Thai food is known all over the world whether it is the chilli-hot or the bland dishes that are meant to be satisfying. Thai cuisine is essentially a combination of centuries-old European and Western influences to create a characteristically unique Thai food. The taste however will depend on who cooks the food, for what occasion it is cooked and whether it is cooked to suit different palates.
Because of its Buddhist culture, the Thais avoid the use of big chunks of meat. Meat is shredded into small pieces and laced with herbs and spices. Traditional ways of cooking Thai food include grilling, baking and stewing as well as deep-frying and stir-frying which is influenced by Chinese cooking. From the 17th century onwards, chilli was introduced to Thailand by the Portuguese missionaries who acquired a taste for the spice while serving South America.
Thais are very adept at substitute cooking where they use a different ingredient for a recipe. For example, in an Indian recipe that requires ghee, coconut oil or milk is used as substitute for the dairy product. If the pure spices are too overpowering, they are substituted with fresh herbs like lemon grass or galangal to enhance the flavour. You might be surprised but actually less spice is used in Thai curries. Instead, the chefs use more fresh herbs. Thai curries can burn intensely but it is only for a short period unlike other curries where they use stronger spices that will make your mouth suffer longer.
Instead of serving several courses one after the other, the Thai meal is served all at once. The chefs believe the guests have to enjoy complimentary combinations of different tastes. Usually, the Thai meal consists of soup, a curry with different condiments, dish with various dips and vegetables. The guest has the option to request a toned down version of the meal so that it will not be too spicy.
Your best option to taste authentic Thai cuisine is Thai restaurant in Sukhumvit that is located in the 39th floor of a hotel. While dining, you get to enjoy the amazing view of the fabulous cityscape. The traditional street food that is very popular to foreign guests is elevated to new heights.