The Northeastern part of Thailand, also known as Isaan, is one of the main rice-growing areas of Thailand. It is quite arid compared to the rest of Thailand and has a cuisine that is distinct from the other parts of Thailand.
Here are 5 Interesting facts about Thai Northeastern Cuisine:
1. This region, in contrast to Thailand’s Northern Plains, has far less fuel for cooking, so the cuisine comprises of more cured meats and raw vegetables.
2. This region has struggled with farming and the effects of deforestation and thus the cuisine has adapted to reflect this.
3. Because of a lack of access to ingredients, such as coconut milk, most dishes from this region tend to be extremely hot and pungent, and so less of them are needed to flavour their accompanying rice.
4. Grilling and boiling are the predominant methods of cooking here. Simple marinated grilled or fried meats and sticky rice are often accompanied by salads. Soups made of preserved fish are common as well.
5. The flavours are quite complex, and the preparation of food adapts simplicity in cooking. Besides its curries, the region specialises in fresh, crunchy, and savoury salads.
Find your nearest Asian Store