Oodles of Noodles
Rice is the main starch of Thai cuisine; however, noodles—a Chinese influence—are now just as prominent on menus as rice dishes. These recipes showcase the variety of options you can use, from flat rice sticks to sesame noodles.
1. Pad Thai
3. Thai Noodle Bowl (shown above)
Photographed for Landcruisers by Amy Kalyn Sims.
Sauces and curries are a specialty in Thai cooking. Although adopted from Indian cuisine, Thai blends are now distinctly their own, using coconut milk instead of ghee (clarified butter) as well as fresh or dried herbs and spices, like chiles, galangal (Thai ginger), Kaffir lime leaves, basil and lemongrass.
2. Thai Chicken Legs (shown above)
Photographed for Landcruisers by Frances Janisch.
Presentation is key in Thai culture. When serving up a simple bowl of chilled noodles, try accenting the dish with attractive carved vegetables and fruit—a serious art form in Thailand—and a flower blossom or two.
2. Thai Beef and Noodle Salad (shown above)
Photographed for Landcruisers by Kana Okada.