Whats unique about Thai food? Is it mere fusion of Indian & Chinese?

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the rotten smell and the shits the next day!!

disadvantage- having to move the beer to make room for the toliet room

plus side is its cheaper than artex


It's true that Thais don't appreciate Cambodian food. Larb/Laap is actually a Lao dish that was adopted by Thais and now Cambodians have adopted the Lao dish too. Thai cuisine has influences from Laos, but Cambodia hasn't made a dent in Thai cuisine because both Laos and Thailand don't appreciate Cambodian food because Cambodian cuisine is not popular and relatively unknown.

Cambodian cuisine is heavily influenced by Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam. Thai cuisine has a mixture of Lao, Malay, Indian, and Chinese dishes.


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shantihhh Shantihhh

Actually along the border of Thailand and Cambodia there is a lot of Khmer cuisine. Kymer cuisine and Thai cuisine share the elements of flavours-sweet-hot-salty-sour plus bitter as in both Isan and Cambodia. This balance is also prevelant in Laotian cuisine.

Many Cambodian dishes like Lap Kymer is quite similiar to Larb - a Isan Thai dish, Kymer Amok is a favourite and much like Thai Hor/Haw Mok. Look at my recipe here:


Dishes of this type are not unique to Cambodia. Malaysia and Indonesia have a similar otak otak. Thailand hor mok is spicier but no nation embraces this dish with as much passion as Cambodians. "Amok" in the Cambodian language, Khmer, only refers to the dish whereas in Thai, "hor mok" translates as "bury wrap," suggesting amok may have come from Cambodia's neighbor. There is much more on this subject-so perhaps a blog is in order rather than this legnthy comment.

I have eaten both Amok and Hor Mok throughout Cambodia and Thailand and find them more alike than different.

Cambodian cuisine draws from the great civilizations of China and India and is also influenced by neighboring Vietnam and Thailand. There are also traces of French inspiration from the time when Cambodia was part of French Indochina.

Just as in Thailand and Laos, fermented fish paste, or pra hoc in local parlance, is a popular ingredient and adds a unique flavour to Cambodian cooking. The country is rich with both freshwater and saltwater fish, both of which are plentiful in Cambodia with its rich network of waterways and ocean, including the Mekong River, the Tonle Sap Lake and the Gulf of Thailand. It is no wonder then that, just as in Laos, fish forms the main source of protein for the Cambodians.

Chrout-pickled Kymer dishes are amazing!

As Kymer and Thai as well as Laotian cuisines share many of the same ingredients and techniques saying Thais don't appreciate Cambodian cuisine is quite confusing. There are political differences-yes, but we are discussing cuisine here on iFood.TV


Dorami Dorami

There are a few Indian-influenced dishes in Thailand - the most famous is probably Rotti - banana crepe with condensed milk. There are a lot more Chinese dishes - dumplings, dim sum, many kinds of noodle dishes, red pork, cinnamon eggs, 100 year eggs, sweet sausages and more. Thai cuisine is also influenced by Laos (aom Tam) and Vietnam (fresh spring rolls), but don't go looking for Cambodian influences - Thais don't appreciate Cambodian food.

shantihhh Shantihhh

Actually Thai cuisine was not influenced by Chinese until Chinese came to Thailand after the Cultural Revolution in China. Their big contribution to Thai cuisine has been mie i.e. rice noodles. After WWII when the Chinese came in to Thailand they started up noodle carts which have become a big part of the street vendor offerings-such as Pad Thai, a stirfied rice noodle dish.

Another very popular Thai noodle dish is Pad Kee Mao, also rice noodles with vegetables and meat. I will start uploading my recipes here and add photos as I make the dishes again and snap some photos.

There is very little Indian influence in Thai Cuisine. Thailand has not been ruled or govererned by an outside nation in over 800 years! Yes Thai cuisine is quite unique. Even the word curry means quite a different thing in Indian cooking and Thai cooking.

An Indian curry/masala is a combination of sweet and meat spices usually roasted and ground. Whereas a Thai curry is a combination of fresh ingredients that are pounded into a paste. In Thai curries you can have coconut milk in the South of Thailand-just like in the South of India, and dry curries in the Plains and North of Thailand, as in the North of India. Both eat these "sauced" ingredients with rice, but here again a difference. In India Basmati is the rice of choice and in Thailand Jasmine Thai Hom Mali rice is the one of choice, however in the North and Plains areas sticky or glutinious rice is often eaten.

More on this as I get articles written and/or uploaded.

foodlover Foodlover

I think Thai is a style of its own. Very popular in US and different from Indo-Chinese food.