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Asian Food Primer: Thai Food

by David Johnson

Asian Foods Guide

Common ingredients and popular dishes of various cultures.

East Asia

Pacific Region

South Asia

Southeast Asia


Balance between dishes is a hallmark of Thai cooking. Spicy curries contrast with soup or a vegetable dish. Courses are served all at once to allow diners to take turns eating varied foods.

Common ingredients:

Garlic Bunch

fish, chicken, meat, rice, coconut milk, peanuts, curry, cardamom, coriander, ginger, turmeric, garlic, chili pepper

Popular dishes:

ground beef with onions wrapped in fried bread; chicken with lemon grass curry; crab-fried rice; meat satay (marinated and grilled meat on sticks); cucumber salad

More Information:

Map of Thailand

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