What is eaten in Thailand?
As well as in many Asian countries, culinary traditions of Thailand seem to Europeans exotic. Here eat almost everything that can be digested without harm by a human stomach: meat, fish and seafood, vegetables and fruit, reptiles and insects.
Insects are generally used in a fried look, the locust and water bugs replace chips. Unlike the very expensive scorpions who are considered by a delicacy, worms - national food, they are cheap and tasty. At least, locals so claim.
There are no rules without any exception. The sauced ants do not fry, use live. It is only necessary to show some skill that the entertainment did not run up.
Fastidiousness of Europeans causes bewilderment in Thais. But also guests from the Old World hungry will not remain. It is quite possible to do without ants and cockroaches, having limited to a bird and the freshest seafood.
From the huge, gently smelling of the sea shrimps, prepare infinite quantity of dishes, the most tasty of which traditional " soup; holes shelter “. The attitude towards him in Thailand approximately same, as to borsch in Ukraine.
Was widely adopted Chinese “ gift “ - noodles. It is cooked, pickled, eaten crude with various seasonings and sauces. But a basis of the Thai diet, of course, the fig.
Fried with fish, crabs and vegetables - “ khao pkhat “. Flavored with spices - “ pkhat prik Bai Kraphao “ with oyster sauce - “ to us Mang Hui “ rice soup with a garnish - “ khao volume “. Unlike China, Korea and Japan Thais eat rice with a fork and a spoon, but not sticks.
In traditions of the Thai cookery to combine among themselves inconceivable things. For example, sweet and peppered. On a table all entertainment is exposed at once. The main criterion - that everything looked beautifully, and was tasty.
As a rule, dishes very sharp. Sharpness is given by collecting spices from several tens names. Europeans perceive it as pepper. The chili pepper which is a part of many dishes - the immigrant who came by the Portuguese ships several centuries ago. The stranger was to the taste to locals for whom spicy food not a whim, but need.
Pepper and other spices are urged to protect an organism from infections which in hot climate a dime a dozen. The Thai doctors treat pepper even stomach ulcer, and in the years of World War II cauterized them wounds.
The quantity of desserts does not concede in a local cuisine to rice dishes too not casually. Traditional medicine considers sweets useful to heart, blood and a brain. And not only for health, but also for maintenance of good mood.
In recipes of desserts and sweets there are a lot of local fruit, an environment allows to collect the benefit on three - four harvests a year. The majority of them is unknown to visiting tourists that does not do worse them taste.
But to try gifts of the Thai flora not everyone will venture. For example, a local delicacy - durian, nourishing and tasting like as speak, sweet cream. Its feature - in a specific smell of rotten stuff. The plate - the prevention hangs on an entrance to many hotels and shops: “ With durian not to enter “ not to scare away visitors.
The range of alcoholic drinks does not differ in variety. Usually Thais prefer water, juice and tea. Sometimes beer and very seldom local whisky which is mixed sometimes with snake blood. Needs of visiting tourists are satisfied generally due to import.
Ventured to try local delicacies it is better for traveler to be careful and try them in the checked places, but not at the casual street dealer. But even in this case risk to catch any infection it is rather big.
Local authorities try to disaccustom Thais to eat on cockroaches long ago and unsuccessfully, believing the last guilty of distribution of the whole bunch of diseases. But efforts are still unsuccessful. What to do, traditions …