Tips of Thai Food
When we use "featuring" (most of time after a song), we are always talking about a key person or a key thing which contribute remarkably to the first item. And this time we are going to describe Thai foods saying, in a funnier way, they are featuring these following things.
- Three flavors
You may wonder lots of time while Thai people order their food in specific taste "three flavors, please". The word is mostly applicable to Som Tum, Thai Salad and Tom Yum which actually means "Sour, Sweet and Salty" in a balanced proportion.
Chili is included in almost every single dish which means they have it though unspoken neither included as "Three Flavors". Simply put, spiciness is already there - fundamental flavor. Ugh!
- Fish Sauce
Fish Sauce is a very common salty seasoning for Thai food. It is made of anchovies. The taste is salty, indeed, but milder than salt with good smell. Fish sauce is required in, seriously, 99% of Thai recipes except just only the dish that require stir-frying with chili and salt is in need. Moreover, some vegetarian dish, plain broth, and congee are better seasoned with salt or soy sauce than having fish sauce smell. (It is not "fishy" anyway)
- Coconut Milk
Most of Thai soups, curries and desserts contain coconut milk. Its sweet smell and creamy texture are together making dishes worth to die for. If you are on diet, you are warned to avoid Thai dish with coconut milk. However, many smart people (outside of Thailand) have tried milk instead of coconut milk in many dishes. Well, are they equivalent? Equally creamy but taste quite differently. Original taste is always recommended.
- Jasmine Rice
How comes you eat Thai Food without jasmine rice? That could be a bird fly without wings. The rule of thumb of why Thais need jasmine rice lies above in "Three Flavors". Because Thai food is always cooked with sharply sour, sweet and salty, as well as spicy taste, the sharp taste is turned to be perfect when scooping with plain jasmine rice. The sharpness is minimized by half. And since Thailand is the land of superb quality jasmine rice, they love to celebrate their own crops in every single meal just like the western loves to have bread and better.
Those are all what Thai Food fans should know :)