Southeast Asian Countries
Wat Arun (Temple of Dawn), Bangkok Thailand
The distant lands of the South China Sea are laced with infinite contrast in the landscapes, the cultures, and the lifestyles. Past and present mingle here comfortably, as ruins of ancient civilizations rise majestically above bustling city streets. In the villages, farmers bring their crops from the country to sell in the marketplace, which allows the people to cook with the freshest meats, vegetables, and spices available.
People of Southeast Asia possess a keen sensitivity to food, which they have developed into an art. It is a great source of pleasure to them, one they always share with friends.
From the vast and varied cultures of Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and the Philippines comes the cuisine of Satay. The fare is predominantly Thai, with influences from Chinese, Indian, and Malaysian cooking.
The most common spices that we use are Thai pepper, curry, corriander, galunga, Ma Grud, ginger, tumeric , lemon grass, mint, basil, and garlic; coconut milk also flavors many of the dishes.
A Thai meal has at least two main dishes, usually accompanied by soup. As dining to the Thai is an occasion to enjoy the company and conversation of others, the main dishes are shared. All the dishes are placed in the center of the table, and each person takes a small portion from each dish. You will notice the Thai custom of using only a spoon and fork when dining. The spoon is used for eating, while the fork is used to push the food onto the spoon. If any food requires cutting, the edge of spoon is used as a knife. Occasionally, chopsticks are used for eating noodles and rice.
The South China Seas
Over the centuries the South China Sea has served as a crossroads for world travelers, and each nationality has contributed a unique flavor to the fascinating cultural blend that is Southeast Asia.
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