Thai cuisine is known for its balance of five fundamental flavors in each dish or the overall meal - hot ( spicy ), sour, sweet, salty and bitter. Although popularly considered as a single cuisine, Thai food is really better described as four regional cuisines corresponding to the four main regions of the country: Northern, Northeastern ( or Isan ), Central and Southern. Southern curries, for example, tend to contain coconut milk and fresh turmeric, while northeastern dishes often include lime juice.
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Thai Nam Kang Sai or Shaved Ice desserts are very popular in Thailand. The toppings are placed in a bowl with the ice shaved on top. The shaved ice vendor has coconut milk, a block of ice and a simple shaver, tins of condensed milk, as well as taro in black sticky rices, sweetened lotus root, young coconut, sticky rice triangles and other toppings.