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11 Thai Food Facts That You May Find Fascinating

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Thai cuisine has a special place in our hearts. If you look at our menu, you will notice that a large portion of it consists of delectable Thai dishes, including famous Pad Thai noodles, Tom Yum Soup, Tom Kha, Green Curry (Gaeng Keow Wan Gai), Red Curry (Gaeng Daeng), Som Tam, and many other traditional and famous dishes.

Our love for Thai cuisine, one of the world’s most popular cuisines, is never-ending. And you will feel all the love we have put into making Thai dishes when you try them. So, if you live in South Petherton and are a die-hard fan of Thai cuisine, or want to try Thai food for the first time in your life, come to Lopen Raj to taste the most authentic Thai dishes near you.

In case you are less familiar with Thai cuisine, we thought to share some intriguing facts and trivia about Thai cuisine and Thai food culture to make you interested in trying Thai dishes at least once in your life. (Disclaimer: You may fall in love with the Thai dishes if you try them once.)

So, here we go!

  1. Tom Yam Kung, Kaeng Khiao Wan Kai (Green chicken curry), and Pad Thai are among the top three most popular Thai foods among foreigners, according to a recent poll by the Office of the National Culture Commission. (We have all three of them on our menu.)

2. Thais place such a high value on food, especially rice, that “Gin kôw rĕu yang?” which translates to “Have you eaten rice yet?” is a popular greeting in Thailand.

3. Dining and eating habits in restaurants are significantly different for Thai people. Typically, they prefer to place an order for the same number of dishes as the people present. But that does not imply that only one person consumes the meal of their choice. In fact, eating alone is considered a bad luck gesture in Thai culture. They share and enjoy every meal with everyone.

4. Thai food is the ideal fusion of four flavors: salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. All four flavors are combined in almost every Thai dish. Thai food places a high value on fresh fruits and vegetables, which is extremely apparent in their curries and all of their fruit-filled desserts.

5. While Pad Thai is well-known throughout the world, Pad Mama, a fried noodle dish with meat and veggies, is less well-known but is mouth-watering.

6. Thai folks don’t like to use chopsticks when they eat! They eat with a fork and a spoon.

7. Rather than cream or wheat flour, Thai desserts are made of coconut flesh, coconut cream, and rice flour, making them unique.

8. Sugar is a key ingredient in Thai dishes.

9. Many Thai dishes are strictly regional, and you may not find them in other places.

10. Baked food is not really a thing in Thailand, so you may not find it easily.

11. Drinking beer with ice is very common in Thailand. They do this to fight the brutal heat of the daytime.

After learning all these facts, if you have decided to try Thai dishes, Lopen Raj will be honored to serve you.