Haute cuisine

Thai cuisine is one of the most popular cuisine in the world. Australian chef David Thompson, a prolific chef and expert on Thai food, observed that unlike many other cuisines: "Thai food ain't about simplicity. One type, which is indigenous to Thailand, is the highly prized, sweet-smelling jasmine rice (khao hom mali). Very often, regular restaurants will also feature a selection of freshly made "rice curry" dishes on their menu for single customers. Eateries and shops that are specialized in pre-made food, are the usual place to go to for having a meal this way.

The most notable influence from the West must be the introduction of the chili pepper from the Americas in the 16th or 17th century. Some westerners think it's a jumble of flavours, but to a Thai that's important, it's the complexity they delight in". Traditionally, the majority of ethnic Thai people ate with their hands like the people of India.

Chopsticks were foreign utensils to most ethnic groups in Thailand with the exception of the Thai Chinese, and a few other cultures such as the Akha people, who are recent arrivals from Yunnan Province, China. They are tom yam goong (4th), pad thai (5th), som tam (6th), massaman curry (10th), green curry (19th), Thai fried rice (24th) and moo nam tok (36th). In Latin America, dishes may be claimed or designated as a "plato nacional" although in many cases recipes transcend national borders with only minor variations. Thai farmers historically have cultivated tens of thousands of rice varieties. Like most other Asian cuisines, rice is the staple grain of Thai cuisine. In Latin America, dishes may be claimed or designated as a "plato nacional" although in many cases recipes transcend national borders with only minor variations. In expatriate communities, the dish is strongly reclaimed in order to retain the sense of national identity and ties to one's homeland, and is proudly served in homes and restaurants. They are tom yam goong (4th), pad thai (5th), som tam (6th), massaman curry (10th), green curry (19th), Thai fried rice (24th) and moo nam tok (36th). In 2011, seven of Thai's popular dishes make it to the list of 'World's 50 Most Delicious Foods (Readers' Pick)' — a worldwide online poll by 35,000 people held by CNN International.