The food in Thailand

In Thailand, food forms a central part of any social occasions. Food often becomes the social occasion in itself. This is partly due to the friendly, social nature of Thai people, but also because of the way in which food is ordered and eaten in Thailand.

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In the West, a normal restaurant meal consists of a starter followed by the main course and dessert. As a general rule, Thai diners order the same number of dishes as people present; however, all dishes are shared with everyone and are enjoyed together. For this reason, it is better to have many guests at the table rather than just one or two. In fact, many Thais believe that eating alone is bad luck.

After the meal is over, there is no leftovers. Throwing away food away enrages the Thai “god of rice”. The female deity watches over the people, she ensures that everyone has enough to eat.

A typical Thai meal includes four main seasonings: salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. Indeed, most Thai dishes are not considered satisfying unless they combine all four tastes. The Thais usually choose a variety of meat and/or fish dishes, plus vegetables, a noodle dish, and possibly also soup. The dessert may consist simply of fresh fruit, such as pineapple, or something more exotic, such as colourful rice cakes, depending on the region.

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