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Dining
One of the greatest joys of Thailand, is the superb cuisine. Abundant and, combined with a growing number of European and Asian restaurants, the choice is immense. It is easy to eat sumptuously for little more than 200 Baht per person.
The Traditional way to eat Thai food is to share several different dishes at same time, enabling each dinner to discover as many different flavors as possible. One spoonful of one dish at a time, ladled onto a plate of steaming fragrant rice (Khao Plow), helps to keep the flavors distinct, while a sip of Chinese tea (Cha Jin) in between mouthfuls helps to prepare the taste buds for the next exhilarating experience.
Thai Food
Thai food is internationally famous. Whether chili-hot or comparatively bland, harmony is the guiding principle behind each dish. Thai cuisine is essentially a marriage of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences harmoniously combined into something uniquely Thai.The characteristics of Thai food depend on who cooks it, for whom it is cooked, for what occasion, and where it is cooked to suit all palates. Originally, Thai cooking reflected the characteristics of a waterborne lifestyle. Aquatic animals, plants and herbs were major ingredients. Large chunks of meat were eschewed. Subsequent influences introduced the use of sizeable chunks to Thai cooking.

With their Buddhist background, Thais shunned the use of large animals in big chunks. Big cuts of meat were shredded and laced with herbs and spices. Traditional Thai cooking methods were stewing and baking, or grilling. Chinese influences saw the introduction of frying, stir frying and deep-frying. Culinary influences from the 17th century onwards included Portuguese, Dutch, French and Japanese. Chillies were introduced to Thai cooking during the late 1600s by Portuguese missionaries who had acquired a taste for them while serving in South America.

Thais were very adapt at 'Siamese-ising' foreign cooking methods, and substituting ingredients. The ghee used in Indian cooking was replaced by coconut oil, and coconut milk substituted for other daily products. Overpowering pure spices were toned down and enhanced by fresh herbs such as lemon grass and galanga. Eventually, fewer and less spices were used in Thai curries, while the use of fresh herbs increased. It is generally acknowledged that Thai curries burn intensely, but briefly, whereas other curries, with strong spices, burn for longer periods. Instead of serving dishes in courses, a Thai meal is served all at once, permitting dinners to enjoy complementary combinations of different tastes.

A proper Thai meal should consist of a soup, a curry dish with condiments, a dip with accompanying fish and vegetables. A spiced salad may replace the curry dish. The soup can also be spicy, but the curry should be replaced by non spiced items. There must be a harmony of tastes and textures within individual dishes and the entire meal.
 Thai Herbs
Almost all Thai food is cooked with herbs and usually spicy. Mainly used are garlic, chili, lemon grass and coriander -or basil leafs. And of course plenty of lime juice and fish sauce. Many herbs and spices used in Thai cuisine have beneficial medicinal properties.
Some examples are shown  here.
Thai Fruits
Thailand's rich soil yields an extraordinary variety of fruits including more than two dozen kinds of bananas and of course the pungent durian! No matter when you come to Thailand, or whatever part of the country you visit, you'll find fresh fruit vendors on every street and the wide choice of fruits available is sure to be a memorable part of your experience.
Some examples are shown  here.
Thai Desserts
Thai desserts are totally different to western desserts. Also they are sweet but made mainly from fruits or rice with a flowery taste.
Some examples are shown  here.
Phuket Local Flavour
Phuket has a number of foods different in character and flavour from those of other areas in Thailand. The international character of the island, however, with so many different restaurants catering to a multitude of tastes, makes it difficult for non-Thais to identify Phuket cuisine.
You can read more here.

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