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Thai cuisine
#1
I've never tried Thai food, and only know some dishes have funny names;
For instance moo pad prik sai tua fak yao :-)

Anyway, i came by this TV series and thought I'd share and ask for your opinion on Thai food.

Marion's Thailand.

http://in.pinterest.com/mariongrasby/marions-thailand/

Torrents

So, have you tried any Thai dishes. Veg/non-Veg.
What was your experience ?
What could a first timer try, if he were to visit a Thai restaurant or maybe visit Thailand ;-)
Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long -- Ogden Nash
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#2
i have never tried thai food.
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#3
i recommend you start with some of the usual staples of the cuisine and move on from there.

kaeng phet pet yang - duck and pineapple in a red-coconut curry (usually very hot) served with rice.
khao phat - thai fried rice served with different types of meat. it is usually mild, but can get intense.
lap isan - a salad of ground pork, onions, lime, mint, fish sauce, red chillie, ground rice and mint.
phla kung - prawn and minced pork salad with lime dressing, shallots, lemon grass, sweet chilli and garlic.
no yat sai thot - fried bamboo shoots filled with minced pork.

keep in mind that most dishes have a distinct style that represents the area the recipe originated in. lap, for example... ranges wildly depending on if it is northern, eastern, western or southern as do the ingredients. also, the amount of chillie involved also ranges wildly.

also keep in mind that the spiciness of thai food creeps up on you. you may not notice how hot the food actually is until you start sweating.

never ask for mild or hot unless you are familiar with the restaurant. it's easier to season the food to your own taste and tolerances with chillie sauce than it than to learn the hard way.
"Yeah. I understand the mechanics of it, shithead. I just don't understand how this is any less retarded than what I'm suggesting." - Kiley; Housebound.
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#4
So Thai food tends to be hot in general. Thanks !

Any suggestions for vegetarians would be welcome too.
From the dishes I've seen, the options seem very limited.
Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long -- Ogden Nash
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#5
there are plenty of vegetarian thai dishes... i just don't bother with them in general since i'm not a vegetarian.

most thai dishes can be made vegetarian very simply by leaving out the meat and fish sauce... but that depends on what type of vegetarian you are. some vegetarians don't consider seafood to be meat and eat it gladly while some even eat dairy products.
"Yeah. I understand the mechanics of it, shithead. I just don't understand how this is any less retarded than what I'm suggesting." - Kiley; Housebound.
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#6
I didn't know there were vegetarians who ate meat.
Anyway no animal products for me, except milk perhaps.
I'll take your hint and look for veg dishes. Just haven't explored enough.
Thanks again!
Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long -- Ogden Nash
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#7
I highly recommend chicken satay, pad thai with extra peanuts, and coconut rice.
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#8
Pad Thai and coconut rice. Noted. Thank you. :-)

Pad Thai or phat Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food and at casual local eateries in Thailand
I watched glimpses of "Harry Bikers Asian Adventures - Thailand". Had some good info. I'll have to get the torrent if available.
Progress might have been all right once, but it has gone on too long -- Ogden Nash
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#9
It's beyond delicious. I could eat pad thai every day.
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#10
Shrimp pad thai

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