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This week’s recipe is… Spring Vegetable Pad Thai!
Pad Tai’s full name is kway teow phat thai. The first part, Kway teow, means rice noodles in Chinese, while the entire name means stir-fried rice noodles made in a Thai-style.
PAD THAI HISTORY
It is believed that Pad Thai was ordered to be created by a man named Phibun, who was the ruling power of Thailand back in the 1900s. Phibun worked to spread the recipe in order to improve the diet of his people who mainly ate rice. Phibun believed this would improve national health.
Above health, Pad Thai was also promoted to establish a distinctly Thai dish. Although Pad Thai has Chinese origins, the strategy was to create a signature Thai food that stood out from the common wet and dry noodles that were commonly sold by Chinese vendors.
Once the dish was more common, Phibun mandated that the dish was served, and soon after the streets of Thailand was filled with vendors selling pad Thai. This was part of an overall effort to transform Thailand into a strong modern country.
FUN FOOD FACTS!
- Thai cuisine typically blends 5 flavors: spicy, bitter, sour, sweet, and salty.
- Formal presentation of the food is important. This was developed to please the then-king of Siam (Thailand).
- The most popular Thai dishes around the world are Green Chicken Curry and Pad Thai.
- Baking is very uncommon in Thailand–most households do not have an oven!
- In Thailand, eating a meal is treated as a celebration, and as such eating alone is a gesture of bad luck.
- Thai cuisine is so popular, Pad Thai can be found in almost every area of the world.
What is the traditional Thai cutlery?
Typically a fork and a large spoon. Chopsticks are only used when eating noodles!
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