I love Thai food. So the first thing on my list of all great things here in Thailand MUST be its food. I have looked around and find that Wiki had a pretty extensive list. Come on, name me one Thai dish that you don't enjoy? (Actually, I am sure I can name a few.) But what is the real secret of food they make here? Why is it that when i put that Pad Thai in my mouth, I seem to crave only more? Its not just the spices that you put in. Its the blend of flavors. In almost all thai dishes there is a blend of sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and spice. Over the next few day I will focus on the elements in the Thai food.
First off, let me make it very clear about something. Its called "fishsauce". Westerners hate it. It stinks. I don't blame you. I tea spoon if that stuff would make anyones stomach hurl. Now, try taking a equal portion of fish sauce, sugar, lime, and/or maybe some peppers. Now its quite palatable. This is the basics or i dare say the foundations of your favorite Thai dish.