Thai cuisine is
distinctive, thanks to liberal use of spicy ingredients, and
combines the best of Chinese and Indian culinary traditions - -
noodles, curries, sweet and sour dishes, lengthily cooked and
fast-cooked ingredients, exotic spices and condiments - – while
retaining its own very special character.
Chinese food in
Thailand, normally quite bland is second to none. Major European,
Levantine, Asian and Oriental cuisine are represented in gourmet
restaurants. American, English and Continental breakfasts are served
in most hotels and numerous, ubiquitous coffee shops specia1ise in
European dishes. Western-style fast food shops, snack bars and
ice-cream parlors gain increasing popularity with Thais.
Restaurants and Food shops
Food parks, or
centers, usually in large shopping malls and hotels, are unusual
Thai ventures. Numerous restaurants offer every imaginable type of
Asian cuisine and huge color pictures of dishes assist diners in
their choices. Open-air garden restaurants, and riverine
restaurants, are more peaceful and are favored in the evenings by
most Bangkokians. Menus are extensive. Service is prompt. Prices are
reasonable. All kinds of regional Thai food can be sampled. Special
dinners can be enjoyed on boats cruising the Chao Phraya River. Soft
breezes, candlelight dining and distant music create romantic moods.
Seafood restaurants are also popular. They offer a wide choice of
fresh ingredients, charcoal grilled or broiled to individual
requests, and a fine selection of local and imported wines. Some
tourist-oriented restaurants present selected Thai classical and
folk dances. Guests sit around low tables, often in traditional
surroundings, with teak paneling and floors, classic paintings and
precious porcelain. A combination of Thai cuisine, music, silk,
orchids and graceful dances creates memorable evenings.