Thinking of booking a Thai cookery course and don’t know what to expect? Here on the Floodlight editorial desk, it’s safe to say we are big fans of Thai food and are always looking for fun ways to inspire you to dig out that apron and get cooking. Think noodles, stir fries and loads of healthy grub.
So sit back, have a read of the eight things you didn’t know about Thai food, and get ready to enter the classroom. Warning – don’t read this before lunch!
1. Rice is an important part of the Thai diet
In fact the Thai word for rice ‘khaw’ is often used to mean food in general.
2. You won't need salt or pepper
If you are going out for food in Thailand you'll spend a long time looking for the salt and pepper shakers. Instead you will see four jars on the table; these contain sugar, dried chillies, chilli in lemon juice, fish sauce and chopped peanuts.
3. Lemongrass is a key ingredient in Thai cooking
As well as playing an important role in the taste, it also has amazing health benefits – said to relieve headaches and reduce stomach cramps.
4. Thai food preparation is exquisite
If you want to cook up an authentic Thai meal for your friends you better get good at carving fruit and veg.
5. Chilli is another key ingredient you cannot avoid
Love them or hate them, research shows that eating chilli can help you fall asleep faster and sleep for longer.
6. Thai children are taught not to leave any rice on their plate or throw it away
This is said to enrage the God of rice.
7. Thai cooking is often made up of three different tastes
Sour, sweet and salty in balanced proportions.
8. Although some Thai natives will use chopsticks when eating noodles, they were introduced into the country from China.
Thai natives will use large spoons and forks, but differently to how we do. To look professional, cut your meat and vegetables with the spoon and use your fork to push food onto the spoon.
Feel like you are ready to cook up a storm? Take a look at the Thai cookery courses listed on our site and get inspired.
Adult Learning Editor, IDP Connect
Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.
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