The perfect Thai meal should be a balanced harmony of hot, sour, sweet and salty flavours - surprisingly simple to achieve, the unique aromas and delicious tastes of your home cooked Thai food are sure to impress! Experimenting with different Thai seasonings will help you find the ideal balance of flavours to suit your palate - add extra chillies to give your dish more heat; more lime or lemongrass will add to the citrus bite; if you fancy it a touch sweeter simply add more palm sugar; or if you're after a stronger, saltier taste just add more fish sauce. Adding flavours and spices is always a lot easier than taking them away so please do bear this in mind!
In Thailand, rather than having separate starters and main courses, all of the dishes arrive at once and are shared by all. Since it is customary to serve more dishes than there are guests, this means that a whole host of tastes and flavours can be enjoyed by everyone - perfect for those new to Thai food! A typical Thai meal will have a mix of spicy and milder dishes and generally consists of a curry, a stir-fry, a salad, a side dish and a soup, all accompanied by plenty of rice and followed by a delicious dessert.
Fresh herbs and spices are used abundantly in Thai cooking - perhaps this is why Thai food is said to be lighter and healthier than most other cuisines. As well as adding distinct flavours and aromas, these Thai herbs are even said to have medicinal properties that can help relieve such everyday inconveniences as indigestion, stomach pains and headaches - another great reason to enjoy Thai!