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Jasmine Rice

its immigration from Thai
and residency in the USA

day IV


According to Thai World View, rice is the basic aliment in Thailand. Rice is eaten with most dishes. The word to eat in Thai language is Kin Khao (กินข้าว), which means to eat rice. There are different types of rice. The steamed rice is called Khao Suey (ข้าวสวย). One of the most famous is sticky rice, Khao Nio (ข้าวเหนียว) from area. Thai people eat it with hands by making small balls. Central plains people often say that "Eating sticky rice make you lazy" so that's why before "ISSAN" people have the wrong reputation of being lazy. Nowadays central plains people also like eating sticky rice. With migration of many workers to Bangkok, recipes from different regions of Thailand has come to the capital.

Some famous Issan dishes include the spicy salad Somtam (ส้มตำ), the grilled chicken Kai Yang (ไก่ย่าง), the sticky rice Khao Niaw (ข้าวเหนียว), the beef salad Neua Nam Tok (เนื้อน้ำ่ตก).

During a Thai meal, all the food is served together. No entrée, main dish and dessert like in westerner countries. Meals are eaten together and shared. In most cases, Thai people don't eat dessert. Dessert (fruits, cakes) are eaten when going out for a walk. All food in the plate shall be eaten. Thai people don't like to waste food, especially rice.

Thai food is famous for its small pimento Phrik Khi Noo (พริกขี้หนู). Some are red, green and most of times pimento are cut in slices. Most people think they can get rid of the "spicy" taste by drinking water. That is false. A good way is to eat rice.

Thai people like to speak about food, about next meal. The sentence กินข้าวแล้วหรือยัง ("Have you already eaten?") is same as "How are you?" in everyday speech and is often used to start a conversation.

Photo: Bus crossing border using Friendship Bridge over Mekong River from Lao to Thailand NE area named Issan (อีสาน) where agriculture is the main economic activity. Issan is located on the Khorat Plateau, bordered by the Mekong River to the north and east, and by Cambodia to the south. To the west it is separated from Northern and Central Thailand by the Phetchabun mountain range. Many foreign travelers call this area “the heart of the rice bowl of Asia”.

Khorat is also the largest northeastern province. Inhabitants of the province are mainly engaged in agricultural activities that include farming of rice and other crops such as sugar cane, tapioca, corn, jute, peanuts, sesame and fruits. There are more than 100 savings and agricultural cooperatives in the province, 35 irrigation projects and 7,122 industrial factories. Most of the factories are rice mills, tapioca product manufacturers, and industrial factories.

While Udon Thani is the bus destination—the 4th largest city in Thailand with 290000 inhabitants and a former US air base during Vietnam War, Yasothon is well known for its high-quality jasmine rice with its particularly annual colorful “Rocket Festival” held during the second weekend of May when village monks fire off decorated rockets to “pierce” the sky and bring the monsoon rains, which will revitalize the parched fields. The festival, originally staged to promote unity and ask holy spirits for seasonal rain, has now become a national event with a grand rocket procession, local dances and the launching of huge rockets.


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