Vegetarian cuisine

Black sticky rice is a type of sticky rice with a deep purple-red color that may appear black. According to Thai food expert McDang, rice is the first and most important part of any meal, and the words for rice and food are the same: khao. Thai farmers historically have cultivated tens of thousands of rice varieties. One type, which is indigenous to Thailand, is the highly prized, sweet-smelling jasmine rice (khao hom mali). Thailand has about the same land area as Spain and a length of approximately 1650 kilometers or 1025 miles (Italy, in comparison, is about 1250 kilometers or 775 miles long), with foothills of the Himalayas in the north, a high plateau in the northeast, a verdant river basin in the center, and tropical rainforests and islands in the south.

Many dishes that are now popular in Thailand were originally Chinese dishes. Another unpolished grain, black sticky rice has a rich nutty flavor that is most often enjoyed in desserts. Wun sen, called cellophane noodles in English, are extremely thin noodles made from mung bean flour which are sold dried.

Thailand has about the same land area as Spain and a length of approximately 1650 kilometers or 1025 miles (Italy, in comparison, is about 1250 kilometers or 775 miles long), with foothills of the Himalayas in the north, a high plateau in the northeast, a verdant river basin in the center, and tropical rainforests and islands in the south. By this show of national identity, the community can resist social pressures that push for homogenization of many ethnically and culturally diverse communities into a single all-encompassing group identity such as Latino or Hispanic American. Australian chef David Thompson, a prolific chef and expert on Thai food, observed that unlike many other cuisines: "Thai food ain't about simplicity. The food is pushed by the fork, held in the left hand, into the spoon held in the right hand, which is then brought to the mouth.[22] A traditional ceramic spoon is sometimes used for soup, and knives are not generally used at the table.[1] It is common practice for the both the Thais and the hill tribe peoples who live in north and northeast Thailand, to use sticky rice as an edible implement by shaping it into small, and sometimes flattened, balls by hand (and only the right hand by custom) which are then dipped into side dishes and eaten. Black sticky rice is a type of sticky rice with a deep purple-red color that may appear black. Some westerners think it's a jumble of flavours, but to a Thai that's important, it's the complexity they delight in". Thai cuisine is the national cuisine of Thailand. Very often, regular restaurants will also feature a selection of freshly made "rice curry" dishes on their menu for single customers. Common flavors in Thai food come from garlic, galangal, coriander/cilantro, lemon grass, shallots, pepper, kaffir lime leaves, shrimp paste, fish sauce, and chilies.