rich bouquet, which can be used to make drinks and mainly used in the Southeast Asian cuisine. Thailand women like to squeeze some Kaffir lime into almost each Thai dish in order to make the food smell better with rich fragrance of lime.
Fish sauce, is a kind of spice similar to soy sauce, but is made with fermentation of fish, shrimp instead of soys.
Kanthari chilli, is commonly known as Thai pepper or Bird’s Eye Chilli. It is smaller than other kinds of peppers but much spicier. And it’s usually used in Thai dishes, so most Thai food tastes spicy.
Curry paste, with coconut milk as the basic condiment, is made from lots of substances, such as Cymbopogon citratus or lemon grass, shrimp paste, fish sauce and various peppers.
As for the eating habits, the hot Asian girls from Thailand love hot and spicy food. They love to add fish sauce and gourmet powder into cuisines. Fish, shrimp, chicken and egg are leading food at their table, which can be cooked in many kinds of methods like frying in shallow oil or in deep oil, stewing and grilling. Hot and sour soup is one of the famous Thai cuisines. Because quite a few curries are added into it, the soup tastes very spicy and is not that suitable for the foreigners, especially those who do not eat peppers. Meanwhile, the soup is believed to do good to the relationship of couples and keep families in harmony. Besides, they like to drink tea, but most of them like to put some ice into the tea, which is related a lot to its hot weather. After the meals, they would enjoy some fruits. Their favourites are orange, grape, banana, mango, pineapple, lichee, longan and pear. The interesting part is that they get used to dipping some salt or pepper on the fruits when eating watermelons and pineapples.
There are a lot Thai cuisines not mentioned here because it’s too many. But if you are really interested in what I mention and enjoy Thai food, you should find a Asian bride and let her cook for you!