Besides the rich culture, Thailand is worldwide known for it rich in flavors cuisine. Depending on the region, quite some differences can be found, depending on different external influences in the past. Four regions can be distinguished in Thailand, each with their own distinct characteristics and specific food variations – Central, North, Northeast, South.
The common cooking principle is the balance between five tastes: bitter, sweet, sour, salty and spicy. Thai cuisine combines ingredients from these flavor categories to achieve the best experience. Fresh, rather than dried, herbs and spices are used. Thai dishes are typically spicy to very spicy and curries are a popular category. Hot chilies are popular ingredient of many dishes.
Another major tourist attraction in Bangkok is the Wat Pho temple with its huge Reclining Buddha statue.
Thailand it is a fascinating country, with a rich Buddhist culture. Its political system is a constitutional monarchy, and it was the only country which was not colonized in the Southeast Asia.
The king of Thailand is the longest ruling monarch in the world and commands a great respect of his nation.
The Grand Palace in Bangkok has been the official residence of the King even if the King does not live there. Within the palace complex, there is the Temple of Emerald Buddha, with the sacred Buddhist statue of the Buddha, made of green Nephrite.
A tasty way to make a sole dish is to cover the fish with bread crumbs with butter and broil brown.
The classic French onion soup has a browned cheese crust on top.
It is a very tasty appetizer where mussels after cooking and removing one side of the shell are covered with buttered bread crumbs or grated cheese and broiled brown.
Gratin is the originally French cooking technique leading to a brown crust on top of the dish. It is typically created by baking a dish covered with grated cheese or bread crumbs with butter under an overhead grill.
The best known dish prepared using this technique is probable potatoes gratine but many variations exist where a dish is made “au gratin”.
For those who don’t eat meat, there are plenty variations of a vegetarian quiche, for example this one with mushrooms.
Quiche is one of these dishes strongly associated with the French cuisine, even if its origins are from outside France. The best known is Quiche Lorraine, name association with the French region of Lorraine which is this part of West France which borders Germany and Belgium.
The filling of the Quiche Lorraine is created from cheese (Gruyere), bacon, cream and eggs. Different type of cream maybe used in different recipes, ranging from half-and-half (12% fat), to light cream (20% fat), to whipping cream (35% fat).
Tapenade, originated in the French Provence, is typically a spread made from black olives and olive oil, with possible other ingredients such as capers and anchovies. Many variations are possible, involving adding such ingredients as sun-dried tomatoes, figs. It is also possible to use as the basis green olives, instead of black olives.
Tapenade is a popular appetizer in the Mediterranean countries.