Thai Cuisine

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This page is for all you ethnic food lovers with a zeal for the wide variety of spicy, balanced, detailed, and absolutely wonderful foods that Thai cuisine has to offer.

Thai cuisine is among the most popular cuisines on the planet.

Thai cuisine

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Lightly prepared dishes with a spicy zing and strong aromas are characteristic of traditional Thai cuisine. It is well known for the complex interplay of (at minimum) three and sometimes four or five fundamental taste senses in the entire meal, and as much as possible in each entree. These fundamental taste sensations are: salty, bitter, spicy, sour and sweet.

Quite a few of the most popular dishes in Thai cuisine originated in China.  Credited to the Chinese as well, are the techniques of deep-frying and stir frying dishes, (including use of a wok for cooking), tofu, soy sauce, and several types of noodles. Also influencing Thai cuisine are the cuisines of India and Persia. Early traders and later settlers from those countries introduced many of the dried spices and curries that are common in Thai dishes.

Presidential Building, Taiwan Public DomainWhen the Portuguese arrived at the court of Ayutthaya, in 1511 CE, western influences started taking hold in Thai cuisine. Perhaps the most notable influences from the West are the introduction of the chili peppers, and the use of coconut milk as a substitute for cow milk in some recipes.

Additionally of considerable note, during the Columbian Exchange, the Spanish and Portuguese sailors brought with them exciting never-seen-before foods, such as: peas, eggplants, pineapples, papayas, pumpkins, tomatoes, corn, peanuts, cashews, and the fragrant herb, cilantro.

Okay, enough of background information – let’s get into the real reason you came here – the recipes of

Thai Cuisine!

Please note: For your convenience, you can click on the recipes listed here at the top of this page, and be taken directly to a page with just that one recipe on it, in printer-friendly format.

Here is the list, in alphabetical order:

Kaeng Phed Ped Yang (Thai Roasted Duck in Red Curry)

Pad Ped Pla Duk (Stir-Fried Catfish in Red Curry Sauce)

Pla-Muk Nueng Ma-Now (Steamed Squid with Spicy Lime Sauce)

Spicy Thai Coconut Shrimp Soup

Thai Panang Curry with Beef

Tom Yum Goong

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