Thai Culture


In Thailand, food forms a central part of any social occasion and vice versa. That is, food often becomes the social occasion in itself, or reason to celebrate. This is partly due to the friendly, social nature of Thai people, but also because of the way in which food is ordered and eaten in Thailand.



Fresh Ingredients = Delicious Food

A typical Thai meal includes four main seasonings: salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. Indeed, most Thai dishes are not considered satisfying unless they combine all four tastes. When eating out, a group of Thai diners would order a variety of meat and/or fish dishes, plus vegetables, a noodle dish, and possibly also soup. Dessert may consist simply of fresh fruit, such as pineapple, or something more exotic, such as colourful rice cakes, depending on the region.

The Potent Healing Qualities Of Commonly Used Herbs
"What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not been discovered." Ralph Waldo Emerson, American poet, essayist and lecturer.

As well as tasting great and bringing extra flavour, zest and colour to what would perhaps be much more mundane dishes; herbs can provide great benefits to our health. From fighting fatigue with garlic to easing headaches with peppermint, herbs can go a long way in promoting health and wellbeing. The multifaceted joys of consuming different herbs, is not so much rooted in the fact that they taste great and can vamp up ordinary and unexciting meals, but because, unlike drugs, they offer a completely natural alternative to healing.

Oregano
As well as making a delicious addition to top pizzas, bringing additional flavours to a roast joint blending harmoniously with the juices of the meat, and creating heightened taste and colour when added to a Greek salad, oregano can be a potent stimulator of good health.

Containing powerful antifungal agents, carvacrol and thymol, studies have proven, that oregano has a strong antibacterial action that can help prevent the onset of thrush. Asides helping our bodies fight against colds and other common diseases, being a rich source of vitamin K, oregano is a potent tool in promoting blood clotting and healthy bones.

Peppermint
The unique health benefits of the fragrant peppermint have been advocated since the Middle Ages when it was used to encourage healthy dental hygiene and freshen breath. In the 18th century, peppermint’s health promoting assets were elevated further when it became commonly used as a stomach aid. There is wealth of diet and health information related to peppermint circulated the internet, demonstrating the multiple benefits of this sweet-smelling plant. It is widely attested that headaches can be significantly eased with peppermint. According to Care2.com, if peppermint oil is rubbed on the head at strategic points, such as the temples, it helps to relax the muscles, de-stress the mind and ease the headache. Promoting mental wellbeing even further, if an anxious or stressed individual inhales peppermint, it can relieve pressure in the sinuses and, by doing so, induce calm.

Lemongrass
Although lemongrass is a plant native to India, it is a vital ingredient in Thai cooking. This flavour-enhancing and versatile herb can be also used whole to bring a lemony zest to curries and stews and when chopped up finely can be used to flavour marinades and soups.

As well as providing a delicious zesty taste to a variety of cuisines and dishes, for thousands of years lemongrass has been used in herbal medicine. In ancient India lemongrass played an important role in Ayurveda, India's traditional medicine. This unique aromatic plant is used to make tea, which, for centuries, has not only been prescribed for fighting fever and other infectious illnesses, but also to help improve the quantity and quality of a nursing mother's milk.

For upset stomachs, lemongrass can be an effective natural healer, and is regularly used to relieve flatulence, settle the stomach and promote healthy indigestion. Whilst lemongrass has been advocated by natural healers for centuries, modern research has confirmed its unique healing powers, particularly its capabilities to lower the body temperature in fevers.

Basil
Basil is an extremely popular and versatile herb to cook with, significantly augmenting the smell and taste of pasta dishes, soups, sauces and even salads. While our primarily connotations of basil is that it is the essence behind a certain delicious green sauce known as pesto, basil has powerful healing powers.

When used as in herbal medicine, this sweet-smelling herb can help alleviate numerous ailments, such as the common cold, sore throats, coughs and fever. As basil leaves are regarded as an 'adaptogen' or an anti-stress agent, this powerful herb is also strongly associated with promoting a sense of wellbeing and stimulated sound mental health. In fact, recent studies have proven that basil leaves can significantly help protect us against stress. Chewing 12 basil leaves a day, twice a day, not only helps to calm the mind and prevent the onset of stress and anxiety, but it also purifies the blood, keeping our bodies and minds healthy.

Another unique advantage of the humble basil plant is that it can be highly effective in treating common paediatric problems in children, such as fever, diarrhoea, vomiting and common colds - Most certainly a favourable natural remedy compared to the aggressive and non-natural forms of medicine.



Aside from the main meal, Thais are renowned "snackers". It is easy to pick up a quick but delicious snack along the roadside or at marketplaces in Thailand. Popular snacks consist of spring rolls, chicken or beef satay, raw vegetables with a spicy dip, soups, salads, and sweets. You will see this influence from street food vendors in our small bite apetiizers upstairs in Level Up lounge!



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