Monday, March 13, 2017

Must-Try Thai Dishes

Holding an MD and a PhD in sociology and social psychology, Patricia Lynn Hough was a psychiatrist and assistant professor for more than a decade. Now semiretired, she serves as the staff supervisor at St. Francis Animal Rescue of Venice, Florida. In her free time, Patricia Lynn Hough enjoys experiencing different cultures and their cuisines, including food from Thailand. 

Thai cuisine features unique flavors and aromas that have helped certain dishes become popular around the world. Other Thai dishes are just as flavorful but less well-known. Below are a few Thai dishes worth trying regardless of their popularity.

- Laap. A rustic dish that originated in northeast Thailand, laap consists of minced meat seasoned with a variety of herbs, fish sauce, and rice powder. The dish is frequently served alongside sticky rice, which most Thais eat by hand.

- Tom Yum Goong. Combining salty, sour, sweet, and spicy into one dish, this soup contains tomatoes, shrimp, mushrooms, and lime leaves. The soup can be ordered with cream and coconut milk.

- Phat kaphrao. This street food brings together flash-fried meat and basil along with plenty of garlic and chili seasoning. The mixture is served over rice and frequently is topped with a fried egg.

- Gang massaman. Originating in southern Thailand, this sweet curry sauce is made from coconut milk, curry paste, and seasonings and is usually served over chicken and rice.

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