The Exclusiveness of Bangkok Cuisine

Thailand is a very small country, but the cuisine of this country is spectacularly diverse. The dishes here keep changing in flavor and form every time they cross provincial borders. The largest city in Thailand is Bangkok and it serves as the melting pot for food and people. The city is no exception to the diversity found in the cuisine of Thailand. Bangkok cuisine is quite distinct and is therefore liked by people throughout the world. Residents of Bangkok love sweet flavors.

Major Influences on Bangkok Cuisine

The immigrants of the southern part of China have long been influencing the cuisine of Bangkok. The Chinese vendors and laborers were the ones who introduced wok and different varieties of noodles to Bangkok. Meat dishes became popular in Bangkok because of the Muslims visiting the city during the 14th century. They were the Muslims who brought dried-spice-based and meat cuisine to Bangkok. The royal court also had a significant influence on Bangkok cuisine. Due to this, the dishes of Bangkok boast of great refinement and sophistication.

Preparing Different Dishes in Bangkok


Cooking in Bangkok places great emphasis on dishes that are prepared lightly but feature a very spicy edge and some strong aromatic elements. Food in Bangkok demonstrates attention to details, intricacy, taste, color, and texture. Bangkok lies near the sea and therefore the cuisine here is also abundant in seafood.


Different ingredients are used for preparing food that is good in its flavor and offers large scale medicinal benefits. Proper care is also taken in offering food the right smell, context, and appearance.Many dishes found in Bangkok include pork, freshwater fish, palm sugar and coconut milk.

Ingredients Used in Bangkok Cuisine

There are more than 40 ethnic groups found in Thailand practicing their very own cultures. Therefore, it does not come as a surprise that the cuisine of Bangkok, on the whole, features different ingredients. Also, there are different methods used by the people of Bangkok when it comes to preparing food. Different dishes in Bangkok are prepared using fresh spices and herbs instead of the dried varieties. Common flavors found in Bangkok cuisine include galangal, garlic, cilantro or coriander, shallots, lemon grass, kaffir lime leaves, pepper, tamarind paste, fish sauce, shrimp paste, and chilies. Sugar made from the sap of Borassus palms is called palm sugar, and it is used for sweetening dishes. Tamarind and lime are used for offering sour notes to the dishes. Chicken and pork are the common meats used in the cuisine of Bangkok. Apart from these meats, beef, water buffalo and duck meats are also used. The Muslim Thais only savor mutton and goat. Traditionally, shellfish and crustaceans have an important role to play in the cuisine of Bangkok.

Traditional Dishes of Bangkok

Some of the most popular dishes of Bangkok include Pat Tai, Tom Yam, and Gooay teeo reua. Pat Tai is Bangkok’s, in fact, Thailand’s most popular dish prepared from fresh or dried shrimp, tofu, bean sprouts, seasonings, and egg. It is rice-noodle stir fried using the ingredients that have been mentioned above. Tom Yam is a sour soup made from kaffir lime leaf, lime juice, and lemongrass. All in all, it can be said that the cuisine of Bangkok is quite diverse and there is something for the taste of every individual.

Thai Fish Cake (Tod Mun Pla)

Want to know a few of our secret recipes so you can enjoy the best Thai food right at home? Well, we’ve decided to add a few of our most sold and asked for dishes so you can replicate our recipes right in your own kitchen.

And for our first recipe, we are going to start with our famous Thai Fish Cakes, or “Tod Mun Pla” in Thai.

There are a few reasons why our fish cakes taste better than most other restaurants. First off is the oil.

Since these are fried, you’re going to taste the oil no matter what. So start with a clean peanut oil. The reason being peanut oil can stand super high heat which means it not only tastes better, but it also lasts longer which makes it cheaper to use in the long run. But of course the number one reason is that it one of the “secrets” to Asian cooking. Try cooking using a different oil, and you’ll notice the difference immediately.

The next important “secret” is using fresh fish paste. We make ours almost daily depending on how much we’re using. Always use the freshest ingredients in Asian cooking and you’ll get much better results. Even when it comes to sauces and pastes.

Okay, enough talking, let’s get down to the cooking.

First get all of your ingredients together and follow the directions as far as the preparation. Total prep time should be less than 10 minutes.

While you’re getting everything prepared, you can start warming up your oil so you’re ready to cook as soon as you’ve assembled the cakes.

Here are the ingredients…

  1. 8 oz fish paste, (you can use store-bought frozen fish paste or make your own)
  2. 1/2 egg, beaten
  3. 2 tablespoons Thai red curry paste, Mae Ploy brand or Maesri brand
  4. 5 snake beans or long beans, thinly sliced
  5. 5 kaffir lime leaves, cut into fine thin strips

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For this recipe you are going to want to make a sort of paste with all of your ingredients. So you’re going to need to combine everything in a bowl and mix them together as well as you can until you get something that resembles a paste. Make sure everything is blended together as best as you can.

Next, take a golf ball sized handful of the paste and and flatten it out like you are making a tasty pie or something similar. Continue until you’ve used all of your paste. You should have around 10 little pies.

Now drop each one into your hot oil and wait until crispy outside. Don’t take you eyes off of them as depending on how hot your oil is, they can fry up quickly. it helps to have a small metal strainer, or just use a pair of chopsticks to take them out of the oil. Let them sit for a minute, preferably on a rack so the excess oil drips off.

Then serve with your favorite garnish. We serve these with a Thai cucumber salad.

And that’s it. we hope you like our recipe and we will be adding more of these soon. Thanks!