I grew up in an extended family where each of my grandparents' children started their own families, and where they all lived together in my grandparents' large compound. Starting before the crack of dawn, I would hear the noise and smell the aromas from the large open-air kitchen. The chef and kitchen help would be busy preparing breakfast; and later, lunch, afternoon snack, and finally, dinner. Later on, when I saw Bill Murray and Andie McDowell in Groundhog Day, the movie reminded me of my young days when I watched the busy kitchen routine day after day. This left me with only one conclusion: Thai people function around food.
On Thai flavors
My grandfather's cooking talent and skills put him in charge of the kitchen. My mom also knew her cooking, for she had first learned from her own grandmother who, for her part, only cooked the recipes for the food which was presented to the King and to the royal families. Even when I was young, I was told that I had an exceptionally excellent palate: that I understood Thai flavors, and that this was a great quality which not many owned. How could I help that, though, growing up with the superb dishes from my grandfather, and later from my mother?
My section on food that I present here is what I make at home for my family.
If you would like the taste of true Thai food that you won't find it in any "Thai" restaurants in America, you've come to the right place.
Is my representation of a Thai living the American way; an American modern mix with a touch of delicateness of the old Thai.