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    Introduction to the Regional Thai Cuisine

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    What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word "Chinatown" ? Food, right? That’s lucky for you because Thailand's Chinatown is one of the world’s biggest, and it has a lot to offer. It bustles by day and gets even more colourful by night.

    Night and Day ☯ Yin and Yang
    Chinatown in Bangkok delivers two kinds of 'vibe' depending on whether it's daytime or nighttime. During the day, locals come to Chinatown to buy gold, Chinese medicine and dine at any one of the many restaurants. At night, when most gold shops or ‘Hang Thong’ have closed for business, street food vendors take over the streets to welcome both locals and tourists alike. What we have here for you are some of our ‘must-try' food suggestions for when you're in Chinatown. Let's just be clear here - the food we are talking about would be more appropriately categorised as Thai-Chinese food. We don't want to say that it's authentic Chinese food because we are, after all, in Thailand and Chinese cuisine here has evolved in its own little ecosphere over the years thanks to the different waves of Chinese immigrants to Thailand.

    Thanon Phadungdao: Duck Rice Soup
    Serves duck rice soup and pork intestine rice soup. The duck rice soup comes with gelatinised duck blood cubes, along with garlic and sliced ginger. Or, if you feel like chewing into some tasty duck feet, this place also has you covered. The rice soup here is cooked in a traditional 'Teochew' style, using the family's own recipe that dates back over 70 years. The price starts at THB 50, or less than USD $2.00Opening Hours: 11.00-23.00.

    Texas Suki
    The slogan of this restaurant is "Eat Like a King at a Friendly Price" One highlight that we love about this Chinese-style sukiyaki restaurant is that it makes you feel like you've gone back in time. The restaurant is 40 years old and it hasn't changed at all in terms of its decoration, style, or menu. That in itself makes it a fascinating place to put on your list. Another highlight here is their homemade sauce and broth which is their own Cantonese-style recipe. This place doesn't just serve 'hotpot' food. You can also try their a-la-carte and dim-sum menus which are also delicious. 4 minutes from Wat Mangkorn MRT station.Opening Hours:11.00-23.00.

    Crispy Pork - Si Morakot
    This place has been operating here for the past 70 years and is located in 'Soi Sukorn' or 'Pig Alley'. As the name suggests, this shop is well-known for its crispy pork which is cooked over charcoal allowing the skin to stay super crispy, while the meat and fat remain juicy and soft. Apart from crispy pork and rice, Si Morakot also offers special menu items including; Duck Soup in Pickled Lime juice (available daily), Bitter Lemon with Pork Rib Soup (every day except Wednesday and Sunday), and Pork Intestines with Pickled Celery (available only on Wednesdays and Sundays).Opening Hours: 10.30-18.30.

    Savoey Chinese doughnuts (Padonggo Savoey)
    This Padonggo stand is not your regular food stall. ‘Padonggo ปาท่องโก๋’ in Thai, or more commonly known outside of Thailand as ‘Youtiao 油条’ in Chinese, are deep fried Chinese style doughnuts, and this particular place has received Michelin Plates two years in a row (2018-2019). The current owner is the 3rd generation to operate the stall which has been running for almost 50 years. The family carried their recipe all the way across China, and then on to Thailand when they immigrated here many years ago. The reason it is called Savoey is because the original stand, being in the vicinity of palaces in the Bang Lumpoo district, would sometimes see palace staff buying these Chinese doughnuts for Royal family members to eat. In Thai, there is a different set of vocabulary used for and by royalty called 'Rachasap' or 'King's Language'. So, where the standard Thai word for 'eat' is 'taan', or 'kin', the royal or 'Rachasap' version of 'eat' is 'savoey' (note that the 'v' is pronounced like a 'w'). Chinese doughnuts go well with pandan mustard which is also homemade, or if you want, condensed milk does the job too. If you are worried about these being too oily and don't want to take in too much deep fried food, this place also offers healthier choices with less oily 'grilled doughnuts'. You don't need to fret about the oil that's being used because they do change it every day, and the same goes with the dough that is used for the doughnuts. The shop only makes around 15 kg of doughnuts per day, which is why even though it is said to be open until midnight, these Chinese doughnuts usually run out long before.Opening Hours: 18.00-24.00.

    Siang Ki Fish Rice soup
    90 years ago a serving of this rice soup would have cost you about THB 2 (around half a cent), but today it is priced at THB 400 per dish - but it's worth it. Siang Ki offers sea bass, snapper, and oyster rice soup cooked in charcoal just the way it was done 90 years ago. You will be blown away by the quality of the fish and soup, which doesn't have any kind of fishy smell to it. All seafood ingredients come from the seaside province of Rayong and are delivered to Siang Ki every day. They also have their own homemade salted soy bean sauce mixed with lemon and garlic to go with the rice soup of your choice. 5-minute walk from Wat Mangkorn MRT Station.

    Curry Rice Stand Jek Pui
    Let us warn you first that this particular Thai food stand has no tables. There are only chairs and you have to be quick to grab one and make sure that you're just as quick to finish up and give your seat to someone else, because it does get very busy. It has been in Chinatown for 60 years and until now, shows no sign of slowing down. Here is how you order rice+curry (Kao Keng) like a Thai: Your main starch is rice, obviously, so that is dished out, then you pick your curry or any other kind of food that they have there (selection of fried, boiled, grilled and other dishes) to go with your rice. Famous menu items here are: Green Curry, Stir-Fried Crab, Pork Penang, Sweet Pork, and make sure you get a Stewed Egg as your side.Opening Hours: 16:00 - 20:00.

    Pork Leg 3 AM
    OK, we lie ... it says in its name that it’s Pork Leg 3 AM, but this Pork Leg shop actually operates 24 hours a day. 30 years ago when they just started out, the peak hour period for this place was around 3 a.m., after which, all the pork leg had sold out. The secret of good pork leg is to not make it too soft and mushy, but rather to render it with a good chewy texture. A normal pork leg dish with rice starts at THB 40 (USD $1.30).
    Last edited by Ratatouille; 08-21-2021, 12:56 AM.

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    Spice up your life with Thai food: background, evolution, and influence

    Thai food is a cuisine that is beloved by people all over the world for its complex and diverse flavors. From the sour tang of Tom Yum soup to the spicy kick of Green Curry, Thai food offers a unique culinary experience that satisfies the taste buds and leaves a lasting impression. But Thai cuisine is more than just a delicious meal. It’s a reflection of the country’s rich history and cultural influences. The story of Thai food is one that spans centuries. It has roots in various countries and cultures that have come together to create a unique and vibrant culinary tradition. In this article, we will explore the history and cultural significance of Thai food, from its background and earliest roots to its modern-day popularity.

    The Evolution of Thai Cuisine
    Thai food has undergone significant changes and evolution over the centuries in its background. As a result, we get to enjoy the diverse and complex dishes we know and love today. The development of Thai cuisine can be traced back to ancient times. During those times, it was influenced by neighboring countries such as India and even Persia. These early influences laid the foundation for Thai cuisine and shaped its use of spices, herbs, and flavor combinations. During the Sukhothai era (1238-1438), Thai cuisine began to incorporate more indigenous ingredients such as lemongrass, galangal, and kaffir lime leaves. These ingredients became staples in many Thai dishes and helped to create the unique and distinct flavors of Thai cuisine. Later, during the Ayutthaya period (1350-1767), Thai cuisine was further influenced by the Chinese. This period saw many Chinese immigrants moving to Thailand, bringing with them their own culinary traditions and ingredients. Many Thai dishes were adapted to include Chinese flavors and ingredients. This results in dishes such as Khao Man Gai (Hainanese-style chicken rice) and Pad See Ew (stir-fried noodles with soy sauce and vegetables).

    The Importance of Herbs and Spices in Thai Cuisine
    One of the most distinctive features of Thai cuisine is its use of herbs and spices. These ingredients are not only used for flavor but also for their medicinal and health benefits. For example, turmeric is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, while galangal is believed to improve digestion. Thai cuisine makes use of a wide range of herbs and spices, including coriander, basil, ginger, garlic, and lemongrass. These ingredients are often used in combination with one another. That’s why Thai food has complex and layered flavors that are both satisfying and delicious.

    The Balance of Flavors in Thai Cuisine
    Another key element of Thai cuisine is the balance of flavors. Thai food is known for its combination of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy flavors, creating a complex and satisfying taste. The balance of flavors is achieved through the use of ingredients. Some of the most common are tamarind, lime juice, fish sauce, and chili peppers.

    Freshness and Local Ingredients in Thai Cuisine
    Thai cuisine also places a strong emphasis on the use of fresh ingredients and local produce. Many Thai dishes are made with fresh herbs and vegetables that are grown locally. Thus, you can find that the dishes are not only delicious but also healthy and nutritious.

    Popular Thai Dishes
    There are many popular Thai dishes that have gained recognition and become famous worldwide. Some of the most well-known dishes include Pad Thai, a stir-fried rice noodle dish with eggs, peanuts, and bean sprouts. Another popular one is Tom Yum, a spicy and sour soup made with shrimp or chicken and flavored with lemongrass, galangal, and lime. In addition, Green Curry is also popular. It’s a curry dish made with coconut milk, green chilies, and meat or seafood. In conclusion, Thai cuisine is a reflection of the country’s rich history and cultural heritage. From its early influences by neighboring countries to the adaptation of Chinese flavors and ingredients, Thai food has undergone significant evolution over the centuries in its background. Its use of herbs and spices, balance of flavors, and emphasis on fresh and local ingredients have made it a unique and delicious cuisine that is enjoyed by people all around the world.