Thai Style Cuisine
Thai meals typically consist of a single dish, or rice with many complementary dishes served concurrently and shared by all. It is customary to serve more dishes than there are guests at a table.
Thai food was traditionally eaten with the right hand while seated on mats or carpets on the floor. It is now generally eaten with a fork and a spoon. The fork, held in the left hand, is used to push food into the spoon. Chopsticks are actually foreign utensils to Thailand.
Sticky rice is shaped into a small, and sometimes flattened, ball which are then dipped into side dishes.
Thai food is often served with a variety of condiments including sugar, which are served in small containers with tiny spoons.
Cucumber is eaten to cool the mouth after particularly spicy dishes. They also feature as a garnish, especially with one-dish meals.
The plain rice, sticky rice or noodles served alongside a spicy Thai curry or stir-fry, tends to counteract the spiciness.
The ingredients found in almost all Thai dishes is a very aromatic and strong tasting fish sauce. This is a staple ingredient in Thai cuisine and imparts a unique character to Thai food.