Abstract: There are so many uses for coconuts. Building on some interesting basics about coconuts, this article touches on many delicious uses of coconuts in Thai food, as well as some cultural context. Some key health benefits as well as many non-food uses are also outlined.
Coconuts are the seeds that grow coconut trees. Given time, a coconut will sprout and take root. The juice and flesh of the coconut provide water and fertilizer to grow the young new tree. Coconut trees are grown throughout Thailand on raised beds with irrigation canals on each side. In some places, trained monkeys even harvest the coconuts. Coconuts provide juice to drink, flesh for eating or for making coconut milk, and play a role in many non-food items as well.
Coconut trees are treated as propitious in Thailand. They are often included in gardens along with other trees that include the word “ma” – for example, ma muang (mango), ma la gor (papaya) and ma prao (coconut) – to bring good luck and basic prosperity. Oil from coconuts is produced by first drying the flesh for several weeks and then pressing it. Sugar is made from sap of the seed pods of the coconut. Sap is
What makes Phi Phi island a heaven on earth is that it is free from the hustle bustle of the busy lives that we usually encounter. Phi Phi Leh islands are entirely free from human inhabitants. Phi Phi Don lacks roads and you wouldn’t get lost in the maddening crowd. You can explore the place on your own which is one of its kind experiences. Located in the AndamanSea, Phi Phi Islands offer the best things for the visitors to explore. This stunning island that is second to none offers impeccable choices when it comes to the activities and the tours. You always have something or the other to indulge in Phi Phi islands. The crystal clear waters, lush green vegetation and the white sand powder on the beaches transforms Phi Phi islands into a heaven on Earth. The Maya Bay is a hot spot on the Phi Phi islands. The back end of the beach has a small terrace that offers a breathtaking view point of the Loh Sama which is famous for snorkeling. The Viking
Over the past few years Thailand has gained a reputation for its incredible range of adventure activities, with testosterone-fuelled highs around every corner. You don’t need to be super-fit to join in and you usually don’t require special training. Any budding Indiana Jones can stomp through jungle paths to meet remote ethnic groups while Easy Riders can bike around looping roads surrounded by swooping mountain ranges. Here is a list of the top places in Thailand for thrill-seekers to get their fix.
Kayaking and rafting
Thailand’s rivers and seas are the perfect places for some paddle power. Kayaking trips often venture inside caves glittering with stalactites and stalagmites, visit limestone islands or pass through mangrove forests. Many companies run trips around Krabi and Phuket while in Kanchanaburi you can power your way along the famous River Kwai.Some of the country’s wildest and wettest white-water rafting can be found in the north and west of the country. In Chiang Mai, for example, you can take on the fierce Mae Taeng River, which has grade three and four rapids, with Siam Rivers outfitters.
For more upmarket adventure, learn how to sail your own yacht. Sailing Thailand runs courses around Phuket for those who wish to
There are many kinds of delicious Thai desserts, and the desserts use many kinds of flour. This article is gives examples of these desserts and recommends ways to use flour for each kind of dessert to arrive at the best texture and taste.
A friend of mine told me that my article, ” Mouth-Watering Thai Desserts” on August 9th, 2008, does not have information on flour used in Thai desserts. My friend was right – I mentioned flour in one of the seven main ingredients but I did not write anything about flour. Thus, continuing from the previous article on “Mouth-Watering Thai Desserts” this article will focus on flour used in Thai desserts. Taken together, these two articles give a fuller picture of Thai desserts.The following are the common flours used in Thai desserts: sticky rice flour, rice flour, cassave starch, corn starch, wheat flour, arrowroot starch and mung bean flour.
Sticky Rice Flour (แป้งข้าวเหนียว – paeng khao niaw)
Sticky rice flour is also referred to as “sweet rice powder” or “glutinous rice flour.” It is made from short-grain sticky rice that becomes moist, firm and sticky when cooked. This is due to its proportionally higher number of waxy starch molecules. With its chewy
Known as Krung Thep Maha Nakhon or simply Krung Thep in Thai, Bangkok is the capital city and also the most populous city of Thailand. The city is highly popular for its upscale street life, cultural landmarks, as well as the infamous notorious red-light districts. Bangkok is amongst the world’s top tourist destinations. It has been named the most visited city by various travel magazines and was named “World’s Best City” for four consecutive years by Travel + Leisure magazine. Bangkok has well established itself as an international hub for transport and health care and also has emerged as a regional center for the arts, fashion and entertainment.
The opulent capital city of Bangkok offers so many sightseeing and touring opportunities that you will never lack for choices. The sacred and religious can savor some calm and harmony with Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Pho), Temple of the Emerald Buddha (Wat Phra Kaew), Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun), Temple of the Golden Buddha (Wat Traimit), The Golden Mount (Wat Saket), Wat Benchamabophit (The Marble Temple), Wat Suthat, Erawan Shrine (Thao Mahaprom Shrine) and Wat Ratchanatdaram Woravihara (Loha Prasat).
The nature romantics can delight themselves with numerous scenic spots such as
Whether you’re munching on freshly-made papaya salad, slurping down noodles or devouring fresh mangoes, Thai cuisine is unbeatable. The country has some of the most explosive, fresh and tasty food in the world and eating is a major reason people visit.
Thai meals tend to have five features – spicy, sweet, sour, salty and bitter – and when put together are said to produce the perfect balance. Not all of its food has the famous tongue-burning spices, so don’t be afraid to dive in and sample some dishes. When it comes to eating etiquette, throw off any chopstick anxiety – most food is eaten with a fork and spoon, and chopsticks are only used for noodles. Dishes are placed in the middle and shared.
One of the many great things about Thai food is the sheer variety; each region has its own style and characteristics, although it’s possible to get virtually any meal in any part of the country. Here’s a breakdown of what you can look forward to while you’re on the
The abundant and delicious variations of fresh Thai mangoes are enjoyed by millions in Southeast Asia. This article offers detail on types of Thai mangoes and dishes, while exploring the broader cultural value of Thai mangoes.
The Thai mango is known as “Ma Muang” in Thai, although this varies by region. For example, in the Northern region a mango is also known as “Pae,” and in the South as “Pao.” The mango is rich in symbolic meaning. As part of the feng shui tradition, for generations many Thais have believed that growing a mango tree on the south side of the house will bring prosperity to the family. More broadly, mangoes are so widely enjoyed in Thailand and surrounding countries that they truly do represent a precious part of the culture. There are perhaps more than one hundred types of Thai mangoes, many of them hybrids developed in Thailand. The mango tree only bears fruit once per year, and its season is between late March and early June. This is the time one will find delicately delicious mangoes – a fairly small window of time for top quality. Nevertheless, this small window of time represents much of the enjoyment of mangoes by
Bangkok is a sprawling metropolis which is also the capital of Thailand and an iconic tourist destination. From its beautiful beaches and ornate shrines to the vibrant nightlife, Bangkok has something to offer for every type of traveler. Known primarily for its exciting nightlife, here are the nightlife areas you need to add to your Bangkok package:
Located to Siam, Sukhumvit is one of the most prominent nightlife areas in Bangkok. It is a popular area where most tourists go to party. Some of the hotspots in this area one can visit are: Nana, Asoke, Phrom Phang and Thong Lor. There are a number of international restaurants one can eat at in Nana. There are also several go go bars which are an iconic Bangkok attraction which many tourists wish to visit. Most of these areas offer some of the best wine and cocktails bars and you can almost always spot a famous Thai star. If you can afford the expensive prices a trip to Sukhumvit is definitely worth adding to your Bangkok package.
Khaosan is the perfect destination for youngster and backpackers who wish to get a taste of the famous Bangkok nightlife. Many a time the party is simply
Get To Know Thai Food
When you think of Thai food, you would think of the ‘Hot and Spicy’ taste and probably believe that all Thai food are very hot and spicy. That is a misunderstanding. And you may also think that we eat everything by chopsticks. That is also not true.
More than 50% of Thai food are not hot and spicy at all. And chopsticks will be use when we eat noodle only. We are not Chinese or Japanese who like to eat almost everything by chopsticks.
If you have been to Thailand, you may have a question that why the taste and the texture of Thai food in Thailand are different from Thai food you have eaten in Thai restaurants in your country. One reason I would say is that maybe some ingredients are not available in your country so they need to skip some of them or use something else as a substitute. Another reason is that maybe the owner of that Thai restaurant and their chef or cook are not Thai. It would sound a bit arrogant to say that only Thais know the best how to cook Thai food with authentic Thai taste. But it is very true,