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Classic Tom Yam – The Soup with Thailand’s Aroma

Tom Yam

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Tom yam has been referred to as the “national aroma of Thailand”, and it is a hot and spicy combination of tangy lime, lemon grass, galangal (a close cousin of ginger), mushrooms, and chilies. Depending on the kind of tom yam you want, meats and seafood are used as central ingredients in this dish, but prawns are the exceedingly popular choice. To the uninitiated, a first taste of this soup is truly a culinary adventure, and a first sip usually elicits an involuntary indrawn breath from those who are used to Western fare.

The Different Kinds of Tom Yam

This dish is at the very heart of Thai traditional food, but it is also a staple soup in Cambodia, Laos, and some Malay territories; these were part of the Rattanakosin Kingdom, which began in the 18th century.

Some versions of seafood based tom yams feature the addition of coconut meat, or coconut milk, or both. If you want your dish to have the creamy flavor of coconut milk, ask for tom yam nam khon. [Read more…]

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Food Destinations for the Best Local Cuisines According to CNN

Food Destination

Taipei’s Beef Noodles
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Food, in its most basic definition, is anything meant to nourish the body and sustain its functions. But food has always been an expression of the way people live their lives, so it is also a reflection of a local culture and national identity.

In the last decades or so, travel and communication technologies made popular destinations become more attractive places as the world gets wind of what else they can offer, in terms of food. Local cuisine also pushed “unknown” or lesser destinations to prominence as their foods catch the fancy of travelers, who are as likely to satiate their pangs for food as their desire to satisfy their taste for adventure. This development has made cuisines and foods in general to cross borders and boundaries to become the world’s most coveted dishes and delicacies.

One natural consequence of this rising interest on the best local cuisines is where to find the, CNN Travel Section just recently made a poll to give foodies and travelers alike a list of where to go for soul-satisfying gastronomies. The result appears in its post entitled Which destination has the world’s best food? [Read more…]

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