If you want to know what Thai food was originally like you'll have to forget almost everything food-related that you see now, because cuisine in this country is an art that is constantly on the move. In each era it reshapes itself to conform to the prevailing environment and society, responding both to the creative influences and needs of those who prepare it.
FINGERTIP FEAST: a ‘samrap’ (tray) of Isan food. Below, a samrap prepared for a temple event.
Thai food in its original form evolved in a society where the pace of life was unhurried, where it was necessary to economise, and where most of the ingredients used to make it were seasonal and close at hand. When it was necessary to buy something, it was purchased only in the quantity needed.
This article is older than 60 days, which we reserve for our premium members only.You can subscribe to our premium member subscription, here.