(STL.News) If you’re wondering what Thai food tastes like, you’ve come to the right place. Thai cuisine is famous for its spices, aroma and flavor. You will find that Thai dishes are often served in bite-size pieces. Cooking whole animals is a forbidden practice in Buddhism, so meats and fish are usually cut or cubed before being cooked. Thais call themselves “snackers” and eat a variety of snacks throughout the day, from beef and chicken satay to salads, soups and sweets.
Fried fish is one of the most popular dishes sold at stalls in Khao Gaeng. This dish is marinated in turmeric root before being fried. A sprinkle of toasted turmeric on top adds a unique flavor. Fried fish is a popular choice for Thai street vendors and resembles Malaysian satay. Nam pla phrik spicy fish paste is a staple in Thai cuisine and is often served with rice dishes.
Pad See Eiw is another popular noodle dish found on Thai streets. Wide fried rice noodles are sautéed and served with meat or vegetables. It is served with spicy peppers, garlic and chicken. The dish is also flavored with white vinegar, oyster sauce, and other condiments, such as chili flakes and vinegar. Some of the most common street food dishes in Thailand include pad see ew and kuay teow kua gai.
Pad Thai is the signature dish of Thai cuisine and is supposed to be on the menu of all restaurants. Pad Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish that may include chicken, shrimp, or tofu. The dish also includes peanuts and finely grated vegetables. It is best served with a squeeze of lime juice. And if you’re adventurous enough, try sampling a variety of Thai dishes.
In addition to being very aromatic, Thai cuisine must also have a balance of flavors. The influence of neighboring countries, such as Malaysia, Indonesia and India, is evident in the cuisine. But, in addition to this, the western world has also had its influence on Thai cuisine. One of the most iconic ingredients in Thai cuisine is chili, which is actually not native to Thailand. Pepper was brought to Thailand by the Spaniards and Portuguese, and is now widely used in Thai dishes.
Tom yum Goong is another traditional dish. This hot and clear sour soup is made with boiled prawn heads and a base of Nam prik pao (roasted chili paste). The broth is rich and fragrant with a flavor of shrimp and the addition of lemongrass, galangal and kaffir lime leaves. Tom yum goong can be served clear or creamy and is usually served with rice or fried noodles.
If you are visiting the St. Louis area, we recommend visiting the Thai Kitchen. Andie owns it, but she was born and raised in Bangkok, Thailand. Its dishes are authentic Thai cuisine, prepared with original Thai recipes and ingredients. Also, most of the employees come from Thailand to enhance the experience. Their online reviews are high and they offer four locations – Florissant – O’Fallon, St. Charles – Wentzville, Missouri.