Do you know which dishes come from different parts of Thailand? Charinya Ruecha of @charinyas_kitchen gives us an overview of the four main food regions of Thailand
“There is always fish in the water and rice in the paddy field” is a traditional phrase that illustrates the abundance of
food in Thailand – Charinya Ruecha
Few countries are blessed with Thailand’s natural resources, and for centuries Thai people have enjoyed the natural bounties on offer throughout the country. This does not mean however that all Thai people eat the same food in the same way! Describing all the different cuisines embraced by the diverse ethnic groups in Thailand is impossible in a short post like this, but I would like to briefly introduce you to what are, perhaps, the four main food regions in Thailand.
On every Sydney trip there is always a place I must visit and that is Thai town! Thai Town is located in Haymarket around Campbell Street/Pitt Street, to the east of George Street. To the west of George Street lies Sydney’s Chinatown. The area has a Thai vibe as it consists of Thai grocery shops Thai video stores, Thai massage shops, training businesses and, of course, so many Thai restaurants.
Each restaurant does a good job providing authentic tastes. I can’t really tell you which are better as it depends on what you like. Some shops might make a better Pad Thai but their somtum might not be as good as the others.
Here are some of my activities from my recent day trip to Sydney Thai town.
Among my favourite restaurants is Do Dee Paidang, just to the side of Paddy’s Market. The perpetual queue of Thais outside is always a hint to the quality of food on offer, and Do Dee is no exception.
I love shopping! Wait, it is not the kind of shopping that you would imagine. My kind of shopping is at Asian grocery stores. I can’t pass the shop without stopping. I am so happy that there are so many Asian grocery stores in Canberra, and I have been to most of them.What am I doing there? Well, sometimes it is to just check them out. Different shops have different products depending on the owners and their customer preferences. These differences usually reflect different ethnic cuisines. Most of the time I visit one, it is to get the ingredients for my cooking.
The year has gone so fast. We are about to say goodbye to 2017 and welcome the 2018 New Year. Even though this year I rarely posted things on my blog, my Instagram and Facebook account got regular posts and quite good feedback.
I have now upgraded my plan so one of my goals for 2018 is to write more here.
I’m back in Thailand for my holiday. Among the places I have visited this trip is Ayutthaya. Ayutthaya is the ancient capital city of Siam, a pre-Thai Kingdom, before the role was taken by Thonburi and now Bangkok. It is only an hour’s drive from Bangkok. The city is famous for its historical ruins, temple complex and giant freshwater prawns (river prawns)
Zaab translates to both Thai and Lao. In Lao it means “delicious” … In Thai, Zaab means “intensely flavoured or extra spicy” – Charinya
My first experience in a Thai restaurant in Australia was a week after I arrived. We (my husband, his family and I) were spending my first summer holiday on the NSW south coast. After discussing choices for dinner everyone agreed that I might be missing Thai food so they should take me out to a Thai restaurant!
Oh yes! I was overjoyed and started thinking of delicious Thai foods like som tum, beef jerky, sticky rice etc.