Thailand Cuisine – The Best Food in the World!

by alrahmahsolutions on Sunday, 9 June 2013

Thailand’s tom yum soup boasts distinct hot and sour flavours with fragrant herbs.

Many people view Thailand’s cuisine to be the BEST FOOD IN THE WORLD. Get ready to discover a plethora of spices, flavours, textures and varieties of foods you may never have encountered before. Be adventurous! Look beyond Pad Thai noodles or Chicken with Cashew Nuts and explore other tastes and traditional Thai meals.  Trying Thailand’s authentic local cuisine is sure to be a highlight of your ISV program.

Thailand’s traditional foods are derived from a variety of influences from India, China and other Asian countries. Noodles, curries, hot and tangy salads, stir-fries, soups and fruit are all very typical foods eaten in Thailand, all of which may be served vegetarian or with meat (chicken, pork, beef, and seafood). A meal consisting of any of the above will be typical when you are on your Volunteer Project. On the ISV Adventure Tour, meals will vary from traditional foods as mentioned above to western style meals such as pastas, sandwiches, etc.

Mango sticky rice is always a favourite with ISV participants

The staple of most traditional meals is rice. Eating is one of life’s great pleasures in Thailand. The average Thai takes time out to eat not just three times, but rather four or five times a day. You may often be asked ‘Gin khao rue yang khrap?’ OR ‘have you eaten rice yet?’; a common question for asking someone if they have eaten or even used as a kind of ‘how are you doing;’ not intended for an answer.

Thai food is typically quite spicy (although less spicy in restaurants frequented by western travellers). If you are unaccustomed to or dislike spicy food, remember to ask for “not spicy” or “mai pet” when you order. If you aren’t sure what to order, simply look at what other people are eating that looks good, then point at the food, nod your head and smile nicely when you order! Please inform ISV, prior to departure, of any specific dietary needs that you have (i.e., vegan or have allergies to certain foods).

Food is typically eaten with a spoon and fork (no knives as food is prepared in bite-size pieces), instead of chop-sticks. The fork goes in the left hand and helps put food onto the spoon which you then eat from.

Pad see ew is a delicious variation of the well known pad thai

The best places to get meals and snacks are often local food markets or roadside vendors/stalls. Almost all the street vendors throughout Thailand (especially in the cities) are a great source of inexpensive and tasty local foods if chosen carefully and hygienically.

For those that are very adventurous in their food tastes, roadside stalls in Bangkok and Chiang Mai can serve you deep fried grasshoppers, scorpions, and worms.

Come with an open mind to Thailand and get ready to try one of the most diverse and delicious cuisines in the world!

To learn more about ISV’s programs in Thailand please visit our website.

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