cooking as now enjoyed all over the world
is a blend of Asian and European influences
adopted through centuries of trade and diplomatic
Thais have traditionally lived close to
the land and the waters, and original Thai cooking
rice, fish, vegetable and herbs. Very little
meat was used, and traditionally beef or buffalo
meat was eschewed since the animals were the
mainstays of farm life.
grilled, baked and stewed their food,
until the Chinese introduced the techniques
of cooking with hot oil.
European merchants, diplomats
also contributed a lot to the cuisine, starting
right after their arrivals in the 16th Century.
And we all have the Portuguese
to thank for introducing chilies
to Thai kitchens. Curries and spices,
on the other hand, were brought here by the
Indians. Over the years Thai cooks have added
their own ingenuity, substituting hard-to-find
ingredients with what’s available locally and
adapting the recipes to suit Thai palates.