My cooking style is from the Central part of Thailand. We have several regional types of food. Many times, I’ve been told that “they had this dish here and there, and it tastes different in every restaurant they had.” This is an interesting read about different methodology and prep of foods in Thailand.
Thai Food from the Central Region
The Thai people in the Central Plain prefer food with smooth and lasting taste with a touch of sweetness. The way the food is served is an art in itself. The dining table is often decorated with carved vegetable and fruit. Cuisine of the Central Plain sometimes combines the best of the foods from various regions.
Rice is strictly the staple food for every family in the Central Region. There are on the average three to five dishes to go with rice. Typical are soup, gang som (Chili Vegetable Soup), Gang Phed (Thai Red Curry), Tom Yam (Spiced Soup) and so on. Chili Fried Meat dishes are for instances, Pad Phed, Panaeng, Masaman, Fried Ginger and Green Pepper, Thai Salads or Yam are Yam Tua Pu, Salad with Sliced Roasted Beef. Dishes that are regularly featured in a Thai meal of the Central Region are Vegetable Namprik (Chili Sauce), Platoo (Local Herring), and perhaps an Omelet (Thai-style), Fried Beef or Roasted Pork. On the whole Thai meals should meet protein and vitamin requirements with plenty to spare.
Traditional Methods of Serving Food in the Central Region
The Central Plain of Thailand has always been known for its progress and advance in all areas of human activity, be it intellectual, technological or cultural.
The Thai people in the Central Region have adopted spoon and fork and a common ditching spoon as the standard cutlery set for Thai meals. For affluent families, napkins simply folded or folded into various geometrical shapes are also to be seen, depending also, on the individual family’s tradition and taste. Dishes, Boiled Rice and Drinking Water are laid on the dining table for a family which can afford the service of a maid, will be replenished by the Waiting Maid as the meal progresses. Less ‘well to-do’ families may do without shared spoons all together, and each family member take food from the dish by their own spoons.