Flavourful Colours of Thai & Italian Cuisine

Thai Food is rated among the top 10 best cuisines in the world by CNN Travels: Poll 2017. It is famous for its balance, variety and detail, which means it usually, looks as great as it tastes.

If observed then one may notice that residents in the eastern hemisphere find pride and show signs of distinctive attachment towards their culture, whether it’s in the form of their cuisine, lifestyle, language or fashion. Chinese, Indian, Thailand, German, France, North & South Korea, Italy, come under the same umbrella.

There’s a standard practise of dining in Thailand. Thai natives dine together and this culture is respected for generations. Not only does the family dine together but also order the same food for everyone. This practise is given prominence such that everyone gets to enjoy the taste of the same food together. It is believed to strengthen the bond and build a sense of belongingness among family members or friends. This is quite similar to the Indian form of dining. In cases where we Indians hangout together we ensure that we order a particular dish in a decent proportion so that it can shared among the diners.

When we think of Thailand, there are many things one relates to with the place – a favourable honeymoon destination, a dream destination to host wedding or an apt place to get away for a week with friends and take a break from the mundane. But Thailand is much more than just a getaway hotspot. Its unique line of cuisines is what makes Thailand an attractive spot!

Thai food consists of four main seasonings – salty, sweet, sour and spicy. A Thai delicacy is not considered complete unless it has the mixed combinations of these four seasonings in its flavour.

Thai food is considered to have partly drawn their taste from Indian cuisine [which explains the green, yellow and red colourings of the food] and partly from Chinese cuisine. Chinese are the introducers of noodles in Thailand. Though you’d find essence of Indian spices prevailing in a Thai dish, the chefs have managed to maintain their own unique flavour and taste by adding locally grown herbs, vegetables and spices.

Italian food plays a pivotal role in influencing other international cuisines. They are famous for their taste, and another reason which prompted its fame is influenced by Italian immigrants colonizing in various parts of the world. The popular Italian dishes in the world, the pizza and the spaghetti are actually born in central Italy.

Thai food is known for being spicy, tangy and rich in the flavour of coconut milk, whereas, an Italian cuisine is known for its simplicity. Vegetables (mostly tomatoes, lettuce, zucchini, artichokes), pastas, spices and herbs (such as rosemary, garlic, basil), lean meat, beans, mushrooms, cheese & milk products and Italian wine are the ingredients that make an Italian dish a big favourite among all age groups.

Like most of the Thai cuisines, Italians are famous too, for cooking Risotto, a rice dish, cooked with eggs, meat, vegetables, cheese and mushroom. Even though these are completely different types of dishes yet the flavourful colours of Thai & Italian cuisine are a major hit in a global palate across all age group.