#SimplyCracked Holiday Inspiration: Thailand

Wat Mahathat Temple in the precinct of Sukhothai Historical Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Thailand

Thailand is one of the top holiday destinations visited from the UK.  Whether you’re planning a trip there, have visited before, or have it on your holiday wish list, to help get you ready for the summer season, we’re sharing some interesting facts as well as a great new Thai-inspired recipe.

Facts about Thailand you may not know …

  • Thailand’s official population is approximately the same as the United Kingdom. In the 2020 census, Thailand’s population was recorded as 66.19 million. The UK’s population in 2019 was 66.79 million.
  • The colours of Thailand’s flag are red, white and blue. Red represents the people, white represents religion and blue is for the monarchy.
  • Thailand is the world’s number one orchid exporter: over 1,500 species of orchids grow wild in Thailand’s forests and jungles.

When it comes to Thai cuisine, did you know ….

  • Thai people don’t use chopsticks to eat rice-based dishes and instead use a fork (in the left hand) and spoon (in the right hand). Chopsticks are used only to eat noodles.
  • Rice is an essential part of Thai meals. It’s such an important part of the culture, that “Gin kôw rĕu yang?” (which means “have you consumed rice yet?”) is a common greeting.
  • There are five key flavours of Thai cuisine: spicy, sweet, sour, salty, and bitter. Every dish in Thai cuisine incorporates at least two of these.

We have four of the five key flavours in our new Thai Style Papaya Salad with Walnuts recipe: spicy, sweet, sour and salty! So why not transport your taste buds to Thailand tonight with this delicious dish.