By this show of national identity, the community can resist social pressures that push for homogenization of many ethnically and culturally diverse communities into a single all-encompassing group identity such as Latino or Hispanic American. According to Thai food expert McDang, rice is the first and most important part of any meal, and the words for rice and food are the same: khao.
About our cuisine
They are tom yam goong (4th), pad thai (5th), som tam (6th), massaman curry (10th), green curry (19th), Thai fried rice (24th) and moo nam tok (36th). The other elements would include a clear soup (perhaps a spicy tom yam or a mellow tom chuet), a curry or stew (essentially any dish identified with the kaeng prefix), a deep-fried dish and a stir-fried dish of meat, fish, seafood or vegetables. The most notable influence from the West must be the introduction of the chili pepper from the Americas in the 16th or 17th century. Tables and chairs were introduced as part of a broader Westernization drive during the reign of King Mongkut, Rama IV. "beautiful rice").