(TH/EN) Looking to make a new bucket list of what to eat in Thailand? Here are the Thai dishes and ingredients that made it to our National Intangible Cultural Heritage list. Enjoy!
Category - Gaeng + Tom (Thai Curries & Soups)
A classic stew that has proliferated throughout Thailand, Moo Palo or Khai Palo is something we can make and keep for days. It is a handy stew to have around because it gets better every time it is simmered to reheat. I am now making Phuket's famous 'Palo' which they call 'Moo Hong' with salted eggs from Chaiya district - the district known for their delicious salted eggs - in Surat Thani.
We can really measure the trends of the foods throughout the different phrases of our time. Here comes the period of Pla Lin Ma (Soleidae), a once for-nothing fish caught up along the shores, that is now gaining recognition among eaters, me included, who love their delicate cottony flesh and crispy to crunch bones. Yumm!
Thai-style omelette, as comforting as it is, is multipurpose in a Thai meal. From a delicious main to easy side, an omelette also appears in a soup as per my mother's own in-a-pinch repertoire.
Southern pineapple made an impromptu extra in the usually stinky-bean-only dish of 'Sator Pad Goong.' And it seems that the fruit season brings out the best of this acidic yet sweet taste of the crunchy type.
Khanom Chin or fermented rice noodle is a staple throughout Thailand. But in the south, they do it with a spectacular fanfare, with a table brimmed with assorted vegetables as side trimmings. A delicious rite of passage if you are in the area.