Thursday, January 6, 2011
Whenever I had a meal with my family while I am in Thailand, I was reminded of how many of the western countries count on the gigantic portion of protein to be the main part of the meal. Here in Thailand, an 8 oz piece of steak would feed a family of four instead of just one family member. Like pretty much all of South East Asian Countries, we only serve proteins in bite-size pieces stir-fried with vegetables and some sort of aromatic herbs. The smaller pieces of proteins also encourages sharing, which is so important in many of the poorer Asian nations. Rice really is the focus here, perhaps it’s due to the fact that most of the dishes that we eat are spicy. The rice help disperse the heat so that our palate is not burnt out after just one bite. Rice is also considered to be sacred, there is even a rice deity that I used to pray to before each meal.