Is Thai food always spicy?

No. It is true that Thais love spicy food. In fact, in the cruet set there is no salt, pepper or oil and, instead, they always carry chilli powder and vinegar with chilli.
Nevertheless, there are many dishes not spicy or seasoned to the taste of each diner.

Stir-Fried Vegetables with Toasted Cashews
Stir-Fried Vegetables with Toasted Cashews

Without any doubt, rice, which is also consumed in the form of noodles. The rice cooker or the saucepan with boiling water keeps the grains or the noodles ready, and the final dish is cooked in the wok.

They often offer the same recipe for rice or noodles, sauteed, with the possibility of combining them with chicken, pork or shrimp.
In the case of noodles, they may allow you to choose the thickness and also ask if you prefer the noodles with broth in the same bowl or separately, that is, with the broth in another cup.

Non-spicy dishes

Although they may include some chilli in the dish, it provides more colour than spicy.

The importance of rice is noted when the Thais are hungry and refer to food because they do so with the expression ‘kin kao‘ which means ‘eat rice‘.
The most typical variety is aromatic jasmine rice.

Crispy stir-fried fish with celery leaves with rice.
Crispy stir-fried fish with celery leaves with rice
Stir-fried rice with vegetables
Stir-fried rice with vegetables
Thai stir-fried morning glory with bacon.
Thai stir-fried morning glory with bacon

On many occasions, you will have the opportunity to season the dish chosen to your liking, so you can decide how spicy you want it.

Dishes that are seasoned to your liking

How are they seasoned?
They are usually seasoned with chilli, soy sauce and fermented fish sauce. Bad matter if you have a fried egg on your plate, optional in many dishes because there is no salt shaker. In the cruet you will find sugar and vinegar next to the chilli.

Sauteed rice noodles with seafood in soybean paste.
Sauteed rice noodles with seafood in soybean paste
Thai Tuna salad.
Thai Tuna salad
Scalded kale with oyster sauce, bacon and rice.
Kale with oyster sauce, bacon and rice

Thai gastronomy plays with an unusual sum of ingredients, mixing sweet, salty, spicy, sour and bitter flavours.
The surprising thing is that the combination usually reaches a balance that makes the dishes delicious.

In the case of the Pad Thai, a few tablespoons of chopped peanuts are also added.

Pad Thai with chicken.
Pad Thai with chicken

Spicy dishes

To indicate how spicy you want the dish, you can use the following Thais expressions, which sound more or less like this:
Not spicy = mai ped.
A little = nek noi (gesturing with the hands showing the index finger almost stuck to the thumb).
Very spicy = Ped maaak.

The famous Tom Yum Goong soup.
The famous Tom Yum Goong soup

As for curries in Thailand, in traditional cuisine green curries are spicier than red curries, the latter preferably used with seafood and meats such as duck; and that the yellow curry, used with veal and chicken, also spicier than the Massaman curry with which some meats are cooked.

Rice with green curry and squid.
Rice with green curry and squid
Drunken sauteed seafood.
Drunken sauteed seafood
Spicy salad of lemon grass and mint.
Spicy salad of lemon grass and mint

Most popular ingredients

Fresh herbs such as coriander are added at the last moment so that they reinforce the feeling of freshness.

Chicken soup with coconut milk Tom Ka Gai
Chicken soup with coconut milk Tom Ka Gai
Chicken soup with coconut milk Tom Ka Gai.
Chicken soup with coconut milk Tom Ka Gai
Ingredients of the Tom Ka Gai coconut milk chicken soup: Coriander, chilli, coconut milk and lime.
Ingredients: Coriander, chilli, coconut milk and lime
Raw ingredients of the Tom Ka Gai coconut milk chicken soup: Lemmon grass, kefir lime leaves and galangal.
Ingredients: Lemmon grass, kefir lime leaves and galangal

Finally, it is useful to know that:

» Chopsticks are that, Chinese, not Thais. Here it is usually eaten with the spoon and the fork is used to push the food. The knife is not used, the food is served so that the fork is enough to chop it, if necessary.

» The toothpicks to pick between teeth after eating are very common. Always covering the mouth with the other hand, please.

» In the shopping centres you will find the ‘food court‘ where you can eat very well for USD 3 or 4.

Bangkok Tuk Tuk Food Tour.
One possibility of enjoying the Thai gastronomic universe is the tours guided by the inhabitants of Bangkok.
Here you have information and the option to reserve it if you think it is worth it.

Food court in a shopping centre, Bangkok.
Food court in a shopping centre, Bangkok
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Is Thai food always spicy?
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Thais are faithful devotees of spicy food 🌶️, but it's not always like that. To get a first idea of ​​what food is like in Thailand and get to know some of the most popular dishes, click here!
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Manuel Francisco Jalón

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