A Beginner’s Guide to Thai Food

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Brent had visited Thailand before he and I came together, and had told me stories of Thai cuisine that were the stuff of food fantasies: Dishes filled with fresh herbs like lemon grass and mint; and ingredients that magically came together into perfect combinations of spicy, sweet, sour and salty. I was therefore completely crushed after we arrived in Thailand, and the first street stall we came across served nothing but khao man gai (boiled chicken served on plain white rice). Although it’s often possible to get lucky by guessing and pointing at dishes in restaurants and at street stalls, I quickly learned that it’s also easily to miss out on some of the best Thai dishes if you don’t know what you’re ordering or what exactly you’re looking for. . . .

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