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Date Posted: 08:40:42 09/13/06 Wed
Author: Jay
Subject: Oh my . . .
In reply to: Cricket 's message, "About Thai food" on 06:42:38 09/13/06 Wed

Thai food is my favorite! In answer to your question, I have done all of the above. Mostly, we go out to local Thai restaurants of which there are many around here. And like with any other type of cuisine, there are good and bad ones. I spent most of my misssion in northeastern Thailand, Ubon, to be specific. The northeastern cuisine tends to be more spicy, which is what I love. Hot peppers are good for your health. Cayenne pepper is one of the best. Cayenne isn't authentic to Thai dishes, but I put it in almost everything I cook, from our Sunday roast, to spaghetti, to eggs. Thai chilli peppers are firey hot and are what you should use in real Thai food. Pure coconut milk, which is also an ingredient in many Thai foods, also has very good health benefits, including boosting your immune system and increasing your metabolism. On the other hand, I'm not so sure about white rice.

My wife has looked all over for a good Thai cook book which has the most authentic tastes, but which recipies can be made using ingredients that are more easily found in the states. I'll find out the name of the book and let you know. If you are in an area where there are Asian food stores, then you can usually find about anything you need. One thing that I would recommend is that you don't substitute soy sauce for fish sauce. There is no comparison, in my book. And ingredients like lemon grass, kha and lime leaves are a must if you want the authentic taste.

Thai food usually takes a lot of time to prepare, which is the downside, especially if you have a lot of kids, like we do. So restaurants is our most common fare.

If you want any specific dish recommendations, I can give them to you. It depends on your particular taste. Some Thai foods are not spicy at all and those tend to be my least favorite, although, some of them are very good. My wife and I usually go for the curry dishes, the spicier the better.

You asked what I like and what I don't like . . . I love the flavor of coconut milk, so anything with coconut milk in it is good, in my book. I'm so-so about some of the noodle dishes, but there are a few good ones. And I don't like sweet and sour anything . . . which isn't very common in Thailand. Most Thai soups are wonderful.

Oh, and you didn't ask this, but I have to add my 2 cents worth. A lot of people believe that soy is a common Asian food which is supposed to be good for you. IMHO, soy is poison. I avoid it lke the plague.

Thanks for asking . . . Jay

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