Northeastern food tends
to be very spicy, with explosive salads and special
broiled, minced meat dishes mined with tiny, high-voltage
green chilies. Sticky rice is more popular in the region
than loose, boiled rice, and exotic dishes like fried
ants and grasshoppers and frog curry are not uncommon.
The popular dishes from this region include:
- Khao Neaw
- Gai Yang
(Grilled chicken): Grilled chicken is found
all over the area, often sold by roadside vendors.
The chicken skin is rubbed with garlic, fish sauce,
cilantro root or lemon grass and black pepper, then
the chicken is usually flattened and pinned on a bamboo
skewer before being barbecued over coals and served
with a chili dipping sauce.
Minced chicken, pork or duck with lime juice, fish
sauce, lemon grass, chilies or chili powder, shallot,
mint leaves and roasted rice.
- Nue Naam
This dish is similar to Minced chicken salad but we
use grilled sliced beef instead.
- Som Tam(Green
Green papaya with chilies, peanuts, cherry tomatoes
and dried shrimp, is a popular snack. Individual portions
are pounded together by hand and eaten with sticky
rice. The addition of pickled crabs transforms “som
tam” into a Laotian-style dish.
- Bamboo shoot
Bamboo shoot salad is one of the most favorite dish
in the North East. The main ingredients are fish sauce,
lime juice, and chili.
The center area where
Bangkok city is located, has no access to the sea, the
waterways provide a host of freshwater fish, prawns(shrimp)
and crabs. The cuisine of this region is what is generally
considered to be classic Thai and includes what are
probably the most recognizable Thai dishes. They include
- Green curry
- Red curry
- Panang curry
- Tom Kha (coconut
- Tom yum (lemongrass
- Plah Goong(Spicy
Southern cuisine, makes
delicious use of the seafood so abundant in the region.
Lobsters, crab, scallops, fish, and squid are common
ingredients and unusual delicacies like jellyfish salad
can also be found. In the southern most provinces have
a lot of Muslims. Their dishes use ghee and oil rather
than coconut and use a larger range of fragrant spices
including turmeric, cardamom, cumin and cloves. The
South is also the land of the palm tree. Coconut and
oil palms are farmed in plantations as well as growing
wild, fringing the beaches on both coasts. Further up
the Isthmus, sugar palms are grown for their sweet sap.
Phuket is home to many pineapple plantations and rice
is cultivated wherever it can be persuaded to grow.
The popular dishes from
this region include:
- Yellow curry:
Yellow curry is very popular in the South, turmeric
spice has a strong flavor and makes yellow color in
- Matsaman curry:
An Indian-style curry, is at its best in the South.
The ingredients of this curry are potato, yellow onion
and beef is seemed to be perfect for Matsaman curry.
- Khao Yum:
Cooked dry rice, toasted coconut, makrut (kaffir),
lime leaves (kiffir lime leaves), bean sprouts and
lemongrass. That makes a typical breakfast in the
Southern areas of Thailand.