In the case of Thailand, these words come to mind: intricacy; attention to detail; texture; color; taste; and the use of ingredients with medicinal benefits, as well as good flavor. An alternative is to have one or smaller helpings of curry, stir-fries and other dishes served together on one plate with a portion of rice. Like a complex musical chord it's got to have a smooth surface but it doesn't matter what's happening underneath. The most notable influence from the West must be the introduction of the chili pepper from the Americas in the 16th or 17th century. Like a complex musical chord it's got to have a smooth surface but it doesn't matter what's happening underneath.
We think of all parts of the meal as a whole - sum rap Thai (the way Thais eat), is the term we use for the unique components that make up a characteristically Thai meal. Eateries and shops that are specialized in pre-made food, are the usual place to go to for having a meal this way. In 2011, seven of Thai's popular dishes make it to the list of 'World's 50 Most Delicious Foods (Readers' Pick)' — a worldwide online poll by 35,000 people held by CNN International. Chopsticks are mainly used in Thailand for eating Chinese-style noodle soups, or at Chinese, Japanese or Korean restaurants. Like a complex musical chord it's got to have a smooth surface but it doesn't matter what's happening underneath. When time is limited or when eating alone, single dishes, such as fried rice or noodle soups, are quick and filling.
It is known for its complex interplay of at least three and up to four or five fundamental taste senses in each dish or the overall meal: sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy. Thailand has about the same land area as Spain and a length of approximately 1650 kilometers or 1025 miles (Italy, in comparison, is about 1250 kilometers or 775 miles long), with foothills of the Himalayas in the north, a high plateau in the northeast, a verdant river basin in the center, and tropical rainforests and islands in the south. They were introduced to Thailand by the Hokkien people starting in the 15th century, and by the Teochew people who started settling in larger numbers from the late 18th century CE onward, mainly in the towns and cities, and now form the majority of the Thai Chinese. Such dishes include chok Thai: โจ๊ก (rice porridge), salapao (steamed buns), kuaitiao rat na (fried rice-noodles) and khao kha mu (stewed pork with rice). Cucumber is sometimes eaten to cool the mouth with particularly spicy dishes. Like a complex musical chord it's got to have a smooth surface but it doesn't matter what's happening underneath. "rice curry"). Thai farmers historically have cultivated tens of thousands of rice varieties.
It's about the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish. Palm sugar, made from the sap of certain Borassus palms, is used to sweeten dishes while lime and tamarind contribute sour notes. It is now one of the most important ingredients in Thai cuisine, together with rice. During the Columbian Exchange, Portuguese and Spanish ships brought new crops from the Americas including tomatoes, corn, papaya, pea eggplants, pineapple, pumpkins, culantro, cashews, and peanuts. When placing their order at these places, Thais will state if they want their food served as separate dishes, or together on one plate with rice (rat khao). Like a complex musical chord it's got to have a smooth surface but it doesn't matter what's happening underneath. Very often, regular restaurants will also feature a selection of freshly made "rice curry" dishes on their menu for single customers. Bami is made from egg and wheat flour and usually sold fresh. It's about the juggling of disparate elements to create a harmonious finish.