Eat - What to eat ?
Thai Food
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One of the most acclaimed export of Thailand is the wide variety of its succulent cuisine. Indeed Whether hot and spicy or sweet and sour or anything in between, the guiding principle behind each dish is complimenting harmony. The Thai cuisine is mainly a happy combination of centuries-old Eastern and Western influences turned into something now known as uniquely Thai. The main characteristics of Thai food depend on who prepares it, for whom it is cooked, what is the occasion, and obviously the context in which it is prepared to ideally suit all palates.

In the early days, Thai cuisine reflected the main characteristics of a waterborne lifestyle. Major components were aquatic animals, plants and herbs. Large chunks of meat or fish were grilled on skewers and further foreign influences introduced the use of sizeable bits to Thai cooking. The use of fork and spoon only as eating cutlery still reflects it today. Thai cuisine is very rich in fresh ingredients as well as high fiber vegetable. Mostly only shortly cooked they retain much of their original flavor as well as nutriments.

Due to the strong Buddhist cultural background, Thais shunned using pieces of large animals in big chunks. Major cuts of meat were usually cut or shredded and then laced with spices, herbs and seasonings. The original Thai cooking methods were stewing and baking, or grilling over charcoal. The strong influence of the Chinese merchants brought the introduction of stir frying and deep-frying. Later on influences from Western colonial nations in the regions were felt and from the 17th century onwards included Dutch, French, Portuguese and Japanese. Although omnipresent today, Chili has been introduced to Thai cooking during the late sixteen century by Portuguese missionaries who brought them along from earlier postings in Southern America.
Seafood
Seafood
Seafood
Seafood generally encompasses any animal living in the sea, from oysters over fish, over crustaceans as well as edible seaweed. By extension this does as well cover aquatic animals from fresh waters, both wild and farmed.

Although distinguished from meat, seafood it is still animal and is often excluded in a vegetarian diet. Seafood is an important source of protein in many diets around the world, especially in coastal areas. The growing health consciousness among people drives the consumption on fish, especially due to the positive effects against high cholesterol, often resulting by unhealthy sedentary lifestyle and inappropriate diet.

Thai and Costal Chinese cuisine are using many of the wide range of available seafood products and all major destinations in the Kingdom have a variety of seafood dedicated restaurants.
International Food
International Food
International Food
Aside of the reputed Thai cuisine, there is an astounding range of International cuisine on offer from countries all around the world. From old continent delicacies such as French fine dining or bistrot fare, Hungarian Goulash Casserole, or German Ratsstube all the way to New World Pacific rim specialties. Not to forget a very established selection of Indian, Japanese, Korean as well as Southern European trattorias , such as Spanish Tapas places along with small authentic Mexican restaurants. Take your time & indulge in a culinary world tour starting right on your door-step.
American Food
American Food
American Food
It is quite challenging to delimit American food as it is in principle a combination of authentic native food all the way through the influence and adaptation to the various ethnic groups coming from the old continent. Ore recently this has been extended even further with the strong latin influence of central and South American immigrants. Similarly American cuisine has a very long history dating back before the colonial period when the Native Americans had a rich and diverse cooking style for an equally diverse amount of ingredients. The style of cookery continued to expand into the 19th and 20th centuries with the influx of immigrants from various nations across the world. This influx has created a rich diversity and a unique regional character throughout the country. Nowadays, American food in Thailand is often synonymous of either practical meals or fast food, or then Southern Cajun style restaurant or steakhouses. The choice in the latter is quite impressive and along with some unique Seafood restaurants, probably the best options if wanting to get away from Asian fare.
Chinese Food
Chinese Food
Chinese Food
Chinese cuisine is most probably the most available and widespread cuisine in the world - from Asia to the Americas, Australia, Western Europe and Southern Africa. Thailand with both its strong Chinese community and historical connections has seen a vast development of Chinese restaurants in all types and categories. In more recent years, more and more operators have branched out into several outlets to now become restaurant chains / franchises both locally and internationally. Invariably serving unique authentic delicacies from either areas of China.
English Food
English Food
English Food
Where to eat ?
English cuisine is originally influenced by the country's temperate and climate, geography, and to quite some extend history. This does not reflect much the conditions in the Kingdom and therefore most of the British food is found in any of the numerous pubs around the city. Not to forget the traditional meals on special celebrations and/or Sunday brunches available in most of the upmarket hotels, where Roastbeef and Yorkshire pudding relieves any heavy heads from a long Saturday evening party.
French Food
French Food
French Food
The French culinary invasion of the world has certainly not spared Bangkok and the deliciously rich cuisine is widely available in a range of restaurants, from bistrot style to upmarket fine dining rooms. Beyond food, the whole selection and preparation of food is seen as an art per se and once served, French believe in taking their time for their meals. More often than not – French restaurants are tightly associated with a wide selection of wine and other aperitif alcohols as well as digestive liquors. Most raw ingredients and specialties have become available through the large retail distribution chains present as well in Thailand, but it definitely remains a treat for any gourmet to go and sample the exquisite creations or traditional dishes of any French restaurants in town.
German Food
German Food
German Food
Where to eat ?
Although at first glance German food may not necessarily be linked with Thailand, it is a very popular cuisine in the various micro breweries available I town. It is not rare either to find local waitresses dressed in traditional German costumes serving locally made beer. Originally of a very wide regional selection, the choices in regards to traditional German food in Bangkok are rather limited with only a few well established places.
Irish Food
Irish Food
Irish Food
Where to eat ?
Irish cuisine is mainly to be found in pubs in Bangkok and takes its origins from the crops grown and animals farmed in Ireland. The main fare is beef an lamb meat along with potatoes and cabbage as well meat pies as well as very hearty breakfast fry-ups. More often than not the offerings on the menu are including the usual pub grabs and deep fried snacks, to be washed down with either cider, ale, stout or lagers.
Italian Food
Italian Food
Italian Food
Italian cuisine most probably presents most of the variety available from the different areas of the country in Bangkok. Is it from a Southern Sicilian trattoria to a traditional family run Piemontese restaurant or a fine dining Wine & Dine room, it is all available in the City of Angels. While most do feature the same basic items on their menu, there is far more to be discovered than only pizzaand pasta. As well, the locals are very fond of Italian restaurants of all sorts, which does partially explain the wide spread and fast growth in popularity of Italian themed restaurants.
Japanese Food
Japanese Food
Japanese Food
Anywhere in the city, Japanese restaurants, eateries, sushi or noodle bars can be found. Either in a very unique concept and/or part of an themed chain, Japanese cuisine is widely available both directly in or close to hotels, commercial as well as office buildings. The wide range of Japanese food available as well as the strong Japanese expatriate community and visitors in Bangkok nourish an always expanding trend of Japanese restaurants, either traditional, modern or fusion typed. The importance of freshness and quality of ingredients in the original Japanese cuisine goes hand in hand with the role of Bangkok as international trading platform and therefore the selection of delicacies available on daily basis is second to none.
Korean Food
Korean Food
Korean Food
Similarly to the Japanese restaurant culture, the Korean restaurants in Bangkok have become very popular over the last decades due to the growing amount of visitors to the Thailand, both for business and leisure purposes as well as on an expatriate basis. As every traditional cuisine which has evolved over centuries of social and political change, the Korean fare has evolved through a complex interaction of the natural environment and different cultural trends. While quite close to its Asian neighbors geographically, Korean Dining leaves one with a very different experience than other regional cuisines. The main traditional dishes may be available in a wide range of places, yet the more unique restaurants may require a little research and word-of-mouth to be found as mainly advertising to the expatriate population.
Spanish Food
Spanish Food
Spanish Food
Spanish cuisine, more than any of the Southern European cuisine, mainly consists of a variety of starter dishes (Tapas) commonly enjoyed with wine in the late afternoon / early evening before going on to rather long heavy meals. The various geographic regions, culture and climate, naturally have quite an impact on the selection of delicacies, but it has to be said that the Spanish cuisine is slowly growing in its popularity in Thailand. It originally is heavily influenced by either the coastal regions with a large variety of seafood, as well as the mountainside stews and shepherd dishes. The extensive use of natural ingredients as well as olive oil have often been praised in favor of the Spanish cuisine, as a very healthy diet, ideally topped off with a pitcher of Sangria.
Swiss Food
Swiss Food
Swiss Food
Where to eat ?
Similarly to its geography and languages, The Swiss cuisine is very unique an specific in its many influences from its neighbors' countries. Italian, French, and German cuisine widely influence the fares of any Swiss restaurants, while being complimented by very unique traditional dishes from either areas of the country. When referring to Swiss food, people immediately list chocolate and cheese, and while both are very popular in Switzerland, it is by far not the only items to be found on a Swiss Menu. There are a few places in Bangkok offering Swiss food, albeit they are generally mainly of Germanic influence, especially since the specialties from the Italian and French parts are very assimilated to the Northern Italian and Eastern French fares. Nevertheless, Swiss restaurants are always synonymous of a warm hospitable atmosphere, along with often very well stocked wine cellars.
Vegetarian Food
Vegetarian Food
Vegetarian Food
Where to eat ?
The Vegetarian concept is in principle cuisine from all origins / tendencies using food that meets vegetarian standards by excluding meat and animal tissue products. The degree of vgeterianism depends on every individual’s beliefs. For lacto-ovo vegetarianism (the most common type of vegetarianism in the Western world), eggs and dairy products such as milk and cheese are permitted and an important source of Protein, along with soy bean products and tofu. The strictest forms of vegetarianism are veganism and fruitarians, which exclude all animal products, including dairy products as well as honey, and even some refined sugars if filtered and whitened with bone char. While there are completely vegetarian restaurants available, pretty much every restaurant in town is able to meet the needs of a vegetarian customer, especially since it is as well gaining popularity in Thai society.
Vietnamese Food
Vietnamese Food
Vietnamese Food
Vietnamese food is available in various areas of town, both in free standing modern restaurants, as well as in up market hotels. The main style of cooking is using fish sauce, soy sauce, rice, fresh herbs, fruits and vegetables as base. Vietnamese recipes traditionally use a very diverse range of herbs, including lemongrass, mint, Vietnamese mint, long coriander and Thai basil leaves. It is generally much tastier, and not as spicy as Southern Chinese or Northern Thai food can be. Traditional Vietnamese cooking is often referred to for its freshness of the ingredients and for the healthy eating style.
Indian Food
Vegetarian Food
Indian Food
The Indian Cuisine, or better said the Indian Cuisines are probably the richest in terms of variety, selection and choices available in Bangkok. Whilst there are a great choice of restaurants and cuisines altogether, none is as rich and versatile as the Indian one. Characterized by the use of various spices, herbs and other vegetables grown in India, each family of Indian cuisine is characterized by a wide assortment of dishes and cooking techniques.

Throughout India, be it North or South India, spices are used generously in preparation of delicacies. But one must not forget that every single spice used in Indian dishes carries one or the other nutritional as well as medicinal properties. While most of the time Indian food has a connotation of spiciness, there is a very wide range of delicate dishes that just await to be discovered in either of the multiple Indian restaurants in Bangkok.

As well vegetarianism being very widely spread in Indian, there is always a very generous selection of vegetarian dishes available in any Indian restaurant one may visit.