Thai main dish is rice but there are other choices when eating curry. In fact, there are no strict rules about eating as far as it is edible and you like it.
If you like Thai foods, I guess that you also know chicken green curry. During the trip, one morning mom cooked green curry with fish ball. Either meat is common to have in the green curry. But chicken seems to be more common in restaurants. Another morning mom made fish yellow curry to be served with Thai vermicelli.
A secret of the first dish, apart from the paste, is the fish ball. (I should ask mom to write down her recipes) Mom’s fish ball was made of fish 100%, then seasoned with white pepper and salt. I think this is typical homemade food that you can have more meat or good meat than food bought from supermarket.
When you eat at home, you will make a newly cooked dish when serving and therefore it can preserve nice colors of vegetables. To do so, well boil the soup, put all vegetables, then turn off the heat. Only if there are vegetables that need to be cooked, then you will need to leave the heat on for a while or until those vegetables are soft. If the vegetables are overcooked, they turn black which also remove a look of fresh and yummy food.
Visiting Thailand is what I do every year, this year was early than usual. The country is rich of fresh vegetables and tropical fruits, food is cheap, yet tasteful. Thai cuisine has lots to do with food presentation and there are lots of recipe development in modern Thai cuisine. We have a large number of new and creative menus by adding new ingredients to the main ingredients, then they become new dishes. Additionally, Thai foods are colorful, dishes usually have a mixed combination of red, green and yellow, which gives good contrast to the dishes.
For me what I long after when going to Thailand is eating at home because there exists the best kitchen in the world. In fact, there are two kitchens, one is in my parent’s house, another is in, now, my aunt’s house. I live like a king at home and only need to say what I’d like to have. Above all, mom’s cooking is only better with time. She chooses to cook dishes that contain lots of ingredients. In my parent’s house, mom still prepares all or most of raw ingredients by hand, therefore, they are so fresh. Sometimes, while cooking mom just walks to the garden on the balcony to pick up some species, then throws them into the pot.
What my dad said is true that mom has to cook for her children so that they always miss her.
Also, mom always serves seasonal fruits at the end of the meal. Best of all is they are peeled and cut and ready to eat.